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Department of Physics and Astronomy

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International students

We have a long tradition of welcoming international students to Manchester to study all aspects of physics in a busy, cosmopolitan and student-oriented city.

Here you join a thriving international community of physicists, in a Department placed first in Europe in the widely-respected 2018 Shanghai Ranking of Universities, with a proud history of Nobel prize-winning scientific discovery. This track record stretches from Rutherford’s pioneering work in nuclear physics to the discovery of graphene in 2004 by current Nobel Laureates, Andre Geim and Kostya Novoselov.

Country-specific information

To help international students, the University provides specific information for individual countries including entry requirements, English language requirements and alumni information.

English language courses

The University Language Centre offers language courses to suit all levels. The Centre’s pre-sessional courses are designed to help international students develop the academic skills needed to progress to undergraduate or postgraduate programmes.

The University Language Centre also provides a range of English language support services for registered students whose first language is not English.

Fees, funding and scholarships


EU tuition fee bands for 2019 entry in Department of Physics and Astronomy

  • BSc and MPhys: £9,250 per year (tuition fees for 2020 to be confirmed)
  • Master’s by Research: £11,500 per year
  • PhD (full-time): £4,327 per year

International tuition fee bands for 2019 entry in Department of Physics and Astronomy

  • BSc and MPhys: £24,500 per year (£25,000 in 2020)
  • Master’s by Research:  £24,500 per year(£25,000 in 2020)
  • Postgraduate Research:£24,500 per year (£25,000 in 2020)


There are a range of funding options open to international students, depending on the nature of your programme.


International Excellence Undergraduate Scholarships

  • The award: £2,000 per year
  • Who is eligible: Well qualified international students who apply for any undergraduate degree course within the Faculty of Science and Engineering.

Further details on criteria and selection can be obtain at:

Indian Excellence Scholarships

  • The award: £80,000 available over three awards. The highest ranked student will receive £40,000 payable as £10,000 per year, for up to four years of study. Two students will receive awards of £30,000 each payable as £5,000 per year, for up to four years of study.
  • Who is eligible: any Indian student who can demonstrate excellent levels of attainment while studying the International Baccalaureate of Standard XII.

Three individual scholarships are available. These prestigious Faculty awards will be made on the basis of an applicant’s UCAS form. There is no special interview or extra work commitment involved.

Physics Success Scholarships

  • The award: £2,000, payable during the first year of the course.
  • Who is eligible: International students who have demonstrated academic excellence in their examinations

For further information email:


President’s Doctoral Scholar Awards

The President's Doctoral Scholar Award is a flagship funding scheme supported by the University's President and Vice Chancellor, Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell. It offers the most outstanding home and international students the chance to win one of 100 elite studentships each year. Successful students will be awarded funding for their doctoral studies as well as a further £1000 towards their living costs. Through the award you will also be invited to take part in extra-curricular activities that support and enhance your work here at the University.

Overseas Research Scholar Awards

The Overseas Research Scholar Awards are awarded annually by the Department to four overseas researchers. The award subsidises the international student fees to the level that a UK and EU student would pay. The award is highly competitive and so early application is advisable.

Research Scholar Awards for European Nationals

The Department offers four bursaries that cover fees and up to £7,500 per annum for maintenance costs.

For further information email:

Arrival and orientation

The Department of Physics and Astronomy has a large international student community, and each year we welcome students from almost 50 countries around the world. We will help to make your transition to Manchester as smooth as possible.

Students from outside the UK will be given guidance to Manchester and the University campus. The University offers a comprehensive programme of Orientation events to help international students settle in following their arrival in Manchester. 

Postgraduate and international societies

The International Society is an independent, not-for-profit organisation unique to Greater Manchester. The society has over 3,000 members from over 150 different countries.

It provides a warm and welcoming place to meet friends and make contacts during your stay. Its members, many of whom have themselves experienced living away from their native country, aim to ensure students have a rewarding experience in the UK.

The society arranges weekend trips around the UK, offers over 40 different classes each week and organises more than 100 different social events throughout the year, helping you to make the most of your time in the UK.

For full details of forthcoming events and to find out more about the society, visit the International Society website.