MSc in Data Science and Artificial Intelligence  

Please note, you must have an unconditional offer on the MSc in Data Science and Artificial Intelligence in place to be eligible for this scholarship. 

Please read the guidance notes fully to assess whether you may be eligible for the scholarship.

The Scholarships are funded by the Office for Students (OfS) to develop postgraduate courses specialising in Data Science and Artificial Intelligence. The funding is only for students from underrepresented groups listed in the eligibility criteria.

Eligibility criteria

In addition to having either an unconditional or conditional offer for a place on the University's MSc in Data Science and Artificial Intelligence course, starting in September 2024, applicants will need to demonstrate that they are categorised under at least one of the 9 underrepresented groups as identified by the OfS with priority being given to the first four groups. 

  • Women
  • Black students
  • Students registered disabled
  • Students from low socioeconomic backgrounds (Index of Multiple Disadvantage quintiles 1 and 2, low household income)
  • Care experienced students
  • Estranged students
  • Gypsy, Roma and Traveller students
  • Refugees
  • Children from military families, veterans and partners of military personnel.

Funding for the scholarships aims to address skills gaps and increase diversity in the UK AI and data science workforce. Therefore, to be eligible for scholarship funding students must meet the nationality or residency status criteria to qualify for the postgraduate masters’ loan and so the scholarships are not open to students who are on a Student Route Visa.

Payment Amounts and Frequency

Successful applicants will receive £10,000 over the course of the academic year. The University is committed to the contribution of an additional £1,000 per scholarship student. That makes the total value of the scholarship £11,000 for the academic year. Students have the choice of how to use the scholarship – either on tuition fee or stipend or a combination of the two.

How to apply

There isn’t a separate scholarship application process. Applicants who have received an unconditional offer for our MSc Data Science and Artificial Intelligence programme, and meet the eligibility criteria will automatically be considered for this scholarship. Applications to the course must be made, and an unconditional offer must be received before Wednesday 3 July 2024. After this date, you will be assessed based on the scholarship eligibility criteria.

Following initial assessment, the University will let you know whether or not you will progress to the next stage of the selection process for the scholarship.

If you progress to the next stage of consideration, you may be invited to an interview by an academic member of staff to discuss the information you have provided in your application.

Please note the following

  • you can only be awarded one scholarship per year. If you're eligible for more than one scholarship, you will be awarded the scholarship that attracts the highest value.
  • if it is deemed that you’re not sufficiently engaged with the programme, the scholarship may be removed.
  • this is a competitive process and not all eligible applicants will be successful. There is no appeals process if you are not successful as the panel’s decision is final; also, please note that we will not be able to offer feedback. You are welcome to reapply next intake (subject to further funding being offered) if you are unsuccessful.

The deadline for applications to the course, and to have received an unconditional offer is Wednesday 3 July 2024 so it is important that you apply in good time to receive such an offer.

For further information on any aspect of completing your application, please email: