Scholarships and bursaries

As one of the country's leading centres of research and learning, we are committed to attracting and supporting the very best students. If you have the talent and ability, we want to make sure that you have the opportunity to study here regardless of your financial circumstances.

  • Opportunity Manchester Scholarship

    £1,000 per year will be awarded to students who have either successfully applied for a place having completed the Manchester Access Programme (MAP), or are under the age of 25 and are currently or have been in public care for a minimum of three months.

    Entry Scholarship

    Up to £1,000 for the first year of study, regardless of household income, is awarded to Home/EU students gaining A*AA grades at A level who are entering undergraduate courses in the School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering.

    The A*must be in Mathematics and you must also achieve an A grade in either Further Maths or Physics A level. The 3rd A level can be any subject that we accept for admissions purposes. 

    Students who transfer from another University course or Foundation Year, or who take resits, are not eligible for this Scholarship.

    You do not need to apply for this scholarship as students who meet the criteria will automatically be selected.

    Whitworth Scholarship

    Up to £5,000 per year for students who have pursued a vocational route in an engineering discipline for at least two years after having left full-time education and before entering a degree-level engineering course.

    The Manchester Bursary

    The Manchester Bursary is available to any student who is registered on an eligible undergraduate degree course at The University of Manchester and who has had a full financial assessment carried out by Student Finance. This bursary is additional to the government package of maintenance grants.  This Bursary is only available to UK students.

    Institute of Mechanical Engineers 

    The Institution has a range of scholarships available to students who are about to commence their Institution-accredited degree. For further information please see the IMechE website.

    Mexichem Alastair Sinclair Scholarship

    The purpose of this scholarship is to support University of Manchester students during their studies.

    The Scholarship will be awarded to one new student each academic year for a period of three or four years, depending on their degree. Students will receive £2,250 per year throughout the duration of their studies.

    A summer placement will be available with Mexichem for a period of 4 weeks and will be paid.

    First preference will be given to eligible home students (UK citizens) based in the North West region of England who:

    • Meet Widening Participation criteria but have not completed the Manchester Access Programme
    • Have a combined household income of less than or equal to £35,000
    • Are on the BEng or MEng Mechanical Engineering course

    Eligible students will be ranked by academic merit. Scholarship holders will receive the Scholarship subject to satisfactory academic progress and good conduct and will be expected to complete a report on their progress to the Sinclair family.

  • BP Stem Scholarship

    Awards are available for up to £3,000 per year for first year students on Civil or Mechanical Engineering courses. Students on relevant courses are invited to apply to BP online (normally in November of their first year). Students are selected on the basis of their applications, online tests and an interview. The scholarship is renewable each year based on examination performance.

    For further information, please email

    BP Achievement Award

    Awards are available of up to £1,000 per year for first and second year students on Mechanical Engineering courses. Students on relevant courses are invited to write a 1,000-word essay on a specific subject. There are up to three awards available per School and year. Email and poster publicity is normally launched in December, with a closing date in February. Students are selected on the basis of their entry qualifications / first-year examination results, and the content of their application/essay.

    For further information, please email

  • Sir William Mather Engineering Entrance

    An award of £1,000 per year is available for students from the Manchester area who achieve good grades at A level or equivalent who are studying an undergraduate Mechanical Engineering degree. For further information, please contact:

  • International Excellence Undergraduate 

    £2,000 per year is available for well-qualified international undergraduate students. Nominations for Faculty to consider are made on the basis of high performance in High School final year examinations (or equivalent), and the academic reference on the UCAS form. Students do not need to apply for this scholarship, as all eligible students will automatically be shortlisted.

    Further information can be found on our Faculty-wide scholarships webpage.

    Indian Excellence Scholarships

    To celebrate our long tradition of welcoming Indian students, The University of Manchester has created five prestigious scholarships of£3,000 per year.  The Indian Excellence Scholarships are given to the highest achieving applicants for an undergraduate course within the Faculty of Science and Engineering. Candidates are expected to demonstrate outstanding academic performance in their pre-university International Baccalaureate or Standard XII education and must be permanently domiciled in India or be Indian nationals.

    Candidates must have accepted an offer from the University by 30 June 2018. The scholarship is worth £3,000 per year and is renewable for each year of study, provided the students achieve an annual overall grade of at least 60%. 

    Students are nominated by the admissions teams in their academic school with the faculty. 

  • ICE QUEST Scholarship

    2018 ICE QUEST Undergraduate Scholarship will be open for applications in March 2018.

    As a QUEST undergraduate scholar, you would get:

    • £10,000 over the course of your study
    • Paid work placements every summer
    • The potential for a full-time job with a leading civil engineering or construction company when you graduate
    • Experience, knowledge and the badge of an ICE QUEST scholar, are good for your CV and your career – especially if you want to become an incorporated or chartered civil engineer

    The majority of the scholarships are funded jointly by QUEST and a sponsor company but there are a few fully funded by QUEST or the CF Lunoe Trust.


    To be eligible you need to be starting a full time accredited Civil Engineering undergraduate degree in a UK University in September/October 2018 and have predicted A level grades of ABB or higher. Your subjects would preferably be in maths and science or design based subjects. To check your course is accredited visit the JBM website.

    Please note applications for 2018 will open in March 2018.

    For further information and to apply online, please see the Institute of Civil Engineers website.


    If you have any questions please contact

    t:  07827 891502 

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