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Further information about the Data Science and Artificial Intelligence conversion MSc Scholarship, eligibility and how to apply.

What is the Data Science and Artificial Intelligence conversion MSc Scholarship?

The University has secured funding from the UK Office For Students to offer several scholarships of £10,000 each to students studying the MSc Data Science and Artificial Intelligence. These scholarships are for under-represented groups in the field of Data Science and Artificial Intelligence. To be eligible you need to be a member of at least one of the under-represented groups mentioned below. Priority will be given to the groups a, b and c. Funding decisions will be made based on academic merit as well as eligibility.

To apply for the scholarship, you must have already submitted your application and received an offer for a place at the University of Liverpool. You will receive a University of Liverpool Student ID number, which will be assigned to you as part of the MSc application process.

What is the eligibility criteria for the scholarship?

You are eligible for the scholarship if one or more of the following criteria apply. Please note: all applications will be assessed and priority will be given to those in groups a, b and c. Preference will also be given to UK students, but not exclusively so. Written proof of eligibility will be required;
a. Female student
b. Black student
c. Registered disabled students
d. Students from POLAR Q1 and Q2 (UK students only) [1]
e Care experienced student (UK students only) [2]
f. Estranged student (UK students only) [3]
g. Gypsy, Roma, Traveller student (resident in the UK)
h. Refugees (resident in the UK)
i. Children from UK military families, veterans and partners of UK military personnel.

[1] POLAR is an acronym for Participation Of Local Areas, which is used in the UK Higher Education (HE) sector as a measure of disadvantage? It is founded on postcode. The UK Government compiles statistics on how many young people in different postcode regions typically go into HE. The 20% of areas with the lowest participation rates are designated as “Quintile 1” (Q1), the top 20% are “Quintile 5” (Q5), and so on. To find out whether your home address is within a Q1 or Q2 area check out: https://www.officeforstudents.org.uk/data-and-analysis/young-participation-by-area/.

[2] A "Care Experience Student" is a student who has been, or is currently, in care, or from a looked-after background, at any stage in their life, no matter how short, including adopted children who were previously looked-after. This care may have been provided in a one of many different settings such as in residential care, foster care, kinship care, or through being looked-after at home with a supervision requirement.

[3] The UK Office for Students defines "estranged students" as students between the age of 18 to 24 who are not communicating with either of their parents. Consequently, these students lack the support of a wider family. They may be estranged before entering higher education but can also be at risk of estrangement or becoming estranged during their studies

How do I apply for the scholarship?

You must have already applied and received an offer for a place at the University of Liverpool on either of the following programmes:
MSc Data Science and Artificial Intelligence
MSc Data Science and Artificial Intelligence with a Year in Industry

You will need a Liverpool University student ID number (which you receive as part of the application process) to be able to apply for the scholarship. Apply online by filling in the scholarship application form via https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-taught/finance/scholarships/scholarships/msc-data-science-and-artificial-intelligence-bursary/

Can I apply for the scholarship if I’ve not been offered a place on the MSc course?

No, you can only apply for the scholarship if you have received an offer for a place to study either of the Data Science and Artificial Intelligence MScs at the University of Liverpool.  You need to be in possession of a University ID number.  The selection committee will only award the scholarships to students that hold an offer for the MSc programme, at the time they make award decisions.

Who is the scholarship awarded by?

The UK Government Office for Students https://www.officeforstudents.org.uk/news-blogand-events/press-and-media/funding-boost-for-new-courses-in-artificial-intelligence-and-datascience 

How much is the scholarship?

£10,000 per student. The funding will be awarded during the academic year, in instalments in October, January and April.

Does the scholarship have to cover tuition fees?

No, scholarships can be used for tuition fees or as a stipend to cover expenses, or as a mixture of the two.

Is this available for both the one, and two year MSc Data Science and Artificial Intelligence?

Yes, both courses are applicable. However, for the two year (with year in industry) MSc, see response to the next question.

Do you receive funding for both years of the two-year MSc?

No, the funding is only applicable for one year. The full funding of £10,000 will be paid during the first academic year, in instalments in October, January and April.

Is this available for full time and part time study?

No, it is only available for full time students.

Can I still apply for/receive a Government Postgraduate Loan if in receipt of the Data Science and AI scholarship?

Yes.

Can the Scholarships be combined with other University of Liverpool bursary schemes?

Yes.

If I already have external funding can I still apply for the scholarship?

Yes.

Is there a deadline for applying for the scholarship?

Details for E2022 will be announced soon.

How are the scholarship applications assessed?

Applicants must meet one of the eligibility criteria. Priority will be given to the groups a, b and c. Decisions will be made according to academic excellence as evidenced by their first degree and other supporting information included with their application. Preference will be given to UK students, but not exclusively so.

If successful, how long do I have to formally accept the scholarship?

If a scholarship is offered, you will receive your offer via email. Applicants are given two weeks to respond and accept the scholarship. A reminder email will be sent during this period. If no response is received by the end of the two-week period the offer will be withdrawn.

If I am an Alumnus and receive the scholarship, will I still be able to get the Postgraduate Progression Award?

Yes, in addition to the scholarship, if you're a current University of Liverpool undergraduate or alumni, including Study Abroad and Exchange students, progressing to either full or part-time postgraduate taught study in the academic year 2021/22 you’re eligible to receive our Postgraduate Progression Award.

• If you are a UK student you will receive a £1,000 reduction in tuition fees.
• If you are an international student* with a first-class undergraduate degree you will receive a £2,500 reduction in tuition fees.
• If you are an international student* with a 2:1 or 2:2 you will receive a 10% reduction in tuition fees.
*Please note that following the end of the UK’s transition period on 31 December 2020, EU students joining in the academic year 2021-22 and beyond will become subject to international fees and will be eligible for international scholarships where applicable.
https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-taught/finance/ppa/

Please note that this information relates to E2021 and may chnage for E2022.

Is the scholarship available to students who have already completed an MSc?

Yes.

Is the scholarship available to students who have completed an integrated masters?

Yes.

Are students applying from Liverpool International College (LIC) eligible?

Yes, but preference will be given to UK students.

re students applying from Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) eligible?

Yes, but preference will be given to UK students.

I am an Islands student, am I eligible for the award?

Yes, Islands students will be considered under Home/EU scholarships.

Are applicants applying for an online MSc eligible for these awards?

No, these scholarships are for campus based programmes only.

Are applicants who are applying for a PG Certificate or PG Diploma eligible to apply?

No, these scholarships are for full Masters postgraduate programmes only.

Are there any restrictions on household income thresholds to receive the scholarship?

No.

Can the scholarship offer be deferred?

No.

Who do I contact if I have any questions about the scholarship?

For any questions please email CompScholar@liverpool.ac.uk.

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