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Scholarships and bursaries

Our scholarships and bursaries

We don't want you to be discouraged from university study due to financial reasons so we offer scholarships, awards and bursaries. They aren't like a loan because you don't need to pay them back.

We award them for different reasons based on your personal circumstances, such as academic achievement. You can use the money to reduce your tuition fees or to assist with expenses.

What you need to know

  • You can apply for more than one scholarship
  • You can only receive one scholarship at one time so if you have been awarded more than one, you will automatically be awarded the one of highest value
  • The decision of the Scholarships Committee about awards is final.

Depending on your family's income, you might also be entitled to more support from the government through loans and grants. See our information on undergraduate finance and postgraduate finance.

Get in touch

Call: +44 (0)208 411 5415
Email: scholarships@mdx.ac.uk

Find a scholarship, award or bursary

  • Prospective students starting in 2020

The Optivo Study4Success Award

Amount:Cost of accommodation for one academic year
Eligibility: You must be a UK student, already living in social housing accommodation and have completed voluntary work in your local community

Are you starting your degree course at Middlesex University this academic year? Do you live in social housing accommodation? Then you could be eligible to apply for the Optivo Study4Success Award.

Optivo is one of the largest housing associations in the UK providing over 90,000 people with a place to call home in 44,000 units of accommodation in London, the South East & the Midlands. They kindly provide the Study4Success scholarship to an incoming undergraduate student, covering accommodation
rent for the 40 week academic year in one of our halls of residence, Platt, Writtle, Usher or Ivy.

Criteria for this award:

  • You must be a UK student.
  • You must be already living in social housing accommodation.

Priority will be given to those who have volunteered or worked in their local community, delivering a positive social impact for others.

The deadline for this Award has now passed.

  • Receive a Community Scholarship

    Amount: £6,000 (£2,000 per year of study)
    Eligibility: Applicants should be from the UK and from households with an income below £25,000.

    The Middlesex University Community Scholarship is awarded to full time undergraduate students who have been an excellent role model within their school, college or community, and/or have succeeded in overcoming personal difficulties or challenging situations.

    The scholarship will be awarded to students from households with an income below £25,000.

    Closed to applications for 2020.

    The terms and conditions for the scholarship are as follows.

      • Terms and conditions

        The terms and conditions for the scholarship are as follows. You must:

        • be a full time enrolled student starting September 2020, on an undergraduate degree starting on Year 1 of a 3 year degree, and in continued attendance at the time of any payment;
        • attend or have attended a state-funded school or college in the UK;
        • achieve our normal entry criteria for the course of entry, usually 112 UCAS points;
        • put Middlesex University as your firm choice for a full-time undergraduate course through UCAS as at the time of making your scholarship application;
        • have a household income of under £25,000;
        • have made an online application to Student Finance and be eligible for an offer of funding, and share the outcome of this with the university (provide copy of student finance letter);
        • be ordinarily resident in the UK (provide copy of passport and/or residency document)
        • your offer to study at Middlesex University has to be unconditional by midnight on 28 August 2020.

        The application will be in the form of a statement that evidences:

        • succeeding despite difficulties/challenges;
        • being a successful role model;
        • results of community engagement;
        • proof of household income, as shared through Student Finance England;
        • proof of eligibility for full student maintenance loan;
        • copy of passport and/or residency document.

        Further information:

        • You must be a full time enrolled student on an undergraduate degree starting on Year 1 of a 3 year degree, and in continued attendance at the time of any payment.
        • Any outstanding debt to the University at the time of payment will be deducted from your scholarship.
        • Payments cannot be deferred to future years if for any reason you are unable to enrol in the year that you have been awarded the scholarship.
        • Payment of your scholarship in consecutive years is subject to you obtaining grades 12 or better in each of your modules.
        • The university will rely on students agreeing to share information from their student loan form in order to obtain financial support.
  • The Santander Widening Participation Bursary

    Amount: £2,500
    Eligibility: UK undergraduate student and a care leaver or estranged from your family.

    The Santander Widening Participation Bursary is a non-repayable bursary, which might be available to you if you are a UK undergraduate student and a care leaver or if you are estranged from your family. The bursary would be directed towards the payment of your accommodation and/or living expenses during an academic year.

    Santander has kindly funded this bursary which is to the value of £2,500. Eight bursaries are available.

    The deadline for this Bursary has now passed.

  • European Academic Awards

    Amount: £1000 - £5000
    Eligibility: European Union citizens and EU permanent residents - offer holders only

    The European Academic Award is awarded to individuals who have demonstrated academic excellence in their final grades. Applicants will need to hold a Middlesex University offer. This award is given as a discount to tuition fees for the first year of study. Final qualifications will be required to apply for this scholarship.

    The deadline for this award has now passed.

Significant achievement in sport

Amount: Ranging from £200 to £1,000
Eligibility: Any undergraduate or postgraduate student demonstrating a significant achievement in sport.

If you are competing at a regional or national level in your sport, you could be eligible for support and funding through the Middlesex Sport Scholarship Scheme. This is for talented sports performers, who are keen to continue their sporting endeavours and compete for the University.

There are three levels of scholarship available with financial support ranging from £200 to £1,000 in any academic year. The decision on the level of financial support offered to successful applicants will be made by the Scholarships Committee, whose decision is final.

Applications must be supported by a written reference and evidence relevant to your sporting achievements.

For more information about sports scholarships please email scholarships@mdx.ac.uk or call +44 (0)208 411 5415.

To apply please complete our online application form.

The deadline to apply is Friday 4 September 2020.

  • Current undergraduate students

The Hardship fund

If you are in need of financial support during this difficult time, then please contact the Student Welfare Advice Team (SWAT) who can assess cases on an individual basis. The University, our alumni community and corporate partners have worked together to provide additional donations to our student hardship fund, so that we can better respond to the individual needs of our students.

Contacting SWAT

Phone: 020 8411 3008
Email: welfare@mdx.ac.uk

You can also make a phone appointment. Please ensure you provide your correct phone number.

  • The Glenn Vaus Scholarship – Interior Design students

    Amount: £3,000
    Eligibility: Any Interior Design Student already in Year 1 or Year 2

    The Glenn Vaus Scholarship was set up by the family of Glenn Vaus in his memory. Glenn Vaus was an Interior Design Alumni of Middlesex University and this Scholarship is open to all Interior Design students progressing to either their second or third year of studies.

    The deadline for this Scholarship has now passed.

  • The Middlesex University and Sally Wang Business School Award

    Amount: £750
    Eligibility: A student of The Business School already in Year 1, Year 2 or Year 3

    The Middlesex University and Sally Wang Business School Award was kindly donated by Sally Wang, an alumna and graduate of the University. The award is to recognise the achievements of students from The Business School relating to their academic excellence and positive impact they might have made in the community.

    The deadline for this Award has now passed.

  • The Middlesex University Food Practical Prize

    Amount: £100
    Eligibility: Any Environmental Health student

    The Middlesex University Food Safety Prize is available to any Environmental Health student who has demonstrated excellent academic potential, and achieved the best overall performance in their Food Practical exam in the opinion of the Food Practical examiners.

    Two awards are offered; one at undergraduate and one at postgraduate level. Each student will receive a £100 cash award.

    For more information, please contact Adam Choonara.

  • The SureFoot Solutions Food Safety Dissertation Project Prize

    Amount: £150
    Eligibility: Any Environmental Health student

    The SureFoot Solutions Food Safety Prize is awarded to the Environmental Health student who has demonstrated excellent academic and research skills, and achieved the best overall grade in their dissertation project within the area of Food Safety.

    Two awards are offered; one at undergraduate and one at postgraduate level. Each award winner will receive £150.

    For more information, please contact Adam Choonara.

  • The Santander Mobility Scholarship

    Amount: £500
    Eligibility: Students who are accepted to go on an International exchange to one of our exchange partner universities

    There are 20 Santander Mobility Scholarships available for students who study abroad on an international exchange. Find out about Middlesex University Exchanges programme.

    For more information, contact exchanges@mdx.ac.uk or call 020 8411 5579.

  • The Santander Work-Based Learning Award

    Amount: £5,000
    Eligibility: Students enrolled on an MProf or DProf Work-Based Learning Course.

    The Santander Work-Based Learning Award has been kindly donated by Santander as part of the Santander Universities Scheme. If you are currently enrolled on an MProf or DProf work-based learning course, are a postgraduate or research student, and can display academic excellence then you are eligible to apply for this award. The value of the award is £5,000 and there are two awards available for two students.

    The deadline for this Award has now passed.

  • The Santander Widening Participation Bursary

    Amount: £2,500
    Eligibility: UK undergraduate student and a care leaver or estranged from your family.

    The Santander Widening Participation Bursary is a non-repayable bursary, which might be available to you if you are a UK undergraduate student and a care leaver or if you are estranged from your family. The bursary would be directed towards the payment of your accommodation and/or living expenses during an academic year.

    Santander has kindly funded this bursary which is to the value of £2,500. Eight bursaries are available.

    The deadline for this Bursary has now passed.

  • Significant achievement in sport

    Amount: Ranging from £200 to £1,000
    Eligibility: Any undergraduate or postgraduate student demonstrating a significant achievement in sport.

    If you are competing at a regional or national level in your sport, you could be eligible for support and funding through the Middlesex Sport Scholarship Scheme. This is for talented sports performers, who are keen to continue their sporting endeavours and compete for the University.

    There are three levels of scholarship available with financial support ranging from £200 to £1,000 in any academic year. The decision on the level of financial support offered to successful applicants will be made by the Scholarships Committee, whose decision is final.

    Applications must be supported by a written reference and evidence relevant to your sporting achievements.

    For more information about sports scholarships please email scholarships@mdx.ac.uk or call +44 (0)208 411 5415.

    To apply please complete our online application form.

    The deadline to apply is Friday 4 September 2020.

  • Postgraduate students

    • The Alumni Bursary

      Amount: Reduction of up to 20% of the tuition fee
      Eligibility: Please see details of eligibility below

      We offer all Middlesex University alumni who are UK/EU citizens a 20% fee reduction on postgraduate courses. International alumni can benefit from 20% off their masters fees if they are not in receipt of any regional awards. Alumni from our Academic Partner Institutions are entitled to a 10% reduction in fees.

      This offer applies to all alumni with a Middlesex undergraduate degree, including those who studied with a collaborative partner (subject to eligibility). There is no separate application process for your alumni bursary - simply highlight that you are an alumni when applying for your course to ensure the bursary is applied.

      The Alumni Bursary is only applicable if you are self-financing. Where courses are part sponsored such as the MA Social Work, The Alumni Bursary will only apply to the fee contribution paid by you. For International alumni who apply through our regional offices, The Alumni Bursary cannot be held in addition in any regional awards.

      Please note the Alumni Discount is only valid for courses where the future study is undertaken at Middlesex University, London. International campus alumni discounts may vary, please check their websites for details. It is not applicable to Middlesex courses run at our academic partner institutions.

      If you are unsure as to whether you are eligible for the Alumni Discount then please Submit your Query online

      There are some instances when the alumni bursary will NOT be applicable:

      • Continuation from PGCert/PGDip to masters courses
      • Introductory courses run through the MDX Summer School as pathways into postgraduate degrees
      • PGCE and integrated masters courses, as these attract other types of funding
      • Students in receipt of any other discount or bursary, including international merits/regional awards and other fee waivers
      • Top-up courses
      • Courses at our validated partner institutions

      Eligibility

      Self-financing students returning to complete a second programme of study, who are not in receipt of another type of discount (including regional awards) having already been awarded a Middlesex degree, will be able to claim an Alumni tuition fee discount. Middlesex University students (UK/EU and International students) who have successfully completed an Undergraduate direct-entry into years 2 or 3 (Top-ups), and graduates from validated and franchise institutions would receive a 20% discount. Again this is dependent on them not being in receipt of any other regional award or Scholarship. This discount is not applicable to students being Sponsored by an organisation or business.

      The University offers all Alumni a 20% fee reduction on postgraduate courses. This scheme is open to UK, EU and International students studying full time or part time postgraduate studies. There is no separate application process for the Alumni bursary. Students are advised when applying for a course, to highlight that they are an Alumni during the admissions process to ensure the bursary is applied. This discount is only valid at Middlesex University London. Alumni applying to International campuses are advised to check their websites for details. For the avoidance of doubt, an Alumni discount is not applicable where a student is moving from a foundation course to an Undergraduate degree or to a PGCE course.

      CPD Courses

      Students who are undertaking a Continuing Professional Qualification (CPD) at Middlesex University, or are completing a single module of study under a CPD qualification will not be entitled to the Alumni discount.

    • Arts and Creative Industries scholarship

      Amount: Reduction of up to 50% of the master's fee
      Eligibility: Any postgraduate student applying to study full-time or part-time within the Faculty of Arts and Creative Industries
      Deadline: This scholarship is now closed

      We have six scholarships available to UK/EU applicants who are applying for postgraduate study in the subject areas of:

      • Art and Design
      • Media
      • Performing Arts

      International applicants are also eligible to apply if they are an alumnus of the University.

      Your eligibility: You are required to have applied to Middlesex University for an eligible postgraduate programme of study at our London campus before your application can be assessed. The scholarship will be awarded as a 50% reduction of the postgraduate tuition fee and applied on enrolment.

      You must have achieved or due to achieve a minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree (or country-specific equivalent) or minimum 2 years of relevant professional experience. You must also be able to demonstrate and articulate:

      • Academic achievement
      • Related professional experience (full-time, part-time, internships)
      • Future vision and a desire to succeed

      Complete this application form to apply and make sure to view our additional scholarships information.

    • Business scholarship

      Amount: Reduction of up to 50% of the master's fee
      Eligibility: Any postgraduate student applying to study full-time or part-time within the Business School
      Deadline: This scholarship is now closed

      We have eight scholarships available to UK/EU applicants who are applying for postgraduate study in the subject areas of:

      • Business Management
      • Economics
      • Finance and Accounting
      • Human Resource Management
      • Marketing
      • Tourism

      International applicants are also eligible to apply if they are an alumnus of the University.

      Your eligibility: You are required to have applied to Middlesex University for an eligible postgraduate programme of study at our London campus before your application can be assessed. The scholarship will be awarded as a 50% reduction of the postgraduate tuition fee and applied on enrolment.

      You must have achieved or due to achieve a minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree (or country-specific equivalent) or minimum 2 years of relevant professional experience. You must also be able to demonstrate and articulate:

      • Academic achievement
      • Related professional experience (full-time, part-time, internships)
      • Future vision and a desire to succeed

      Complete this application form to apply and make sure to view our additional scholarships information.

    • Health and Education scholarship

      Amount: Cash award worth up to 50% of the master's fee
      Eligibility: Any postgraduate student applying to study full-time within the School of Health and Education 
      Deadline: This scholarship is now closed

      We have five scholarships available to UK/EU applicants who are applying for postgraduate study in the subject areas of:

      • Healthcare
      • Social Work
      • Education

      The scholarship will be in the form of a cash payment paid in instalments across the academic year to help cover the associated costs of studying Health and Education such as travel to work placement destinations.

      International applicants are also eligible to apply if they are an alumnus of the University.

      Your eligibility: The scholarship is only applicable to courses where fees are payable by the student. If you are receiving government (or other) funding that reduces the fee amount, the cash value will be equivalent to 50% of the remaining fee that you, as the student, are required to pay.

      You are required to have applied to Middlesex University for an eligible postgraduate programme of full-time study at our London campus before your application can be assessed.

      Complete this application form to apply and make sure to view our additional scholarships information.

    • Law, Criminology and Social Sciences scholarship

      Amount: Reduction of up to 50% of the master's fee
      Eligibility: Any postgraduate student applying to study full-time or part-time within the School of Law
      Deadline: This scholarship is now closed

      We have six scholarships available to UK/EU applicants who are applying for full-time or part-time postgraduate study in the subject areas of:

      • Criminology
      • Law
      • International Relations
      • Social Sciences

      International applicants are also eligible to apply if they are an alumnus of the University.

      Your eligibility: You are required to have applied to Middlesex University for an eligible full-time or part-time postgraduate programme of study at our London campus before your application can be assessed. The scholarship will be awarded as a 50% reduction of the postgraduate tuition fee and applied on enrolment.

      To apply, you must have achieved or due to achieve a minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree (or country-specific equivalent) or minimum 2 years of relevant professional experience. You must also be able to demonstrate and articulate:

      • Academic achievement
      • Related professional experience (full-time, part-time or internships)
      • Future vision and a desire to succeed

      Complete this application form to apply and make sure to view our additional scholarships information.

    • Postgraduate Support Bursary

      Amount: Reduction of up 50% of the master's fee
      Eligibility: Any Middlesex University undergraduate student who is in their final year and in receipt of a full or partial means-tested maintenance loan from the Student Loans Company (SLC)
      Deadline: This scholarship is now closed

      We have 34 bursaries to award to final year Middlesex undergraduate students who are planning to continue into full-time postgraduate study. The bursaries will be awarded on a first come first served basis and will be applied as a 50% reduction of the postgraduate tuition fee upon enrolment. You are required to have applied to Middlesex University for an eligible postgraduate programme of study at our London campus before the deadline in order to be considered for the PSB.

      Your eligibility: To be eligible for this bursary you must be:

      • a UK/EU applicant
      • a final year undergraduate Middlesex student in the 2018/19 academic year
      • paying the higher £9,000 per year fees
      • in receipt of a full or partial means tested maintenance loan during your final year
      • awarded a 2:1 or higher in your undergraduate degree when results are published in June 2019
      • have received an offer to study a full-time mater's course starting in October 2019

      Some master's courses will not be eligible for this bursary, including courses which are funded by other public bodies, such as PGCE and social work.

      How to apply: Once you have been offered a place on a postgraduate course, please send an email to scholarships@mdx.ac.uk, expressing your interest in the PSB. In the email, please include your Middlesex student number and the name of the course you will be studying in 2019/20.

    • Professional Enhancement scholarship

      Amount: Reduction of up to 50% of the tuition fee
      Eligibility: Any postgraduate student starting in October 2019
      Deadline: This scholarship is now closed

      We are offering five scholarships to UK/EU students for those starting a full-time or part-time postgraduate course in October 2019. You are required to have applied to Middlesex University for an eligible postgraduate programme of study at our London campus before your application can be assessed.

      Exceptions:

      • MA Social Work - For students in receipt of the Social Work Bursary, the 50% reduction will only be applied to the part of the fees that you are paying yourself, after any government (or other) funding has been deducted
      • MBA Programmes - only students applying for the general MBA programme are eligible for the scholarship. Our specialist MBAs are not eligible
      • Research degrees (PhD) are not eligible for this scholarship.

      Your eligibility: You must be currently in employment and have either no university level academic background, or have been out of the higher education system for five years or more. International applicants are also eligible to apply if they are an alumnus of the University. You must also be able to demonstrate that a postgraduate qualification will significantly benefit your current/future employment prospects. You will also be required to demonstrate:

      • your professional experience
      • your planned professional development and future vision
      • employment-related awards, commendations and recognition that you have received

      Complete this application form to apply and make sure to view our additional scholarships information.

    • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) scholarship

      Amount: Reduction of up to 50% of the master's fee
      Eligibility: Any postgraduate student applying to study full-time or part-time within the Faculty of Science and Technology 
      Deadline: This scholarship is now closed

      We have 11 scholarships available to UK applicants who are applying for postgraduate study in the subject areas of:

      • Computing
      • Engineering
      • Exercise Science
      • Maths
      • Natural and Environmental Sciences
      • Psychology

      International applicants are also eligible to apply if they are an alumnus of the University.

      Your eligibility: You are required to have applied to Middlesex University for an eligible postgraduate programme of study at our London campus before your application can be assessed. The scholarship will be awarded as a 50% reduction of the postgraduate tuition fee and applied on enrolment.

      In order to apply, you must have achieved or due to achieve a minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree (or country-specific equivalent) or minimum 2 years of relevant professional experience. You must also be able to demonstrate and articulate:

      • Academic achievement
      • Relevant professional experience (full-time, part-time or internships)
      • Future vision and a desire to succeed

      Complete this application form to apply and make sure to view our additional scholarships information.

    • The Middlesex University Food Practical Prize

      Amount: £100
      Eligibility: Any Environmental Health student

      The Middlesex University Food Safety Prize is available to any Environmental Health student who has demonstrated excellent academic potential, and achieved the best overall performance in their Food Practical exam in the opinion of the Food Practical examiners.

      Two awards are offered; one at undergraduate and one at postgraduate level. Each student will receive a £100 cash award.

      For more information, please contact Adam Choonara.

    • The SureFoot Solutions Food Safety Dissertation Project Prize

      Amount: £150
      Eligibility: Any Environmental Health student

      The SureFoot Solutions Food Safety Prize is awarded to the Environmental Health student who has demonstrated excellent academic and research skills, and achieved the best overall grade in their dissertation project within the area of Food Safety.

      Two awards are offered; one at undergraduate and one at postgraduate level. Each award winner will receive £150.

      For more information, please contact Adam Choonara.

    • The Hardship fund

      If you are in need of financial support during this difficult time, then please contact the Student Welfare Advice Team (SWAT) who can assess cases on an individual basis. The University, our alumni community and corporate partners have worked together to provide additional donations to our student hardship fund, so that we can better respond to the individual needs of our students.

      Contacting SWAT

      Phone: 020 8411 3008
      Email: welfare@mdx.ac.uk

      You can also make a phone appointment. Please ensure you provide your correct phone number.

  • International students

  • The Commonwealth Scholarship

    Amount: Full Postgraduate tuition fees, airfare to and from the UK and a living allowance
    Eligibility: Citizen or permanent resident of a Commonwealth country, undergraduate honours degree of at least upper second class and you must be unable to afford to study in the UK without the scholarship

    The Commonwealth Scholarship scheme is aimed specifically at students from disadvantaged backgrounds across the Commonwealth. By funding postgraduate studies in a range of different study formats, it helps to support innovators and leaders of the future. This historic award is the UK’s primary scholarship scheme focused on supporting British international development goals. It is designed to attract outstanding talent to UK universities whilst also supporting sustainable development overseas.

    To apply please complete the application form on the Commonwealth Scholarship website.

    The deadline to apply is Friday 30 October 2020.

  • Chevening Scholarship

    Amount: Full Postgraduate tuition fees
    Eligibility: Please check the full list of criteria

    Funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and partner organisations, Chevening Scholarships are awarded to individuals with demonstrable leadership potential and strong academic backgrounds. The scholarship offers full financial support to study for any eligible master’s degree at any UK university whilst also gaining access to a wide range of exclusive academic, professional, and cultural experiences.

    To apply please complete the application form on the Chevening Scholarship website.

    The deadline to apply is Friday 6 November 2020.

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