Access to Masters


​Access to Masters (ATM) is a pan-Wales European Social Fund (ESF) Convergence project. ATM supports Taught Masters places on courses, which are linked to the Welsh Government’s priority sectors:

  • Advanced Materials & Manufacturing

  • Construction

  • Creative Industries

  • Energy & Environment

  • Financial & Professional Services

  • Food

  • Information & Communication Technologies

  • Life Sciences

  • Tourism

ATM support will be available over a 5-year period (2009-2014)​

 The ATM Scheme

ATM is backed with £12.3 million from the Convergence ESF through the Welsh Government. Further funding is provided by the Welsh universities and their private sector partners. Through the ATM programme, over 1,400 Masters Degrees with annual bursaries and tuition funding worth up to £8,450 will be available to help scholars gain the skills they need to drive forward innovation in businesses in Wales.

The project will deliver a range of Masters level courses to the future workforce creating a direct link with the workplace via work placements. This project is providing additional post graduate training targeting participants living and working within the Convergence area. ATM students will be given the opportunity to apply these high level skills in a 'real-life' setting through work placements in key industry and business sectors - improving their chances of gaining employment.

The Taught Masters format of the coursework will ensure that the graduates move up the skills ladder and the practical, industry-based, projects - undertaken with the support of a local company – will ensure that each work-based project is scoped to solve a specific business challenge.

2010-11 case study can be viewed here.

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