Birmingham Masters Scholarship scheme

Please note: this information applies to the Birmingham Masters Scholarship Scheme for 2021 entry. Details of any scholarships and awards for future applicants wishing to start in 2022 will be confirmed later this year.

We are offering over 300 awards of £1,500 to support the brightest and best applicants wishing to undertake Masters study at the University during 2021-22.

We want you to excel at Birmingham and to stand out in an increasingly competitive, global job market once you graduate. Alongside our robust personal and academic support, we offer financial support to ensure the very best candidates can undertake postgraduate study with us.

The Birmingham Masters scholarships will be awarded to over 300 candidates beginning their Masters study in 2021 and awards will be based on previous academic and/or professional performance. Candidates are expected to attain a First-class or Upper Second-class (2:1) Honours degree (or the equivalent) for their undergraduate qualification and to provide a strong personal statement in evidence of their achievements. 

Applications are now closed. The deadline for applications was 23:59 on Saturday 31 July 2021.

Eligibility and selection criteria

The Birmingham Master Scholarships will be available to students who are:

  • Domiciled in the UK — students recorded as Home for fee status purposes are eligible, provided that they meet the other eligibility criteria;
  • Self-funded — you must be self-funding (and not in receipt of any other scholarships) or applying for a postgraduate government loan to pay your fees and living expenses;
  • Not already registered on a postgraduate programme — applicants must not currently be enrolled on a postgraduate degree course;
  • Undertaking a Masters course in an eligible subject

Eligible courses include the following, delivered at our Edgbaston Campus or by distance learning. 

  • LLM
  • MA (Taught)
  • MSc (Pre-reg)
  • MSc (Taught)
  • MPH
  • MEd

Please note that MA/MSc by Research and MRes (combined taught and research) programmes are not eligible.

Judging criteria:

Eligibility to receive the scholarship will be determined by a University selection panel based on the following criteria:

  • Academic excellence and previous study -  Birmingham Masters Scholarships are primarily awarded on the basis of academic performance in the applicants’ previous studies
  • Professional qualifications and achievements - Qualifications and other notable achievements from relevant professional roles will be taken into account
  • Strength of the personal statement - The personal statement is a chance to make the application stand out. It should, amongst other things: outline your interest in the subject, demonstrate that your background has sufficiently prepared you for the degree, mention any relevant experience and outline how the course will fit into your future plans
  • University or College subject priorities

How to apply

To be considered for an award, applicants must, by the deadline, have done both of the following:

Applicants should enter the application ID number that they were given during the application to the Masters programme.

Applications for Round 2 are now closed. The deadline for applications was 23:59 on Saturday 31 July 2021. Candidates will be notified of the outcome by the end of August 2021.

Candidates who applied in Round 1 will be notified of the outcome by the end of June 2021 and if you have not been successful, you will automatically be placed on the reserve list and considered in Round 2. You do not need to apply again. 


Are you a current final year undergraduate student at Birmingham? Apply for the Postgraduate Progression Award 

Are you an International student? Check out our postgraduate scholarships for International postgraduate students