MSc in Economics in UK

The Open Society Foundation, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Staffordshire University Business School jointly invite applications from university graduates with outstanding academic qualifications for ten scholarships on the MSc in Economics for Business Analysis programme at Staffordshire University.  The aim of this joint scholarship scheme is to assist ‘capacity building’ in the region by speeding up the training of professional economists needed in the process of transition to a democratic market economy.  The scheme will enable young university graduates to pursue postgraduate studies in economics in the United Kingdom with a view to returning to and working in the region after completing the programme.

Deadline: 25/01/2010
Open to: students from Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia and Montenegro
Scholarship: full

Operation of the Scheme:
In the academic year 2010-2011 the scheme will be offered to candidates from Bosnia-Herzegovina, the Republic of Kosovo, the Republic of Macedonia and the Republic of Montenegro.  There are ten scholarships available in this round.  The scheme consists of two parts: an intensive MSc Preliminary Course (mid-July 2010 to mid-September 2010) followed by the main Masters programme (mid-September 2010 to August 2011).  The Preliminary course consists of four intensive modules: macroeconomics, microeconomics, statistics and English for Academic Purposes to ensure that all candidates have the necessary experience and knowledge of the subject.  The second part, the main MSc course, consists of two semesters of coursework with four modules in each semester and a dissertation written under the supervision of a member of staff.  The beneficiaries must undertake to return to the region for at least two years after the completion of their study programme.

For further details of the programme, please see the MSc programme web-site

Financial Details:
The OSF and the FCO will cover the cost of travel between the home countries of the candidates and Stoke-on-Trent (including the cost of obtaining a UK visa) and provide them with a maintenance grant (£767 per month in 2009-2010), an arrival allowance of £550 and a thesis allowance of £301 during their stay in the United Kingdom.   The OSF, FCO and Staffordshire University will jointly cover the tuition fee, the maintenance grant and the allowances.  Staffordshire University will cover the cost of the intensive MSc Preliminary Course.

Applicants must:
•    be nationals of and normally resident in one of the following countries: Bosnia-Herzegovina, the Republic of Kosovo, the Republic of Macedonia or the Republic of Montenegro during the academic year in which they apply for the award.  Applicants who are temporarily out of the country for a total period of less than 3 consecutive months may be treated as being resident;
•    have obtained a first degree (the equivalent of a BA degree) with good grades in economics or related disciplines by the end of April 2010;
•    display intellectual ability and leadership potential;
•    be able to demonstrate their knowledge of English by passing a TOEFL (ITP) or IELTS test at an appropriate level by the time interviews are held for these scholarships, or by other means (such as having completed an academic programme in English at another institution, or having obtained a satisfactory mark in one of the above-mentioned tests at a date no earlier than January 2009);
•    not have already received or be currently receiving financial benefit from a previous HMG fully funded scholarship;
•    return to their home countries at the end of their scholarship period to continue their studies/work there.

Further Information about Staffordshire University:
Further information on Staffordshire University and the Business School may be obtained by visiting the University’s Web Site and the Business School’s homepage

Candidates may also contact Mrs Jenny Herbert, by telephone, fax or e-mail if they have any further queries about the operation of the scheme.

Direct line: 0044-1782-294065    Fax: 0044-1782-294340        E-mail:

Scholarship web