Pro Vice Chancellor’s NHS Postgraduate Scholarship 2024

The Faculty of Health and Life Sciences at the University of Exeter is pleased to announce the Pro Vice Chancellor’s NHS Postgraduate Scholarship for the 2024/25 academic year. This scholarship aims to support NHS staff who are committed to advancing their knowledge and expertise in their chosen fields. Up to four scholarships, each worth £5,000, are available for eligible applicants.

About the NHS Scholarship Award

The Pro Vice Chancellor’s NHS Postgraduate Scholarship is designed to support NHS staff who are passionate about their field of study and have the ambition to lead progressive change within the healthcare sector. The scholarship is available for the following full-time Masters programmes at the University of Exeter:

  • MSc Advanced Practice
  • MSc Clinical Education
  • MSc Clinical Pharmacy
  • MSc Genomic Medicine
  • MSc Health Data Science
  • MSc Healthcare Leadership and Management
  • MSc Health Research Methods
  • MSc Sport and Exercise Medicine
  • Master of Public Health (MPH)
  • MSc by Research Medical Imaging
  • MSc by Research Medical Studies

Please note that the MSc Extreme Medicine, PgCert/PgDip, and (online) programmes are not eligible for this scholarship.

Entry Requirements

To be eligible for the Pro Vice Chancellor’s NHS Postgraduate Scholarship, you must:

  • Be an NHS staff member.
  • Already hold an offer to study one of the eligible full-time Masters programmes listed above at the University of Exeter for the 2024/25 academic year (September 2024 entry).

The scholarship particularly welcomes applications from individuals holding NIHR academic clinical fellowships, pre-doctoral fellowships, or similar, in collaboration with the Medical School.

If you have not yet applied for your chosen programme, please visit the University of Exeter’s postgraduate study pages for more information on how to apply.

How to Apply?

Once you have received an offer for one of the eligible programmes, you can apply for the scholarship via the online application system ( As part of your application, you will need to respond to the following questions:

  1. Career Ambitions: In no more than 500 words, describe your career ambitions and how you have used your studies, work experience, and extra-curricular pursuits to date to pursue them.
  2. Enhancing Ambitions: In no more than 500 words, explain how undertaking your proposed degree programme will enhance your achievement of your ambitions.
  3. Deserving Scholarship: In no more than 500 words, discuss what makes you particularly deserving of a scholarship and how it will make a difference to you.

Applicants will be notified of the outcome within two weeks of the closing date. Successful candidates will receive an offer email explaining how to accept the scholarship. The scholarships are awarded as a reduction in the first-year tuition fee and are not recurrent for subsequent years of study.

Application Deadline: August 1, 2024.

International Applicants: How to Get Employed by NHS and Avail This Scholarship?

International applicants who aspire to work in the NHS and wish to avail themselves of this scholarship in the future need to follow a strategic approach:

1# Qualification and Registration

    • Relevant Qualifications: Ensure your healthcare qualifications are recognized in the UK.
    • Professional Registration: Register with relevant UK bodies like the General Medical Council (GMC) or Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

2# Securing Employment in the NHS

    • Apply for NHS Jobs: Visit the NHS Jobs website to find and apply for suitable positions.
    • Work Visa: Obtain a Tier 2 work visa sponsored by the NHS, meeting the visa requirements.

3# Gaining Admission to Eligible Programmes

    • Research and Apply: Once employed, research and apply for eligible Masters programmes at the University of Exeter.
    • Secure an Offer: Obtain an offer from the University of Exeter for your chosen programme.

4# Applying for the Scholarship

    • Scholarship Application: Apply for the Pro Vice Chancellor’s NHS Postgraduate Scholarship once you have a programme offer.
    • Highlight NHS Employment: Emphasize your NHS role and commitment in your application.

Following these steps will help international applicants secure NHS employment and qualify for the Pro Vice Chancellor’s NHS Postgraduate Scholarship.

Dr. Philip Morgan

(Associate Editor) Dr. Philip Morgan is a postdoctoral fellow and lead author at He earned his Master's and Ph.D. from Stanford before pursuing research in the U.S. on a Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship. Leveraging his diverse academic background, Dr. Morgan creates informative articles on scholarships, internships, and fellowships for international students. His expertise and passion empower students to achieve their academic goals through international education opportunities.

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