Sussex Graduate Scholarship, University of Sussex, UK

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University of Sussex, UKWe are delighted to launch a prestigious new scholarship scheme for Sussex undergraduates.

The scholarships are available to students graduating from Sussex and progressing immediately on to full-time Masters studies in any school at the University (excluding the Brighton and Sussex Medical School and IDS. The scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic performance (First- and upper second-class honours degrees only) and only for the first year of postgraduate studies in the case of two year full-time masters degrees and 1+3 courses.

If you achieve a first class degree you are eligible for a £3,000 award if you achieve an upper second class degree you are eligible for a £2,000 award.

Type of award

Award amount
£3,000 fee waiver for First class degree, £2,000 fee waiver for 2:1 degree

In order to be considered for a Sussex Graduate Scholarship you must meet all of the following criteria:

  • You must be a University of Sussex graduate progressing immediately (i.e. the following autumn) onto an eligible full-time Masters degree in 2013 (see below);
  • You must achieve a First- or upper second-class undergraduate honours degree from the University of Sussex.
  • You must have applied for your chosen full-time Masters degree by 1 August 2013 and then accept and meet the conditions of your offer; and
  • You must meet the University’s entrance requirements

The scholarship relates to all full-time taught Masters degree courses at the University of Sussex (e.g. MA, MSc, LLM) excluding the following courses:

  • Postgraduate diplomas
  • Graduate Entry LLB
  • Common Professional Examination (CPE)/Graduate Diploma in Law
  • Graduate Diploma in Economics
  • Masters degrees in Social Work
  • Social Work post qualifying Masters degrees
  • PGCE courses and schools direct teaching courses
  • MSc Automotive Engineering
  • Master of Education (two years part-time)
  • MA degrees in IDS apart from the MA Gender and Development and the MA in Climate Change and Development
  • Masters degrees at the Brighton and Sussex Medical School
  • Pre-Masters degrees and diplomas taught at partner colleges which are validated by Sussex
  • In addition, masters students who are funded by the research councils (e.g. those receiving ESRC funding for a 1+3 integrated masters and PhD and AHRC funded masters courses) are not eligible for the Sussex Graduate Scholarship.

If you are a current final year undergraduate Sussex student and intend to go on to study at Sussex for taught Masters study you will automatically be eligible for this scheme providing you achieve the degree classification required, meet the University’s general entrance requirements and apply for an eligible Masters course.

There is no separate application process for the Scholarship which is awarded automatically if you are eligible. However, you must apply for admission to an eligible Masters course by 1 August via the University’s online postgraduate application system:

If you are ineligible you will not be entitled to an appeal against the decision but may ask for information as to why you were deemed ineligible.

The deadline for application to an eligible Masters course is 1 August 2013.

Further information
If you accept a Sussex Graduate Scholarship you will be required to undertake occasional promotional or support duties for the University of Sussex at times agreed between yourself and the University (e.g. providing text for the prospectus or web page). Schools of study may have specific duties they wish you to assist with.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Are the scholarships available to study in other universities
No, the Sussex Graduate Scholarship can only be held at the University of Sussex.

2. If I am a current Sussex student am I eligible?
Yes, this is for you if you are a final year undergraduate at the University of Sussex. But, you must be intending on going straight on to study an eligible full-time Masters course at Sussex immediately on completing your undergraduate studies in 2013. If you wish to take up this award, you are not permitted to defer.

3. I am an overseas student for fee purposes am I eligible to apply?
You are eligible if you are a current Sussex undergraduate student and do not intend to defer between completion of your undergraduate studies and your Masters. It does not matter if you are from the UK, EU or outside the EU.

4. If I am offered a scholarship but defer my place at Sussex, can the scholarship be carried over to the next year?
Unfortunately, it is not possible to carry over the scholarship to another year. However, if you intend to defer and are from the UK/EU and hold a first class degree from a UK University and meet our entrance requirements you may be eligible for the Chancellors Masters Scholarship. If you are classified as an overseas student for fee paying purposes and hold a good degree, you may wish to apply for one of the 25 Chancellors International Scholarships available for postgraduate taught study at Sussex.

5. If I have funding from another source can I also apply for a scholarship?
Yes - the scholarships are available to funded and self-financing students. However, you cannot be in receipt of this award and research council funding i.e. as part of the ESRC funded 1+3 scheme or AHRC funded masters courses. If you receive an additional fee waiver from a School or department at the University the total amount of the combined fee waivers cannot exceed the total amount of the tuition fee.

6. Are the scholarships available to study at research (MPhil / PhD) level?
No - however, there are scholarships for research students. There are 10 Chancellors International Scholarships available for overseas students intending on Doctoral study (which cover fee and living costs). There are a range of options for HEU students intending on Doctoral study.

7. Do I need to apply for a scholarship?
There is no separate application process for the Scholarship. This will be awarded automatically if you are eligible. However, you must apply for admission to an eligible Masters course by 1 August 2013 using the online postgraduate application service:

8. How will I receive the scholarship?
The scholarship is awarded in the form a partial tuition fee waiver. If you are awarded either £3,000 or £2,000 this will be automatically deducted from your tuition fees

9. When will I receive the scholarship?
Your account will be credited with either £3,000 or £2,000 once you have been admitted.

Contact details

Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to ensure the above information is current and correct. However, applicants should contact the appropriate administering body before making an application, as details do change frequently.


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