MSc Sustainable Urban Development Sheehan Scholarship

Key information

1. The MSc in Sustainable Urban Development Sheehan Scholarship provides the awardee with a contribution of £1,100 towards the total course fees for the MSc in Sustainable Urban Development. This will be available in the first year of the course (2020/21) only.

2. The Scholarship is funded through a generous donation from the Oxford-based Sheehan Group.


3. All applicants whose completed application has been received by 24 January 2020 and who are offered a place on the MSc will be automatically considered for the Scholarship.


4. The Scholarship will be awarded on the basis of outstanding academic and professional merit, and taking account of demonstrable commitment and ability to contribute significantly to the field of sustainable urban development.  Key criteria include:

(a) Academic excellence, where indicators may include: a high-level qualification in a relevant discipline (such as a first-class honours degree, US GPA of 3.7, or equivalent, distinction at Master’s level, or a doctoral degree); individual marks on a student’s transcript; information on a student’s overall position within their cohort; and relevant published work.

(b) Professional excellence: Evidence of a strong record of relevant professional achievement, and a demonstrably successful history of continuing professional development and commitment to the candidate’s profession. Indicators may include the candidate’s CV, personal statement, testimonials and/or professional references.

(c) Motivation and potential future contribution to the field: Applications should demonstrate the potential to make an on-going professional contribution to the built environment, and to contribute significantly to sustainable urban development (either during or following completion of the MSc). Indicators may include the candidate’s personal statement, interview performance and/or professional references.


5. A panel (comprising at least two suitable University staff) will assess candidates according to the criteria above, and may consider any written and/ or oral components of candidates’ MSc applications. 

6. The Panel may propose a ranked shortlist, whereby the Scholarship, if declined by the first candidate, will be offered to the next one, and so on.

Offer and acceptance

7. The awardee is normally contacted in early May, and will be given a deadline to confirm their acceptance.

8. The course webpage will indicate when the Scholarship has been awarded.  Unsuccessful candidates will not be notified individually. Please note that we cannot provide individual feedback on the Panel’s decision.

Further information

9. For any queries about the Scholarship, please email the course administrator at