Funding and scholarships

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As a postgraduate student in the School of Music you may be eligible to apply for a scholarship or award to help support your studies. 

The School of Music at the University of Leeds is committed to increasing the representation of, and opportunities for, home (UK) Black, Asian or otherwise ethnically minoritised students who wish to pursue Masters level study in the Arts. The School has created two awards, to which such applicants will receive priority access. These awards have been ringfenced owing to historic under-representation within the School, and more widely across the sector, and a commitment to change. To be considered for one of these awards, you must be planning to study within the School of Music, and be from a home (UK) Black, Asian or otherwise ethnically minoritised background.

Postgraduate Masters Loan

If you are a UK or EU national and plan to start a full-time, part-time or distance-learning taught or research Masters course, you may be able to apply for a government-backed loan.

Alumni Bursary 

If you are a former student of the University of Leeds you may be eligible for a 10% alumni tuition fee bursary

Leeds Masters Scholarships

The Leeds Masters Scholarships aim to encourage students from under-represented groups to embark on a postgraduate qualification. The Scholarships are funded by the generous donations from our alumni through the University of Leeds Footsteps Fund and are for UK students paying postgraduate tuition fees at the UK rate. 

Applications for Leeds Masters Scholarships are now closed.

School Scholarships

  • The School of Music is funding two full fees PGT scholarships for entry in September 2023, for Home students who are Black, Asian or otherwise ethnically minoritised. The scholarships aim to encourage participation in PGT-level study for such students, underrepresented within the School, recognising that amongst these cohorts finance is one of the primary barriers to participation. Course fees of from £10,750 to £14,500 will be covered. To apply to be considered for these scholarships, please complete the application form and then submit this by email to before the application deadline, which has now passed.
  • Herbert Thompson Scholarship – the deadline for this scholarship has now passed
  • Julian Rushton Scholarship – the deadline for this scholarship has now passed

University Scholarships

Check the University's scholarship portal for additional opportunities.

Sanctuary Scholarships

We are pleased to offer scholarships for forced migrants to the UK. The Sanctuary Scholarship is open to people who wish to study any undergraduate, postgraduate or research degree.