Postgraduate Scholarships 2016, Durham University, North East England

Publish Date: Jun 24, 2016

Deadline: Jul 31, 2016

About the Durham University Scholarships

The Durham University announces introduction of 100 Postgraduate Taught Scholarships worth £3,000. The scholarships are open to applicants from currently under-represented groups within the postgraduate taught population.

The scholarships are intended to support students who may not have otherwise considered postgraduate education. This could be because of financial barriers, personal caring commitments or because an applicant is domiciled in an area where progression to postgraduate education is less common.

The majority of taught master’s programmes are eligible, except postgraduate diplomas, postgraduate certificates, MRes programmes, integrated masters and courses funded by other public bodies (e.g. PGCE).

Applicants must submit an academic application to the University along with a separate scholarship application. Key dates and deadlines are indicated below.

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be progressing from an undergraduate course charged at the higher tuition fee rate of up to £9,000, introduced 2012/13;
  • Have a household income level of £42,620 or below, in the final year of undergraduate study either 2014/15 or 2015/16. (As assessed by Student Finance England or equivalent)
  • Studying full time or part time;
  • Domiciled in the UK or European Union (EU) (Classified as Home/EU for tuition fee purposes);
  • Do not already hold a masters level qualification;


  • Be from a group that is evidentially under-represented within the institution’s taught master’s population (See indicators of under-representation).

Indicators of under-representation

Applicants must also meet one or more of the following criteria to under-representation within the institution’s taught masters population:

  • You are resident in an area where higher education participation is amongst the lowest in the UK. The University will use the ACORN Classification and will base the assessment on the permanent address provided as part of your application for a postgraduate taught programme. Permanent address defined as the home address where the student normally lives when not at university, for example their parents’ home or marital home. ACORN categories 4 and 5 are deemed to be areas of low participation. If you are resident in an EU country we will look at the representation of your country within the University.
  • Are classified as a Care Leaver. A “Care Leaver” is defined as someone who was in the looked after system on their 16th birthday.
  • Assessed as having a disability
    • Definition of disability under the Equality Act 2010
      • You are disabled under the Equality Act 2010 if you have a physical or mental impairment that has a “substantial” and “long term” negative effect on your ability to do normal daily activities
  • What “substantial” and “long term” mean
    • “substantial” is more than minor or trivial – e.g. it takes much longer than it usually would to complete a daily task like getting dressed
    • “long-term” means 12 months or more – e.g. breathing condition that develops as a result of a lung infection

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