Courses

Choose your three courses carefully as you won't be able to change them after submitting your application. To be awarded a scholarship, you must get an unconditional offer for one of your course choices by 12 July 2018.

Applicants will need to select three different master's courses, these can be three different courses at the same institution or the same titled course but at three different universities. You should choose your field of study carefully and select courses which reflect your current or future career goals.

In order to be eligible, the courses you choose must be:

  • Full-time
  • Start in the autumn term (usually September/October)
  • Taught master's (i.e. not research-focused MRes programmes)
  • Lead to a master’s degree qualification
  • Based in the UK

Course cannot be:

  • Distance learning
  • Part-time
  • Less than nine months in duration
  • More than 12 months in duration 
  • PhD or DPhil are not permitted

Use our course finder to browse eligible master’s degrees at every university across the UK.

PLEASE NOTE:

MBA fee cap: There is a fee cap applied to MBA programmes that requires applicants to cover any additional cost over £18,000.

London-based campuses: Applicants who wish to undertake a course offered at a London-based campus of a UK university that is based elsewhere in the country will only be permitted to do so if that exact course is unavailable at the university’s main campus. If the same course is offered at both the main campus and the London campus of a university, applicants will be expected to attend the main university campus.

Accuracy of courses: The Secretariat endeavours to provide an accurate list of courses during the application process. However, as courses can change from one year to the next, candidates are responsible for checking that the courses they list in their application meet the criteria for Chevening funding. The Secretariat completes final checks on courses that candidates have selected following the interview period, and any courses that do not meet the criteria will be deemed ineligible.

Missing courses: If you believe that a course is eligible but does not appear in the online application system, you must submit your missing course query no later than 12:00 noon on Thursday, 2 November in order for it to be considered ahead of applications closing.


Pre-sessional courses

Applicants are not permitted to enrol on pre-sessional courses to fulfil their university’s English language requirement or any other conditions of a university offer.

If you enrol on a pre-sessional course to remove a condition of your university offer, the Secretariat will learn of this via the university and your award will no longer be tenable for that course. Please note that this can happen at any stage of the process, meaning that there could be no time for you to switch to another of your course choices, even where you hold an unconditional offer. This would then result in your Chevening Award offer being withdrawn.

Some courses, typically in the fields of law, maths and science, may include mandatory introductory elements that can be referred to by the university as ‘pre-sessional’ courses. If this applies to one of your chosen courses, please notify your Chevening programme officer as soon as possible and they will advise you as to whether the course is permitted.

You should not enrol on optional pre-sessional courses prior to your official course start date, even if you are willing to pay for these courses yourself. A vital part of the Chevening journey is the pre-departure briefing given at the British embassy or high commission in your home country, which you would miss if you were already in the UK.

Please note that the Secretariat’s administrative processes cannot be sped up to enable you to come to the UK early (for example, the production of the final award letter cannot be expedited), and the Secretariat will not provide immigration advice for any period outside the official dates of your Chevening Award.

Unconditional offers

The Secretariat will need to see evidence of an unconditional offer from one of your three course choices in order to finalise your Chevening Award.

We can accept a conditional offer if the only outstanding condition is financial, i.e. the need to pay a deposit for the course. There can be no further caveats on the offer, including the need to send original documents, such as transcripts, to the university. You should ensure that you have met all of the university’s requirements well in advance of Chevening’s deadline so that you are in a position to send us evidence of your unconditional offer by this date.

You are not permitted to meet a university’s English language requirement by enrolling on, signing up for, or paying a fee for a pre-sessional English course. If you enrol on a pre-sessional course to remove a condition of your university offer, the Secretariat will learn of this via the university and your award will no longer be tenable for that course.

Please note that this can happen at any stage of the process, meaning that there could be no time for you to switch to another of your course choices, even where you hold an unconditional offer. This would then result in your Chevening Award offer being withdrawn.