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Postgraduate Academic Excellence Scholarship Terms and Conditions 2020/21

Terms and Conditions 2020/21 entry

1. Scholarship details

The Postgraduate Academic Excellence scholarship is available for students on Postgraduate Taught (PGT) courses at Brunel University London and is available to all Home, EU and Overseas fee paying students who have obtained a First Class undergraduate degree;

  • from a UK University, either in the UK or at an overseas campus or
  • obtained the equivalent of a UK First Class degree from an EU institution

Applicants who are unsure of their fee status should note Brunel uses the information they have provided in their application form to assess fee status against regulations set by the UK government. For information on these regulations please visit the independent organisation UKCISA’s website.

Value: A discount of 15% off the tuition fees.

How many: All those that meet the eligibility criteria.

Application process:  No application is required. Applicants should apply for the programme in the usual way, eligibility will be automatically considered. Applicants who meet the eligibility criteria will be notified by email prior to Registration.

2. Eligibility

The Scholarship will be awarded to all full time, part time, distance learning or online learning students who meet all the following criteria:

2.1   Have an unconditional offer to study a taught Master’s programme at Brunel University London, this includes the MBA and Mres programmes.

2.2   Have achieved a First Class honours degree from a UK University or an EU University.

a) For a UK degree: the award must be from a UK University, the student does not have to 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.

d) For an EU equivalent the award must be from a recognised EU institution and be the equivalent of a of a first class honours degree, as listed in appendix 1.

Those not eligible for this scholarship:

  • Applicants on all associate courses or modules.
  • Applicants undertaking short courses.
  • All PGCert, PGDip and PGCE courses - with the exception of all PGCE Secondary Education with PE and PGCE Primary (which are not TDA funded).
  • Those who are being funded either in full or partially (This excludes those applicants whose fees are being paid by their employer). This includes:
  • Courses funding by the NHS (including MA Social Work)
  • Bursaries provided by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL). This discount will apply to courses that are not eligible for a bursary, namely the PGCE in Primary Education and the PGCE in Secondary Education with PE only.
  • Applicants on the PGCert Education (Primary) FT
  • Courses that are fully funded by the Environment Agency namely the MSc Flood and Costal Engineering

Additionally, graduates of Brunel University London who register for a taught postgraduate programme or a research degree (including career development loans) on a fully self-funding basis will receive the Graduate Discount of 15% on the final tuition fee amount due, after any other discount has been applied.

The order of discount will be applied as follows:

1. 15% Postgraduate Academic Excellence Scholarship (if applicable)

2. Any Scholarship awarded (if applicable)

3. 10% Alumni Family Discount or Family Discount (if applicable)

4. 15% Graduate Discount (if applicable)

5. 2% Prompt payment Discount (if applicable)

Further information about tuition fee discounts can be found in the Student Financial Policy.

3. Value

3.1 Students awarded this scholarship will have a discount of 15% applied to their annual tuition fee.

3.2 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.

4. Allocation

4.1 Eligibility criteria are reviewed annually

4.2 Scholarships are awarded to those who meet the eligibility criteria at the time of allocation. All decisions are final. The University will not accept any appeals in regards to allocation.

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

4.4 EU equivalency will be reviewed annually. Where no equivalent appears the Admissions Office will assess the course application and determine eligibility.

4.5 If an applicant is eligible for more than one scholarship/bursary, they will be awarded the one which is the most financially beneficial across the course duration, exceptions may apply, please review individual scholarship terms and conditions for further information.    

4.6 Most scholarships cannot be combined with any other University scholarship, bursary, discount or award, with the exception of the 2% prompt payment discount, or unless specifically stated in the individual scholarship terms and conditions.

5.  Withdrawal of a Scholarship

5.1 The University reserves the right to withdraw a scholarship 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.

5.2 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.  

5.3 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.

5.4  Students who have changes to their statutory funding during the programme, such as late notification of NHS or National College for Teaching and Leadership 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 Admissions Office by emailing: scholarships@brunel.ac.uk

Appendix 1

This list of EU countries and equivalent qualifications is accurate as of November 2019 and is subject to change. The list will be updated at the start of every scholarship cycle. If an EU country is not listed, applicants from that country will not be eligible to be considered for the scholarship for academic year 2020/21.

UK 1st Class country equivalency with the applicants whose country of domicile is in the EU.

Countries

Name of Qualification

1st class equivalent

Austria
  (EU)

Fachhochschuldiplom/Diplom (FH)

1.5/5 (or below – 1 is good/5 is fail)

Bachelor degree

1.5/5 (or below – 1 is good/5 is fail)

Belgium
  (EU)

Licence / Licentiaat and other two cycle diplomas

80-100% OR Grade 16/20 OR
 
 
 

Academic Bachelor degree

80-100% OR Grade 16/20 OR


 
 

Bulgaria
  (EU)

Професионален бакалавър (Professional Bachelor degree)

6 Otlichen – Excellent

Бакалавър (Bachelor degree)

6 Otlichen – Excellent

Диплома за Заваршено Висше Образование (Diploma of Completed Higher Education)

6 Otlichen – Excellent

Master's degrees (pre 2000)

6 Otlichen – Excellent

Croatia
  (EU)

Baccalaureus, Baccalaurea degree (started after 2005) or the Visoko Obrazovanja/Level VII/1

TBC 

Cyprus
  (EU)

Bachelor degree (from a recognised Higher Education Institution)

8.0/10

GPA 3.4/4

Ptychio (from a recognised Higher Education Institution)

8.0/10
GPA 3.4/4

Czech Republic

Bakalář (Bachelor degree)

Pre 2004 
1 OR Vyborny OR Excellent.
Post 2004

A OR 1 OR Vyborny OR Excellent.

Magistr (formerly   Absolvent Vysoké Skoly) / Professional title

Pre 2004 
1 OR Vyborny OR Excellent.
Post 2004 
A OR 1 OR Vyborny OR 
Excellent.

Denmark
  (EU)

Bachelor degree Korrespondenteksamen

12

Candidatus Philosophiae Professionsbachelor (Professional Bachelor degree)

12

 

Estonia

Bakalaurusekraad (Bachelor degree)

Rakenduskõrgharidusõppe Diplom (Professional Higher Education Diploma)

Spetsialisti diplom   kõrgema kutsehariduse omandamise kohta (Specialist's Diploma of Higher Professional Education)

5 OR A  

 

 

 

Finland
  (EU)

Ammattikorkeakoulututkinto, AMK / Yrkeshögskoleexamen, YHS (Polytechnic degree)
  
Kandidaatti / Kandidat (Lower academic degree) before 1995
  
Kandidaatti / Kandidat / Professional title (Long-cycle degree) before 1996

Three Point System - 3 OR
Five Point System – 5

 

  

France
  (EU)

Licence / Grade de Licence
Diplôme d'Ingénieur (from institutions authorised to award)
Licence Professionnelle / Grade de Licence Professionnelle

15/20

 

 

Maîtrise

15/20

Diplôme from an Ecole Superieure de Commerce / Gestion /   Politique (from institutions authorised to award)

Pass

 

Germany
  (EU)

Bachelor

Sehr gut (very good) 1.5

Fachhochschuldiplom
(Diplom (FH))

Sehr gut (very good) 1.5

Erstes Staatsexamen

Sehr gut (very good) 1.5

Magister Artium

Sehr gut (very good) 1.5

Diplom

Sehr gut (very good) 1.5

Greece
  (EU)

ΠΤΥΧΙΟ (Diploma/Degree) (University Sector - AEI)

8.0/10

ΠΤΥΧΙΟ (Diploma/Degree (TEI))

8.5/10

Hungary
  (EU)

Alapfokozat (Bachelor degree)

5.0/5

Egyetemi Oklevél (University Diploma)

5.0/5

Ireland
  (EU)

Bachelor (Honours) degree - generally 4 years of study, on transcript as level 4. It is possible for advanced entry and to start in level 2 so someone could have been there 3 years and have an Honours degree.  
 
The Irish degree is 4 years long so in Ireland level 1 = level 0 at Brunel,   level 2 = Brunel at 1, level 3 = Brunel at 2 and level 4 = Brunel at 3.  Successful completion of level 2 = Higher Certificate, Successful completion of level 3 = Ordinary degree (pass / fail, no classification), Successful completion of level 4 = Honours degree (same classification system as England and directly comparable)

For postgrad entry we need the Honours degree not the Ordinary degree.  If certificate says (Hons) or has a 2.2, 2.1 or 1st you are fine, if in doubt transcripts look for 120 credits at level 4.

Distinction (70 - 100%)

Italy
  (EU)

Diploma Accademico di Primo Livello
Diploma di Mediatore Linguistico

108 OR con lode

Laurea

108 OR con lode

Laurea in Ingegneria

108 OR con lode

Licenza di Accademia di Belle Arti

108 OR con lode

Latvia
  (EU)

Bakalaura Diploms (Bachelor degree)

9/10

Magistra Diploms (Master's degree)

9/10

Profesionālā Bakalaura Diploms (Professional Bachelor degree) when awarded since 2003

9/10

 

Lithuania
 
  (EU)

Bakalauro Diplomas (Bachelor degree) when awarded since 2000

9/10

Profesinis Bakalauras (Professional Bachelor degree)

9/10

Luxembourg
 
  (EU)

Bachelor degree from University of Luxembourg

Excellent

Bachelor

A (90-100)

Malta
 
  (EU)

Bachelor (Honours) degree

1st

Netherlands
 
  (EU)

Bachelor degree

9/10

Hoger Beroepsonderwijs (HBO) (until 2001)

9/10

Doctoraal

9/10

Poland
  (EU)

Licencjat / Inżynier (Bachelor degree)

5/5 OR A grade

Magister (awarded before 2001) / Magister Inzynier

5

Portugal
  (EU)

Licenciado

18

Diploma de Estudos Superiores Especializados - DESE

18

Romania
  (EU)

Diploma de Licenta (Bachelor degree)

9/10

Diploma de Inginer (Engineer)

9/10

Professional long-cycle degrees:
Diploma de Arhitect (Architect) 
Diploma de Doctor (Doctor of Medicine)
Diploma de Doctor Medic-Veterinar 
(Doctor of Veterinary Medicine)
Diploma de Farmacist  (Pharmacist)
Diploma de Urgbanist Diplomat (Town Planner)

9/10 

 

 

 

Slovakia
  (EU)

Bakalár (Bachelor degree)

A OR Výborný OR Excellent   OR 1

Magister (before 2002)

Výborný - Excellent

Inzinier (before 2002)

Výborný - Excellent

Slovenia
  (EU)

Diplomant (Professionally oriented first-cycle degree)

10 OR Vyborny – Excellent

Univerzitetni diplomant (Academically oriented first-cycle degree)

10 OR Vyborny – Excellent

Spain
  (EU)

Titulo Universitario Oficial de Graduado en [Subject area] (Grado)

8.5/10 or 3.0/4 (check grading carefully)

Titulo Universitario Oficial de Licenciado / Ingeniero / Arquitecto (Licenciatura)

8.5/10 or 3.0/4 (check grading carefully)

Ingeniero Tecnico Industrial

8.5/10 or 3.0/4 (check grading carefully)

Sweden
  (EU)

Bachelor degree / Kandidatexamen

VG (Väl Godkänd) (in at least 110/120 credits)
  
If GPA Grading System: A=5 - E =1.0 as for:
Look for GPA 5.0/5 (A Grade)

Yrkesexamen (Professional Bachelor degree)

VG (Väl Godkänd) (in at least


110/120 credits)


 

Updated 26 November 2019