Fees and funding

There are various funding opportunities available for postgraduate taught students and postgraduate research students. In addition, the Department of Music has the Julian Payne scholarship available.


Mary Lil Scholarships 

The Department of Music at the University of Sheffield is delighted to announce the establishment of the Mary Lil Scholarships for students entering in academic year 2021-22.  These scholarships are funded through the generous bequest of Mary Lil, an alumna of the university (1953-1957) who retained a life-long love of music. They are intended to support aspiring music students who meet widening participation criteria, including those who come from low-participation backgrounds. Through these scholarships, the Department aims to further enhance not only the diversity of our own student body, but also the next generation of music performers, educators, scholars, and music industry professionals.

Up to two postgraduate scholarships will also be awarded, including at least one to an eligible UK Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic candidate. In order to be eligible, a student must meet the criteria, and must be accepted on to one of the Department of Music’s postgraduate taught programmes: MA in Composition; MA in Musicology; MA in Music Management; MA in Music Performance Studies; MA in Psychology of Music; MA in Traditional and World Music (Distance Learning); and MA in Music Psychology in Education, Performance and Wellbeing (Distance Learning). Each successful applicant will receive £10,000 in the academic year 2021-22; they can then choose to put the scholarship amount towards fees or living expenses. 

These scholarships will be administered through the Sheffield Postgraduate Scholarships system. For more information please view the central pages. 

Julian Payne Scholarship

Tuition fee scholarships of £3000 are available for Department of Music Masters students commencing in 2021/22.

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Who can apply?

Full-time, part-time, distance-learning, UK, EU and International Master of Arts (MA) students within the Department of Music.

Please note that the Julian Payne award cannot be combined with another award received from the University of Sheffield. Applicants who have been successful for multiple awards will be asked to choose which award they will accept.

International Merit Postgraduate Scholarship 2021

We are delighted to offer 150 International Postgraduate Taught Merit Scholarships in 2021.

Each scholarship is a competitive award worth 25% of the original tuition fee for a postgraduate taught programme starting in September 2021. The scholarships are available to all new international students who meet the eligibility criteria.

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Sheffield Postgraduate Scholarships worth £10,000

The University of Sheffield is pleased to offer 100+ scholarships worth £10,000 each for home students starting a taught postgraduate course in 2021.

The scholarships are for students who meet at least one of the widening participation criteria and/or students who achieve a first in their undergraduate degree. If your application is successful you can use the scholarship towards fees or living expenses, the choice is yours.

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