Department of Music

Fees and funding for music students

There is a wide range of financial support available for students at the University of Nottingham. The support available depends on many factors such as:

  • subject
  • award level
  • where you live
  • income

Many of the financial support options require you to hold an offer of a place to study at Nottingham before you can make an application for funding.

It is therefore highly recommended that you begin the application process in time to meet the funding deadlines.


General funding information including bursaries and scholarships


Postgraduate funding

General information


Masters Degree Funding

Midland3Cities Nottingham Masters Studentships
(Note: the application deadline for 2016 entry has now passed.)

Tuition Fees and stipend of £8,400 (2016 entry)

This is for students wishing to pursue an on-site Masters (full- or part-time) over a maximum period of two years.

Providing routes in to the AHRC-funded Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership, the University of Nottingham is offering 15 Research Preparation Masters studentships to start September 2016. These awards are available to outstanding students from the UK and EU who wish to pursue a Masters degree (MA or MRes) at the University of Nottingham in any area of the Arts and Humanities and areas eligible for AHRC funding in Law and Social Sciences.

Midlands3Cities Nottingham Masters studentships are intended to prepare students for doctoral study so it is crucial that applicants make a clear case for how the Masters will lead to an intended PhD programme.

Awards will cover the equivalent of home or EU tuition fees for the Faculty of Arts and provide a stipend of £8,400 (2016 entry). They do not guarantee subsequent doctoral funding, for which a separate application must be made.

Further information and application form

Digital Humanities Centre Scholarship

The Digital Humanities Centre at The University of Nottingham invites applications for one MA/MSc Scholarship to provide support in the Centre. The Scholarship is available for postgraduate study in the Departments of Archaeology, Art History, Classics, History, Music, Philosophy, and Theology and Religious Studies. The award pays an amount equivalent to UK/EU tuition fees for one year of full-time or two years of part-time postgraduate masters study. It can be awarded as a tuition fee or a stipendiary scholarship. 

Further information and application form

Lillian M Ruff Postgrdaute Scholarship - applications for 2015/16 are now closed

Dr Lillian M Ruff is a graduate of The University of Nottingham who has generously established this scholarship in her name.

There will be one recipient in 2015/16, being awarded a scholarship equivalent to the full cost of the UK/EU fee for a part-time taught MA course in the School of Humanities at The University of Nottingham.

Full details on what's involved and how to apply

Henry Thomas Mitchell Postgraduate Scholarship - applications are now closed

These tuition fee scholarships worth £2,500 will be awarded on a competitive basis to two full-time postgraduate students enrolled on the MA in Music. The scholarships are particularly intended for students specialising in vocal performance or researching an aspect of singing orthe voice. The awards will be made for the 2016/17 academic year, and they cannot be deferred. To be eligible to apply you must have a UK or EU fee status and have an offer of a place on the MA programme.

Download a Henry Thomas Mitchell scholarship application form

Scholarships for international students

A range of funding is available for students from different countries.

See the full range of Masters scholarships available

Government supported loans

Student Loan Company

Postgraduate loans of up to £10,000 for eligible students who are studying a taught or research Masters course commencing in September 2016/17. 

Full details on the Student Services website

Professional and career development loans

Commercial loans supported by the Skills Funding Agency. The Government pays the interest on the loan while you are studying.

More information on the Student Services website


Research degrees funding

M3C-219The Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership (M3C DTP) is a collaboration between the University of Birmingham, Birmingham City University, De Montfort University, University of Leicester, Nottingham Trent University and The University of Nottingham. M3C provides research candidates with expert supervision (including opportunities for cross-institutional supervision), research training and access to a wide range of facilities, cohort events and placement opportunities with regional, national and international partners in the creative and cultural sectors.

Further details on what's involved and how to apply

Faculty of Arts PhD studentship working with Manuscripts and Special Collections - applications are now closed

This studentship, starting September 2016, will enable you to undertake and complete a doctoral degree working on the Manuscripts and Special Collections at The University of Nottingham.

Full details on what's involved and how to apply

Sir Francis Hill Scholarship - applications are now closed

This Scholarship is founded by a bequest under the will of Sir Francis Hill, Chancellor of the University, 1971–1978. This award is open to nominations from the Faculties of Social Sciences and Arts. Each School may nominate only one student. The expected start date for awards is 1 October 2016. The Scholarship can be awarded for up to three years provided that the student makes satisfactory progress.

Full details of what's involved and how to apply

Scholarships for international students

A range of funding is available for students from different countries.

See the full range of PhD scholarships available



Choral scholarships

The Department of Music has a strong relationship with churches in the City of Nottingham, some of whom offer choral scholarships.

More information on choral scholarships and how to apply

Tuition fees



Department of Music

The University of Nottingham
Lakeside Arts Centre
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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