Scholarships & Bursaries
To help with study and living costs, Lancaster University offers postgraduates a range of scholarship, studentships and bursaries.
Postgraduate Scholarships available for 2015/16 Entry
Lancaster University is pleased to announce 2 new scholarships for students starting a taught Master’s degree at Lancaster from October 2015.
Alumni Loyalty Scholarship
Lancaster University will offer a reduction in tuition fees to all taught Master’s programmes for eligible applicants, determined by the level of undergraduate award achieved. The value of the scholarship is as follows:
- 20% fee reduction for 1st Class Hons degree holders
- 10% fee reduction for 2:1 Hons degree holders
Who is eligible?
To be eligible for the Alumni Loyalty Scholarship you must either:
- Hold an undergraduate degree from Lancaster University (achieved at any time) or
- Hold an undergraduate degree from Lancaster University, achieved at any time, including one delivered through an associated institution, or
- Have graduated from one of our partner institutions with a Lancaster University degree (LU Ghana; Sunway University Malaysia; Goenka Institution India; or COMSATS Pakistan) or
- Have studied at Lancaster University via our Study Abroad programme
The Scholarship is open to all our Alumni, regardless of their nationality or year of graduation. You do not need to apply for this scholarship, you will qualify automatically if you meet the eligibility criteria and the course entry requirements
Lancaster Master’s Scholarship
Lancaster University is offering over 100 scholarships worth £10,000 each as part of a government initiative to offer additional support for students wishing to progress to Master’s level study. The Scheme is open to UK/EU students who began their studies after 1st September 2012.
Who is eligible?
There are specific criteria that must be satisfied in order to qualify for one of these awards, and initially we would ask you to consider the following, all of which must be met. You must be:
- progressing from an undergraduate course (in the UK) for which you were charged the higher tuition fee applying since 2012/13 and
- not in receipt of undergraduate fee subsidies from Student finance Wales, Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) or Student Finance Northern Ireland and
- an English student who studied your undergraduate course at an institution in the UK for which you were charged the higher tuition fee applying since 2012-13 or
- a non-UK, EU student who studied your undergraduate course at an institution in England for which you were charged the higher tuition fee applying since 2012-13 and
- in receipt of an academic offer to undertake a Master’s * course in any subject and
- intending to study full-time, or part-time for a maximum of two years and
- domiciled in the UK or European Union (EU) and paying the UK/EU tuition fee rate and
- not already qualified at masters level or above
*PG Diplomas and PG Certificates are not covered by this Scheme, nor are Master’s courses which are funded by other public bodies. MRes courses for which a majority of the degree is based on independent research and is categorised by the University as a research programme are also not included in the Scheme.
In addition to meeting all of the above, you must meet at least one of the following criteria:
- have a low family household income (typically under £42,620 gross)
- are in receipt of a maintenance grant from the UK Government in the final year of your undergraduate course
- are in receipt of a special support grant from the UK Government in the final year of your undergraduate course
- are eligible for Disabled Students Allowance in the final year of your undergraduate course
- were a care leaver
- immediately prior to starting your undergraduate degree, your postcode was in a low participation neighbourhood as measured by Polar 3. To meet this criterion your address must fall into quintile 1 or 2. You can check your postcode here.
The closing date for the first selection phase will be 31st May, if you would like to apply for the scholarship, or if you have any queries please email the PG Scholarships Team. You can view our full course portfolio and information on how to apply within the Postgraduate section of the website.
We offer a range of scholarships awarded directly through our faculties and departments. The majority of these scholarships offer support towards fees, although some may also contribute towards living costs.
Competition for these scholarships is mainly based around academic performance and the number of scholarships and studentships offered varies from year to year. Follow the links below for further information:
Funded PhD Opportunities
Lancaster University is pleased to offer a number of studentships for PhD students. These awards will ensure that outstanding candidates have access to Lancaster's high-quality research training and facilities, and experienced research-active supervisors.
At Lancaster, postgraduate research funding is available across our four faculties. Follow the links below for further information:
We also offer a range of generous studentships through our Doctoral Training Centres.