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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?

Applications for 2022 entry are closed. Applicants will be made aware of the outcome of their application after 26 July 2022.

You must provide a supporting statement of no more than 400 words (please note that statements that exceed the word count will automatically be rejected), 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. Any applications that are submitted without an uploaded transcript will be rejected.

The Professor Mike Walker OBE Scholarship is available for a new 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.

Eligibility

You must have achieved, or be on target to achieve, a minimum of a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent and be able to demonstrate that without the financial support of the scholarship, you would not be able to undertake further study. 

You must have a conditional or unconditional offer to study one of the following degrees:

  • MSc in Information Security
  • MSc Information Security with a Year in Industry
  • MSc Computer Science by Research
  • MSc in Artificial Intelligence
  • MSc in Computational Finance
  • MSc in Data Science and Analytics
  • MSc in Machine Learning
  • MSc Mathematics for Applications
  • MSc Mathematics of Cryptography and Communications

Please note: Only students applying to study for their first Masters degree will be considered for this scholarship.

Allocation

Candidates will be selected based on academic achievement and a scholarship statement. Along with the scholarship statement, applicants will need to upload their most recent grades transcript from their undergraduate degree. Candidates should be able to demonstrate that without the financial support of the scholarship, they would not be able to undertake further study. 

Payment

The scholarship is awarded as a tuition fee reduction of 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). For part-time students, this will be split over two years (first 2 years of study only).  Where an award is made to applicant on a two-year full-time Masters course, no additional payment or tuition fee remission is offered in the second year of a two-year Masters degree.

A student who receives full fee reduction as part of this award will not be eligible for any tuition fee discounts (including alumni discounts) in conjunction with this scholarship. 

Read our full terms and conditions.

If you have any queries please email rhps@rhul.ac.uk 

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