Scholarships and fees

Scholarships, loans and discounts are available for postgraduate study.

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Department Scholarships

Scholarships of up to £3000 are available on the basis of academic excellence and Access and Participation criteria. The amount awarded will be determined by the number of criteria you meet and your application statement. The scholarship will be paid directly to you so you can use it towards fees or living expenses – the choice is yours.

Eligibility criteria

To apply for a scholarship you have to meet the following criteria:

  • Be a Home fee status student.
  • Be applying for any Masters course in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering.
  • Hold, or are predicted to obtain, a first class undergraduate degree or you meet one or more of the Access and Participation criteria listed below.

How to apply

Deadline to apply for the scholarship is 13:00 (UK time) on Friday 2nd September 2023.

Selection Process

This is a competitive process and not all applications will be successful. When reviewing your application, senior members of faculty staff will give regard to the following:

  • Applicant has detailed their strengths and weaknesses and why they would be a good recipient of this scholarship.
  • Applicant has provided a clear rationale for applying for a postgraduate course at the University of Sheffield.
  • Applicant has clearly articulated future ambitions; these goals relate to the postgraduate degree he/she has applied for.

Applications for 2023 entry have now closed. 

Access and Participation criteria
  • You have been in care as a looked-after child for at least 13 weeks since the age of 14 and be aged under 25 on the first day of your course. You have a disability.
  • You are estranged from your parents and are aged under 25 on the first day of your course. 
  • You are a carer for an ill or disabled family member.
  • As an undergraduate student you were/are in receipt of support from the Student Loans Company which indicates that your household income was assessed as £40,000 or less. 
  • You were/are in receipt of a Maintenance Grant as an undergraduate (if you started your undergraduate course after August 2016 you will need to provide evidence from the Student Loans Company to confirm your household income was assessed as £40,000 or less).
  • You are from a black or minority ethnic group.
  • You are a woman applying for a postgraduate taught course in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering.
  • You come from one of the most deprived areas of the country as defined by the government's IMD (Indices of Multiple Deprivation) database. If your postcode IMD value is 16,250 or less, you meet this criteria. You can check your postcode ranking using the IMD website. You should check the postcode for the address you lived at during your last year of school or college. Please note this criteria only applies to students who live in England.  
  • You come from an area where it is unusual for people to go to university. This is defined by the government's classification called Polar 3, to meet this criteria your address must fall into quintile 1 or 2 in the young participation quintile or the Adult HE qualification quintile. You can check your postcode quintile using the POLAR search tool. You should check the postcode for the address you lived at during your last year of school or college. Please note this criteria only applies to students from the UK.  

Scholarships for home students

The University is offering 100+ scholarships worth £10,000 each for home fee paying students starting a taught postgraduate course in 2023.

Scholarships for home fee paying students

Scholarships for international students

The department has been attracting high calibre international students for many years and, along with the University, we are committed to rewarding applicants of exceptional promise and high academic standing. 

Just select your home country from the following list to see which scholarships are available to international postgraduate taught course students.

Guillermo Zavala (MMet Advanced Metallurgy student) was awarded a Postgraduate Merit Scholarship. Read more about GuillermoMaria Graciela Vazques García (MSc(Eng) Aerospace Materials) was awarded a British Chevening Scholarship.

Read more about Maria

Alumni Rewards

As a Sheffield graduate, you’re entitled to a discount on your tuition fees. The discount you'll receive depends on the grade you achieve or achieved in your undergraduate course and the level of study.

Find out more about Alumni Rewards

Fees and funding

It's important to find out how much the fees are for your course and get advice on funding your studies.

Find out more

We recommend using the University's online support:

Further information on living costs can be found here:

Postgraduate masters loans

You could qualify for a postgraduate masters loan of up to £11,836* to help fund your studies, including fees and the cost of living.

For further information and to apply visit postgraduate loans.

* For the 2022-23 academic year

Top in the Russell Group

We are the top-ranked Russell Group university for Graduate Prospects in Materials Science and Engineering. (The Times Good University Guide 2020)

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International Merit Scholarships

We offer a generous package of financial support for international students including 75 undergraduate scholarships worth £10,000 towards the annual tuition fee and 125 postgraduate taught scholarships worth £5,000 towards the tuition fee. Applications are now open for existing offer holders.