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2024/25 terms and conditions

The Master’s Scholarship is a financial scholarship of £3,000, which will contribute to the tuition fee of full-time or part-time postgraduate taught study in 2024/25. 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 and graduates from academic year 2022/23 from the University of Portsmouth will not be eligible
  • Students who meet the conditions to be classed as a UK student for fees purposes. International, EU and Channel Islands students are not eligible to receive the scholarship.
  • Students who meet the above conditions, who are made and accept an offer from the University to study a full-time or part-time eligible Master’s course, starting in January 2024 or September 2024. Please note, students must meet the conditions of their course offer in addition to the scholarship conditions, to be considered for the award

1.2 There are a limited number of scholarships, so student eligibility does not guarantee that students will receive an award.

2. Eligible courses

2.1 Full-time and part-time Master’s courses; these are LLM, MA, MSc, MPA and MRes courses only.

The following courses are not eligible: Distance Learning, GradCert, Integrated Master’s, Master’s top-ups, MSc Physiotherapy, 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 who achieve the highest academic award classification and overall grade.

4. Academic criteria

4.1 Successful applicants will achieve a first-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 to be considered. Further to this, all applicants will need to email to submit evidence of their undergraduate study.

5.2 Applicants will not be notified if they do not meet the student and course eligibility criteria.

6. Timescales

Courses starting in January 2024

6.2 To guarantee consideration for the scholarship applicants will need to

  • hold an offer on an eligible course which they have accepted by Friday 24 November 2023
  • have applied for the scholarship by Friday 24 November 2023

Scholarships will be allocated and students notified by Friday 8 December 2023, once the final degree classifications are known for the majority of students.

Courses starting in September 2024

6.1 To guarantee consideration for the scholarship applicants will need to:

  • hold an offer on an eligible course which they have accepted by Friday 28 June 2024
  • have applied for the scholarship by Friday 28 June 2024

Scholarships will be allocated and students notified by mid-late August 2024, 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 January 2024 or September 2024.

7.3 Scholarships cannot be transferred between intakes. If a September applicant defers their place until January 2025 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. Part-time students will receive £1,500 in year one and £1,500 in year two. Those on three-year courses will receive £1,000 per year.

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 2025/26 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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