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Postgraduate School of Life Sciences

 

About this award

Applicants to taught MPhil courses based in the School of Biological Sciences (SBS), who have received a conditional offer of admission to start in October 2022, are eligible to apply for an SBS Master’s Bursary Award in support of their studies here at Cambridge, subject to the eligibility criteria listed below. The Bursary Award will provide a top-up maintenance grant (c.£5,000) to support living expenses when a postgraduate Master’s loan or grant is taken with Student Finance England, Student Awards Agency Scotland, Student Finance Wales or Student Finance NI. 

These awards are aimed at applicants from low-income households with experience of educational disadvantage and applications will be assessed on the basis of the essential and additional criteria listed below. Applicants who narrowly miss these criteria but feel that their particular circumstances should be considered, are encouraged to apply and provide details about this in the text box provided at question 27 on the online questionnaire.

How to apply

To be considered for this award, please complete the short online questionnaire as soon as possible after you receive a conditional offer of admission from one of the following courses:

  • MPhil in Therapeutic Sciences
  • MPhil in Developmental Biology
  • MPhil in Basic Translational Neuroscience

Please note that you may be asked to provide evidence in support of your answers, before an award will be made.

Essential criteria 

To qualify for consideration for one of the awards, you must: 

1. be a Home (UK fee status) student 

2. not already qualified at Master's level or higher 

3. hold a conditional offer on either of the following courses:

  • MPhil in Therapeutic Sciences
  • MPhil in Developmental Biology
  • MPhil in Basic Translational Neuroscience

4. be predicted to achieve, or have already achieved, a 1st or high 2i in your undergraduate degree 

5. not have existing financial means (in the form of savings, assets, or an income independent of hours worked) to finance the proposed course of study yourself.

Additional criteria

In addition to the essential criteria above, one or more of the following should apply to you. If there are other challenging life circumstances, not listed here, which you feel should be taken into account, for example, educational disruption due to moving school or illness, doing paid work during full-time undergraduate study, circumstances that limited your choice of undergraduate university, an unusual route to postgraduate study, or anything else, then you may be eligible; please detail this in the relevant section on the questionnaire. 

At secondary school

1. You were in receipt of Free Schools Meals 

2. You spent three months or more in local authority care or as a Foyer resident 

3. You were a young carer 

4. You were living in an area where it is unusual for people to go to university. (This is defined by the government's POLAR4 classification; to meet this criterion your address must fall into quintile 1 or 2 in the young participation quintile or the Adult HE qualification quintile. You can check your postcode quintile using the POLAR search tool

5. You lived in one of the most deprived areas of the country. This is defined according to the government's IMD database If your postcode IMD value is 16,250 or less, you meet this criterion. You can check your postcode ranking using the IMD website. Please note this information only covers addresses in England.

At university 

1. If you started your undergraduate course prior to August 2016: You were/are in receipt of a full or partial Maintenance Grant from the UK Government as an undergraduate 

2. If you started your undergraduate course after August 2016: you were eligible for a means-tested maintenance loan from the UK Student Loans Company and your residual household income was assessed as £42,620 or less 

3. You are/were in the first generation of your immediate family to do an undergraduate or Master’s course 

4. You are/were estranged from your immediate family or care-givers 

5. You are/were a full-time undergraduate with caring responsibilities for a family member who could not cope without your practical support 

6. You are/were a full-time undergraduate who is/was a single parent, lone foster parent, or lone guardian of a young person who was still in full-time education 

Questionnaire

The below questions appear on the online form and are provided here for your information only. To be considered for this award, please complete the short online questionnaire by the course deadline.

1.    Full name (first and surname) 
2.    Email address (as used on university application form)
3.    Application Reference Number: 
4.    Are you already qualified at Master's level or above? 
5.    Are you a Home (UK fee status) student? 
6.    Are you applying to study for a full-time Master's qualification at Cambridge? 
7.    Are you predicted to achieve, or have already achieved, a First or high 2i in your undergraduate degree? 
8.    Were you awarded a Master’s application fee waiver at Cambridge? 
9.    Have you applied for or are in receipt of other funding for this Master's qualification? 
10.    If your answer to question 9 is ‘Yes’, please provide details. 
11.    Please provide the postcode of your secondary school (if you attended more than one secondary school, please use the postcode of the last one you attended): 
12.    At secondary school, were you in receipt of Free School Meals? 
13.    At secondary school, did you spend any time in local authority care or as a Foyer resident 
14.    If the answer to question 13 is ‘Yes’, how long (in weeks) did you spend in local authority care or as a Foyer resident? 
15.    At secondary school, did you have caring responsibilities for a family member who could not cope without your practical support? 
16.    When you applied for your undergraduate course, were you living in one of the most deprived areas of the country?
17.    If you answered Yes to question 16, please specify.
18.    When you applied for your undergraduate course, were you living in an area where it is unusual for young people to go to university?
19.    If you answered Yes to question 18, please specify.
20.    If you started your undergraduate course prior to August 2016: were you in receipt of a full or partial Maintenance Grant from the UK Government as an undergraduate? Or, if you started your undergraduate course after August 2016: were you eligible for a means-tested maintenance loan from the UK Student Loans Company and your residual household income was assessed as £42,620 or less? 
21.    Are/were you in the first generation of your immediate family to do an undergraduate course? 
22.    As a full-time undergraduate, are/were you estranged from your immediate family or care-givers? 
23.    As a full-time undergraduate, do/did you have caring responsibilities for a family member who could not cope without your practical support? 
24.    As a full-time undergraduate, are/were you a single parent, lone foster parent, or lone guardian of a young person under the age of 18 or still in full time education? 
25.    As a full-time undergraduate, do/did you face disruption due to physical or mental health difficulties, or bereavement of close family? 
26.    If you were offered admission to your chosen course at Cambridge, would you be in the first generation of your immediate family to do a Master’s? 
27.    Are there other challenging life circumstances you feel should be taken into account? For example, educational disruption due to moving school or illness, doing paid work during full-time undergraduate study, circumstances that limited your choice of undergraduate university, an unusual route to postgraduate study, or anything else. Please give brief details (maximum 150 words). 
28.    What would receiving this award mean to you (maximum 150 words)? 
29.    Please confirm: The information I have provided is true to the best of my knowledge and I understand that I may be asked for evidence. 
30.    Please confirm: I do not have the existing financial means (in the form of savings, assets, or an income independent of hours worked) to finance the proposed course of study myself. 
31.    Please confirm: I consent for my data to be shared with the University of Cambridge for the purpose of assessing my eligibility for the award, and for compiling anonymised data for monitoring purposes. 

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