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MSc Bursary Scheme

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The Government Aerospace MSc Bursary Scheme has been developed in partnership with leading employers, the RAeS and RAE, to help the UK stay ahead of its global competitors by developing the Aerospace sector’s professional workforce.

Scheme Overview


The Aerospace MSc Bursary Scheme aims to:

  • Generate more aerospace MSc qualified professionals with high level skills who will work in UK aerospace.
  • Up-skill the existing UK aerospace workforce and reinforce the supply of skilled people with knowledge and expertise in key areas of technology for the future.

Government, leading companies in the aerospace sector, the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng) and the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) have developed an initiative to boost the supply of aeronautical engineering skills to the UK economy. This was announced by the Prime Minister at the Farnborough International Air Show in July 2012.

The main purpose of the Scheme is to bring into the UK aerospace sector new talent, knowledge and skill. It is designed for people who would not otherwise be able to finance their MSc studies. It also provides MSc funding to upskill certain categories of employee already working in UK aerospace.

Funding for tuition fees is available for a total of up to 500 students undertaking MSc programmes at UK universities which are accredited by the Royal Aeronautical Society, or supported by the leading companies, starting in academic years 2013/14, 2014/15 and 2015/16.


Opportunities Available


Eligible MSc Programmes are either:

  • Accredited by the Royal Aeronautical Society as appropriate further learning for Chartered Engineer registration; or
  • Identified by the Scheme's partner companies as relevant to the development of their business and supporting the aims of the Scheme; or
  • By their design individual to each student and must therefore be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

You can apply for a bursary to study an MSc that is not on this list. You will, however, need to explain in your application how the MSc is relevant to your future employment in UK aerospace and/or to your current employer’s business. If invited for an interview you will be expected to justify your choice of MSc programme. A list of courses that we are sponsoring can be found here.

What You'll Need


We are keen to hear from a wide range of applicants. Whatever your background though you will need strong motivation and firm commitment to a career in aerospace engineering in the UK. You may be:

  • Currently employed by one of the nine partner companies or by an SME in the UK supply chain and nominated by your employer
  • Not yet employed in the sector, but with practical or financial support from any UK aerospace firm
  • Not yet employed in the sector and applying directly to the scheme as an independent candidate. If you are successful, the Scheme will introduce you to relevant employers.

Nominated company employee applicants must be working in the UK in the aerospace sector on the first day of the MSc programme.

Other applicants must be ordinarily resident in the UK on the first day of the MSc programme (with the exception of frontier students* studying in the UK) and one of the following:

  • EU nationals (including UK nationals) including direct family members as long as they have been ordinarily resident in the EEA for the last three years; or
  • Nationals of Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland who are working in the UK, including direct family members and who have been ordinarily resident in the EEA for the last three years; or
  • UK residents with ‘settled immigration status’ (no restrictions on how long you can stay) who have been ordinarily resident in the UK for the last three years; or
  • Refugees and people who have been granted humanitarian protection including direct family members ordinarily residing in the UK on the first day of the first academic year of the course; or
  • Children of Swiss nationals who have resided in the UK where the children have been resident in the EU/EEA or Switzerland for the last three years; or
  • Children of Turkish nationals who have resided in the UK where the children have been resident in the EU/EEA, Switzerland or Turkey for the last three years.

*“Frontier students” means frontier workers who work in the territory of one country and reside in the territory of another country, to which they return as a rule daily or at least once a week. A limited number of bursaries is available and you are strongly recommended to apply as soon as possible.