Access to Masters


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Access to Masters

What is Access To Masters?

Access To Masters is pan-Wales ESF Convergence project lead by Swansea University. ATM supports Taught Masters places on courses, which are linked to the Welsh Assembly Government’s priority sectors:

  • ICT
  • Energy and Environment
  • Advanced Materials and Manufacturing
  • Creative Industries
  • Life Sciences
  • Financial and Professional Services
  • Construction
  • Tourism

ATM is one of the 4 HE Collaborative ESF Convergence projects alongside Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships (KESS), Work Based Learning (WBL) and Foundation Degrees, which seek to provide the high-level skills needed to develop the Knowledge Economy in Wales. ATM support will be available over a 5-year period (2009–2014) and Bangor aims to support over 250+ studentships in this period.

The ATM Scheme

ATM is backed with £12.3 million from the Convergence European Social Fund (ESF) through the Welsh Assembly Government. Further funding is provided by the Welsh universities and their private sector partners. Through the Access to Masters (ATM) programme, led by Swansea University’s School of Engineering, over 1,400 Masters degrees with annual bursaries and tuition funding worth up to £8,450 will be available to help scholars gain the skills they need to drive forward innovation in businesses in Wales.

The project will deliver a range of Masters level course to the future workforce creating a direct link with the workplace via work placements. This project is providing additional post-graduate training targeting participants living and working within the Convergence area. ATM students will be given the opportunity to apply these high level skills in a ‘real-life’ setting through work placements in key industry and business sectors – improving their chances of gaining employment.

The Taught Masters format of the coursework will ensure that the graduates move up the skills ladder and the practical, industry-based, projects – undertaken with the support of a local company – will ensure that each work-based project is scoped to solve a specific business challenge.


A video of Professor Oliver Turnbull Pro Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning) highlighting the benefits of post-graduate education.

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