Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships - Open up your future

Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships

The Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships enable talented and motivated individuals to gain the knowledge and skills required for sustainable development, and are offered to citizens from low and middle income Commonwealth countries.  These scholarships are funded by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO), with the aim of contributing to the UK’s international development aims and wider overseas interests, supporting excellence in UK higher education, and sustaining the principles of the Commonwealth. A total of 40 awards are available

The scholarship includes full tuition fee and resources to enhance student participation, access and research skills.

Before applying, please read the Eligibility Information on the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission website.

  • Biodiversity, Wildlife and Ecosystem Health, MSc
  • Carbon Management, MSc
  • Clinical Education, MSc
  • Clinical Management of Pain, MSc
  • Conservation Medicine, MVetSci
  • Family Medicine, MSc
  • General Surgery, ChM
  • Global Challenges, MSc
  • Global Health and Infectious Disease, MSc
  • International Animal Health, MSc
  • International Animal Welfare Ethics and Law, MSc
  • One Health. MSc
  • Paediatric Emergency Medicine, MSc
  • Public Health, MPH
  • Surgical Sciences, ChM
  • Trauma & Orthopaedics, ChM
  • Urology, ChM
  • Vascular & Endovascular Surgery, ChM

More information

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Commonwealth Scholars talk about studying online

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Commonwealth Scholarship recipients at the University of Edinburgh talking about the benefits of studying online

Why choose Edinburgh?

  • Ranked 20th in the world (QS World University Rankings 2021).
  • Degrees designed to maximise your learning and complement your work.
  • Since 2005, we've taught more than 10,000 online students from 160 countries.
  • 100% online.

Deadlines and application process

Applicants for the Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarship will need to apply to both the University of Edinburgh and the Commonwealth Scholarships Commission (CSC).

Deadline 1: You must apply to the University of Edinburgh by 16:00 BST on Monday 12th April 2021. To make an application to the University, search for your eligible degree programme on our Degree Finder. Once you have received an offer of a place on one of the eligible programmes, you can put in an application to the CSC.

Deadline 2: You must apply for the scholarship through the Commonwealth Scholarships Electronic Application System (EAS). The deadline is 17:00 BST on Monday 26th April.

Before applying, please be sure to read the Eligibility Information on the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission website.

Entry requirements

Applicants to our programmes must have (or achieve before the programme commences) a UK 2:1 undergraduate degree or international equivalent, plus you must meet the English language requirements. Read more about postgraduate entry requirements for the region in which you live.

Apply now for your chosen degree programme at the University of Edinburgh.

Benefits of studying an online masters

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Anacret from Uganda talks about the value of learning from the different perspectives from classmates based around the world.

Anacret from Uganda benefited from being part of a global student community.

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Ra'ana from Kenya talks about how she can immediately apply what she's learnt on her online masters to her work.

Ra’ana from Kenya talks about being able to apply practically what she’s learnt on her degree.

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Graduate talks about the flexibility of an online masters

The flexibility of the online masters meant that Eleanora from Ghana didn't have to uproot her family.

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Learn more about how online learning works at the University of Edinburgh.

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