School of Economics

Fees, Funding & Expenses

Find out about tuition fees, funding opportunities and living expenses in Edinburgh.

Fees

Fees are set by the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and differ for home and overseas students.

Postgraduate research tuition fee rates

Funding 

The School of Economics PhD candidates can benefit from a range of funding opportunities, from within and outwith the University of Edinburgh. We encourage all applicants to consider the various opportunities available.

Minto Scholarship

This award is open to residents of Australia, Canada, New Zealand and Scandinavia, and is offered on the basis of academic merit. Factors such as financial status and the proposed field of study are not taken into account. The scholarship is open to all areas of economics matching the research interests of the School of Economics.

The Minto Scholarship has been established with a bequest from the estate of Mr Brian Dickinson for the purpose of promoting postgraduate research in economics at the University of Edinburgh.

The scholarship provides a stipend for each year of study plus tuition fees, and is awarded for four years, subject to satisfactory progress.

Interested candidates are advised to contact the School of Economics Postgraduate Office in the first instance via econpgr@ed.ac.uk for further information and application guidance.

The deadline for this scholarship is 30th June 2022.

College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Scholarships and Studentships

The College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Research Award (CRA) is designed to attract high quality students applying for PhD research. In Economics, the CRA covers the cost of tuition fees for the PhD programme in Economics and provides a stipend for three years.

These awards are competitive and you will be considered purely on the basis of academic merit. Factors such as nationality and financial status will not be taken into account.

Find out more about the application process:

College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Research Awards

Edinburgh Doctoral College Scholarships

The Edinburgh Doctoral College Scholarship (EDCS) is designed to attract high quality students applying for PhD research. In Economics, the EDCS covers the cost of tuition fees for the PhD programme in Economics and provides a stipend at UKRI rates for three and a half years, subject to satisfactory progress.

These awards are competitive and you will be considered purely on the basis of academic merit. Factors such as nationality and financial status will not be taken into account.

Further information on the EDCS is available on the University's Scholarships and Student Funding webpage:

Edinburgh Doctoral College Scholarships

Research and Teaching Scholarships

The School of Economics offers Research and Teaching Scholarships which pay fees and provides a stipend equivalent to UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) rates each year for the full four years of your PhD study.

You will be considered for this scholarship on the basis of academic merit and your potential to provide effective teaching. Factors such as nationality and financial status are not taken into account.

There is no application procedure for this scholarship; your application for entry to the PhD programme will also be considered as an application for the Research and Teaching Scholarship.

Queries regarding the scholarship should be directed to econpgr@ed.ac.uk

There is no closing date for this scholarship. 

Economic and Social Research Council

The University of Edinburgh is part of a consortium of 16 Universities in Scotland awarded funding from the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) to support postgraduate studentships and training in the Social Sciences in Scotland.

Under this Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) Scheme, which is run by the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science (SGSSS), the consortium will consider applications for doctoral studentship awards. Here are details of the application process for doctoral studentships available for 2022 entry.

Our PhD programme is eligible through the Economics Pathway, and the Pathway Representative for our School is Dr Andreas Steinhauer.

Please visit the University's Scholarship and Student Funding page for further details on eligibility and the application process.

ESRC PhD Studentships - Scholarships and Student Funding

Our PhD programme is recognised by the UK ESRC, and applicants must apply for the PhD programme before submitting an application to the SGSSS.

Economics PhD with Integrated Study

Applicants put forward by the School are required to register on the SGSSS Apply system (which will be launched in October 2021), complete the SGSSS Open Competition application form and upload it to GradHub by 9th December 2021.

By the end of January, Pathway Representatives will consider and nominate applicants to move to the next stage of the competition. Nominated applicants will be asked to submit a full studentship application to the SGSSS in February. Final funding decisions will be made by the SGSSS by early May 2022.

If a first year (or part-time equivalent) student is self-funding their PhD, or they are in receipt of financial support not in excess of an ESRC award, they can apply for ESRC funding from their second year, i.e. they must be in their first year when applying. The precise length of award will be determined by SGSSS based on the stage of progress (but may be +2 or +3).

If you have any questions regarding this funding opportunity, please contact econpgr@ed.ac.uk.

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Living expenses

The University has calculated the average living costs while studying at Edinburgh including accommodation, food and bills. Monthly costs for couples and families are detailed at the foot of the page. 

Estimated living costs