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.

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Mary Lill Scholarships 

The Department of Music at the University of Sheffield is delighted to offer the Mary Lill Scholarships for 2023 entry. These scholarships are funded through the generous bequest of Mary Lill, 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 Transcultural and Traditional Music Studies (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; 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

2 tuition fee scholarships of £3000 are available for Department of Music Masters students.

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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.

The Charles Allan Bryars scholarship

The Charles Allan Bryars scholarship is earmarked for research related to the organ. Eligibility criteria: to support the current study of postgraduate organists, who through their research are contributing to organ-related scholarship in the department and beyond. 

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 scholarships 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.

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​Sheffield Cathedral Choral Scholarships

Frequency: up to six scholars are in post at any one time, maximum tenure three years.
Duties: rehearsals and choral services at Sheffield Cathedral; residency in Sheffield throughout the three choir terms.
Value: Annual Bursary and lessons. 
Eligibility: All applicants holding an offer to study at the University of Sheffield.
Enquiries: music@sheffield-cathedral.org.uk

Sir Henry Coward Organ Scholarship 

Frequency: one award is available.
Duties: Postholder fulfils the conventional duties of an organ scholar at Sheffield Cathedral.
Value: £TBC
Eligibility: All applicants holding an offer to study Music at the University of Sheffield.
Assessment: Audition. 
Enquiries: music@sheffield-cathedral.org.uk.

Escafeld Chorale Associate Soloist 

Frequency: one award is available, maximum tenure two years.
Duties: rehearsals and performances in solo roles with Escafeld Chorale.
Value: £400
Eligibility: All current Music students at the University of Sheffield.
Assessment: Audition.
Escafeld Chorale Sheffield  

International Merit Postgraduate Scholarship 

We are delighted to offer 150 International Postgraduate Taught Merit Scholarships in 2022.

Each scholarship is a competitive award worth 25% of the original tuition fee for a postgraduate taught programme starting in September 2022. 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 2022.

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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Alumni Rewards 

Our graduates may be eligible for up to a 20% tuition fee discount for their PGT programme, thanks to our Postgraduate Taught Alumni Loyalty Award (capped at £1,500) and Alumni Excellence Scholarships (capped at £2,500).

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Department of Music - Scholarship Winners  

Weekly online events

Attend an online event when it suits you, all year round, as an alternative to an open day.

Every Wednesday, Sheffield Live sessions cover different aspects of University life. You can also meet your department and learn more about studying your subject.