Taught master's funding
There are a number of potential sources of funding available to some students aiming to undertake a taught master's course in the history of science, technology and medicine.
Please note that studentships for master's-level study, particularly from national funders, are increasingly only aimed at potential research (PhD) students. The application process for a 'research preparation' studentship may require a fairly detailed research plan to be developed in consultation with potential research supervisors at CHSTM. We are happy to help with this process, but can only do so for candidates genuinely aiming to go on to PhD work.
Some external funding schemes require the application to be submitted via CHSTM, rather than directly by the potential student. Together with drafting and discussion of personal statements and (where appropriate) research proposals, this process can take several weeks. You should therefore discuss any potential funding application well in advance of submission deadlines with the relevant MSc Programme Director in the first instance.
In all cases, please check the relevant external websites for definitive details of awards, eligibility criteria for applicants, and submission deadlines. Please note that competition is intense for all studentships, and a very strong performance at undergraduate level is required.
The Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine (CHSTM) can sometimes offer partial or full studentships to taught master's students. Please contact the Programme Director for details.
Funding for UK and European Union students
Government postgraduate loans of up to £10,000 are available for students aged 60 or under from the UK, if ordinarily resident in England, or from other parts of the UK. Part-time students are eligible. For the latest details, please see the Postgraduate Loan Scheme page on the main University website.
Wellcome Trust Master's Award
Each UK university can nominate one candidate for a fees-plus-maintenance award in the history of medicine, medical humanities, or a related social science area. See the Wellcome Trust website for more information.
North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership
The Arts and Humanities Research Council offers a small number of awards for research-focused students via the North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership.
MSc training is offered only on a 1+3 basis (i.e. for an MSc year followed by a three-year PhD programme, or part-time equivalents). Students seeking a research focus in the humanities (including history) or creative arts may be eligible. UK applicants are eligible for fees plus stipend awards. Other EU applicants are eligible for fees-only awards.
North West Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership
The Economic and Social Research Council similarly offers a small number of awards for research-focused students via the North West Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership.
MSc training is offered only on a 1+3 basis (i.e. for an MSc year followed by a three-year PhD programme, or part-time equivalents). Students seeking a research focus in economic or social history, science and technology studies, or innovation studies may be eligible. UK applicants are eligible for fees plus stipend awards. Other EU applicants are eligible for fees-only awards.
The British Society for the History of Science has in previous years offered Master's Degree Bursaries of up to £4,000 to support the living expenses of those accepted for taught master's courses in History of Science, Technology and Medicine.
Other learned societies such as the Society for Social History of Medicine, the Economic History Society and the Royal Historical Association also offer grants and/or bursaries to those already enrolled on courses to help support research, travel or other expenses.
Professional and Career Development Loans
Some students, particularly those on the MSc Science Communication course with relevant career plans, may qualify for the Professional and Career Development Loans offered by various banks. See the Gov.uk website for more information.
Alternative funding schemes
Self-funding students may be eligible for support from charitable trusts or other agencies on a national or local basis. More information is available from the main University webpage on alternative funding schemes.
Another alternative option is to combine part-time paid work with part-time study on the master's course over two years. It's possible to do this with a restricted number of days on campus. Please talk to the Programme Director for further information.
Non-UK/EU students are eligible to apply for the competitive Chevening Scholarships supported by the UK's Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Potential applicants should also contact their local British Council office for information and advice about funding opportunities.
Wellcome Trust Master's Award
Each UK university can nominate one candidate for a fees-plus-maintenance award in the history of medicine, medical humanities, or a related social science area. The degree of funding available to non-EU students depends on the country of origin. Further information will be available at the Wellcome Trust website.
Other funding options
Non-UK/EU students are also encouraged to investigate funding options through national or other agencies in their own countries, as many will offer study abroad opportunities (eg Marshall Scholarships or Fulbright Scholarships for US citizens).
Further information, including a database of funding opportunities, is provided on the main University website.