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The Professor Mike Walker OBE Scholarship

The Professor Mike Walker OBE Scholarship

Set up in memory of Professor Mike Walker OBE, this scholarship is available for a full or part-time postgraduate student, with Home or International fee status, studying for one of the courses listed below, within the School of Engineering, Physical and Mathematical Sciences.

It is awarded as a tuition fee reduction up to the value of £12,000 (if the tuition fee is less than £12,000 the scholarship will only cover the value of the tuition fee). 

Professor Mike Walker OBE is a name synonymous with the Information Security Group (ISG) at Royal Holloway. Professor Walker’s enduring academic connection with Royal Holloway began in 1966 and he successfully completed his BSc in Mathematics, before becoming the second PhD student to be supervised by Professor Fred Piper, who founded the ISG with which Professor Walker was to have a lifelong association. He obtained his PhD in 1973.

Throughout his career in industry, Professor Walker maintained his keen interest for academic research and for many years he held the Vodafone chair as Professor of Telecommunications at Royal Holloway, as part of the ISG. In 2002, Professor Walker was instrumental in founding the ISG Smart Card Centre which continues today.

Am I eligible?

You must have achieved, or be on target to achieve, a minimum of a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent, and not have the financial means to undertake further study without this scholarship. You will need to clearly demonstrate this in the application.

You must have an offer to study for one of the following Royal Holloway Masters courses: 

Information Security

  • MSc Information Security
  • MSc Information Security with a Year in Industry

Computer Science

  • MSc Computer Science by Research
  • MSc Artificial Intelligence
  • MSc Computational Finance
  • MSc Data Science and Analytics
  • MSc Machine Learning

Mathematics

  • MSc Mathematics for Applications
  • MSc Mathematics of Cryptography and Communications

How do I apply?

You must apply via our online system Royal Holloway Direct, where you will be able to complete your statement and upload any required documents including your grades transcript.

The deadline for applications is 1 July 2021.

 

You must provide a supporting statement of up to 400 words which should include:

 

  • academic achievements and other activities you are particularly proud of and why these really matter to you;
  • why you have chosen to do the degree you have applied for; 
  • your future aspirations and how the scholarship will help you achieve these and contribute to society;
  • from a financial standpoint, what impact this scholarship would have on your education;
  • any special personal or family circumstances affecting your requirement for financial assistance.

Your statement will be judged on how effectively and convincingly you respond to the above.

As well as your statement, you will need to upload your most recent grades transcript from your undergraduate degree. 

Where an award is made to applicants on a two-year Masters course, no additional payment or tuition fee remission is offered in the second year of a two-year Masters degree.

For Home fee students, where the scholarship provides a full tuition fee reduction, students will not be eligible for any other tuition fee discount, for example the alumni discount. This also applies to International fee students in receipt of the EU fee reduction scholarship.

For International fee students, where the tuition fee exceeds the value of the scholarship, other discounts such as the alumni discount can apply, with the discount applied after the scholarship.  

Read our full terms and conditions.

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