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Postgraduate Academic Excellence Scholarship Terms and Conditions

The Postgraduate Academic Excellence scholarship is available for PGT courses at Brunel and focuses on two key audiences, our high calibre prospective PG students and our alumni who wish to undertake further postgraduate study with us. It is available to both Home/ EU and Overseas fee paying students.

The scholarship is a fee discount of 15% off the tuition fees for anyone who has obtained a first class undergraduate degree from a UK University, either in the UK or abroad.

Brunel has always offered a reduction in PG tuition fees for Brunel alumni. Brunel students who take up postgraduate education could be eligible to receive the '15% graduate discount'.

These two discounts are not exclusive and therefore a Brunel alumnus who has a first class undergraduate degree can receive both fee reductions.

Please note if you are in receipt of a TDA or NHS bursary you will not be eligible to apply for the Postgraduate Academic Excellence Scholarship.

1. Eligibility

1.1  A postgraduate Academic Excellence Scholarship will be awarded to all full time, part time and distance learning students who meet all the following criteria:

  • Have an unconditional offer to study a taught Master’s programme at Brunel University, including MBA, MRes and CPE/Graduate Diploma in Law
  • Have achieved a first class honours degree from a UK university.
     - a) The award must be from a UK University but the student does not have attended a UK based campus
     - b) An honours degree awarded with distinction is acceptable where no first class classification exists.
     - c) Holding a higher degree, without having achieved a first class classification at undergraduate level does not qualify for receipt of this award
  • Are not being funded either in full or partially by the NHS or TDA (including MA Social Work)

1.2  Additionally, graduates of Brunel University who register for a taught postgraduate programme, on a fully self-funding basis will receive a discount of 15% on the final amount due (i.e. after any other discount).

The order of discount will be applied as follows:

1. 15% Scholarship

2. 15% Graduate discount

3. 2% Prompt payment discount (if applicable)

Further information about tuition fee discounts can be found in the fees policy.

2. Value

2.1  A discount of 15% of the tuition fee (either Home or Overseas as appropriate) for the taught Masters programme.

2.2  Part time and distance learning students will receive 15% discount of the annual fee for each year of their study.

2.3  The reduction is applied only to the tuition fees and not to any other type of additional fee that may be incurred, such as resubmission, repeat modules or resit fees.

3.  Allocation

3.1  Scholarships will be awarded each year as follows, to all students meeting the eligibility criteria: in August for courses starting in September, in December for courses starting in January and April for courses starting in May.

4.  Withdrawal of a Scholarship

4.1  The University reserves the right to withdraw a scholarship/bursary from anyone who is found to have misled the University about any aspect of their eligibility and to seek repayment of any monies already paid by appropriate means.

4.2  A student who withdraws from their programme prior to completion and who is in receipt of a scholarship award will not normally be requested to repay scholarship payments made up to the point of withdrawal; however entitlement to all future scholarship payments and/or adjustments cease immediately when a student withdraws.

4.3  Student taking a temporary period of withdrawal (abeyance) and resuming studies in a subsequent year will receive the scholarship just once at the start of the programme.

4.4 Should a PGT student receive a fee discount and subsequently withdraw from the course or go into abeyance, the tuition fee will be reduced in line with the Student Financial policy. The fee discount will be applied to the reduced tuition fee. 

4.5  Fee reductions applied at the start of an academic year will not be amended once the fee has been processed. Any tuition fee liability remaining after fee reductions are applied will therefore be calculated in accordance with the Student Financial policy

4.6  Students who have changes to their statutory funding during the programme, such as late notification of NHS or TDA funding, after this scholarship has been applied will have the scholarship withdrawn and discounted tuition fees will need to be repaid.

Any queries relating to these terms and conditions should be addressed to the Student Centre in the first instance, by emailing: