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£10,000 OfS Conversion MSc Scholarships

You may be eligible for the Office for Students MSc scholarships if you plan on studying MSc Applied Artificial Intelligence or MSc Applied Data Science. There are 15 scholarships available, each worth £10,000.

These conversion courses are part of the Government's response to the shortage of data science and AI specialists in the UK. The Government's digital strategy predicted that within 20 years, 90% of all jobs will require some element of digital skills.

The Government aims to increase the number of people from groups currently underrepresented in the AI and data science fields, and to encourage graduates from diverse backgrounds to consider a future in these occupations.

Scholarship application criteria

You must belong to at least one of the following underrepresented groups: female, black, disabled, students from POLAR quintiles 1 and 2, refugees, children from military families, veterans and partners of military personnel.

OfS Scholarships are available for full-time study starting in September 2021 on:

You need a 'conditional' or 'unconditional' offer for one of the courses listed above before you submit your OfS scholarship application. The course offer you receive from Teesside University will provide you with your Student ID that you will need to quote in your OfS scholarship application.


You may apply for a scholarship any time after you receive your offer of a place on an eligible MSc course. The deadline for receipt of scholarship applications is Monday 9 August 2021.

Strict deadlines apply. It is very important that you allow plenty of time for your course application to be processed so that you receive an offer of a place on an eligible course well before the scholarship application deadline.

Selection process

The Scholarship Panel will meet in August, soon after the 9 August deadline, to consider eligible scholarship applicants who hold an UNCONDITIONAL offer.

Priority will be given to UK female, black and disabled candidates.

The Scholarships Panel's decisions are final and the panel shall not be obliged to provide reasons for its decisions.

Scholarship disbursement

  • One-year full time course - four quarterly payments of £2,500 in October, January, April and July.
  • Two-year full-time course (including Advanced Practice) - as above, in the first year of your course.

Disbursement is normally made at the end of the month shown. If a scholarship student should withdraw, suspend, transfer to an ineligible course or another institution, fail their programme of study or leave the University, the scholarship will be negated from that point. The University also reserves the right to withdraw the scholarship and cease further scholarship payments if a student is deemed not to be fully engaged with their learning on their course. Non-engagement includes poor attendance and/or failure to complete course assessments.

OfS scholarship application form

Download an application form