GREAT Scholarships 2020

In order to support more Chinese students to study in the UK, the British Council, together with 31 UK universities, has launched the GREAT Scholarships 2020 – China campaign. With 45 postgraduate scholarships on offer, the total value of China’s scholarship scheme is almost £440,000. The single value of each scholarship is a minimum of £10,000. This scholarship scheme will offer an exciting opportunity for Chinese students wishing to get financial support to pursue postgraduate level study in the UK. Students can apply for postgraduate taught courses in a wider rang of subjects. Most scholarships are open for all subjects. 

Key Highlights

  • Each individual scholarship is worth a minimum of £10,000
  • Scholarships are open to postgraduate taught courses. 
  • A wider range of subjects, most scholarships are open for all subjects. 

Application deadline

The application deadline for GREAT Scholarships 2020 - China varies according to each institution. For details on individual institutions’ deadlines, click on the relevant links below.

Steps for applicants

  1. Check your eligibility
  • Are you a Chinese passport holder?
  • Do you plan to pursue taught postgraduate studies in the UK?
  • Is the course that you have applied for or are applying for starting in September 2020?

2. Browse the universities listed below and click on the links provided to access detailed information about the scholarships on offer.

3. Apply for individual scholarships following the instructions given on each universities’ scholarship webpages.

4. Successful scholars will be informed by individual universities on the result of their applications.

5. Scholarship funding will be issued to successful scholars by individual universities after registration.

Universities offering GREAT Scholarships in China

Anglia Ruskin University

Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) is one of the largest modern universities in the east of England, with four faculties and seven research institutes based in the main campuses in Cambridge and Chelmsford. ARU is an ambitious and global university, with a total of 18,000 students from 185 countries and regions around the world studying with us. From 2016 to 2019 has also seen ARU listed in the Times Higher Education’s (THE) World University Rankings – being named as one of the top 350 institutions in the world and top 40 in the UK. We are academically ambitious and pride ourselves on being as enterprising as we are innovative and nurture those qualities in our students. We are passionate about transforming lives through innovative, inclusive and entrepreneurial education and research.

In 2020, Anglia Ruskin University is offering three scholarships worth £10,000 each, one for Chinese students, one for Thai students and one for Turkish students.

Bangor University library

Bangor University

Bangor University is based in the city of Bangor, on the north Wales coast, between the mountains of Snowdonia and the sea. It is considered to be one of the most attractive study locations in the UK. 

Having achieved the top rating of Gold by the UK Government for quality of education and experience you will be assured of excellent teaching across all departments with highly engaged staff and faculty.

Bangor is a safe, historic, and vibrant community. It has a city vibe without being overwhelming, getting around on foot or via public transportation is very easy and safe. You'll enjoy access to the Pontio Arts and Innovation Centre, featuring an on-campus theatre with professional touring performances, and a cinema with the newest blockbuster releases. 

Bangor is a thriving student community with 300+ Students Union activities, projects, volunteering and clubs, Bangor makes for a vibrant, inclusive and diverse student experience.

With over 2,500 international students from over 120 nationalities and the low cost of living, student support and a stunning location all make Bangor a great place to live and study.

Cranfield University library

Cranfield University

As a specialist postgraduate university located at the heart of the UK's Cambridge – Milton Keynes – Oxford arc, our world-class programmes, unrivalled facilities, close links with business, industry and governments, and international outlook all combine to attract students and teaching staff from around the globe. Our graduates are in demand and their association with Cranfield brings benefits throughout their careers.

Our student cohort represents 110 countries and we have a student to staff ratio of 7:1.  

A GREAT scholarship worth £10,000 is available for a Chinese student and a scholarship for £10,000 is available for a Turkish student on a full-time master’s course in the areas of Water and Design, Environment and Agrifood, Energy and Power, Manufacturing and Transport Systems (certain courses not eligible).

Heriot-Watt University campus

Heriot-Watt University

Dating back to 1821, Heriot-Watt University is now a world- renowned university that enjoys a global presence, performs innovative research and produces graduates with high employability. THE World University Rankings 2019 ranks the university 37th internationally and 13th in the UK for its international outlook.

The university received the Teaching Excellence Framework’s Silver Award. It is a specialist in business, science, and engineering, and a leader in global education. 

QS World University Rankings by Subject ranked Heriot-Watt among the top universities for 11 subject areas. Its Schools of Engineering and Physical Sciences; Mathematical and Computer Sciences; Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society are proud holders of the Athena SWAN Bronze award.

Heriot-Watt has five campuses across Scottish Borders, Edinburgh, Orkney, Malaysia, and Dubai, along with 53 Approved Learning Partners (ALPs) and educational collaborative partners in 150 nations across the globe.

Heriot-Watt is one of the most diverse universities in the UK and has a total of more than 30,000 students. The university has over 130,000 alumni across the globe in more than 190 countries.

Within six months of course completion, 95% of Heriot-Watt graduates were found to be in further study or in employment. The Times/The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019 ranks Heriot-Watt 17th across the UK for its graduate salaries for the duration of six months on graduation.

Heriot-Watt is offering two GREAT scholarships for Chinese postgraduate students: one in Textiles and Design, and one in Mechanical and Chemical Engineering areas.

Keele University

Keele is proud of its’ multi-cultural and diverse student community and welcomes students from over 120 countries. The campus offers you everything you will need to ensure it is your home from home, whilst providing high quality and supportive teaching, excellent facilities. Founded in 1949, Keele University is located in the heart of the UK and ideally situated right by a bustling university town, Newcastle-under-Lyme, and minutes away from the ever-developing city of Stoke-on-Trent and less than an hour away from Manchester and Birmingham. 

Keele is offering three scholarships, worth £10,000 each, for Chinese postgraduate students: one in Marketing, one in Cell and Tissue Engineering, and one in any subject area.

Newcastle University

Newcastle University is a welcoming, internationally focused institution. In recent years, we have developed a presence in three similarly vibrant and globally connected locations – London, Singapore and Malaysia. These provide both a global presence and opportunities for knowledge exchange that we benefit from when developing partnerships, perspectives, innovations and solutions. We are recognised internationally for our work across broad multidisciplinary areas, including ageing and health; cities, culture and the creative arts; data and energy; as well as for our outstanding single disciplines. Our global geographic reach, combined with an outstanding reputation for academic excellence and high graduate employability, ensures we are a first-choice destination for students from around the world. 

Newcastle is offering one scholarship in Engineering for Chinese students, and one scholarship each for Indian and Turkish students in all postgraduate programs.

Nottingham Trent University

Nottingham Trent University (NTU) is recognised as one of the UK's truly outstanding universities. Over 3,500 international students from over 150 countries create a dynamic student community. NTU is the Guardian University of the Year 2019, and has received a number of prestigious accolades including the coveted Times Higher Education University of the Year in 2017. Teaching is among the best available in the UK with the University awarded Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework.

NTU is offering three scholarships, one for Chinese students, for Indonesian students and one for Turkish students, across a range of postgraduate courses. 

Oxford Brookes University

At Oxford Brookes, we're proud of what makes us different. From our hands-on learning style to our Fairtrade ethos, we're not afraid to stand out from the crowd. We’re the only UK university in the QS ranking of top 50 institutions under 50 years old (QS 2020). One of the most renowned centres of education in the world, the city of Oxford is famous for brilliant minds, ground-breaking research and amazing discoveries. High-quality teaching and research lies at the heart of Oxford Brookes. We are ranked 1st in the UK for research (Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2019) and are proud to have received 11 National Teaching Fellowships for our staff.

Oxford Brookes University is offering one scholarship for Thai students in all postgraduate subject areas.

Robert Gordon University

Robert Gordon University is an innovative, impactful and professionally-minded university: with a population of 16,000 students from 132 countries. Our learner-centric approach, supported by our state-of-the-art facilities and flexible course structure, makes education work for our students. Our commitment to continually increasing innovative teaching practices also ensures that we are constantly seeking to improve on, and grow, our positive contribution to the world around us. Working as closely as we do with industry we ensure our courses remain in line with the operational world so our students are considered work-ready as soon as they graduate.  

Robert Gordon University is offering one scholarship for Indian students and one for Chinese students across all postgraduate subjects.

Solent University

Solent University is a career-focused, modern university in the UK with over 160 years of educational excellence, and is home to one of the world's leading maritime academies. We have strong industrial links and top facilities. Solent graduates are doing decent jobs globally and enjoying high salaries. Solent University is right in the city centre of Southampton, the world maritime city, where Titanic and Mayflower set sail from. With the rail and coach services, port and airport, you could get to London city centre in just over one hour, or easily access major cities both in the UK and Europe.

Two GREAT scholarships are being offered by Solent for Chinese postgraduate students, with a value of £10,000 each, in any subject.