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2021/22 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 2021/22. It is available to students who are graduating from the University of Portsmouth in 2021, or graduated in 2020.

The following terms and conditions apply to the scholarship:

1. Eligible students

1.1 The financial scholarship is a £3,000 contribution to tuition fees and is open to University of Portsmouth students who:

  • complete an undergraduate degree in 2021, or who graduated in 2020
  • achieve a first class or upper second class honours degree
  • are UK students for fee purposes.  EU, international and Channel Island students are not eligible to receive the Scholarship
  • meet the above conditions and are made and accept an offer from the University to study a full-time eligible Master’s course, starting in September/October 2021 or January/February 2022

Please note, students must meet the conditions of their course offer in addition to the scholarship conditions, to be considered for the award.

Collaborative students progressing from an undergraduate degree studied through a partner institution are not eligible for the scholarship. Students from other universities will not be eligible.

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 for fee purposes, who achieve the highest academic award classification, followed by the level of their household income.

In addition, graduates from specific UG courses will be given additional priority.

Priority courses

  • BA (Hons) American Studies
  • BA (Hons) American Studies and History
  • BA (Hons) Applied Languages
  • BA (Hons) Area Studies (top-up)
  • BSc (Hons) Biochemistry
  • BSc (Hons) Biology
  • BA (Hons) Childhood and Youth Studies
  • BA (Hons) Childhood and Youth Studies with Criminology
  • BA (Hons) Childhood and Youth Studies with Psychology
  • BA (Hons) Combined Modern Languages
  • BA (Hons) Combined Modern Languages
  • BA (Hons) Communication and English Studies
  • BA (Hons) Creative and Media Writing
  • BA (Hons) Creative Writing
  • BA (Hons) Childhood and Youth Studies with Psychology
  • BA (Hons) Childhood and Youth Studies with Criminology
  • BSc (Hons) Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • BSc (Hons) Criminology and Cybercrime
  • BSc (Hons) Criminology and Forensic Studies
  • BSc (Hons) Criminology with Psychology
  • BA (Hons) Drama and Performance

  • BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies
  • BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies with Psychology
  • BA (Hons) Education Studies (top up)
  • BA (Hons) English and American Studies
  • BA (Hons) English and Creative Writing
  • BA (Hons) English and History
  • BA (Hons) English and Media Studies
  • BA (Hons) English Language and Linguistics
  • BA (Hons) English Language and Literature
  • BA (Hons) English Literature
  • BA (Hons) English with Psychology
  • BA (Hons) Fashion and Textile Design
  • BA (Hons) Film Industries
  • BA (Hons) Film Industries and Creative Writing
  • BA (Hons) Film Production
  • BA (Hons) Film Production with Business Communication
  • BA (Hons) Film Studies
  • BA (Hons) French Studies
  • BA (Hons) German Studies
  • BA (Hons) Graphic Design
  • BA (Hons) History
  • BA (Hons) History and Politics

  • BA (Hons) Illustration
  • BA (Hons) International Business Communication
  • BA (Hons) International Development
  • BA (Hons) International Development and Languages
  • BA (Hons) International Development with Languages
  • BA (Hons) International Relations
  • BA (Hons) International Relations and History
  • BA (Hons) International Relations and Languages
  • BA (Hons) International Relations and Politics
  • BA (Hons) International Relations with Languages
  • BA (Hons) International Trade and Business Communication
  • BA (Hons) International Trade, Logistics and Business Communication (Top-up)
  • BA (Hons) International Trade, Logistics and Business Communication
  • BA (Hons) Journalism
  • BA (Hons) Journalism with English Language
  • BA (Hons) Journalism with English Literature
  • BA (Hons) Journalism with Media Studies
  • BA (Hons) Language Studies
  • BA (Hons) Language Studies (Top-up)
  • LLB (Hons) Law
  • LLB (Hons) Law with Business
  • LLB (Hons) Law with Criminology
  • LLB (Hons) Law with International Relations

  • BA (Hons) Media and Communication with Foundation Year
  • BA (Hons) Media and Digital Practice
  • BA (Hons) Media Studies
  • BA (Hons) Modern Languages
  • BA (Hons) Musical Theatre
  • BA (Hons) Photography
  • BA (Hons) Politics
  • BA (Hons) Sociology and Media Studies
  • BA (Hons) Spanish and Latin American Studies
  • BA (Hons) Spanish Studies
  • BSc (Hons) Exercise and Fitness Management
  • BSc (Hons) Forensic Psychology
  • BSc (Hons) Marine Biology
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology
  • BSc (Hons) Sociology
  • BSc (Hons) Sociology and Criminology
  • BSc (Hons) Sociology with Criminology
  • BSc (Hons) Sociology with Psychology
  • BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science
  • BSc (Hons) Sports Management and Development
  • BSc (Hons) Television and Broadcasting

4. Academic and income criteria

4.1 Successful applicants will achieve a first class or upper second class honours degree, with priority given to those obtaining a first, subject to demand for the scheme. Applicants must also meet specific course entry criteria where these apply.

4.2 The household income is assessed using Student Finance England (SFE) criteria for students who graduated in 2020. For students graduating in 2021 we will use the 2020/21 household income SFE criteria. Any applicants without an SLC income assessment will be included in the ‘Over £42,620 or not assessed by SFE’ category.

5. Application process

5.1 There is no need for Masters applicants to apply for the scholarship, applicants will automatically be considered and notified if they meet the student and course eligibility criteria.

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

6. Timescales

Courses starting in September/October 2021

6.2 To guarantee consideration for the scholarship, applicants will need to be holding an offer on an eligible course which they have accepted by Wednesday 30 June 2021. Scholarships will be allocated and students notified by late July 2021, once the final degree classifications are known for the majority of students.

Courses starting in January/February 2022

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 Friday 26 November 2021. Scholarships will be allocated and students notified by Friday 10 December 2021. 

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/October 2021 or January/February 2022.

7.3 Scholarships cannot be transferred between intakes. If an applicant wishes to defer their place, 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 2022/23 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 Alumni Discount or Faculty Scholarships.

7.10 Students receiving part funded external scholarships will be eligible to receive up to £3,000 of the University of Portsmouth Master’s Scholarship, but will not be entitled to receive the Alumni Discount.

7.11 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.

7.12 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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