UK Scholarships Exclusively for Indian Students

Thinking studying for your master’s degree in the UK?  The British Council has now introduced a total of 169 postgraduate scholarships, exclusively for students from India, in various fields such as Engineering, Law, Business, Art & Design, Biosciences, IT and more. 40 top universities in the UK are participating in providing this scholarship, worth £5,000.

Wondering if it’s too late to get a scholarship for this upcoming academic year? It’s not! The below universities are all offering scholarships worth a minimum of £5,000, and have applications deadlines over the next 3 months.


University of Westminster

Scholarship value: £7,500

Application details: You must hold an offer for a full-time master’s at the university. The scholarships will be awarded to the best candidate in each faculty area; Architecture and the Built Environment, Business, Media, Arts and Design, Science and Technology, Social Sciences and Humanities, and Law. Minimum academic requirement equivalent to a UK 2:1 degree.

Number of scholarships available: 6

Deadline: 4th May 2017


University of Nottingham

Scholarship value: £5,000

Application details: Applications are open to students studying for a master’s degree in the Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Social Sciences, or a MSc Biotechnology. You must be in receipt of an offer to study a master’s at the university. Please note, this scholarship is not available to alumni students.

Number of scholarships available: 7

Deadline: 19th May 2017


Sheffield Hallam University

Scholarship value: £5,000

Application details: The university is offering six GREAT Scholarships of £5,000, exclusively for Indian domiciled students starting a full-time taught course in September 2017. You must have received an offer to study a master’s at the university, and achieve a minimum of 2:1 or equivalent in your undergraduate degree.

Number of scholarships available: 6

Deadline: 31st May 2017


Birkbeck, University of London

Scholarship value: £5,000

Application details: You must have received your unconditional offer letter for your desired Postgraduate course. Once students have received their offer letter, they need to submit an essay of no more than 500 words on the topic:

“Why are you the ideal candidate to receive the £5,000 Birkbeck-GREAT scholarship?”

Number of scholarships available: 5

Deadline: 1st June 2017


University of Surrey

Scholarship value: £5,000

Application details: Scholarships are available for all Indian students studying for a master’s degree within the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences. To apply, students need to complete an online form, answering the below question in no more than 400 words:

“Sometimes misunderstood, engineering is a profession offering endless creative possibilities. What inspires and excites you most about engineering (is it the opportunity to innovate…to be part of the future…to collaborate with other great minds?) and how do you hope to change the world for the better through engineering?”

Number of scholarships available: 5

Deadline: 19th June 2017


Bangor University

Scholarship value: £6,000

Application details: in order to be eligible for this scholarship from Bangor University, you must have already received an offer to study for a master’s degree. You also must have also been offered the International Merit Scholarship, available to all students who achieve a first class (or equivalent) undergraduate degree.

Number of scholarships available: 13

Deadline: 15th June 2017


Cardiff University

Scholarship value: £5,000

Application details:  Applications for this scholarship are open to students studying for a master’s degree within the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. Eligible students must be holding either a conditional or unconditional offer by midday (GMT) on 30 June 2017.

Number of scholarships available: 8

Deadline: 30th June 2017


University of Kent

Scholarship value: £5,000

Application details: The university are offering 5 dedicated scholarships of £5,000 to students from India applying to study master’s degrees in Art and Architecture, Computing and Electronic Engineering, English, History, Journalism, Law and International Relations, and Mathematics and Actuarial Science. Students must have received a conditional or unconditional offer on one of the taught master’s degrees by the application deadline.

Number of scholarships available: 5

Deadline: 1st July 2017


Queen’s University, Belfast

Scholarship value: £5,000

Application details: This scholarship is open to academically talented students, applying to study for a master’s degree in the following subjects; Cyber Security, Management, and Architecture, Planning and Civil Engineering. Students must hold an unconditional offer of a study place to start in the September 2017 intake.

Number of scholarships available: 6

Deadline: 14th July 2017


De Montfort University

Scholarship value: £5,000

Application details: Awards will be made to students who have excelled academically, and who hold an offer to study master’s level in the Faculty of Arts, Design and Humanities, the Faculty of Business and Law, or the Faculty of Technology, starting in September/October 2017.

Number of scholarships available: 5

Deadline: 21st July 2017


To get a scholarship, you need a conditional/unconditional offer from the university. You also need to submit an additional essay or application in most cases. To check if you can apply for a scholarship, or to get your application started, contact Team AppUK on

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IELTS – Commonly Asked Questions


The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is the world’s most popular English language proficiency test for higher education and global migration. It is a pre-requisite for obtaining a Tier 4 visa, and a good IELTS grade is usually required by universities when applying for Masters courses in the UK. Previously, we gave advice on ‘How to prepare for IELTS’, explaining the test procedure, and what to do in the lead up to it.

Here, we answer your most commonly asked questions, hopefully making what is quite a confusing process, a lot simpler for you!

Which type of IELTS should I take?

There are two types of IELTS; IELTS (Academic) UKVI, and IELTS (Academic). The main difference is that you will need IELTS (Academic) UKVI if you are applying for a visa to study in the UK. There are some exceptions, and UK universities will accept IELTS (Academic), but you don’t want to take any chances. After all, no visa = no study!

What score do I need in my IELTS results?

The results you need will depend on the university and course you wish to attend, as entry requirements vary. You can check this by searching for your chosen universities here. However, as a general rule, master’s courses need an IELTS of between 6.0 and 7.0. The majority of Engineering courses require 6.0, and Business courses 6.5. For courses such as English Literature, where a high proficiency in English is needed, 7.0 is often asked for. In addition to this, the majority of IELTS will also have a minimum individual scoring level, for example: a university may be looking for an overall average of 6.5, but with no individual score lower than 5.0.

Where can I take the IELTS?

UKVI (UK Visas and Immigration) have a certain number of approved English language test centres that meet Home Office requirements. If you are intending on using your IELTS in your UK immigration application, you must ensure that you take your tests in one of these centres. Details of approved test centres can be found here.

How do I register for IELTS?

We recommend registering through British Council, who will take you step by step through the registration process, and have a number of UKVI approved test centres around the world. They will also make it clear whether you are applying for IELTS (Academic) UKVI or not.

Click here to apply through British Council.

What will the IELTS consist of?

Below is a handy chart detailing the components of the IELTS (Academic) exam, so you can know what to expect in advance.


With the UKVI approved IELTS, you can also take a pre-sessional course. These last for between 3 and 20 weeks and focus on improving your academic English. They cover areas such as academic writing, note-taking, and presentation skills. Find out more about IELTS pre-sessional courses here.

For information and tips on taking IELTS, please visit the below links:

General IELTS help and guidance

IELTS tips

IELTS practice papers

If you have any further questions or queries on IELTS for postgraduate study, please contact Team AppUK on

For queries on IELTS for undergraduate study, please contact UKEC on


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