Scholarships and fees

Scholarships, loans and discounts are available for postgraduate study.

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Department scholarships

These schemes are specific to the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering or Faculty of Engineering.

Masters Scholarship (UK/EU students)

These scholarships are worth £2,000.


You must:

  • Be a UK/EU student for fee purposes.
  • Be applying for any MSc course in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering.
  • Achieve a first-class honours degree at undergraduate Bachelors or Masters level.

You do not have to apply for these scholarships separately or before your course starts. If you are eligible the department will automatically allocate them to you at once you start studying with us.

Masters Scholarship (Overseas students)

These scholarships are worth £1,000.


For applicants achieving a first class honours degree, or equivalent, at undergraduate (Bachelors or Masters) level. Example equivalences include: Malaysia, Indonesia: 3.5 GPA; Mexico 9/10. Applicants are encouraged to contact us to discuss equivalences for individual qualification systems.

China-Sheffield Excellence Scholarships (Chinese-domiciled students)

These scholarships are worth £2,000.


For 3.6 GPA / 90% (Top 100 Project 211/985 universities only; graduates of other universities are eligible for the Masters Scholarship (Overseas students). China-Sheffield Excellence Scholarship awardees will not also be eligible for a Masters Scholarship (Overseas students).

Departmental Scholarships (UK/EU)

Scholarships covering full fees for the course are available on the basis of academic excellence and widening participation criteria. Successful applicants are not eligible for any other departmental scholarships.  When scholarships are awarded in concert the total award shall not exceed the full tuition fee for the course.  

You are eligible to apply if: You hold, or are predicted to obtain, a first class undergraduate degree *or:* You meet one or more of the Widening Participation criteria listed below*.

The application for both scholarships is the same. Please submit a statement of no more than 500 words explaining how receipt of this scholarship will benefit you. Particular attention will be given to:

  • Future career plans and aspirations
  • Why the particular course that you applied to is  the best route to help you achieve these goals
  • How this course will allow you to enhance your contribution to positive societal and economic development
  • How the course will help you build on your current skills and abilities and the benefits of this

Please submit applications to  

The closing date for applications is 31 January .

WP criteria:

  • You have been in care as a looked-after child for at least 13 weeks since the age of 14
  • You have a disability
  • You are a carer for an ill or disabled family member.
  • You were/are in receipt of a Maintenance Grant as an undergraduate.
  • You are from a black and minority ethnic group.
  • You come from one of the most deprived areas of the country as defined by the government's IMD (Indices of Multiple Deprivation) database. If your postcode IMD value is 16,250 or less, you meet this criteria. Please note this information only covers addresses in England.
  • You come from an area where it is unusual for people to go to university. This is defined by the government's classification called Polar 3, to meet this criteria your address must fall into quintile 1 or 2 in the young participation quintile or the Adult HE qualification quintile. Please note this information only covers address in the UK.

Check your postcode for POLAR and IMD

University scholarships

The University runs several central scholarship schemes for masters students.

Central funding for postgraduate taught course

Useful tools

Student funding calculator - give us a few details and we'll calculate how much money you could get towards your study and living costs, or suggest funding that you may be eligible for. 

Fee lookup tool - use our online calculator to find out how much your postgraduate course will cost.

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