Scholarships and loans

Candidates should apply for postgraduate study or research at the University before applying for a scholarship.

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The University’s Scholarships and Student Funding Services offers guidance on sources of grants, scholarships and other funding opportunities.

An online searchable database is available from the Scholarships website to help you with your funding search.

Graduate Discount Scheme

Graduates of the University can claim a 10% discount on postgraduate tuition fees.

Research Council Awards

The main external sources of financial support for UK/EU postgraduate students are the studentships offered by:

  • Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
  • Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)
  • Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
  • Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
  • Medical Research Council (MRC)
  • Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)
  • Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)

Awards are made for both taught programmes of study and research. All studentship applications must be made through the University.

Normally only those UK/EU students who have been resident in the UK for the preceding three years are eligible for a full award. For some awards, candidates who are EU nationals and are resident in the UK may be eligible for a fees-only award.

Further information is available from Scholarships and Student Funding Services.

Postgraduate Tuition Fee Loans

Eligible postgraduate students can apply to SAAS for a "Postgraduate Tuition Fee Loan" (PTFL) to help with the cost of their fees (up to £3,400 for full-time students and up to £1,700 for part-time students).

Applicants will require to hold an unconditional offer of admission before applying for a tuition fee loan

Further information is available from Scholarships and Student Funding Services.

Highly Skilled Workforce Scholarships

Master's Scholarships will be available for the 2015-2016 academic session at the University of Edinburgh. Scholarships are available to UK nationals who are permanently domiciled in Scotland as well as EU nationals who have been accepted on an eligible full-time or part-time Master's degree programme.

The awards will cover the UK/EU tuition fee.

Full details on the eligibility criteria and application procedure for this award are available from Scholarships and Student Funding Services.

Edinburgh UK/EU Masters Scholarships

We offer a number of scholarships to UK and EU students accepted to the University to study on a one-year full-time Masters programme in any subject.

Candidates must have, or expect to obtain, a UK first class honours degree or the overseas equivalent.

The award covers fees only at the UK/EU rate, and is tenable for one year. The closing date for applications is 1 May 2015.

Full details of the eligibility criteria and application procedure for this award are available from Scholarships and Student Funding Services.

University of Edinburgh Postgraduate Scholarships

Colleges and schools have their own postgraduate scholarships available to those studying for a research degree.

Where eligible, applicants for College awards are also expected to apply to the relevant Research Council for funding.

Details are available from Schools or from the Postgraduate Office of the appropriate College. The University does not offer scholarships for diploma programmes.

Scholarships and funding for international students

The University and the UK government both offer a range of scholarships for international students.


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