Visiting Student Office

Taught courses

Students currently taking a postgraduate degree elsewhere are able to spend a semester of their studies at the University of Edinburgh on a Study Abroad Programme.

A semester in Edinburgh may count towards your final degree at your home university.

What can I study at Edinburgh?

We offer visiting postgraduates the opportunity to follow one of our taught Masters programmes for a semester. With a vast array of over 250 taught postgraduate degrees we offer options from across the arts, engineering, humanities, sciences and social sciences. The Degree Finder in our postgraduate prospectus contains details of all of our degree programmes.

Some subject areas are not able to accept applications from visiting postgraduates, for example professional subjects such as Medicine, Education and Business. If you are not sure whether you would be able to study your chosen subject at Edinburgh, please get in touch with us and we will be able to advise you.


Visiting postgraduates will be enrolled on 60 credits (30 ECTS credits) of courses from one specific degree programme. In most cases, you should decide on the degree programme you wish to study before you apply. Most students will be able to confirm the courses they will study before they arrive. If not, your Personal Tutor will advise you on choosing specific courses from that degree.

Tuition fees

You will be studying for 60 credits - one third of a full taught postgraduate degree. As such the tuition fee will be one third of the tuition fee for the degree programme you are studying part of.

Tuition fees vary from programme to programme. There are also different fees for UK/EU students and international students. Current tuition fees for each degree programme are listed in the postgraduate Degree Finder. We will confirm the tuition fee for your semester with you if we make you an offer.

Students coming on direct exchange agreements with the University of Edinburgh will not be charged tuition fees.

What you need to apply

  • An official transcript of a first degree in an appropriate subject or relevant qualifications / experience
  • An official transcript of your postgraduate studies to date
  • A signed academic reference
  • A personal statement
  • Appropriate English language skills or valid test - a degree from an English speaking university may also be accepted in some circumstances
  • To be eligible to apply students must be registered¬†as a full-time student on a degree programme elsewhere

College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences Postgraduate English language requirements

In addition to these requirements, individual Schools may request additional documentation for entry to some programmes of study.

Application deadlines

Semester one: 01 July

Semester two: 01 November

Application form

Please contact the Visiting Student Office to discuss applying as a visiting postgraduate student.

Visiting Student Office

  • Graduate Enquiries

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