University of Liverpool Department of Music Bursaries for Applicants from Under-Represented Backgrounds

The Department of Music at the University of Liverpool is committed to encouraging applicants from under-represented backgrounds. Therefore, we offer bursaries to applicants 

  • of all ethnicities from socio-economically under-represented backgrounds 
  • from Black African and Caribbean heritage  

Applicants must be ordinarily resident in the UK and be commencing undergraduate study in the academic year 2022/2023.

The Award

The University of Liverpool will pay £2,000 annually towards the full home tuition fees. The award is tenable for the duration of the programme of study, usually 3 years (subject to satisfactory progression).  

This award does not affect eligibility for the Liverpool Bursary and both awards can be held at the same time.  


Please check your eligibility before making an application.  Awards may be withdrawn if we later become aware that successful scholars have not met eligibility criteria or to have provided false information.

Applicants must satisfy the following to be considered for this bursary:


Be permanently resident in a given area (known as POLAR4 Quintile 1*) where there is low participation in higher education by young people.  


Identify as belonging to one of the following ethnic groups:  

i)    Black or Black British - Caribbean 
ii)   Black or Black British - African
iii)  Mixed - White and Black Caribbean
iv)  Mixed - White and Black African
v)   Other Black background

*To check to see if you live in a POLAR4 Quintile 1 area:

  • Visit the Search by postcode - Office for Students
  • Enter your postcode into the search bar
  • Below the search bar you will see the results of the search ‘Your POLAR4 quintile’.
  • If the result of the search reads POLAR4 Quintile 1, then you are eligible to apply for a Department of Music Bursary. Quintiles 2-5 are not eligible.

In addition, ALL applicants must:

1. Have firmly accepted an offer of a place at the University of Liverpool to study a Single Honours Music programme:

Music BA (Hons), UCAS code: W300
Music and Popular Music BA (Hons), UCAS code: W301
Popular Music BA (Hons), UCAS code: W340
Music and Technology BA (hons), UCAS code: W370

2. Be applying for the first year of a full-time undergraduate degree programme, to commence study in the 2022-2023 academic year.  

3. Be applying for a first degree, i.e. you must not already hold a degree or equivalent higher level qualification.

4. Have been assessed for fee status as a 'home' student

Submitting your application

Please complete the application form and return it to: In the subject line of the email please write the following words: ‘Music Bursary Application’. If you do not receive an email from us to acknowledge receipt of your bursary application within 1 week of submission, please get in touch to check that we have received your application.

Closing Date

Your completed application and supporting documents must reach us by the closing date of Friday 29th April 2022, 5.00pm. 


A shortlist of applicants will be comprised by a panel of representatives from the University of Liverpool including:

  • Admissions
  • Department of Music
  • School of the Arts
  • Widening Participation and Outreach

Successful applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by 1st September 2022.


If you have questions about the award please contact:

Dr Richard Worth – Admissions Tutor, Department of Music

If you have any problems downloading the application form, please contact: