E4 Doctoral Training Partnership

Entry and Eligibility Criteria

Please carefully read this section to find out about our entry and eligibility criteria.

UKRI Funding Eligibility

Changes to EU and International Eligibility for UKRI funded studentships from Academic Year 2021/22 onwards

UKRI has announced that international students will be eligible for all UKRI-funded postgraduate studentships from the start of the 2021/22 academic year and that they will be eligible for the full award - both the stipend to support living costs, and fees at research organisations UK rate (Home fees).

The University of Edinburgh will cover the difference between Home fees and International fees meaning that it will not be necessary for E4 DTP International applicants who will be offered an E4 DTP project at the end of our recruitment process to find additional funding to cover the home/international fees gap.

The E4 DTP will therefore offer fully-funded studentships for all appointed students, regardless of their fees status.

However, it is important to note that UKRI restricts the number of international students that DTPs can take on board to a maximum of 30% of their overall students’ number. For E4, this represents a maximum of 6 or 7 international students per annual recruitment round. 

The E4 DTP studentships are regulated by the UKRI Training Grant Terms and Conditions. This is to be read in combination with the UKRI Training Grant Guidance document which contain further details on the new UKRI funding eligibility criteria (see Annex B in particular).

Part-time study Part-time study is possible but only available for students who do not need a Visa to come study in the UK. Students who would like to consider part-time studies are encouraged to discuss this with the supervisor of the project(s) they are applying for as this will require their full approval.

For an indication of the different fees status categories applicants can fall in, please refer to the below table. Please note that fees status categories will be changing for next academic year, due to the UK leaving the EU in January 2021, with a major impact on EU students who will now be treated as international students. The table below aims at reflecting those changes however please use this as an indicative table only as fees statuses might still evolve while the university policy position develops for all categories of students impacted by the fees changes. The fees status will be pre-assessed at application stage and the E4 DTP Admission team might have to get in touch with you to clarify your situation after we have screened your application. The final fees status will be confirmed by the University of Edinburgh at the time of your administrative application (if/when appointed). You may be requested to complete a fees status questionnaire so the University admission service can confirm your fees status then.

You are… Indicative fees status

… a UK national,

AND

will have been living in the UK/EEA/Gibraltar/Switzerland for at least the last 3 years before starting the course in the UK (September 2021)

 

Home Fees status

… an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen living in the UK who has obtained:

  1. a settled status under the EU settlement scheme OR
  2. a pre-settled status under the EU settlement scheme,

AND

will have been living in the UK/EEA/Gibraltar/Switzerland for at least the last 3 years before starting the course in the UK (September 2021)

 

 

Home Fees status

… a non-EU citizen living in the UK, who has obtained:

  1. Indefinite leave to remain (ILR) OR
  2. Indefinite leave to enter (ILE),

AND

will have been living in the UK/EEA/Gibraltar/Switzerland for at least the last 3 years before starting the course in the UK (September 2021)

 

 

Home Fees status

… in none of the above categories.

All other situations include:

  • UK nationals living outside the UK/EEA/Switzerland/Gibraltar, not meeting the above UK residency requirements;
  • EU/EEA/Swiss citizens living in the EU/EEA, outside the UK;
  • EU/EEA/Swiss citizens living in the UK, without pre-settled or settled status or who do not meet the above UK residency requirements;
  • Non-EU citizens living outside the UK;
  • Non-EU citizens currently living in the UK under a Visa.  

 

 

International Fees status

There are exceptions for Irish nationals, migrant workers, children of UK nationals and futher guidance on the definition of a UK absence for UK nationals. See Annex B of the UKRI Training Grant Guidance document. We are awaiting further official guidance for the UK and Scotland.

Entry Requirements

Academic Eligibility Criteria

We would normally require applicants to have a minimum of 2.1 undergraduate degree or equivalent. However, we may take relevant work experience and/or a Masters degree into account.

The E4 DTP aims to recruit PhD students from a diverse range of backgrounds. Our selection process looks at both academic and professional experience, and we do not consider a Masters degree a requirement for application to an E4 studentship.

International applicants should refer to our Postgraduate Entry Requirement by Region directory to find out about international/UK degree equivalences.

English Language Requirements

Fieldwork in Mexico (photo G. Wells)
Fieldwork in Mexico (photo G. Wells)

All PhD applicants must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of their English language ability:

Degrees taught and assessed in English:

Degrees taught and assessed in English must be no more than 3.5 years old at the beginning of the degree programme.

English language tests:

  • IELTS Academic: total 6.5 (at least 6.0 in each module)
  • TOEFL-iBT (including Special Home Edition): total 92 (at least 20 in each module). We do not accept TOEFL MyBest Score to meet our English language requirements.
  • CAE and CPE: total 176 (at least 169 in each module)
  • Trinity ISE: ISE II with distinctions in all four components

Your English language qualification must be no more than 3.5 years old from the start date of the programme you are applying to study, unless you are using IELTS, TOEFL or Trinity ISE, in which case it must be no more than 2 years old.

Postgraduate Studies English language requirements

UKVI list of majority English speaking countries

Approved universities in non-majority English speaking countries

International Applicants