Northern Ireland Department of Economics to Fund 50 Masters at University of Ulster
The University of Ulster is offering 50 new Masters scholarships for 2021/22 with support from the Department of Economics.
Regardless of the department’s graduate scholarship program, each student who undertakes the one-year masters program will have their fees paid and receive a scholarship of £ 10,000.
The university said the scholarships will help provide the vital skills needed to enable a range of sectors to respond to and emerge from the pandemic, support a confident economic recovery and build rewarding careers.
Reflecting the priorities of the Economics Department’s 10X economic vision and the ambitions of transformational City Deals for Belfast and the North West, the courses offered are aligned with exciting and incremental opportunities for growth and recovery in key sectors, in particular: digital, ICT and Artificial Intelligence; Advanced manufacturing and engineering; Personalized Medicine, Pharmaceutical Sciences; Geographic information systems; Fashion and retail management; Animation; Digital marketing communication; and direction.
Professor Brian Murphy, acting dean, Academic Business Development at the University of Ulster, said the program will open up opportunities for students who may not have been able to afford them otherwise.
“We are delighted to offer these fully funded scholarships which will open up opportunities for students who might otherwise not be able to complete a master’s degree program due to financial reasons. They will provide highly skilled and industry ready graduates across a range of sectors as they recover and develop from the pandemic, ”he said.
Economy Minister Paul Frew added that the program will have long-term effects as Northern Ireland’s economy seeks to recover from the effects of Covid-19.
“This initiative is particularly welcome in this Northern Ireland centenary year as we look to the future,” said Mr Frew.
“These scholarships and funded scholarships will support the skills pool the economy needs as we recover from the pandemic, and will also support the skills policy goals set out in my department’s 10X Economic Vision.
“I urge all who are interested and eligible to apply for this excellent opportunity.”
The scholarships are part of a funding package of up to £ 1.8million for 100 scholarships for additional Masters courses in 2021/22 administered by Ulster University and Queen’s University Belfast.
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