Postgraduate Taught Funding

The School/University offers the following awards to students applying to study on any taught postgraduate programme:

EU/Home Applicants

First Class Funding - Excellence Award

The School will reward academic excellence at entry by offering a fee reduction of £1,000 for self-funding Home/EU students who achieve a first class honours degree (or equivalent).

Application Process – Students will not need to apply for this award. Admissions will make this a part of the offer. 

If a student is successful in achieving a first class honours degree, they will be invoiced for the fee less the £1,000 reduction. Applicants must notify Academic Registry/Admission of verified results by 1 August (in the year of entry) at the latest.

Graduate Loyalty Discount

For more information click here

International Applicants (Non-EU Students only)

For further information please visit the International Education Centre's web pages.

Graduate Assistantships

All postgraduate taught applicants (Home/EU/International, full-time and part-time) are eligible to APPLY to become a Graduate Assistant (GA).  Graduate Assistants are paid to work with academic staff in a range of teaching, learning and assessment activities to support undergraduate student learning for up to 60 hours each academic year.  

Why should you apply to be an Assistant?

SHES postgraduate programmes equip students with the latest knowledge in their selected field, plus a wide range of transferable skills, and an autonomous approach to learning that keeps them at the cutting edge of their chosen career. Assistantships are an innovative feature that allows students to put some of their learning into practice by supporting School activities, to help develop their personal applied support skills and to enhance their CVs with direct experience to support their future employability.

Graduate Assistants from the School have gone on to work as lecturers and research assistants in FE/HE, teachers, physiotherapists and exercise rehabilitation specialists, outdoor instructors/guides and paramedics.

What is expected of an Assistant?

Activities that GAs are involved with will include supporting lectures, leading seminars, providing tutorial support, demonstrating in practical classes, marking undergraduate student assessment, invigilating at undergraduate resit exams. 

GAs are expected to be prepared for each session by acquainting themselves with the core reading and ensuring that they have the ability to contextualise the material within the broader context of the module as a whole and the lecture associated with the seminar in particular. To this end attending the lectures can be enormously helpful, though this is unpaid and not compulsory.

Application process - Applicants should submit to a Curriculum Vitae and covering letter, indicating their suitability for an Assistantship, to:  Recruitment and Admissions (Postgraduate Taught) at by the closing date of 31 July in the year that they wish to commence their postgraduate taught programme.

Applicants should also provide two written references by the same closing date. Where applicable, one of the references should be from a recent employer; in the case that an applicant has no work experience, two academic references are acceptable.

Selection is competitive and may involve an interview. We will notify successful applicants during August in the year that they wish to commence.