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Five Master's Scholarships of £4,000 each, funded through the Santander Universities agreement with the University, are available annually to full-time taught postgraduate students at Chester. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic merit and to support widening participation to graduates of institutions in the Santander Universities network within the UK, Latin America, Portugal or Spain.


To be eligible for a Scholarship, students must:

  • have accepted an offer of admission to a one year, full time taught postgraduate programme in any subject;
  • on admission to the University of Chester, be a graduate of one of the eligible institutions in the Santander Universities scheme (see below).

Application procedure and selection criteria

To apply, students must complete a Masters Scholarship application form. All Scholarships have now been allocated for 2020/21 and no further applications are being accepted. Details of any 2021/22 scholarships will be posted in the spring.

The selection of the Scholars will be made by a panel chaired by the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research & Knowledge Transfer) and details of selected Scholars will be forwarded to Santander Universities for information. Applications will be judged on two criteria:

  • academic quality of the applicant;
  • potential for the applicant to benefit from the Scholarship, particularly in relation to widening participation.

All those unsuccessful applications submitted by eligible applicants meeting the quality criteria thresholds will be held on a waiting list and if any Scholarships remain vacant after September 2020 these applications will be considered at any time until 8 December 2020.

Eligible institutions

For details of the eligible institutions in the Santander Universities scheme, please check the Santander website

Scholarship Terms and Conditions

Details of selected Scholars will be forwarded to Santander Universities for information.

The scholarships will be applied first to a discount on tuition fees for the academic year 2020/21, with any remainder provided as a contribution towards living costs. Scholarships may not be deferred to a later year.

If a selected scholar holds a full or partial scholarship from another source, this must be disclosed and the University reserves the right to reduce the value of the Masters Scholarship accordingly. Scholarships may not be combined with the Golden Ticket discount for University of Chester graduates.

The University reserves the right to reconsider the award of a Scholarship if the financial situation of a Scholar changes following the award.

If a Scholar holds a conditional offer, the Scholarship will not be confirmed until all conditions are met.

Scholarships are subject to availability of funds and details of the scheme are subject to change at any time.

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