MSc Bursary scheme

Advice to candidates

Technician Apprentices
To help you understand the Aerospace Msc Bursary Scheme and how to apply for a bursary.

Aims  of the Scheme
The Scheme aims to:

  • Generate more aerospace MSc qualified professionals with high level skills who will work in the sector; and to
  • 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.


Background

The Prime Minister announced the scheme on 9 July 2012 at the Farnborough International Airshow as part of the overall UK Aerospace Growth Partnership strategy to promote and enhance the UK aerospace industry.

The Scheme offers bursaries to fund MSc tuition fees of up to £9,500 and is intended to offer up to 500 bursaries over three years starting in the academic year 2013/14. Any tuition fees above £9,500 and all other costs associated with the MSc will be the responsibility of the student. The bursaries are paid to the university once a successful applicant enrols on an approved course.

The Scheme is managed jointly by the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Royal Aeronautical Society on behalf of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Northern Ireland Administration and a consortium of leading UK aerospace companies.

APPLYING FOR A BURSARY
Who can apply
This scheme is for those who may not have previously considered a career in Aerospace Engineering, including those qualified in a different engineering discipline or in mathematics, physics or another related technical subject. It is also for those who would otherwise not be able to access MSc study in Aerospace Engineering because of the cost of postgraduate study, including those already in employment in the Aero sector.

There are three routes into the scheme:

  • Route 1 - Applicants who are not employed in the Aerospace sector but whose application is supported by an Aerospace sector employer. They offer an employer letter of support at the time of application.
  • Route 2 - Individuals who, at the time of application, have no connection with an Aerospace sector employer.
  • Route 3 - Current employees in the Aerospace sector who wish to enhance their skills and qualifications


There will be a competition to win an award. The Partner organisations are keen to receive applications from a diverse range of suitably qualified applicants.

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).
  • 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
      o 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
      o 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.

When to apply
You should apply as soon as possible for courses starting in 2013. Once each academic year’s quota is reached the competition will be closed.

How to apply
The application process is in three phases:

Phase 1

Download the Phase 1 Application from www.raeng.org.uk/aeromsc, then complete the application and send it by email, along with any additional information it asks for, to AerosMSc@raeng.org.uk.

Phase 2
If, based on your Phase 1 application, you appear to meet the eligibility criteria you will be sent a Phase 2 Application to be completed and returned by email, along with any additional information it asks for, to AerosMSc@raeng.org.uk.

Interview
If you are shortlisted for interview based on the information you provide on your Phase 2 application form, you will be invited to an interview after which a decision on the award of a bursary will be made.

The application forms
Phase 1
The form is an editable PDF document. Note that by submitting a completed application by email you confirm that the information it contains is true and accurate.

Current status
If you are employed in the sector you will need to have secured the support of your company and will on the Phase 2 form be asked to provide a letter of support from your employer.

If you are not employed in the sector you can apply as an independent applicant. Your application will be strengthened significantly if you are able to obtain a letter of recommendation or support from a UK company or research organisation in the aerospace sector. For example, such a letter might include an offer of an internship, sponsorship of some kind, or practical support for an MSc thesis project. If you have a letter of recommendation or support please include a copy with your completed application form if you progress to Phase 2.
Residency

Whatever your nationality and wherever you have lived you must provide information about each period of your residency, including periods of study, during the past three years. Proof of your residency may be required before a bursary is confirmed.

Equal Opportunities monitoring
We gather and analyse diversity data to assess the extent to which we are achieving equality and diversity. We use this information to review our processes to ensure they are fair and transparent, and do not have an adverse impact on any particular group. Some people may regard this information as private and not wish to provide the information. You do not have to complete the form but it will help us if you can complete as much as possible. Any data you provide will be used for monitoring purposes only and will not affect your application.

Phase 2
Company support
If you are employed in the sector you will need to be supported by your company and must scan and include with your application form a letter of support from your employer.

If you are not employed in the sector you can apply as an independent applicant. Your application will be strengthened significantly if you are able to obtain a letter of recommendation or support from a UK company or research organisation in the aerospace sector. For example, such a letter might include an offer of an internship, sponsorship of some kind, or practical support for an MSc thesis project.

Preferred MSc programme(s)
You can apply for a bursary even if you have not yet applied to an MSc programme. However, you should indicate to which MSc programme or programmes you will be applying. If you are successful in your application you will be offered a bursary on the condition that you are offered a place on an eligible MSc programme (see list at www.raeng.org.uk/aeromsc). You may apply for a bursary to study on an MSc not on this list but will need to demonstrate to the satisfaction of the scheme administrators that it is relevant to your future employment in the UK aerospace sector.

Full MSc tuition fee: The total tuition fee charged by the university whether the MSc is full time over one year or part time over a longer period.

Your interest in the Bursary Scheme
Please explain why you need the bursary and explain the impact it would have on your ability to access the MSc course of your choice.

Your interest in aerospace
You may already have a good idea of the area(s) of the aerospace sector in which you would like to work and which link best to your existing skills, knowledge and engineering interests. You might, particularly if you do not already work in the sector, find it helpful to carry out research to help you form your ideas.

Personal statement
Your motivation to work in the UK aerospace sector will play an important part in the selection decision. It is important therefore that you can explain your knowledge and enthusiasm for aerospace engineering and, in particular:

  • Outline your career plans in the UK aerospace sector and your intent to progress towards Chartered Engineer status; and
  • Briefly describe potential themes for your MSc thesis to evidence your knowledge and enthusiasm for aerospace engineering. If you are already employed in the sector you will need to explain how your project themes align with the business priorities of your employer.


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