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    I think this might be a silly thing to be concerned about but it is bugging me slightly. I hold offers from Bristol and Bath for Physics and have noticed that Bath offer a large amount of scholarships to their students (some as much as £4,500 per annum!) whereas Bristol offer nothing to home UK students. Both rank fairly similarly for Physics.

    I was wondering if anyone could explain why some Institutes offer money and others do not? Does it bare any relation to the 'prestige' of the University and should I let that concern me?

    Thank you to anyone who responds
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    I'd say it depends on the course, rather than the uni and there can be a number of reasons for offering a scholarship. If they can fill a course with full fee-paying non-EU overseas students paying full whack fees, then they won't offer any type of scholarship. If they have trouble filling a course, they might offer scholarships to get the numbers up. If they have particular cultural links abroad, then they might offer scholarships to students from a particular country. They might just have a wealthy benefactor or organisation with a specific interest in the subject, who will sponsor a scholarship - Bath has nearly a hundred of these according to their website. The £4500 one for Physics that you mention is one of these - The Ratcliffe Scholarship, sponsored by two alumni.

    Unless the scholarship is key to you being able to study, I wouldn't let it bother you. Just choose the course and uni which is right for you. It's nothing to do with prestige.
 
 
 
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