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Postgraduate study

Artificial Intelligence and Data Science Office for Students Scholarship

Teesside University is offering 18 scholarships, each worth £10,000, if you are an eligible student studying a conversion MSc Applied Artificial Intelligence or MSc Applied Data Science. There are 18 scholarships to be split between our London and Middlesbrough campuses.

You may be eligible if you have no background in these or related subject areas, as part of the Office for Students' 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 eligibility criteria

You must be a UK student, meet the criteria for a postgraduate student loan and belong to one of these underrepresented groups:

  • female
  • black
  • disabled
  • from a low socioeconomic background (for example, Index of Multiple Disadvantage quintiles 1 and 2, and a low household income)
  • care leaver
  • estranged from parents
  • Gypsy/Roma/Traveller
  • refugee
  • from a military family (veteran, partner of military personnel, child of military personnel).

See if you're eligible for a postgraduate student loan

How to apply

You are invited to apply after you have accepted an offer (conditional or unconditional) of a place on one of the courses below:

Your course offer includes your student ID, which you need to enter on your scholarship application. Applications received without a valid student ID will not be considered.


  • Scholarship application deadline: 5 August 2024 with successful candidates informed by 2 September 2024.
  • Late application deadline: 20 September 2024 with successful candidates informed on a first-come first-served basis until all scholarships have been allocated.

You must allow plenty of time for your course application to be processed. You need to receive an offer of a place on your course and submit your scholarship application before the scholarship application deadline.

Selection process

When the panel meets in August/September, only applications from candidates who have accepted an unconditional offer will be considered. The panel's decisions are final, and they are not obliged to provide reasons for their decisions.

If demand for scholarships exceeds the number available then priority is given to female, black and disabled candidates, as well as those from low-income households.

Notification of success

Successful scholarship applicants will be notified shortly after the scholarship application deadline. We do not write to candidates who have been unsuccessful.

Scholarship disbursement

  • One-year full-time course: four payments of £2,500 in October, January, March and June
  • Two-year full-time course (including Advanced Practice): four payments of £2,500 in October, January, March and June in the first year of your course
  • Two-year part-time course: eight payments of £1,250 in October, January, March and June over two years.

Please note

  • Disbursement is normally to your UK bank account at the end of the month.
  • You must be up-to-date with the payment of your course fees to receive your scholarship. You must not wait to receive the scholarship payment to pay your course fees.
  • Scholarship payments will cease and the scholarship will be revoked if you withdraw from your course, suspend studies, transfer to an ineligible course or to another institution, fail your course, or leave the University for any other reason.
  • The University also reserves the right to withdraw the scholarship and cease further scholarship payments if you are deemed not to be fully engaged with your learning on the course. This includes, but is not limited to, poor attendance or failure to complete course assessments by the set deadlines.
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