In order to support more Malaysian students to study in the UK, the British Council, together with 9 UK universities, has launched the GREAT Scholarships 2020 – Malaysia campaign. With 10 postgraduate scholarships on offer, the total value of Malaysia’s scholarship scheme is over £100,000. The single value of each scholarship is a minimum of £10,000. This scholarship scheme will offer an exciting opportunity for Malaysian students wishing to get financial support to pursue postgraduate level study in the UK. Students can apply for courses in a range of subjects including law, business, art and design, biosciences, IT and more, at the 9 participating institutions across the UK. 

Key Highlights

  • Each individual scholarship is worth a minimum of £10,000
  • 9 UK higher education institutions are offering 10 postgraduate scholarships to Malaysian students
  • A wide range of subjects including law, business, art and design, biosciences, IT and more

Application deadline

The application deadline for GREAT Scholarships 2020 - Malaysia 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 Malaysian 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 Malaysia

Durham University

A university with modern values but long traditions, Durham has been forward-looking since its establishment in 1832.

A World Top 100 University (QS World Rankings 2020), our 25 departments offer over 200 undergraduate and 130 taught postgraduate programmes as well as many postgraduate research opportunities. 

Durham has a long history of welcoming students and academics from all over the globe; 40% of our academic staff and 30% of our students are of non-UK origin, creating an outward-looking, globally-minded and inclusive University. Our worldwide alumni community go on to help shape the world and contribute to society, through entrepreneurship, charity, sport, sciences, and arts. 

Durham University is offering two GREAT Scholarships, worth £10,000 each, for academic year 2020/21:

  • One scholarship available for a Malaysian student, studying any postgraduate taught subject 
  • One scholarships available for a Thai student, studying a postgraduate taught degree in Business or any Science/Engineering programme

Sheffield Hallam University

Sheffield Hallam is a welcoming community of students and staff from more than 120 countries. With more than 31,000 students, we are among the largest universities in the UK. 

We offer exceptional teaching across 700 programmes at foundation, undergraduate, postgraduate and research degree level.

We embed work experience and real-world case studies into our teaching, so you have many opportunities to put your learning into practice.

The Guardian University Guide 2020 ranked Sheffield Hallam 55th in the country overall, up from 70th last year.  

For academic year 2020/21, Sheffield Hallam University is offering three scholarships worth £10,000 each, to students from Indonesia, India and Malaysia studying a postgraduate taught degree in any subject (one scholarships per country).

Staffordshire University

Staffordshire University has over 100 years of education heritage, dating back to 1914. It became North Staffordshire Polytechnic in 1970 and was granted university status in 1992. The City campus is based in Stoke-on-Trent and features excellent learning and teaching facilities, good transport links and stimulating social spaces. The University has Centres of Excellence in Healthcare Education in Stafford and at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital, with considerable investment in these specialist facilities. The institution’s first London campus, the Digital Institute London, will open in September 2019. Staffordshire University was one of the first higher education institutions in the country to teach computer science and we continue to lead the field today with the highest rated course in the country for computer game design and esports.

In 2020, Staffordshire University is offering two scholarships worth £10,000 each, one for Chinese students and one for Malaysian students.

Ulster University

Welcome to Ulster – a university that places ambition at the heart of everything to create the most rewarding student experience possible. Ulster is Northern Ireland’s largest university, with four inspiring campuses located across the country. From teaching inspired by world-class research, to first class resources and facilities – we strive to ensure you excel in your chosen area of study. We are one of the top 150 young universities in the world (THE Young Rankings, 2018) yet our history dates back to 1865. Our student population is diverse, welcoming international students from over 100 countries worldwide.

Ulster is offering two scholarships for Chinese students, one for Malaysian students and one for Indonesian students, all worth £10,000 each, in all postgraduate programmes.

University of Bristol

With over 6,500 international students from over 140 countries, the University of Bristol has one of the largest and most vibrant international communities in the UK. Founded in 1900, the University of Bristol is a Russell Group institution and is consistently listed as a top 20 university in the UK league tables. The University of Bristol is ranked 49th in the QS World University Rankings 2020, cementing its position as a global top 100 university.

For academic year 2020/21, University of Bristol is offering three GREAT Scholarships for postgraduate study worth £10,000, one for Malaysian students, one for Indonesian students and one for Thai students.

University of Cambridge

Cambridge has attracted many of the very best minds since it was first established in 1209.  It comprises more than 20,000 students, including 7,500 graduate students (of whom about 50% are from outside the UK). The University and its 31 Colleges are spread throughout the city.  Masters courses are challenging.  But if you have the commitment, ability and motivation, you can expect great rewards - exhilarating intellectual satisfaction and a capability much sought after by employers in industry, academia and other sectors.

The University of Cambridge is offering four master's scholarships worth £20,000 each: one for Indian students, one for Malaysian students, one for Indonesian students, and one for Chinese students. 

University of Kent

Kent offers high-quality teaching, world-leading research, stunning study locations in Canterbury, Medway and mainland Europe and a superb student experience. A wide range of globally recognised degrees available and outstanding student support, Kent offers a welcoming environment for students from over 140 countries. 

The University of Kent is offering scholarships for one Indian student, two Chinese students, one Malaysian student, one Thai student and one Turkish student. All are worth £10,000 across all subject areas. Deadline for applications is 31 May 2020


University of Leeds

The University of Leeds is one of the most prestigious Russel Group universities in the UK and has been one of the most popular university choices for students from Malaysia for many years. Ranked in the top 100 universities in the QS World University Rankings 2020 and UK’s top ten most targeted by leading employers (High Fliers Report 2020) we are renowned for the quality of our learning, teaching and research. Located in the heart of a vibrant, affordable and student-friendly city, with the University campus just a 10-minute walk from the city centre, Leeds has over 39,000 students from 170 different countries and one of the widest ranges of degrees in the UK.  

The University of Leeds is offering two GREAT scholarships in 2020, worth £10,000 each. 

University of Manchester

Part of the prestigious Russell Group of universities, The University of Manchester enjoys an international reputation for pioneering research and innovation. Some of the world's most important achievements took place at Manchester. Our story is one of world firsts and brilliant discoveries, with 25 Nobel Prize winners having worked or studied here. According to the 2019 Shanghai Jiao Tong Academic Ranking of World Universities, Manchester is ranked 33rd in the world, 8th in Europe and 6th in the UK. Now the largest single-site university in the UK, based in one of the most exciting cities in the world, Manchester is also a truly international institution - with over 10,000 international students welcomed to our campus each academic year.

Manchester is offering one scholarship to a Malaysian student, two to Indian students, and two to Chinese students, in any discipline within the Faculty of Science and Engineering.