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Dodds announces funding for 100 master’s degree bursaries

Economy Minister at Queen’s University Belfast

Economy Minister Diane Dodds today announced funding to provide bursaries which will enable 100 students to undertake a master’s degree.

Up to £1.8million funding for 100 bursaries for additional master’s courses in 2021/22 will be administered by Queen’s University Belfast and Ulster University.

Each student will have their fees paid and receive a £10,000 payment, with funding provided by the Department for the Economy (DfE).

The bursaries are funded through the Department’s Postgraduate Award Scheme, which currently pays the course fees and support payment for approximately 729 postgraduate students studying each year.

Minister Dodds said:

“This new initiative for bursaries to enable 100 students to take up extra master’s course places is particularly welcome, as it is being announced during Northern Ireland’s centenary year.

“The funding will help provide the critical skills that we need as part of our response to the Covid pandemic, and will contribute to laying the foundations for economic recovery in Northern Ireland.”

Economy Minister outside Ulster University's Enhanced Belfast Campus.

The Minister continued:

“One hundred students will be funded to undertake a one year taught master’s course in 2021/22. Under the existing terms of the Department’s Postgraduate Award Scheme at least 85 of the places will be available to Northern Ireland and Great Britain students, with up to 15 being available to international students, reinforcing Northern Ireland’s attractiveness as a place to study and work. These new bursaries will support the skills policy objectives set out in my 10X Vision for the Northern Ireland economy, by contributing to the development of a strong and relevant pipeline of skills.

“I am confident that this initiative, along with other measures in the Department’s Economic Recovery Action Plan, will place the Northern Ireland economy on a strong footing as it moves forward into its next 100 years.”

Further details will be announced in due course.