Master's Studentships in Humanities and Social Science

This scheme enables researchers to undertake humanities or social science Master's courses in any area of health.

We’re changing our funding schemes

The way we fund research is changing to support our new strategy

Some of the Master's programmes we fund may still be recruiting students. Contact the programmes listed in 'How to apply' on this page for more information. 

Scheme at a glance 

Career stage:
Level of funding:

Studentship stipend and fees covered

Duration of funding:

1 year

Key dates

See individual programmes for dates (in the 'How to apply' section on this page).

Who can apply

You can apply to one of the Master's programmes that we fund if you want to develop humanities or social science research skills and train in an area of health. 

You can apply before you graduate, but you must have obtained your degree (or equivalent) before taking up the award.

Find out more about eligibility by going to the websites of the programmes we've funded (see the 'How to apply' section on this page).

Who can't apply

You can't apply to carry out activities that involve the transfer of grant funds into mainland China.

Other schemes

Doctoral Studentships

Enabling researchers to undertake humanities or social science doctoral degrees in any area of health.
Full details of Doctoral Studentships
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A Master’s Award is for one year. Support includes:

  • You'll get a stipend based on our studentship stipend scale:

    • £16,000 if you're based outside London
    • £18,000 if you're based in London
  • We usually provide funds at the level charged to UK/EU students, rather than the overseas student rate (with the exception of applicants who are from low- and middle-income countries).

Please don't apply to Wellcome. Instead, you should apply directly to one of the programmes below that we've funded:
Birkbeck, University of London

MA Medical Humanities: Bodies, Cultures and Ideas

University of Bristol

LLM in Health, Law, and Society

MSc in Healthcare Ethics and Law

University of Cambridge

MPhil in Health, Medicine and Society

King's College London

Global Health MSc

Please contact

The London School of Economics and Political Science

MSc in Health and International Development 

The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

MSc in Public Health (humanities and social science ‘pathway’)

University of Manchester

MSc History of Science, Technology and Medicine

Newcastle University

MA in the History of Medicine 

University of Southampton

MSc in Global Health

University of Strathclyde

MSc in Health History

University of Warwick

MA in the History of Medicine 

University of York

MA in Medical History and Humanities

Contact us

If you have a question, contact the relevant university programme.

Develop your research career

See our other postgraduate training schemes.