Birmingham Masters Scholarship Scheme

Birmingham Masters Scholarship SchemeFor 2018 entry we are offering 100 new £2,000 scholarships for Masters students in selected subject areas. This means that there is even more financial support available for you to pursue your Masters at Birmingham. 

A Masters qualification from the University of Birmingham has always been a valuable asset – one that, on average, boosts your earning potential by £200,000* – and can set you on the path to your dream career.

For 2018 entry the University has 100 new £2,000 scholarships available for Masters students in selected subject areas, supporting the brightest and best postgraduates to excel at Birmingham and stand out in an increasingly competitive, global job market. 

*Average increase in earnings of a Masters graduate over the course of an average working life (compared with a Bachelor’s graduate). Statistic taken from The Postgraduate Premium (The Sutton Trust, 2013).

Eligibility and selection criteria

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

  • Domiciled in the UK or EU
    Students recorded as Home or EU for fee-status purposes are eligible, provided that they meet the other eligibility criteria.
  • Studying full time or part time for a maximum of two years
    A standard taught Masters course lasts one year if taken on a full-time basis, or two years if taken part time. Full-time courses that last two years are eligible. Any course that lasts longer than two years is not eligible for the funding.
  • Self-funded
    You must be self-funding 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 

Award nomination will be based on the following criteria:

  • Academic achievements and previous study
  • Professional qualifications and achievements
  • Strength of the personal statement

Eligible subject areas

Scholarships are available in the following subject areas:

Arts and Law

Department of English Language and Applied Linguistics


Department of Theology and Religion

Heritage Studies

Modern Languages



History of Art


Social Sciences

Social Policy


Life and Environmental Sciences

Urban and Regional Studies

Earth Sciences

Environmental Health and Atmospheric Science


Engineering and Physical Sciences


Computer Science

Medical and Dental Sciences

Health Research


Awards will then be allocated on the basis of merit – simply meeting the criteria will not guarantee that your application is successful. The awards will be made based on academic performance in the applicants’ previous studies.

Candidates are expected to attain or have attained a First-class or Upper Second-class (2:1) Honours degree (or the equivalent) for their undergraduate qualification.

How to apply

To be considered for an award, applicants must, by the 31 January deadline, have done both of the following:

  • Made an application to their intended Masters programme. Please apply through the relevant programme page on the Course finder section of the University of Birmingham website.
    This must include all of the relevant supporting documentation: references, transcripts if available, and English language certification if applicable.
  • Completed the Birmingham Masters Scholarships application form

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

Round one deadline: 23:59 BST, 31 January 2018.


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