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The School of Public Health offers a number of Masters programmes and is offering scholarships for students starting Master’s programmes in October 2019.

Applications for the 2019/20 scholarships are now open. The deadline for these applications will be 31 May 2019.

Applications for the School of Public Health scholarships need to be made by a separate form, in addition to the full application for admission for the relevant programme of study. You will need to have been made an offer for a School of Public Health programme for 2019/20 entry in order to be considered for a scholarship for the same year of entry. You can apply for one of our programmes via Imperial Apply.

Please see 'how to apply' below for further information and the application form.

Applications are invited from outstanding candidates from the UK, the EU, Overseas and current Imperial College London students who have the potential to become leaders in their field.

Please note that there are other scholarships offered by the Institutes and Departments that make up the Faculty of Medicine. These are separate from the Faculty Master's Scholarships and entail a different application process. For other such scholarships, please see Imperial’s scholarships page.


Eligibility

Please ensure you read our eligibility criteria before making an application.

General eligibility

These awards are open to all students who make an application to the School of Public Health by 31st May 2019 for admission to study for a Master's programme, starting in October 2019.

Please note that these awards can only be given to students who are studying a programme run by the School of Public Health. If you are hoping to study a Master's programme run by another faculty, please see a list of other scholarship programmes which you may be eligible for.

It is not essential for applicants to have already received an offer of a place on a programme, but the initial programme application must be made before applying for a scholarship. In order to be awarded the scholarship, an offer must have been made to an applicant.

Residence eligibility

Applications are accepted from talented candidates from across the world for the School of Public Health Scholarships which will cover tuition fees only. Please see the Fee assessment guidance notes [pdf] if you are unsure of your ordinary resident status.

Academic eligibility

Candidates are expected to be able to provide evidence of outstanding academic ability. This will usually mean being among the highest achievers in their undergraduate cohort, and in receipt of or due to receive a first class UK Honours degree or equivalent. An applicant who does not meet this requirement (e.g. holds a second class undergraduate degree, is a health professional who did not undertake a degree course, or is from a non-traditional background) will be considered if they are able to demonstrate that they have outstanding academic potential and substantial experience relevant to their chosen subject area.


How to apply

The deadline for the School of Public Health’s Master's Scholarships 2019/20 applications is Friday 31 May 2019. In order to be considered for a scholarship, potential candidates will need to do both of the following:

  1. Apply for a place on a Masters programme run by the School of Public Health
  2. Complete the School of Public Health's Scholarships online application form

It is not essential to wait for an offer of a place on a programme to be made before applying, but the initial programme application must be made before submitting the scholarship application. To apply for a Master's programme, please use our online admissions system.

Scholarships are awarded to applicants who are deemed by the panel to have the greatest potential to be leaders in their chosen field. This is assessed through academic excellence, professional/research experience and sense of career trajectory. Typically, applicants should be among the highest achievers in their academic cohort or have considerable professional experience.

Once the programme application has been submitted, those who wish to apply for a scholarship should complete our online form. Please note that the scholarship selection panel will assess candidates on their scholarship application form NOT their programme application. Therefore, please make sure that all key information that you would like to be considered is included in your scholarship application. The form will need to be completed in a single session, so please have the following information prepared:

  • Personal statement (not more than 1,000 words);
  • The proposed focus of your research topic for the Research Project element of the programme you have applied for (no more than 500 words);
  • Details of qualifications, achievements, awards, relevant experience and publications (you will need to enter this information into the online form as we are unable to accept transcripts);
  • The title/s of the programme/s which you have applied for.

Advice on writing your application is included on our frequently asked questions page

All candidates will be informed of the decision - successful or not - by the end of June 2019.


References

We will use the references that you provide as part of your course application process. Please do not send references to us directly as we will be unable to accept them. It is not essential that we receive your references in time to consider your scholarship application, although their absence may weaken your application. It is therefore recommended that you contact your referees directly to ask that they respond to your course application reference request before 31 May 2019 (so they can be reviewed by the panel when the applications close).


Transcripts

As part of the application process, you will be asked to enter information from your academic transcript into the Master's Scholarship online application form. We are unable to accept separate printed or electronic transcripts (regardless of file format). We understand that entering this information into our application form is a time-consuming process. We therefore do not have the resources to accept separate transcripts.

When entering your transcript information into the online application form, please use only carriage returns (line breaks) and single spaces. More advanced formatting (such as tabs spaces or tables copied from other computer programmes) may display correctly on your screen, but are likely to cause problems when we export your application and send it to the selection panel.


Terms and conditions

When applying for Faculty of Medicine Master's Degree Scholarships, candidates agree to Imperial's terms and conditions regarding scholarships and bursaries.

Please note, the following conditions override the standard Imperial terms and conditions:

  • Both part-time and full-time students are eligible to apply.
  • An offer of a place is not required before applying, but candidates must first apply for a Master's programme run by the School of Public Health before applying for a School of Public Health Scholarship.
  • Candidates who do not apply through the online scholarship form will not be considered for the School of Public Health Scholarships.
  • The decision of the selection panel is final. No appeal process is available.
  • Awards cannot be deferred or used to fund non-PGT programmes within the School of Public Health, or programmes run by other faculties or schools at Imperial or elsewhere.
  • Although your scholarship application will be primarily based on your scholarship application form, the panel may consult your programme application if it is deemed necessary.
  • The continued payment of a School of Public Health Scholarship is subject to satisfactory academic progression on the programme. Award holders will also be required to maintain a minimum class attendance of 80%.
  • School of Public Health Master's Scholarships are non-transferable. If you transfer to another institution or withdraw from the College, any payments due to you will be cancelled.
  • Awardees will be required to participate in promotional activities during the course of their studies and allow their image to be used by Imperial for publicity purposes. Such activities may include (but are not limited to) attending recruitment events, discussing their experiences with prospective postgraduate students and producing occasional print or web copy.

If you would like to apply for a School of Public Health Scholarship – please complete the online application form.

Frequently Asked Questions

How many scholarships are there?

For 2019/20 entry there are five School of Public Health Masters Scholarships as follows:

  • 2 x Master of Public Health (on-campus) scholarships (covering Home/EU fees only
  • 1 x MSc Epidemiology scholarship (covering Home/EU fees only)
  • 1 x MSc Health Data Analytics and Machine Learning scholarship (covering Home/EU fees only)
  • 1 x Global Master of Public Health scholarship (covering Islands/Overseas and Home/EU tuition fees only)

What does the application process involve?

You will need to apply for a Master’s programme in the School of Public Health at Imperial College London and then complete the online scholarship application form.

All applications will be read and assessed by a selection panel of experienced academics.

Scholarships will then be allocated and offers made will be dependent on candidates receiving an offer of a place on a Master’s course in the School of Public Health at Imperial College to start in 2019.

I am in the final year of my undergraduate degree and have not yet received my final grade – can I still apply?

Yes - the application form allows you to specify if your degree has been awarded or if your grade is predicted. There is also space for you to outline all of your module marks to date.

I do not have a First Class undergraduate degree – am I still eligible?

Candidates are expected to be able to provide evidence of outstanding academic ability. This will usually mean being among the highest achievers in their undergraduate cohort, and in receipt of, or due to receive a first class UK Honours degree or equivalent. An applicant who does not meet this requirement (e.g. holds a second class undergraduate degree, is a health professional who did not undertake a degree course, or is from a non-traditional background) will be considered if they are able to demonstrate that they have outstanding academic potential and substantial experience relevant to their chosen subject area. This should be included in the Personal Statement section of the application form.

What should I write in my personal statement?

We recommend your statement is no more than 1500 words, including detail regarding your proposed research area.

This is your opportunity to tell us about yourself and explain why you are an outstanding candidate for a scholarship. Tell us why you are interested in the subject for which you have applied. Describe your academic and/or professional interests and reasons for applying to the School of Public Health, Imperial College London.

Outline the academic/professional trajectory you hope for in the future and explain why the course and the scholarship are important for this. Write an honest statement that gets across your true character and motivations, rather than writing what you think the panel will want to hear. 

Within your personal statement, we’d like you to include a short proposal (no more than a 150 words) for a public health research project that could realistically be carried out by you over a three month period. You should include a novel research question, and some outline of what you would do. You will not be tied to the proposal if you are accepted on to the course, as we have a well‑structured program for developing student projects. We are interested in your initial ideas as a way for you to demonstrate to us your current understanding of the research process.

We recommend you write your statement up to no more than 1500 words, including detail regarding your proposed research area.

Will I need to have an offer of a place on a course before applying for a Faculty of Medicine Master’s Scholarship?

No. However, you must apply for a place on a programme starting October 2019 before applying for the scholarship. You can find information on the SPH scholarship page.

Can I combine a Master's Scholarship with another scholarship or bursary from Imperial College London?

Imperial policy dictates that students can only hold multiple awards if one is for fees and the other is a stipend. As the School of Public Health Master's Scholarships provide an award for fees, you would be permitted to also hold an award for a stipend. You will not be permitted to hold more than one full scholarship.

Can I apply for other types of funding from Imperial College London while applying for the School of Public Health Masters Scholarships?

Yes. You are welcome to apply for other types of funding from Imperial while applying for a School of Public Health Masters Master's Scholarship. However, these scholarships cannot be combined with any other scholarship that covers fees. For further information on this, please see the question above.

By completing the SPH Master’s Scholarships application form will I also be applying for other types of funding from Imperial College?

No. Other scholarship and bursary schemes run by Imperial have different application procedures. Please consult the pages of the different schemes for guidance. 

Can I send you a transcript of my undergraduate subjects instead of entering them into the application form?

No. While we understand that entering all of your subjects and grades may be time-consuming, it is a vital part of giving the selection panel the information that they need to make an informed decision about your application.

Do I need to send you my references?

No. We will use the references which are sent to the School of Public Health as part of your programme application.

Any further questions?

Please contact a member of the School’s admission team by email if you have any further queries related to Scholarships via sph-scholarships@imperial.ac.uk