Master's Excellence Scholarships
The Master's Excellence Scholarship scheme for 2020/21 entry is now closed for applications. We will be announcing the Scholarship scheme for 2021/22 in due course.
The information on this page relates to the 2020/21 Master's Excellence Scholarship scheme.
We are committed to investing up to a total of £500,000 in this high value competitive scholarship scheme to support home and EU students who are planning to start an eligible Master's programme in September 2020.
The Scholarships are each worth £3,000 and will be awarded in the form of a tuition fee discount.
All UK and EU students are eligible for the Scholarship. You need to submit an application to study at Cardiff University and be made an offer to study, before your fee status can be confirmed.
Your fee status is determined in accordance with the Fees Regulations. Please consult the UKCISA website regarding fee status in Wales.
Only complete full-time and part-time postgraduate taught programmes that lead to a Master’s degree are included within the scholarship scheme:
- Full-time programme leading to a taught Master’s degree
- Part-time programme leading to a taught Master’s degree
- MRes Biosciences
- MRes Stem Cell Neurobiology
If you are studying your programme part-time, you will receive 50% of the scholarship in the first year and 50% of the scholarship in the second year.
If you are studying a full-time programme which lasts longer than one year you will not receive funding for additional years from this Scholarship scheme or its successor.
Programmes not included
The following programmes are not included so aren't eligible for a Master's Excellence Scholarship:
- Distance learning programmes
- Taught programmes leading to a graduate diploma (GDip), postgraduate certificate (PgCert) or postgraduate diploma (PgDip)
- Research degrees that lead to a Master in Philosophy (MPhil).
If you already possess a Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma and are now progressing onto the Master’s stage of the degree, you would also not be eligible.
Other than the MRes in Biosciences or Stem Cell Neurobiology, postgraduate research programmes that lead to the award of an MPhil, are not eligible for scholarship.
You can be eligible for a Master's Excellence Scholarship even if you receive:
- funding for master’s study from Student Finance Wales or England
- Welsh Government bursaries for Master’s students
- Alumni discount
- any loan-based funding, such as the Postgraduate Loan distributed by Student Finance Wales and England.
You will not be eligible to receive the Master’s Excellence Scholarship if you are also receiving full funding for your tuition fees from any other scholarships, bursaries or sponsorship body (such as your home country’s Government, charity or a private organisation).
Scholarships are to be used for entry in academic year 2020/21 only and cannot be used for 2021/22 entry or beyond.
If you are awarded a scholarship and wish to defer your entry to the University, you will lose your scholarship and will need to re-apply again in the following year. It can also not be used by those already on a postgraduate programme.
If you are not sure about your eligibility for these scholarships or have any queries, please email for advice at email@example.com
The key dates for applications for the scholarships for 2020/21 are as follows:
|Date||What you need to do|
Wednesday 4 March 2020
The first deadline by which you need to submit
(a) an application to study an eligible postgraduate taught programme
(b) a scholarship application, if you want to be considered in the first round of applications.
Wednesday 5 August 2020
The second deadline by which you need to submit
(a) an application to study an eligible postgraduate taught programme
(b) a scholarship application, to be considered in the second and final round of applications.
17.00 (GMT) Tuesday 1 September 2020
The deadline by which you need to have received and accepted an unconditional offer to study. Applications where the status is not unconditional after this time will not be considered.
One week after formal notification of a Scholarship offer
Scholarships need to be accepted within a week of formal notification. If you already have received an offer to study, you also need to firmly accept it. Scholarships not accepted will be reallocated.
Applications received after the first deadline will not be considered until after the second deadline. Applications received after the second deadline will not be considered.
The number of Scholarships remaining for the second deadline is dependent on the quality and quantity of applications received at the first deadline. Some or all Colleges may award all of their available scholarships following the first deadline.
You must also ensure that we receive your programme application, including references and transcripts, by the same deadline date in order to be eligible to apply for the scholarship.
How to apply
Applications are made through the Online Applicant Portal. Once your application to a programme of study has been accepted a link to the application form for the Master's Excellence Scholarships will be available on the SIMS Online Applicant Portal.
New applicants will get login details for the Online Applicant Portal emailed to them. Current and previous students will be able to login using their existing login details and can find the scholarship application link in the 'My Application' screen of SIMS.
Please note that it may take up to 48 hours after submitting your programme application before you get full access to the Applicant Portal. We therefore advise you to apply for your programme of study well in advance.
The Application form will remain accessible until the second scholarship application deadline. If the application form is not available, please email firstname.lastname@example.org so that we may advise.
We will only consider one application per applicant which will be the last one submitted.
There are guidance notes for completing the application form below.
Please contact the Admissions Office should you experience any problems with submission on +44 (0)29 2087 9999. Office hours for Cardiff University’s Admissions Office are Monday-Friday 09.00-17.00 (GMT).
Notification of outcome
We strive to notify applicants of the outcome of their application as soon as possible after the respective deadline. This will be no later than
- 17.00 (GMT) Monday 6 April 2020 for the first deadline
- 17.00 (GMT) Tuesday 1 September 2020 for the second deadline.
Notifications will be emailed to the provided email address. Applicants to the first deadline may be deferred to the second deadline. Applicants will be notified about this deferral.
Accepting an offer
Scholarships need to be accepted within a week of formal notification. Scholarships not accepted will be reallocated. Please ensure you check your contact email regularly.
Please ensure that you read these Guidance Notes before completing the Cardiff University Master’s Excellence Scholarship application form. Completing the application form incorrectly may result in your application being rejected.
Page 1: Personal details
Cardiff University student application number
Please enter your unique 7 digit Cardiff University student number. You will find this on any correspondence you have received from our Registry Department, such as your offer letter. This must be included in order for you to be considered for an award.
Please provide us with a valid email address. This will be our preferred method of contacting you so please ensure that you enter the correct address and check it regularly for communications regarding the Scholarship
Title of course/degree
Please state the title of the postgraduate taught degree programme for which have applied to study at Cardiff University.
Academic School applied to
Please select the School your programme is based in. For programmes based in multiple Schools, please select all Schools that apply. If you are ensure, please consult our Course database.
Page 2 and 3: Pending/most recent qualifications
Please provide the full name and address (including country) of the educational establishment that you attended whilst completing your most recent qualification.
Include the dates you attended, details of any qualifications attempted or achieved including full name and subject, grades received or that you are expected to receive, and the date the qualifications were (or are expected to be) awarded.
You do not need to send us any supporting documents. Any supporting information that is sent will not be considered.
Page 4: Supporting statements
Please write a series of short statements in support of your application for a scholarship. The statements must not exceed the maximum of 200 words per section (1,400 characters, including white space).
Please only include information which is relevant to your application and do not exceed the maximum word limit. Any information included beyond the word limit will not be considered. Please ensure that you check this using word processing software.
The Supporting Statements section of the application form is for personal interpretation. Guidance on how this should be interpreted and answered will not beprovided. Part of the assessment process for the scholarships will consider your ability to interpret and appropriately respond to the questions. Example application forms and supporting statements are not available.
Please note that the decisions of the selection panels are final and are not open to appeal. Due to the volume of applications received, feedback on applications will not be available.
Page 5: Final page
Funding of your studies
Please state how you intend to fund the remainder of your tuition fees or living expenses.
The Master’s Excellence Scholarship does not cover the full tuition fee or provide any support towards living costs so students should not be solely reliant on receiving a scholarship to fund their postgraduate study. Further information on additional and alternative sources of funding.
Students receiving full funding from other sources (such as Government, charities or private organisations) will not be eligible for a scholarship. The Postgraduate Loan available through Student Finance England and Wales (domicile dependent) is not considered a scholarship and if this is your only other funding you would still be eligible for the full Master’s Excellence Scholarship.
Marketing and public relations
Successful applicants must agree to allow the University to use the information collected for marketing activities such as:
- recruitment activities
- scholarship promotional activities.
Successful applicants must also agree to attend any prize-giving events as appropriate and act as an ambassador for the University during their studies and for 5 years after graduating.
Please confirm that all information in your application is correct.
We may contact you for further information or for evidence of any information supplied within your supporting statements.
SIMS uses a combination of application and programme data to establish whether to show the application link. If you cannot see the application link in SIMS and have checked that you are eligible for the scholarship, please email us at email@example.com.
The scholarship application is not handled by SIMS and as such SIMS cannot update your scholarship application status. The receipt provided when submitting an application is sufficient to confirm that you have submitted an application. We will be in contact via email to advise you once a decision has been made. Your email provider may put our emails into spam/junk or similar folders.
The selection panels at the University will be considering some important criteria from your application and supporting statement when assessing your application form:
- Academic excellence: We require students to demonstrate their academic successes, whilst also illustrating other areas of personal development, such as learning gained via work experience, voluntary work, or extra-curricular learning experiences;
- Contribution to society: We will look positively upon applicants who demonstrate a keen awareness of the contribution they can make to the development of their community, society or nation, as a result of obtaining their qualification from Cardiff University;
Please note that the decision of the selection panel is final and is not open to appeal.
Unconditional offer to study
An ‘unconditional offer’ means that you have met all of the academic and non-academic requirements for a course as determined by the admissions tutor, and the University offers you a place to study on a course. Proof of qualifications may be required, but you will be contacted by the University if this is the case.
Conditional offer to study
A ‘conditional offer’ means that the University has made you an offer to study provided you meet certain conditions. These are the conditions which the admissions tutor requires in order for you to meet the entry requirements for the course. If you receive a conditional offer to study then you should send the Admissions Office your transcripts as soon as you have received them. If the admissions tutor considers that you have met the conditions then your offer becomes ‘unconditional’.
If you are successful and have been selected to receive a Scholarship, the University will contact you as soon as possible after the respective deadline.
Accepting your offer
All recipients will be required to formally accept the scholarship and its conditions by completing an online acceptance form.
If you do not complete this form within a week of giving formal notification, we will re-allocate the funding to another student. Extensions will not be made in any circumstances. It is essential that you check your email regularly for communications from us.
Your scholarship offer may be conditional upon you achieving a certain grade in your degree, which may be higher than in your conditional offer to study.
Awarding the scholarship
Scholarships are awarded in the form of a tuition fee discount. If you have been successful in obtaining a scholarship, we will make the necessary payments towards your University tuition fees on your behalf and will communicate this to you.
Recipients are responsible for ensuring that all other fees and expenses (including remaining tuition fee, accommodation fees) are paid by the appropriate deadlines.
The scholarships do not cover all tuition fees. Any additional costs for study which are incurred by the scholarship recipients and do not fall within the details of the scholarship which they have been awarded, must be paid by the student.
With regards to full-time programmes, the Scholarships are only available for the first year of study. If you are studying a full-time programme which lasts longer than one year you will not receive funding for additional years from this Scholarship scheme or its successor.
If you withdraw/are required to withdraw from studies before completing your degree, or do not complete your degree from Cardiff University, you will be responsible for repaying all or part of the monies received from the Master’s Excellence Scholarship award on a pro-rata basis.
During and after your period of study you may be asked to participate in promotional activities for the University. This may include receptions and social events, testimonial and publicity articles or even assisting with activities in your home country.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about the scholarships, the application process or if you require any further guidance.