Postgraduate Fees and Funding

Please follow the links below for fee & funding information:

Postgraduate Fees and Funding

FASS Faculty Scholarships & Funding

Faculty Postgraduate Scholarships

A number of Faculty Postgraduate bursaries and scholarships are available in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

Level of Study: Masters degree, Masters Degree followed by a PhD (1+3), or PhD degree

Eligibility: Masters - UK, EU and Overseas; MA & PhD (1+3) - UK, EU and Overseas; PhD - UK, EU and Overseas.

All applicants must already hold an offer of a place to study in any department in the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences before applying for a scholarship, and be due to commence their studies during the 2020-21 academic year.

Details of Award: Ranging from fee bursaries to fee bursaries plus maintenance grants up to the value of £15,000.

Applications for bursaries can be made in the following disciplines in postgraduate study:

Art | Creative Writing | Criminology | Design | English Language | English Literature | Environment, Culture & Society | Languages & Cultures | Film | Gender & Women’s Studies | History | Law | Linguistics | Media & Cultural Studies | Music | Philosophy | Politics | Religious Studies | Social Anthropology | Social Work | Sociology | Theatre Studies

Please note applications for bursaries can not be made in Educational Research.

The shortlisting of awards is administered by individual departments. Applicants wishing to be considered for these awards should contact their prospective department for details of the application process. For English Literature and Creative Writing this is Ms Kelly Camm

Please read the relevant terms & conditions before applying:

Faculty MA Scholarships 2020 terms and conditions

Faculty 1+3 Scholarships 2020 terms and conditions

Faculty Research Scholarships 2020 terms and conditions

Applications should be submitted to the relevant departmental contact on the Faculty Scholarship Application Form 2020-2021.

Deadline: 28 February 2020 (5 pm)

Contact: Kelly Camm

University Funding

Alumni Loyalty Scholarships

Lancaster University offers 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

Lancaster University also offers a reduction in tuition fees for a second taught Master’s for eligible applicants, determined by the level of postgraduate award previously achieved. The value of the scholarship is as follows:

  • 20% fee reduction for holders of a Lancaster University or associated institution postgraduate degree with distinction.
  • 10% fee reduction for holders of a Lancaster University or associated institution postgraduate degree with merit.

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
  • Have graduated from one of our partner institutions (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.

External Funding

Postgraduate Loan Scheme

The UK Government offers non means-tested loans of up to a maximum of £10,000 a year to taught and research Master's students. For further information please see the Postgraduate Loan Scheme page.

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

Lancaster University is part of the North-West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership (, which makes around 50 awards each year to support research students in the north-west. Home applicants are eligible for fees and a maintenance grant and EU applicants for fees only.

Students should have been offered a place at Lancaster prior to submitting their AHRC studentship application. Applicants are strongly advised to liaise with prospective supervisors when completing the studentship application form.

Further information about the NWCDTP and the studentships, along with the application forms and guidance notes is available via the Faculty Postgraduate Scholarships webpageand NWCDTP website. Please check that you meet the academic and residential eligibility criteria in the guidance notes before applying. Applications should be made on the appropriate application form and should be sent to FASS PG Admissions.

To be eligible to apply for funding, applications to the PhD programme must be received by the university by 13 January 2020.

The deadline for funding applications to the NWCDTP is the 7th February 2020. You will need to provide detailed references including from your prospective supervisor: it is important you begin this process early.

If you intend to apply for NWCDTP funding, please contact Lindsey Moore (ELS) or Jenn Ashworth (CW) at your earliest opportunity.