Fees and Funding

Current fees can be found on the Student Registry Website

Our Postgraduate Taught Tuition Fees for - 2018/19 are displayed on individual programme pages.

Fees Bursaries

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is pleased to offer a number of Faculty Scholarships to outstanding UK, EU and Overseas applicants wishing to study for a Masters degree, a Masters degree followed by a PhD ("1+3"), or for a PhD degree within the Faculty.

Applicants wishing to be considered for these awards should complete the Faculty Scholarship application form and send it to pprpg@lancaster.ac.uk by   5 p.m. on Friday 2nd March 2018All applicants must already hold an offer of a place to study in any department in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and should be due to commence their studies between October 2018 and January 2019. Applicants may only apply for an award for a programme on which they are not already registered.


A variety of scholarships will be awarded ranging from fee bursaries to fee bursaries plus maintenance grants.   The MA awards are fees only.

Terms of the Awards can be found on the Faculty Funding Pages.  Please read the relevant terms and conditions before applying.

FASS Scholarship Application Form 2018-19

Eligibility: All full-time and part-time students with an offer of a place of study

Applications for Postgraduate Scholarships can be made in all departments and their disciplines.

Deadline:   5 p.m. Friday 2nd March 2018

If you have any questions regarding this funding please contact the Postgraduate Co-ordinator, Sheila Constantine at pprpg@lancaster.ac.uk. 


Research Scholarship in PPR interdisciplinary node(s)

Number of bursaries: 1
Eligibility: Open to Home/EU and Overseas applicants 
Deadline: 2 March 2018 (5pm GMT)
Studentship Application Form 2017-18

The Department of PPR invites applications for an interdisciplinary PhD that brings together at least two of the department’s constituent disciplines; politics and /or international relations; philosophy; and religion. Proposals should be concerned with a prospective research project that can be demonstrated to clearly benefit from the intersection of at least two of the three departmental subject areas. The successful project will clearly balance the proposed intersecting disciplines in a form that establishes a clear space for interdisciplinary research within the overall scope of PPR staff’s range of interests.

The bursary takes the form of a fee waiver for the duration of an individual's PhD studies & a contribution towards maintenance costs. Applications should be made on the ‘FASS Scholarship Application Form 2018-19’  and should be sent to Sheila Constantine at pprpg@lancaster.ac.uk   Email subject heading to read ‘FASS Postgraduate Scholarship Application PPR Interdisciplinary’.

Award criteria: The scholarships will be awarded on a competitive basis. Candidates for a scholarship will be ranked based on the following criteria in order of priority:

  • Potential for an original contribution.
  • Evidence of scholarly ability:
         - clear and concise description of the study
         - awareness of current literature in the field
         - understanding of research methodology appropriate for an early stage postgraduate student
         - a research project that can be completed within the timeframe allowed for a PhD

We invite early informal inquiries, which should be directed in the first instance to Professor Christopher May


Ninian Smart Memorial Bursary of £1,000

We are also offering a bursary of £1,000 to be used as a contribution to postgraduate fees related to full-time study on one of a number of the Department’s MA Programmes.

Applications are sought from overseas students from Asia (broadly interpreted) who have been accepted to study on one of the following programmes:

  • MA Religious Studies
  • MA Religion and Conflict
  • MA Religion and Diplomacy
  • MA Philosophy and Religion
  • MA Politics, Philosophy and Religion

Completed application forms should be submitted as an email attachment to pprpg@lancaster.ac.uk no later than 5 5 p.m. Friday 2nd March 2018. When completing the form, please indicate the MA programme on which you have been accepted and, in no more than 300 words, explain why you should be awarded the bursary.

Ninian Smart Bursary Form

Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Studentships

Information is available on the Faculty Funding Pages 

Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Doctoral Training Partnership Studentships

Information is available on the Faculty Funding webpages 

Postgraduate Loan Scheme

In November 2016 the UK Government introduced the  postgraduate loan scheme for students undertaking master’s courses.

Non means-tested loans of up to a maximum of £10,000 a year will be available to taught and research Master's students. For further information please see the Postgraduate Loan Scheme page. 

International students

A number of funding opportunities are available for international students through the British Council; the Foreign and Commonwealth Office; the Department for International Development; and the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).

Faculty funding page 

There are a variety of funding opportunities for Masters and PhD study. The listing below shows some of these opportunities, and links to others.  

The Faculty receives studentship funding through the major research councils, including the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), in addition to other more specialised programmes. Lancaster University also offers its own funding.