Fees and funding

Information on UK/EU and International fee schemes, research costs and other expenses, and studentship funding.

Studentship funding and eligibility

A number of funded PhD studentships are available each year for either a fixed three or four year period. The time period will depend on the background and prior experience of individual applicants.

Studentships are funded by research councils, charities, industry and the University. Most studentships are open to UK/EU applicants. Successful applicants will normally have fees, research costs and a stipend to live on for three or four years covered by their studentship award. For our main BBSRC and MRC studentships, EU applicants MUST have resided in the UK for three years prior to starting the studentship.

Studentships on offer for non-UK, non-EU (overseas) students will initially only cover fees at the UK/EU rate (see below). Outstanding students from overseas may qualify and be nominated by the University for receipt of an Edinburgh Global Research Studentship to cover the difference between UK/EU student fees and foreign student fees.

Edinburgh Global Studentships can be highly competitive with many unsuccessful applicants. Thus, you must check the University Postgraduate Fees that you will be required to pay and whether these can be met by your own sources of funding.

Candidates with independent sources of funding

We welcome applications from candidates with their own sources of funding.

The University operates a two tiered postgraduate fees scheme. Non-UK, non-EU students are required to pay student fees at a higher rate.

Additionally, you will be required to pay research costs, which will depend on the nature of the research to be conducted. Research costs for projects involving molecular biological techniques, for example, may be as high as £8,000 per year, and sometimes more.

The level of research costs should be discussed and established with your intended supervisor. You will also need about £13,550 per year to live on (the current level of stipend for Research Council Studentships).

Thus the real cost of studying as supervised PhD student at the University and living in Edinburgh may be as high as £30,000 per year, or more, for up to four years.

The applications procedure for self-funding applicants is the same as for all other students. Please indicate clearly on the official University form of application for admission as a postgraduate student that you are prepared to fund the cost of your PhD training in full.

Applying

Applications may be considered at any time, although our main recruitment period is January to March.

English language requirements for foreign postgraduate students

Overseas students whose first language is not English are required by the University to demonstrate adequate proficiency in English before they are allowed to matriculate and register as a postgraduate student.

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