Merit Scholarships: School of Health Sciences

The School of Health Sciences is pleased to offer a number of merit scholarships to outstanding students who wish to study at the School. Please read through the following information carefully.

Number of awards in academic year 2014/15:

  • MSc Clinical/Sports Biomechanics – 6 awards of £1000 each.
    Course commences September 2015.
  • MSc Physiotherapy (pre-registration) – 9 awards of £1000 each.
    Course commences January 2015.
  • MSc Health Promotion and Public Health – 3 awards of £1000 each.
    Course commences January 2015.

Who can apply: You may be an international student or you may be a UK/ EU student wishing to study on a full-cost course. 

You need to complete an application form and return it to the School.


Eligible Courses for the Merit Scholarships:

  • MSc Clinical/Sports Biomechanics; scholarships available for overseas students only.
  • MSc Physiotherapy (pre registration); scholarships available for both home and overseas students.
  • MSc Health Promotion and Public Health; scholarships available for overseas students only*

* as UK/EU students already pay a lower fee on these courses (which are part-funded by the Scottish Government) there are no merit based scholarships for UK/EU students on these courses in 2014/15.

How to Apply

For the MSc Physiotherapy (pre registration) applicationswe must receive your completed application no later than 30 September 2014.

For the MSc Clinical/Sports Biomechanics and MSc Health Promotion and Public Health we must receive your completed application no later than 29 November 2014.

Please note that in order to be considered for a scholarship, you must already hold an offer of a place to study on an eligible course at the School; you must therefore ensure that your application for a place is submitted well in advance.

  • Please download the Scholarship application here. You should return it to us by post or as a scanned copy by e-mail.

Merit Scholarship Application Form 2014: School of Health Sciences

  • As part of the application process you required to write a short statement in support of your application, which should address the following points:

i. Why you are applying for the scholarship
ii. How you will benefit from the opportunities that being given the award will provide;
iii. How you would contribute to the University community during your studies here.

You may refer to activities, achievements and personal qualities which are particularly relevant to your application.

  • You should also include:

i. A scanned transcript of your highest academic qualification;
ii. A scanned copy of your IELTS/TOEFL certificate or other English language qualification;
iii. A scanned copy of your University offer letter (or email of you have not received your letter).

Applications must be complete. Applications which are incomplete, missing required data or are illegible will be considered invalid. You may only apply for an award once. Multiple applications will not be considered.

Awards Criteria

The School’s award panel will meet after the closing date to consider all eligible scholarship applications received by the due date.

The School will assess all applications against the following criteria:

  • Previous academic record and your suitability for postgraduate study in School, ie:

i.  Class of degree/CGPA/final score of first degree.
ii.  Relevance of your first degree to the course you are applying for.
iii. The standing of the previous academic institution attended.
iv.  Any prizes or awards given to you in your first degree.

  • Relevant industrial or professional experience.
  • Evidence of workplace experience that is relevant to the course you are applying for.
  • Personal achievements - evidence of personal achievements in your life to date which indicate your ability to contribute to the wider life of the University community during your studies and the professional community that you will be joining on graduation.
  • In the event that two applications are scored identically and only one award is available, the panel will award the scholarship to the first application received, using the date of receipt in the University as the relevant date.

After Applying

Notification and acceptance; Terms and Conditions; Appeals Process.

Notification and acceptance

  • Decisions will be announced at the end of October for the MSc (Pre-reg) Physiotherapy
  • Decisions will be announced in December for the MSc Clinical/Sports Biomechanics and MSc Health Promotion and Public Health.
  • Successful applicants will be informed in the first instance by email. 
  • Applicants will be required to respond by email to accept the offer. Failure to accept the offer will lead to the scholarship offer being withdrawn and offered to an alternative applicant.

Terms and conditions

  • All scholarships are awarded in the form of a discount on fees paid
  • A scholarship will be withdrawn if:
    •    You fail to accept the offer within the time permitted.
    •    Your scholarship or University application is found to contain incomplete or inaccurate information.
    •    You are found to have committed academic misconduct once enrolled at the University.
    •    You are found to have committed non-academic misconduct once enrolled at the University.
    •    You fail to pass module assignments or end of module exams at the first attempt once enrolled on your course.
    •    You defer your offer of a place, suspend your studies, withdraw from the University or are suspended or withdrawn from the University.
    •    You fail to make payment for fees due to the University within 23 days of the due date.
    •    In the event that a scholarship is withdrawn, you will need to pay the full fees due for your course.

Appeals Process

All decisions on scholarship applications will be made by the School’s Scholarship Panel. All decisions are final and we cannot enter into correspondence with unsuccessful applicants. There are no grounds for appeal against an unsuccessful application with the following exception:

  • Where there is evidence of alleged improper conduct or irregular procedure during the scholarship awards process.

If you wish to appeal on the above ground, you should write in the first instance to the Head of School, outlining your evidence of alleged improper conduct or irregular procedure during the awards process. The Head of School will respond to you within 20 working days.

Eligible courses

  • Masters in Biomechanics Degree | MSc Clinical Biomechanics

    This course will equip you with the tools necessary to become a professional in Clinical Biomechanics, including a range of practical, patient handling and decision making skills.

  • Physiotherapy Degree Course | MSc Physiotherapy (Pre-registration)

    This course will provide you with the knowledge and skills necessary to practice physiotherapy via an accelerated programme which builds on prior learning and experience. It is a two year course with an exciting and varied mix of academic and clinical learning.

  • Masters Public Health Degree | MSc Health Promotion and Public Health

    This Masters Degree in Health Promotion and Public Health, endorsed by the Royal Society for Public Health, has been designed to meet the needs of a wide range of professionals who work in the area of health improvement and health promotion.

  • Robert Gordon University, Garthdee House, Garthdee Road, Aberdeen, AB10 7QB, Scotland, UK: a Scottish charity, registration No. SC013781