MA fees and funding

There are a wide range of possible sources of studentships, scholarships and bursaries. You will need to begin your enquiries in good time to meet deadlines.

Quite a lot of our postgraduate students are externally funded. Our students have been supported by grants from government research bodies, charities, trusts, foundations, corporate and other sponsors.

Funding Opportunities - Taught MAs

Further information on funding opportunities can be found on the Student Based Services website.

Funding Opportunities - MA Social Work qualifications

  • For social work students ordinarily resident in England, there are bursaries available through the NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA). Information, including eligibility criteria can be found on the NHSBSA website, in their regular Bursary Newsletters, and in their 'Ask Us' section.
  • For Postgraduate applicants, we allocate on a first come first served basis, meaning that candidates who accept Lancaster University as their firm choice on UCAS are prioritised and ranked accordingly (in the order of the date the University offer was accepted).

The social work bursary scheme is currently being reviewed and you should regularly check the NHSBA website to keep up to date with any changes that will be in place for your entry year.

Travel costs may be incurred in getting to Social Work placements. The amount will vary depending on the location of the placement but students may be able to claim a placement travel allowance from the NHS or a contribution from the agency offering the placement towards the cost of travel. All Social Work students will need to pay for an enhanced Criminal Record Bureau check. Students also need to consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, photocopying, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits. Following graduation it may be necessary to take out subscriptions to professional bodies and to buy business attire for job interviews


Tuition fees and other resources

Please visit the University postgraduate fees and funding web pages for information about:

  • current tuition fees
  • estimated living costs
  • other departmental and university funding opportunities

Further information

If you require further information about fees and funding, or would like to be notified of any upcoming workshops on developing a funding application, please contact us:

Sociology Postgraduate Admissions 
Dept of Sociology
Lancaster University
Lancaster LA1 4YT

Tel: + 44 (0)1524 593148


Further studentships for Overseas and EU/UK applicants may become available later in the year. Any eligible applicant with a pending or accepted online application will be sent the details if they become available.