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Postgraduate Studentships and Bursaries

The School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy actively seeks to offer funding to outstanding applicants for postgraduate study.

Postgraduate Taught Degree Bursaries– 2014 Entry

School Bursaries

In 2014-15, the School is hoping to fund up to five postgraduate bursaries for new MA students. Each bursary will cover the equivalent of the Home/EU tuition fees for a MA students, ie circa £4,400, based on the tuition fee rate for the academic year 2013/14, and will be awarded to academically outstanding applicants. For the purposes of the award of a School Bursary, an academically outstanding applicant will normally possess at the time the Masters programme commences, a relevant first class honours undergraduate degree. Applications are therefore welcome from academically outstanding students expecting to graduate in 2014.  All applications received by Friday 27th June 2014 will be considered. 
Applicants do not need to complete an additional application to be considered for PGT funding within the school. Successful applicants should expect to be informed by Thursday 31st July 2014.


Details on the University’s new Merit based Postgraduate Scholarship scheme, for which applicants to the MA Medical Ethics and Law are eligible, are available here


Applicants for the following 8 MA programmes are eligible for these bursaries:

MA Comparative Ethnic Conflict
MA European Union Politics
MA International Relations
MA Irish Politics

MA Medical Ethics and Law
MA Moral, Legal and Political Philosophy
MA Politics
MA Violence, Terrorism and Security


The School reserves the right, in the absence of suitable candidates, not to award one or more of the bursaries.


 MA in Legislative Studies and Practice – Bursaries provided by NI Assembly Commission

There is a separate funding scheme for the MA Legislative Studies and Practice degree programme, which is supported by bursaries provided by the NI Assembly commission.The bursaries will cover the equivalent of home/EU fees and include maintenance support in the region of £8,500.

Applicants for the programme should possess a 2:1 (or equivalent) honours degree at undergraduate level in, as appropriate, Politics, European Studies, International Studies, Philosophy or a cognate subject area. In line with University Regulations there is a language requirement for applicants whose first language is not English (IELTS 6.5 or approved equivalent).

The deadline for applications is Friday 23rd May 2014. Short-listed applicants for the programme will be interviewed. The date for the interviews will be confirmed later.


For information on our Postgraduate Research Studentships for 2014 entry click here