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Postgraduate Opportunity Scholarships 2021/22

Value of award


Number of awards

A limited number of awards are available on a selective / competitive basis (total amount to be confirmed in due course).

Start date and duration

For courses commencing September 2021. 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 25 June 2021. No further applications for 2021 entry will be considered after this date. There are no exceptions to this deadline.

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 (either conditional or unconditional).


The scholarships are available as part of Newcastle University’s 2021 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:

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

Postgraduate Opportunity Scholarships 2021 entry (General) (PDF: 464KB)‌

Postgraduate Opportunity Scholarships 2021 entry (Women into Postgraduate Engineering and Computing Science)
(PDF: 416KB)

Newcastle and non-Newcastle University 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


Newcastle University

A proportion of funding has also come from the Dr Jennifer Watson Bequest, The Pybus Fund and the Todd Endowment. These charitable scholarships have been donated to the University to support postgraduate study.


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 apply for the scholarship awards are those:

For more information about the scheme, please see our Postgraduate Opportunity Scholarships Regulations 2021 (PDF: 350KB)

Evidence Required for Postgraduate Opportunity Scholarship Applications

In your application, you will 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 computing 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