Merit Scholarships: School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences at Robert Gordon University

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The School of Pharmacy & Life Sciences is pleased to offer a number of merit scholarships to outstanding students who wish to study at the School starting September 2015 and January 2016. Please read through the following information carefully.

The awards available in academic year 2015/16:
MSc Instrumental Analytical Sciences Merit Scholarships for courses commencing September 2015.
Amount available: £1000 per award
MSc Clinical Pharmacy Practice Merit Scholarships for courses commencing January 2016.
Amount available: £1000 per award

Eligible Courses for the Merit Scholarships
PgDip/MSc Clinical Pharmacy Course
MSc Instrumental Analytical Sciences - DNA Analysis Proteomics and Metabolomics
MSc Instrumental Analytical Sciences - Oilfield Chemicals
MSc Instrumental Analytical Sciences - Drug Analysis and Toxicology
MSc Instrumental Analytical Sciences - Environmental Analysis

Note: Students currently in receipt of scholarship funding are not eligible for the merit scholarship scheme.

MSc Clinical Pharmacy Practice
You need to complete an application form and return it to the School:
This course has been designed to provide you with a broad education in Clinical Pharmacy in line with opportunities to focus your studies more specifically to your area of practice. It will equip you with the necessary knowledge and skills to enhance your career.

It provides the opportunity for pharmacists to develop professional practice as clinical practitioners involved in making decisions about patient care. Practitioners working in both primary and secondary care contexts will benefit from the development of a range of skills to enhance career prospects and benefit service delivery.

It has been developed to be compatible with competency clusters outlined in the RPS Foundation/ Advanced Pharmacy Framework and is mapped to core dimensions within the NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework.

In view of the unique nature of the multidisciplinary input to the course and the fact that it has been designed in collaboration with employers in both primary and secondary care, career prospects for holders of the postgraduate qualification in hospital or community practice are extremely good.

How to Apply
We must receive your completed application prior to the closing dates below.
- MSc Instrumental Analytical Sciences: Round 1 - 20 July 2015, Round 2 - 29 September 2015
- MSc Clinical Pharmacy Practice: 28 January 2016

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

Merit Scholarship Application Form: School of Pharmacy & Life Sciences (DOC 140KB)

As part of the application process you are required to write a short statement in support of your application, which should address the following points:
- Why you are applying for the scholarship,
- How you will benefit from the opportunities that being given the award will provide, and
- 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:
- A scanned transcript of your highest academic qualification,
- Evidence of English language competence e.g. a scanned copy of your IELTS certificate (where appropriate), and
- A scanned copy of your University offer letter (or email if 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.

The School's award panel will meet to consider eligible scholarship applications received by the respective due dates.

The School will assess all applications against the following criteria:
- Previous academic record and your suitability for postgraduate study in the School, i.e.
- Class of degree / CGPA / final score of first degree or previous masters-level study,
- Relevance of your first degree to the course you are applying for,
- 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, and
- Personal achievements which indicate your ability and commitment to: complete the intended course; contribute to the course, school and wider university community during your studies and the professional community when you complete the course.

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.

Please note: All scholarship applicant should intend to complete to MSc stage. Any successful scholarship applicant that chooses to exit their course early will be expected to reimburse all or part of their award at the discretion of the School.

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