New bursaries aimed at increasing the number of Welsh graduates remaining in or returning to Wales to study a Master’s degree have been announced this week by Kirsty Williams, Welsh Liberal Democrat Education Minister.
Funding is available for degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine. Additional funding will be available for those undertaking a Master’s degree in Welsh.
Up to £17,000 will be available for postgraduate students starting a course this autumn, and £1.3million will be allocated to the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales for the scheme. Postgraduate applications have already seen a sharp increase of 58%, following student finance reforms that mean Wales has the most generous package of financial support anywhere in the UK.
Kirsty Williams AM commented:
“Providing accessible postgraduate study is essential in meeting Wales’ current and future skills needs. The bursaries are aimed at high-demand areas and add to the multitude of reasons to study at postgraduate level in Wales.”