UK/EU students

Postgraduate Opportunity Scholarships 2017/18

Value of award


Number of awards


Start date and duration

Commences September 2017 for the one year duration of a full time course (two years pro rata for a part-time course).

Application closing date

The closing date for applications is 30 June 2017. No further applications for 2017 entry will be considered after this date.

In order to be considered for a Postgraduate Opportunity Scholarship, you must have already applied to the University for an eligible taught or research Master’s course and received an offer of a place by this date.


The scholarships are available as part of Newcastle University’s 2017 Postgraduate Support Scheme for Master’s students. They have been designed to enable students from under-represented groups to progress to higher level study.

The University is offering Postgraduate Opportunity Scholarships on the basis of:
• a £5,000 award per student
• for UK students progressing from an undergraduate course for which they were charged the higher (normally £9,000) tuition fee from either 2012, 2013 or 2014
• targeted at under-represented groups in Higher Education including women studying postgraduate engineering and science courses
• for 2017 entry to eligible taught or research Master’s degrees only
• for students with an offer of a place on an eligible course: students without an academic offer will not be considered

Please see our lists of eligible and non-eligible courses that fall into the following categories:

Newcastle and non-Newcastle students are eligible to apply. You do not need to wait for your undergraduate degree classification to apply for a scholarship.

Newcastle alumni students are able to take advantage of the University’s 20% reduction in postgraduate tuition fees (conditions apply). Read more about the alumni discount.

The scholarships are not available to:
• EU or international Master’s students
• students studying a non-eligible degree  
• students studying part-time courses lasting longer than 2 years


Newcastle University

Eligibility Criteria

Eligible students

Postgraduate Opportunity Scholarships are available only to students applying to Newcastle University who meet the following criteria:

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If your postcode is not recognised please contact us

Non-eligible students

Students ineligible to receive scholarship awards are those:

For more information about the scheme, please see our Postgraduate Opportunity Scholarships Regulations (2017-18)  (MS Word 16.5KB). 

Evidence Required for Postgraduate Opportunity Scholarship Applications

In your application, you will normally be required to supply evidence of your eligibility for a Postgraduate Opportunity Scholarship. This may differ between applicants depending on claims made but includes:

Applicants unable to provide proof of eligibility to the University’s satisfaction cannot be considered under that specific criterion.

If you are a woman and applying for a postgraduate science or engineering course, you will not be required to supply any evidence for this criterion. You will however have to state which course you have received an offer for.

Please note that for Newcastle undergraduates or recent graduates the University may already hold some of the above information.

How to apply

To apply for the Postgraduate Opportunity Scholarship, please complete the online application form. 


Questions regarding the Postgraduate Opportunities Scholarship should be sent to: 

Eligible Courses

  • Advanced Computer Science MSc
  • Advanced Electrical Power Engineering MSc
  • Ageing and Health MRes
  • Agricultural and Environmental Science MSc
  • Animal Behaviour MRes
  • Applied Animal Behaviour and Welfare MSc, PGDip
  • Applied Linguistics and TESOL MA
  • Applied Linguistics Research MA
  • Applied Process Control MSc, PGDip
  • Archaeology MA
  • Archaeology MLitt
  • Architectural Design Research MA
  • Architecture, Planning and Landscape (Design) MA
  • Architecture, Planning and Landscape MA
  • Art Museum and Gallery Practice MPrac
  • Art Museum and Gallery Studies MA, PGDip
  • Arts, Business and Creativity MA
  • Automation and Control MSc
  • Banking and Finance MSc
  • Banking and Finance MSc (London campus)
  • Biodiversity Conservation and Ecosystem Management MSc
  • Bioinformatics MSc
  • Biomedical Engineering MSc
  • Biosciences MRes
  • Biotechnology and Business Enterprise MRes
  • British History MA
  • Cancer MRes
  • Cardiovascular Science in Health and Disease MRes
  • Chinese Studies MLitt
  • Classics and Ancient History MA
  • Classics MLitt
  • Clean Technology MSc, PGDip
  • Clinical and Health Sciences MSc, PGDip, PGCert
  • Clinical and Health Sciences with Ageing MSc, PGDip, PGCert
  • Clinical and Health Sciences with Clinical Research MSc, PGDip, PGCert
  • Clinical and Health Sciences with Molecular Pathology MSc, PGDip, PGCert
  • Clinical and Health Sciences with Therapeutics MSc, PGDip, PGCert
  • Clinical Research/Clinical Research (Ageing) MClinRes, PGDip, PGCert (E-learning)
  • Clinical Research/Clinical Research (Leadership) MClinRes, PGDip, PGCert
  • Cloud Computing MSc
  • Communications and Signal Processing MSc
  • Computational Neuroscience and Neuroinformatics MSc
  • Computational Systems Biology MSc
  • Computer Game Engineering MSc
  • Computer Science MSc
  • Computer Security and Resilience MSc
  • Creative Arts Practice MA
  • Creative Writing MA, PGCert
  • Cross-Cultural Communication and Applied Linguistics MA
  • Cross-Cultural Communication and Education MA
  • Cross-Cultural Communication and International Management MA
  • Cross-Cultural Communication and International Marketing MA
  • Cross-Cultural Communication and International Relations MA
  • Cross-Cultural Communication and Media Studies MA
  • Design and Manufacturing Engineering MSc
  • Diabetes MRes
  • Digital Civics MRes
  • Drug Chemistry MSc
  • E-Business (E-Marketing) MSc
  • E-Business (Information Systems) MSc
  • E-Business MSc
  • Ecological Consultancy MSc
  • Education Research MA
  • Education: International Perspectives (Development and Education) MA
  • Education: International Perspectives (Leadership and Management) MA
  • Education: International Perspectives (Teaching and Learning) MA
  • Education: International Perspectives (Technology in Education) MA
  • Electrical Power MSc
  • Employee Relations MA, PGDip, PGCert
  • Engineering Geology MSc
  • English Language and/or Linguistics MLitt
  • English Literature MA
  • English Literature MLitt
  • Environmental and Petroleum Geochemistry MSc
  • Environmental Consultancy MSc
  • Environmental Engineering MSc
  • Environmental Law and Policy (Research) LLM
  • Environmental Regulation and Sustainable Development LLM
  • Environmental Resource Assessment MSc
  • Epidemiology MRes
  • European History MA
  • European Union Studies MA
  • Evolution and Human Behaviour MRes
  • Experimental Architecture MSc
  • Film Studies MLitt
  • Film: Theory and Practice MA
  • Finance and Economics (Research) MA
  • Finance MSc
  • Fine Art MFA
  • Flood Risk Management MSc
  • Food and Rural Development Research MSc
  • Forensic Psychology MSc
  • Foundations in Clinical Psychology MSc
  • French MLitt
  • Genomic Medicine MSc, PGDip, PGCert
  • Geotechnical Engineering MSc
  • German MLitt
  • Global Human Resource Management MSc
  • Health Services Research MSc, PGDip
  • Heritage, Gallery and Museum Studies PGCert
  • Heritage, Museums and Galleries MLitt
  • Heritage Practice MPrac
  • Heritage Studies MA, PGDip
  • History MA
  • History MLitt
  • History of Medicine MA
  • Human Geography Research MA
  • Human Resource Management MA
  • Hydrogeology and Water Management MSc
  • Hydroinformatics MSc
  • Hydrology and Climate Change MSc
  • Immunobiology MRes
  • Industrial and Commercial Biotechnology MSc
  • Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship MSc
  • International Business Law LLM
  • International Business Management MSc
  • International Business Management MSc (London campus)
  • International Development and Education MA
  • International Development and Education with Cross Cultural Communication MA
  • International Economics and Finance MSc
  • International Financial Analysis MSc
  • International Human Resource Management MA
  • International Law LLM
  • International Marine Environmental Consultancy (IMEC) MSc, PGDip
  • International Marketing MSc
  • International Marketing MSc (London campus)
  • International Multimedia Journalism MA
  • International Political Economy MA
  • International Politics (Critical Geopolitics) MA
  • International Politics (Global Justice and Ethics) MA
  • International Politics (Globalisation, Poverty and Development) MA
  • International Relations MA
  • International Spatial Planning MSc
  • Interpreting MA
  • Japanese Studies MLitt
  • Landscape Architecture Studies MA
  • Language Pathology MSc
  • Latin American Interdisciplinary Studies MA
  • Latin American Studies MLitt
  • Law LLM
  • Linguistics (with specialist pathways in English Language, Language Acquisition, and European Languages) MA
  • Local and Regional Development (Research) MA
  • Management and Business Studies (Research) MA, PGDip
  • Marine Ecosystems and Governance MRes
  • Marine Engineering MSc
  • Materials Design and Engineering MSc
  • Mechanical Engineering MSc
  • Neuroscience MRes
  • Offshore Engineering MSc
  • Operations, Logistics and Supply Chain Management MSc
  • Operations Management, Logistics and Accounting MSc
  • Organic Farming and Food Production Systems MSc
  • Orthodontics MSc
  • Petroleum Geochemistry MSc
  • Philosophy MLitt
  • Pipeline Engineering MSc, PGDip, PGCert
  • Planning and Environment Research MA
  • Planning for Sustainability and Climate Change MSc
  • Politics (Research) MA
  • Portuguese MLitt
  • Practitioner Enquiry MEd, Practitioner Enquiry (Leadership), Master of (MEd)
  • Professional Translation for European Languages MA
  • Psychology (Foundations in Clinical and Forensic Psychology) MSc
  • Public Health and Health Services Research MSc, PGDip, PGCert
  • Public Health MPH, PGDip
  • Quantitative Finance and Risk Management MSc
  • Rail and Logistics MSc, PGDip, PGCert
  • Renewable Energy, Enterprise and Management (REEM) MSc, PGDip, PGCert
  • Renewable Energy Flexible Training Programme (REFLEX) MSc, PGDip, PGCert
  • Restorative Dentistry MClinDent
  • Roman Frontier Studies MA
  • Social Science and Health Research MSc
  • Sociolinguistics (Research) MA, PGDip
  • Sociology and Social Research MA
  • Sociology MA
  • Spanish MLitt
  • Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine MRes
  • Structural Engineering MSc
  • Subsea Engineering and Management MSc
  • Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security MRes
  • Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security MSc
  • Sustainable Buildings and Environments MSc
  • Sustainable Chemical Engineering MSc, PGDip
  • Sustainable Transport Engineering MSc
  • Synthetic Biology MSc
  • Systems Biology MRes
  • Technology in the Marine Environment MRes
  • Town Planning MSc
  • Toxicology MRes
  • Translating and Interpreting MA
  • Translating MA
  • Translation Studies MA
  • Translational Medicine and Therapeutics MRes
  • Transplantation MRes
  • Transport Planning and Business Management MSc
  • Transport Planning and Engineering MSc
  • Transport Planning and Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) MSc
  • Transport Planning and the Environment MSc
  • Urban Design MA, PGDip
  • Urban Energy Technology and Policy (with specialist pathways in Planning, Architecture and Engineering) MSc
  • Urban Energy Technology and Policy MRes
  • Wildlife Management MSc
  • Wireless Embedded Systems MSc
  • World Politics and Popular Culture MA
  • Writing Poetry MA