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University of Sussex unveils £10k scholarships for postgrads

The University of Sussex has more than tripled its top scholarships for postgraduates to £10,000 for the 2015-16 academic year. 

The boost to the University’s flagship Chancellor’s Masters Scholarships means that 100 students graduating this summer with a first-class degree from any UK university will be eligible to receive a £10,000 package - instead of the usual £3,000 – to study for a Masters degree at Sussex. 

The University is also increasing to £10,000 its Sussex Graduate Scholarships for Masters study - available to current Sussex students who graduate this summer with a first-class degree. 

The University’s investment is likely to top £3 million across both schemes, which have been boosted for one year only to fill the gap before the government’s postgraduate student loans are introduced from 2016. 

The standard fee for a home/EU student to study a Masters at Sussex is £6,060, leaving around £4,000 of the scholarship package to go towards the student’s living costs. 

To be eligible, students must be accepted onto a full-time taught Masters course starting at Sussex in 2015 and fall into at least one of three categories:

  • Those already at the University who get a first on their undergraduate degree and have been paying annual tuition fees of £9,000 or more at undergraduate level
  • Those already at the University who are on the First-Generation Scholars scheme and in receipt of funding support in 2014-15
  • 100 applicants who have a first-class degree from any UK university and have been paying annual tuition fees of £9,000 or more at undergraduate level

Professor Clare Mackie, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning), says: “This is a big commitment from the University that shows just how vital we see postgraduate study to be. 

 “We want to attract the best and brightest to study at Sussex without financial barriers.” 

The University has unveiled the increased scholarships yesterday (Wednesday 28 January) while hundreds of prospective postgraduate students were visiting the campus for its Postgraduate Open Day. 

Both schemes will still also make awards at the standard level of £3,000 for a first and 2,000 for a 2:1 to those students who have paid annual tuition fees of less than £9,000, eg those who began their degree before the 2012-13 academic year. 

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Notes for editors

University of Sussex press office contacts: James Hakner and Jacqui Bealing – press@sussex.ac.uk, 01273 678888.

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By: James Hakner
Last updated: Friday, 30 January 2015

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