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Deaf Education bursaries

Two bursaries are available to eligible applicants to our MSc Deaf Education course.

1. The Lawrence Werth Bursary for Teachers of the Deaf

The University of Manchester is pleased to offer student bursaries of £3,000 for up to two individuals per year enrolling on the MSc/PGDip Deaf Education course.

The bursaries are in memory of Lawrence Werth, who was a respected figure in the international audiology industry. Our course is the oldest deaf education course in the UK, and is at a university that has been developing expertise in this area for nearly 100 years, so it is fitting to be able to offer this bursary scheme in memory of such an iconic figure in UK audiology.

The bursary can be applied to any mode of study (part-time or full-time), but only one bursary of £3,000 can be awarded per student, and this will be deducted from the overall fees. If you secure another form of bursary after confirmation of the Lawrence Werth Bursary, you must contact the Deaf Education course leader to rescind the Lawrence Werth Bursary.

Eligibility criteria

The University is looking to attract students who have a passion for deaf education and can demonstrate the following criteria.

Applicants must:

  • Be a qualified teacher and qualified to teach in the UK.
  • Demonstrate exceptional classroom practice.
  • Have a commitment to raising standards in deaf education and the drive to achieve this.
  • Have an unconditional offer of a place on the Teacher of the Deaf training programme at Manchester (PGDip/MSc Deaf Education).
  • Begin the programme in September 2021. It is not possible to defer the award to future years.

Applicants must not:

  • Be a teacher already employed on a permanent contract as a Teacher of the Deaf.
  • Be in receipt of another significant source of funding (e.g. Local Authority funding or Con Powell Scholarship).
  • Have previously undertaken training on an MQ Deaf Education programme and failed to complete it.

How to apply

Applications must be made in writing and be no more than 800 words in length. Please apply using a Word document in standard font, stating your name, address, mobile and email address.

The Word document should be sent by email to Amelia Clark ( You will receive an email confirming receipt.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited for a remote interview over Zoom.


2. Deaf Education Centenary Bursary

The University of Manchester is pleased to offer student bursaries of £1,500 for up to two individuals in 2021/22 to progress their Postgraduate Diploma Deaf Education qualification through to the completion of an MSc in Deaf Education.

The bursary marks 100 years of Deaf Education at Manchester, the longest-running provider of Teacher of the Deaf training in the UK. The purpose of the bursary is to enable students who have completed the PGDip to undertake research that will contribute to the development of knowledge in the field.

We are continuously committed to raising standards in the profession, and the development of this scheme in collaboration with our partner The Ewing Foundation is one of the ways we are able to do this.

The £1,500 award is contributed towards the full fee for MSc study. Students are expected to make arrangements for payment of the remaining balance.

Eligibility criteria

The University of Manchester is looking to support students to continue their studies who have a passion for deaf education and can meet the following criteria.

Applicants must:

  • hold a Postgraduate Diploma in Deaf Education (or be about to receive the award in the summer 2021 graduation period);
  • have received their PGDip from Manchester. We cannot accept learners with diplomas from other institutions onto the MSc module;
  • be within the prescribed timescales to complete their MSc study (this can be checked with the university administration team).

How to apply

Please apply by email using a Word document in standard font starting your name, address, mobile and email address. Please note the years studied at The University of Manchester on your application.

The application should cover the following.

  • Overview of research interest

Maximum 800 words in length

This statement enables us to understand what you anticipate your interest in research to be. We do not expect applicants to have a fully worked-out research proposal.

We would like, however, to understand the topic you are interested in researching and what methodology may be used in researching your chosen topic.

  • Statement considering applicability of the work to the field

Maximum 500 words in length

This statement enables us to understand how you think your chosen topic will support raising standards for deaf children and young people/the profession.

  • Personal statement

Maximum 500 words in length

This statement should cover your present position in the field - if you are working with deaf children, where and in what context. It should also cover any particular strengths you believe you would bring to the project.

You are able to present relevant evidence from your previous study at Manchester if this is applicable.

The completed document should be emailed to

Selection procedure

The selection will be undertaken by a panel comprising University academic staff. A representative of The Ewing Foundation will also be present on the panel.

The chair of the panel will request a grade transcript from PGDip study for all applicants from the Postgraduate Office. The decision will be based on both the application and the grade transcript

The decision made by the panel is final. There is no remit for appeal.