Access to Birmingham (A2B) Postgraduate Scholarships

A2B -banner-700For 2018 entry we are offering 25 new £2,000 scholarships for Masters students from under-represented groups. 

Investing in a postgraduate degree, on average, boosts your earning potential by £200,000* and can set you on the path to your dream career, enhance your job prospects or help you to change career direction.

We understand the significant financial investment required for a postgraduate degree and, to enhance our support for postgraduate students at Birmingham, we have introduced 25 new £2,000 scholarships for Masters students from under-represented groups.

The Access to Birmingham (A2B) Postgraduate Scholarships aim to encourage under-represented students to pursue a postgraduate qualification that will equip them with specialist knowledge and help them to stand out in an increasingly competitive 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).

Please note the deadline for applications for 2018 entry has now passed. Applications will re-open for 2019 entry later in the year.

Eligibility and selection criteria

The Access to Birmingham (A2B) Postgraduate Scholarships will be available to students:

  • 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.
  • Undertaking a Masters course in any subject (excluding Government-funded programmes such as Nursing, Teacher Training and Social Work)
    All taught Masters courses that are not already part funded by the Government are eligible for the awards.

Who have previously participated in the University of Birmingham Access to Birmingham Scheme (A2B), Realising Opportunities or a similar undergraduate outreach or widening participation programme at another University

Awards will then be allocated on the basis of merit – simply meeting the criteria will not guarantee that your application is successful.

How to apply

To be considered for an award, applicants must have completed 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 Access to Birmingham (A2B) Postgraduate Scholarships application form. Applicants should enter the application ID number that they were given during the application to the Masters programme.

The closing date for submission of applications for 2018 entry has now passed. Applications for 2019 entry will open later in the year. 

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