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Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme

Commonwealth Shared Scholarships are offered by the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC) in partnership with UK universities. These scholarships are intended for candidates from least developed and lower middle income Commonwealth countries for full-time Masters study on selected courses. These Scholarships enable talented and motivated individuals to gain the knowledge and skills required for sustainable development, and are aimed at those who could not otherwise afford to study in the UK.  

The scholarship covers the cost of tuition fees, living costs per month, travel to the UK and return home at the end of the scholarship and other expenses. 

  • Number of scholarships 8
  • Value Tution Fees, Living costs and Expenses
  • Opens 23 February 2018
  • Deadline 30 March 2018
  • Help with Tuition fees, Living costs, Travel costs
  • Duration One-off award


Is this for you?

To apply for these scholarships, you must:

  • be a citizen of or have been granted refugee status by an eligible Commonwealth country, or be a British Protected Person;
  • be permanently resident in an eligible Commonwealth country;
  • be available to start your academic studies in the UK by the start of the UK academic year in September 2018;
  • hold a first degree of *at least upper second class (2:1) standard, or a second class degree and a relevant postgraduate qualification (usually a Masters degree);
  • not have studied or worked for one (academic) year or more in a high income country;
  • be unable to afford to study in the UK without this scholarship.

 *if we receive a high number of applications, candidates who hold a first degree with first class honours will be given preference. 

The 2018 Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme Terms & Conditions including the revised list of eligible countries are available on the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission website at:

The eligible courses for 2018 are:

MSc Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Technology

MSc Finance

MSc Electronic and Electrical Engineering

MSc Environmental Health Sciences

MSc Forensic Science

MSc Pharmaceutical Analysis

MSc Sustainable Engineering: Renewable Energy Systems and the Environment

MSc International Relations, Law and Security 


These scholarships do not cover undergraduate courses, PhD study, or any pre-sessional English language teaching, and are tenable for one year only.

Further Information

These Scholarships are offered under six themes:

  1. Science and technology for development
  2. Strengthening health systems and capacity
  3. Promoting global prosperity
  4. Strengthening global peace, security and governance
  5. Strengthening resilience and response to crises
  6. Access, inclusion and opportunity

How to apply

  • You should apply or preferably have applied to study one of the eligible Masters courses.  Unless you have already secured an offer of a place, you must apply/secure admission to your course at the same time as applying for a Shared Scholarship.  Information on how to apply online for one of the selected courses, is available at  Each course page has an apply button for you to start your application. 


Note: The University will not commence any internal selection processes until after the closing date of 30 March 2018. 

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