The School's postgraduate community is one of the largest and most diverse in the UK, enjoying state-of-the-art facilities and excellent support within a high-quality research environment.
The School offers an extensive range of research specialisations and Master's programmes in the following areas: European Languages and Cultures; Latin American Cultural Studies; Middle Eastern Studies; Linguistics and English Language; and Translation, Interpreting and Intercultural Studies. Apply for a programme here.
Funding your studies will be a crucial factor in your decision to apply for a postgraduate degree, so the earlier you consider your funding options, the better.
Just announced, May 2012 - MA Fee Bursaries
The School is offering a limited number of MA Fee Bursaries. Please see below for further information.
Funding for MA Conference Interpreting programme
Prospective students of the MA in Conference Interpreting may be eligible to apply for a €2,200 study bursary from the Directorate-General for Interpretation of the European Commission. Eligibility depends on language combination; for example, English A, French and German C is a priority combination.
Further information can be found here:
Please note that the following funding competitions have all closed:
The President Doctoral Scholar (PDS) Awards
The Faculty of Humanities proposes to make around 40 PDS awards, which will take two forms:
- [Category A] 20 or more PDS awards for outstanding AHRC/ESRC applicants: these awards will provide tuition fees, the research council stipend (£13,590 in 2011-12), and an additional stipend of £1K.
- [Category B] Around 20 further PDS awards, covering tuition fees (home/EU or international, as appropriate) and the equivalent of the research council stipend (£13,590 in 2011-12).
Category A awards will be awarded competitively to the best candidates from any of the Schools in the Faculty.
Category B awards are devolved to Schools. The School of Arts, Histories and Cultures and the School of Languages, Linguistics and Cultures, which will form a single School with effect from September 2012, will together make five such awards. Successful candidates will be chosen by open competition among all students holding offers of places on doctoral programmes in either of the two Schools. These awards will carry limited teaching duties.
Candidates for awards in either category must make an application to the School using the procedure outlined below.
Additional benefits to be enjoyed by PDS award-holders will include opportunities to:
- Be invited to attend a series of exclusive events where you will have the opportunity to meet the University’s President and Vice Chancellor, interact closely with our academic community and network with other PDS students.
- Become a PDS ambassador for the University
- Receive a President’s Doctoral Scholar medal at graduation
Applications will be ranked according to two key criteria: the candidate’s academic track-record, and the quality of the research proposal.
- Track-record. Applicants must have a first-class Honours degree (or non-UK equivalent), hold or expect to achieve a Masters-level qualification, which we would expect to be at distinction level or equivalent. Additional indicators of academic quality will include prizes awarded and information supplied by the applicant’s referees.
- Research Proposal. Proposals will be judged according to their cogency of exposition and evidence of the project’s originality.
Applications should be made using the President's Doctoral Scholar (PDS) Funding Application Form. Applicants must:
- Submit their application for a place on a doctoral programme in the School by Wednesday 15 February 2012 at the latest.
- Submit their completed Funding Application Form by Friday 2 March 2012 at the latest.
Any enquiries regarding PDS funding within the School of Languages, Linguistics and Cultures should be directed to Amanda Mathews: firstname.lastname@example.org
AHRC Funding 2012-13 for PhD and MA students
UK and EU students intending to take a research degree (PhD) or a taught degree (MA) in the School may be eligible to apply for support from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). AHRC awards are competitive and provide payment of tuition fees and a maintenance stipend for UK students, and tuition fees (and a maintenance stipend, subject to eligibility criteria) for EU students. Please note that all AHRC awards are subject to confirmation by the AHRC.
The School expects to have the following AHRC studentships available for UK and EU students starting their programme of study in September 2012:
A maximum of 4 PhD awards will be made from the following subjects – French Studies/German Studies/Italian Studies/Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies/Linguistics and English Language.
Research Preparation Masters Studentships in the areas of: French Studies; German Studies; Iberian and Latin American Studies; Linguistics and English Language.
A Professional Preparation Masters Studentship in the area of Translation and Interpreting Studies.
Whilst we expect to make awards in the above areas, please note the MA studentships are still to be confirmed by the AHRC.
Full details and guidance notes on how to apply are available here:
The closing date for AHRC applications is Friday 2 March 2012.
To ensure that you are holding an offer of a place by the funding closing date, please submit your online application for a place on the PhD programme no later than Wednesday 15 February 2012.
ESRC Funding 2012-13
The University of Manchester is now a member of the ESRC's North West Doctoral Training College (DTC). The North West DTC receives the largest number of ESRC PhD studentships in England, and applications are now open to candidates wishing to undertake a PhD within appropriate pathways of the NWDTC. Successful applicants will benefit from joint training provision with Lancaster and Liverpool. The relevant pathways are
- Language-Based Area Studies (LBAS), including PhD studentships in
- Arab World studies
- East Asian studies
- Latin American and Caribbean studies
- Russian and East European studies
Applicants must have an offer of a place on an appropriate doctoral programme before they can be considered for an ESRC DTC studentship in our School.
We welcome applicants from the UK and the EU in all ESRC-fundable areas of LBAS and Linguistics and English Language. For details of the pathways please see http://www.nwdtc.ac.uk/programmes/pathways.html.
The deadline to submit applications for the ESRC studentships is 23 March 2012. Further information including the application form can be found here:
You must complete the application form and submit this, together with your transcripts and references, to the Postgraduate Office: email@example.com
Please note: you are advised to submit your PhD programme application to the University by 7 March 2012, to ensure that you are in receipt of an offer of a place on a PhD programme in advance of the 23 March 2012 deadline. Students will be informed of the outcome of the ESRC DTC application process by the end of April 2012.
ESRC Case Studentship Award 2012-13 - the Centre for Chinese Studies in Collaboration with the Museum of Science and Industry (Manchester) and the Centre for Museology, University of Manchester
School Funding Opportunities - just announced!
Graduate Scholarship in Film
PhD Fee Bursaries
Mont Follick Studentship in Linguistics - Preference to be given to projects on Comparative Philology or Historical Linguistics
Funding opportunities for international students
- NAFUM (North American Foundation Awards University of Manchester)
- Fulbright Scholarship
- British Marshall Scholarships
- The Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan
- DFID Shared Scholarships Scheme
- British Chevening Scholarships