Master's Scholarship (new students) terms and conditions
Structure and governance
2020/21 terms and conditions
The Master’s Scholarship is a financial scholarship of £3,000, which will contribute to the tuition fee of full-time postgraduate taught level study in 2020/21. The following terms and conditions apply to the scholarship:
1. Eligible students
1.1 The financial scholarship is a £3,000 contribution to tuition fee and is open to:
- Students who achieve/have achieved a first class honours degree. Current students from University of Portsmouth will not be eligible.
- Students who meet the above conditions, who are made and accept an offer from the University to study a full- time eligible Master’s course, starting in September 2020. Please note, students must meet the conditions of their course offer in addition to the scholarship conditions, to be considered for the award.
- UK and EU students for fee purposes. International and Channel Islands students are not eligible to receive the Scholarship.
1.2 There is a limited number of scholarships, so student eligibility does not guarantee that students will receive an award.
2. Eligible courses
2.1 Full-time Master’s courses, including distance learning courses; these are LLM, MA, MSc, MPA and MRes courses only.
The following courses are not eligible: GradCert, Integrated Master’s, Master’s top-ups, MArch, MBA, MD, MPhil, PhD, PgCert, PgDip, PGCE and Prof Doc.
2.2 Students must be registering onto 180 credits for the duration of the course.
2.3 Students undertaking a full-time eligible Master’s course which is studied over two years will receive a £3,000 scholarship in the first year only.
2.4 The list of eligible courses is subject to approval, modifications, closure and suspensions.
3. Priority groups
3.1 There is a limited number of scholarships, therefore, priority will be given to applicants domiciled in the United Kingdom and EU for fee purposes, who achieve the highest academic award classification.
4. Academic criteria
4.1 Successful applicants will achieve a first-class class honours degree or equivalent. Applicants must also meet specific course entry criteria where these apply.
5. Application process
5.1 Applicants will need to complete the Scholarship application in order to be considered.
5.2 Applicants will not be notified if they do not meet the student and course eligibility criteria.
6.1 To guarantee consideration for the scholarship applicants will need to be holding an offer on an eligible course which they have accepted by 30 June 2020. Scholarships will be allocated and students notified by 7 August 2020, once the final degree classifications are known for the majority of students.
7. Operational terms and conditions
7.1 Scholarships will be made to successful eligible students on eligible courses, subject to the availability of limited awards.
7.2 Scholarships are subject to applicants receiving an offer and accepting a place at the University on an eligible Master’s level course commencing in September 2020.
7.3 Scholarships cannot be transferred between intakes. If an applicant defers their place until January 2021 or later, they will need to reapply for a scholarship if there is a scheme available for their chosen intake.
7.4 The £3,000 scholarship will contribute towards the course tuition fee.
7.5 Successful applicants will be required to ‘fully register’ onto their course to remain eligible for the scholarship. This entails completing the online registration form and providing original evidence of their personal identity within the first week of the start date of the course, and paying the residual balance of any fees. Any extension to become ‘fully registered’ onto the course will need to be requested through the late registration process. If this does not happen students will become ineligible to receive the scholarship.
7.6 Students who suspend their studies will become ineligible for the scholarship in future years of study, no extenuating circumstances will be taken into consideration. This means students will have to pay their own fees when they resume studies in 2021/22 or later.
7.7 Students who transfer to an ineligible full-time course, or to a part-time postgraduate taught course, will become ineligible for the scholarship. The tuition fee due for the remaining fee liability periods will be payable by the students.
7.8 Students who withdraw, transfer or suspend from their studies will have their tuition fee calculated in accordance with the Tuition Fee Policy fee liability periods. The new tuition fee, and any refund due, will be made in accordance with the Tuition Fee Policy, whereby the proportion is made to the original split between self-payer and sponsor (University of Portsmouth or external funder).
7.9 Applicants who receive the Master’s Scholarship will not be eligible to receive other postgraduate fee discounts or University run scholarships, for example the Faculty Scholarships.
7.10 Applicants who receive the University of Portsmouth Master’s Scholarship will still be entitled to apply for the government postgraduate loans scheme, subject to their eligibility.
7.11 The University’s decision on the allocation of the scholarship in accordance with these terms and conditions is final. There is no appeals process.
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