USW Postgraduate Scholarship 2017/18* - August/September 2017 entry

UK and European Union graduates with a first or upper second class honours degree (or agreed equivalent qualifications**) can apply for a non-means tested scholarship worth £1,500 or £2,000. The scholarship applies to eligible full-time, taught Masters courses at the University of South Wales starting in the August/ September 2017.

Students from countries that are NOT in the EU are not eligible for this scholarship, please visit our International pages for details of scholarships that may be available to you.

To qualify for a scholarship an applicant (Home or EU) will need to fulfil all of the following criteria:

Successful applicants must:

  • Apply for and be offered a place on a full time eligible postgraduate Masters course starting in August/September 2017. An eligible course list is available here.

  • Apply for the Postgraduate Scholarship 2017/18 by the relevant closing date:
  • No later than 4:30pm on Friday 15th of September 2017

  • Gain a first class honours degree or an upper second class honours degree. Students with qualifications gained from outside the UK will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis, equivalence will be determined by the University of South Wales whose decision is final, and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • Enrol on an eligible full time course within the appropriate timeframe and be enrolled on a full time eligible course at a University of South Wales campus at time of payment.
  • Be paying the full Home/EU rate of Tuition Fee and studying the full 180 credits. Students undertaking less than 180 credits on a full time postgraduate degree will not be eligible to be considered for the scholarship, this includes students who are exempt from one or more modules due to Accredited Prior Achievement (APA) or Advanced Prior Learning (APL).

Please note: These scholarships are not payable with any other form of support from public funds e.g. directly from any other Welsh Government / UK Government / EU initiative or scheme. This does not include any funding entitlement from the Student Loans Company for the Postgraduate Loan.

How much is the scholarship worth?

  • Graduates with a first class honours degree or an upper second class honours degree issued by the University of Glamorgan, Polytechnic of Wales, University of Wales Newport or University of South Wales may apply for a scholarship of £2,000.

  • Graduates with a first class honours degree or an upper second class honours degree from other Universities may apply for a scholarship of £1,500.

How is the scholarship paid?

1-year full time masters courses

    The scholarship will be paid in two instalments:

  • Following successful enrolment on your course in October 2017 the first payment of £1,000 (£1,500 for University of South Wales graduates) will be allocated towards tuition fees. However, entitlement to retain the first payment of the scholarship is dependent on satisfactory attendance and continuation of fulfilling the scholarship criteria in February 2018, which includes being considered in good financial standing with the University, for example tuition fees do not remain outstanding without a payment plan. The Scholarships Team will confirm eligibility for the first payment in February 2018 by email to your student email address.

  • Following successful completion of your course, within the standard time allowed, the remaining payment of £500 will be paid directly to your bank account by BACS, providing you are still considered in good financial standing with the University.

  • The Scholarships Team will request your bank details by instructions sent to your student email address by the end of October 2017.

2-year full time masters courses – MSc Play Therapy only.

    The Scholarship will be paid in three instalments:

  • Following successful enrolment on your course in October 2017 the first payment of £500 (£750 for University of South Wales graduates) will be allocated towards tuition fees. However, entitlement to retain the first payment of the scholarship is dependent on satisfactory attendance and continuation of fulfilling the scholarship criteria in February 2018, which includes being considered in good financial standing with the University, for example tuition fees do not remain outstanding without a payment plan. The Scholarships Team will confirm eligibility for the first payment in February 2018 by email to your student email address.

  • Following successful enrolment on to the second year of your course in October 2018 the second payment of £500 (£750 for University of South Wales graduates) will be allocated towards tuition fees. However, entitlement to retain the second payment of the scholarship is dependent on satisfactory attendance and continuation of fulfilling the scholarship criteria in February 2019, which includes being considered in good financial standing with the University, for example tuition fees do not remain outstanding without a payment plan. The Scholarships Team will confirm eligibility for the first payment in February 2019 by email to your student email address.

  • Following successful completion of your course, within the standard time allowed, the remaining payment of £500 will be paid directly to your bank account by BACS, providing you are still considered in good financial standing with the University.

  • The Scholarships Team will request your bank details by instructions sent to your student email address by the end of October 2017.

How to apply?

The application process will open on the 2nd of May 2017. Once you have been offered a place on an eligible full time course, you will be sent a link by email to apply online. Please allow up to two weeks for the email to be sent.

Further information including the full criteria can be found in our Frequently Asked Questions.

If you have any queries regarding this scholarship, please contact the Student Money Advice Team.


*University of South Wales scholarships and bursaries are offered on the basis that they are potentially subject to change in the event of changes to the fee and student support regime applicable in Wales. Scholarships are limited and will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis.The University also reserves the right to limit the number of scholarships and bursaries available.

** All prospective students who have achieved (or are expecting to achieve) a 2:1 or higher in their undergraduate degree, or have already passed a Postgraduate Masters course or PGCE, and intend to study a full time eligible course can apply.