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Aberystwyth University of Wales
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Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards


Aberystwyth has a comprehensive range of Bursaries, Entrance Scholarships and Awards available. These are amongst the most valuable and extensive available at any British university. The Bursaries, Scholarships and Awards provide a valuable structure of financial support to ensure that students of all backgrounds can enjoy the benefits of Higher Education.

There are two major categories – bursaries and scholarships. The Excellence Bursaries are open to UK/EU applicants and are designed to recognise and reward high levels of academic achievement prior to admission to Aberystwyth in Science, European Languages, Welsh and defined schemes taught mainly in Welsh. The University's prestigious Entrance Scholarships, have a long tradition and are awarded as the result of academic performance in two examinations set by the University. The Entrance Scholarships are open to students studying any subject at Aberystwyth. Please note that it is not possible to hold two non means-tested awards. In such circumstances the higher value award only will be issued, e.g. an Entrance Scholarship (£3,600) cannot be held with an Excellence Bursary (£2,000), but an Excellence Bursary (£2,000) will supersede a Merit Award (£1,000).

Residential Bursaries, Aberystwyth Bursaries and Music Bursaries can be held with any combination of the above.


Excellence Bursaries in Specified Subjects

The University of Wales' Aberystwyth Excellence Bursaries are available to all UK/EU students who enrol at Aberystwyth in specific subject areas. The aim of these Excellence Bursaries is to reward academic achievement prior to university entry.

Excellence Bursaries are worth a total of:

  • £2 000 over a 3 year course
  • £2 667 over a 4 year course
  • £3 334 over a 5 year course
  • £1 400 over the duration of a 2 year Foundation Degree.

Excellence Bursaries are available to students enrolling in degree and diploma schemes in the following subject areas: Agricultural and Rural Sciences, Animal and Equine Sciences, Biological Sciences, Computer Science and Software Engineering, Mathematics and Statistics, Physical Sciences, Physical Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Sport and Exercise Science, European Languages including French, German, Spanish, Welsh, Irish and Celtic Studies. The eligible subjects must comprise at least 50% of the scheme, ie. a single honours scheme, one subject of a joint honours scheme, or the major component of a major-minor scheme. In addition, Excellence Bursaries are available for all defined Welsh medium schemes taught mainly through the medium of Welsh (a minimum of 50%). These schemes are listed in the prospectus (Categories 1-3) and are included in the list of eligible schemes (see below).

A list of eligible degree schemes can be found here.

How to obtain a UWA Excellence Bursary

You do not need a special application form. All that is required is that you apply to Aberystwyth by 30 June 2007, choose Aberystwyth as your ‘Firm' choice for one of the eligible schemes, and then meet the minimum academic requirements (see below) in your A level, or equivalent examinations (eg. International Baccalaureate).

All candidates fulfilling these conditions, will automatically be eligible for an Excellence Bursary (according to the Regulations indicated below) over the full duration of their course at Aberystwyth. Successful candidates will be notified of their award prior to the start of term (approximately mid-September) and commencement of their studies.

Regulations: Excellence Bursaries

  • Open to UK/EU applicants (full-time only).
  • No previous Higher Education studies.
  • Enrolment in specific subject areas (as detailed above).
  • Minimum academic requirements for undergraduate Masters/Bachelor degree schemes: 300 points minimum from 3 full A levels (or equivalent qualifications), plus any specific A level (or equivalent) pre-requisites of the offer must also be met.
  • Minimum academic requirements for Foundation Degrees and HND's are: 160 points to include passes in 2 A levels or equivalent, plus any specified level of performance at A level or equivalent.
  • Applicants must have applied to Aberystwyth through UCAS by 30 June, and must choose Aberystwyth as ‘Firm' choice when notifying their choices to UCAS.
  • Those who apply later should make certain they make Aberystwyth their firm choice by the deadline given by UCAS.
  • In the case where a candidate is eligible to receive more than one non-means tested award from the University, only the higher value award can be held. This does not apply to the Music Bursaries, which can be held in addition to another non-means tested award from the University.
  • Tenure of an Exellence Bursary ceases
    • at the end of the normal duration of the scheme of study
    • if the holder changes to another scheme of study which does not qualify for the award as advertised at the time of application
    • if the holder does not make satisfactory progress as shown by assessment and examination of the University.
  • The information on Excellence Bursaries is correct at April 2007 and may be subject to change.

The Aberystwyth Excellence Bursaries have been designed to conform to the criteria of the proposed Welsh National Bursary Scheme.


Aberystwyth Bursaries

(for UK and EU undergraduates entering in September 2007)

In line with the proposed Welsh National Bursary scheme, Aberystwyth has taken a decision to commit a proportion of our fee income to create a bursary scheme to assist full-time undergraduate students from the United Kingdom and the European Union.

If your residual household income is £38,325* or below you will receive a bursary towards your living costs.

UK students do not have to complete a separate application form for the bursary. However, you must ensure that Section 13 (Bursary Consent Statement) of the Student Support application form PN1 is completed by all parties. Failure to complete this section will result in you not being considered for an Aberystwyth Bursary.

The University will receive the financial assessment of your household income made by your LEA and will use this to assess your entitlement to a bursary. If you are not eligible for a bursary when you start your course, but your family income falls subsequently, you can still receive an award in later years. It is vital therefore that you apply to your LEA for support. The bursary will be paid directly to you by instalments throughout the year. Please visit the relevant website for where you normally live for details on how your eligibility will be assessed:

EU students should complete the forms available on the DirectGov website.

Currently, the Aberystwyth bursary bands are expected to be as follows:

Residual Income Aberystwyth Bursary
(Per Year)

£0 - £17,920

£1,000 (includes the National Bursary of £305 for UK students)

£17,921 - £23,020


£23,021 - £28,120


£28,121 - £33,220


£33,221 - £38,325


Please note that the National and Aberystwyth Bursary

  • Does not have to be paid back
  • Is in addition to government grants and loans, entrance scholarships, excellence bursaries, music bursaries
  • Is open to all full-time UK and EU undergraduate students , who have applied to their LEA for support, irrespective of where they live in the United Kingdom or the European Union. Students domiciled in the Isle of Man or Channel Islands do not qualify for the National Bursary nor the Aberystwyth Bursary.

The Aberystwyth Bursary is only available for full-time undergraduate students commencing in 2007/8. New system students who commenced their studies in September 2006 and are in receipt of the full learning grant will qualify for the National Bursary of £305 but not the additional Aberystwyth Bursary.

* The information is correct as at August 2007 and will be subject to change.


Residential Bursaries

The University recruits students from all parts of the UK and Wales who are guaranteed a place in University residences in their first year.

Aberystwyth provides a unique learning environment and the residential experience is an integral part of that environment. Students from all parts of the UK interact academically, culturally and socially and the focus for much of this interaction is the University residence.

To ensure that all students, irrespective of means, benefit from this unique learning environment, the University is offering a £500 discount from the relevant first year residential fee (Halls of Residence or University Managed properties) for all UK/EU Full time undergraduates who fulfill the following criteria:

  • Students who have applied through UCAS by 15th January should ensure that they make Aberystwyth their first choice (Firm) by 30th June.
  • Those who apply later should make certain they make Aberystwyth their Firm choice by the deadline given by UCAS.

The £500 is set against the full academic year’s accommodation fee (and will be reduced pro rata in the event of withdrawal).

This scheme will come into effect for applicants in 2006/7 for entry in 2007 (or deferred entry in 2008).


Entrance Scholarships and Merit Awards for entry in 2008

Since our foundation in 1872, the University has received generous donations and bequests which make it possible to financially assist students through the annual award of about 50 Entrance Scholarships and some 300 Merit Awards.

These awards are based on performance in examinations held in early February of the year of entry to the University. Candidates deferring their application can also choose to sit the examination at this time.

The dates for the 2008 Entrance Sholarship Examinations are 5th, 6th and 7th February (see below). Other full details on this competition can be found on these pages, see:

The 2007 - 2008 Scholarships Prospectus.

Scholarship Awards are worth £1,000 to £1,200 a year and are tenable for the entire duration of the course. It could mean up to £3,600 extra in your pocket for a three year course. All scholars are given an unconditional offer and the opportunity to live in an University residence throughout their time as an undergraduate student at Aberystwyth.

Students who do not receive a Scholarship, but whose performance in these examinations is deserving of recognition, are offered Merit Awards. These comprise £1,000, payable in the first year of study only, together with an unconditional offer of a place at the University.

Entrance Scholarship Application Form (if you choose to print and complete this web application form, once we receive it we will complete an acknowledgement card for you and return it to you)

Notes on the Conduct of the Entrance Scholarship Examinations can be found here.


Music Bursaries – £400 pa

These are open to students who hold any kind of offer (including insurance offers) at the time of the closing date. You need not apply for the Entrance Scholarship examinations in order to be considered for a Music Bursary but details are given below for your information.

The Music Bursaries are intended for experienced players of orchestral instruments who can actively contribute to the University’s wide range of orchestras, bands, etc. They are awarded on the basis of competive audition to new entrants in any discipline (undergraduate or postgraduate) for a period of up to three years. The closing date for applications is 20 April in the year in which entry to the University is proposed. Application forms, regulations and further details are available from:

The Director of Music, University of Wales, Aberystwyth, 10 Laura Place, Aberystwyth, SY23 2AU
tel: 01970 622685
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Music Bursaries may be held with any other award.

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