Faculty of Social Sciences Masters Scholarship

For students starting their undergraduate study in 2012 or 2013, we offered up to five Masters Scholarships to students whose performance was exceptional during their first degree and who are choosing to remain at the University in the same department to study for a Masters.

The scholarship was competitive and open to students graduating with a first-class BA or BSc degree from the Departments of Economics, Government and Sociology, which were allocated as follows:

  • two for students studying in the Department of Economics
  • two for students studying in the Department of Government
  • one for a student studying in the Department of Sociology.

This scholarship is only available if you started studying for an undergraduate degree in 2012 or 2013. If you're a new student, you are not eligible to apply.

Frequently asked questions

  • How much are the scholarships worth?

    The scholarship covers the tuition fee for any of the eligible courses. The scholarship amount is likely to vary depending on the course you take; an indication of course fees can be found on the fee finder.

  • Am I eligible for the scholarships?

    This scholarship is only available if you started studying with us in 2012 or 2013. If you are repeating a year, you are not eligible.

    They are available to all students (Home/EU and Overseas) studying on a full-time basis. To be eligible to apply for one of these scholarships you must be a student registered within one of the participating departments studying for a BA or BSc degree and progress immediately to a Masters course following the successful completion of your first class undergraduate degree.

    If you are registering for the scheme you will be expected to apply for and accept other sources of funding. If you are awarded a Faculty of Social Science Masters Scholarship and subsequently obtain full external funding, the Faculty will rescind the scholarship offer in full. Where external funding is awarded but it is not a full studentship or equivalent, the Faculty may choose to continue, reduce or rescind the scholarship offer as it sees fit.

    You will be deemed ineligible for the scholarship if you are found guilty of an academic or disciplinary offence during the course of your undergraduate degree, either before or after registering an interest in the scholarship.

  • I am a current student in one of the departments, can I apply?

    This scholarship is only available if you started studying your undergraduate degree with us in 2012 or 2013.

  • What if I have had a leave of absence during my course?

    You may take up to one year's leave of absence during your course and still be eligible to apply for the scholarship however if you take more than one year you will not be eligible. If you are registering for a four-year course (including a year studying abroad) or have taken a single term abroad as part of a study abroad opportunity, you will still be eligible to apply for the scholarship.

  • Can I defer entry on to my BA/BSc and still compete for a scholarship?

    If you defer entry for a year before taking-up your BA/BSc you will need to check whether the scheme will be operational during the year in which you start studying with us.

  • What is the selection process for the scholarship?

    Following the second year exam board, if you receive a first class mark you will be invited to register an expression of interest with the Social Sciences Registry Team by the end of the autumn term of your final year. Only those who have registered an interest with the Team and hold an offer of place on one of the eligible courses will be considered for the scholarship.

    The final exam board will rank students (who have registered for the scheme, hold an offer of a place on one of the eligible courses and have achieved a first class degree) by overall degree mark. The scholarships will be offered to successful students in rank order until all the available scholarships have been accepted. You will be informed at the time the results are published if you have been successful in winning a scholarship and will have to make a decision whether to accept the scholarship within two working days.

  • What Masters courses can I take?

    The courses that are eligible for the scholarship are outlined by the Department:

  • How do I apply?

    If you receive a first class mark for your second year of study you will be invited to register an expression of interest with the Social Sciences Registry Team by the end of the autumn term of your final year. You will separately need to submit an application to study on one of the eligible courses. Only those who have registered an interest and have an offer of a place on one of the eligible courses will be considered for the scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to those who have achieved the highest marks in their course, and will be offered in rank order until all the scholarships have been accepted.

  • Who can I contact for more information?

    If you have any questions about the scholarship please contact the Social Sciences Registry Team on regtmss@essex.ac.uk.

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