Funding and scholarships for postgraduate conversion courses in AI and data science

Fees vary between universities and will depend on course length. Scholarships may be available to support students to access the courses.

Check the website of the university you are applying to for full details. 

We have made 1,000 scholarships available to increase diversity in the AI and data science sector and to support students from underrepresented groups to access, participate and succeed in higher education.

Scholarships will be prioritised for black, female and disabled students. They may also be available for:

  • students from areas of the UK where young people are less likely to go on to higher education (POLAR quintiles 1 and 2)
  • care experienced students
  • estranged students
  • Gypsy, Roma, Traveller students
  • refugees
  • children from military families, veterans and partners of military personnel.

Please check the website of the university you're applying to for full eligibility criteria.

Students who successfully apply for a scholarship will receive £10,000 to help with the cost of course fees, and associated costs such as childcare and transport.

Scholarships should be paid out in regular intervals across the duration of course.

International students are eligible for scholarship funding. However, universities and colleges may differ in their scholarship allocation process.

Please talk to the specific university you are interested in for details of scholarship eligibility.  

The Office for Students does not directly manage the scholarship allocation process.

Universities will determine the application process and the exact frequency of payments.

Please check the website of the university you are applying to for full details.

Help is available through loans that need to be repaid, but only once you are earning over a certain amount.

See the government's guidance on funding for postgraduate study and master's loans for more details.

Further funding may be available to students who were undergraduates at their chosen university. Universities may also offer bursaries for students from underrepresented groups. 

Yes, scholarships will be available throughout the programme (until 2023).

Please liaise with the specific university you are interested in for further details.

Published 10 June 2020
Last updated 04 August 2020
04 August 2020
Question added on scholarships for future academic years
26 June 2020
Question added on international students' scholarship eligibility

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