The OptiGene Foundation Engineering Bursary 2023 entry

The OptiGene Foundation Engineering Bursary is now open to receive applications from Home/UK students studying any undergraduate engineering degree in the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences (FEPS) at the University of Surrey, starting in September 2023.


The OptiGene Foundation Engineering Bursary provides a scholarship of £15,000 over three years (£5,000 per year) for undergraduate students of any engineering course at the University of Surrey with a household income of less than £35,000 and/or who meet any of the listed criteria for widening participation. This scholarship is available for one student starting their studies in Autumn 2023.

Eligibility criteria

In order to be eligible:

  • You must be a full-time, first-year undergraduate student
  • You must be a UK student
  • You must demonstrate a household income of less than £35K, and/or meet any of the criteria for widening participation:
  • From a Low Participation Neighbourhoods (LPNs, defined as POLAR4 Quintiles 1 and 2 by OfS*
  • From an area of high deprivation (Index of Multiple Deprivation, IMD) Quintiles 1 and 2**
  • Care leaver or in local authority care 
  • From a family where parents/carers are in non-professional households (NS-SEC groups 4-8)
  • From a family with no parental history of higher education participation 
  • Classed as having a disability 
  • Young carer 
  • Mature learner 
  • Refugee or asylum seeker 
  • Estranged from family 
  • Have a parent/carer who has served in the armed forces or reserves
  • Students from a Black, Asian and Minority background 
  • From Gypsy, Roma or Irish Traveller (GRT) communities 
  • Identify as New Traveller, Boater, Bargee or Showperson

*You can check if you live in an LPN (POLAR4 Quintile 1 or 2 by using the OfS online Postcode Lookup Tool.

 ** You can check your postcodes Index of Multiple Deprivation data using this online look up tool. Your postcode must be rated 1 -4 in column F.

Courses that the bursary is applicable to:

  • Mechanical Engineering BEng (Hons)
    • UCAS Code H300 
    • UCAS Code H301 
  • Automotive Engineering Beng (Hons)
    • UCAS Code H330 
    • UCAS Code H331 
  • Mechanical Engineering MEng
    • UCAS Code H309 
    • UCAS Code H303 
  • Automotive Engineering MEng
    • UCAS Code H334 
  • Biomedical Engineering BEng (Hons)
    • UCAS Code HB38 
    • UCAS Code HBJ8 
  • Biomedical Engineering MEng
    • UCAS Code HB3V 
    • UCAS Code HBH8 
  • Aerospace Engineering BEng (Hons)
    • UCAS Code H400 
    • UCAS Code H401 
  • Aerospace Engineering MEng
    • UCAS Code H409 
    • UCAS Code H402 
  • Civil Engineering BEng (Hons)
    • UCAS Code H200 
    • UCAS Code H201
    • UCAS Code H209 
  • Civil Engineering MEng 5 years with PTY
    • UCAS Code H210 
  • Chemical Engineering BEng (Hons)
    • UCAS Code H802 

How to apply

The OptiGene Foundation Engineering Bursary application form must be completed and submitted by the deadline date, which is 8 October 2023.

Please submit completed application form to

Optigene Scholarship application form (2023 entry)

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Application deadline

Contact details

For enquiries regarding this bursary, please contact

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