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.

Note that all candidates successfully admitted to our PhD programme will receive full funding at research council rates and will be offered a Research and Teaching Scholarship if other funding is unavailable. 

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 approximately £17,500 per year (including £3,000 economics enhancement) plus tuition fees, and is awarded for three 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.

Research and Teaching Scholarships

The School of Economics offers Research and Teaching Scholarships which pay fees and provide maintenance for the full three years of your PhD study. In return, you will work as a tutor and provide teaching assistance.

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. You should indicate your interest in this scholarship in your application form, under the section 'Proposed Funding'. 

There is no closing date for this scholarship. 

Economic and Social Research Council

Our PhD programme is recognised by the UK ESRC and awards are administered via the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science. As a prospective PhD student, you are eligible to apply for ESRC studentship (referred to as “+3”) that covers both fees and maintenance. 

Students must hold an offer of a place on our programme well in advance of applying for this scholarship. Applicants must also make a funding application to GradHub before noon 11th Jan 2019. Students will be asked to register on GradHub, make an application with them, upload existing transcripts, a CV and one reference which is not to be from their proposed supervisor.

You must also ensure that we are able to offer supervision appropriate to your research interest. Research areas are detailed in the profiles of our academic staff.

If you are interested in applying for this scholarship you must contact econpgr@ed.ac.uk well in advance of the deadline to discuss the application procedure. 

You can find further details on the application process at the SGSSS website: Scottish Graduate School of Social Sciences

Principal's Career Development PhD Scholarships

This award is open to UKEU and overseas students and is offered on the basis of academic merit. Factors such as financial status, nationality and the proposed field of study are not taken into account.

The scholarship covers tuition fees, includes a stipend and is awarded for three years, subject to satisfactory progress.

Applicants must have already applied for admission to a full-time PhD research programme of study at the University. Find out more about the awards on the University's funding website: Principal's Career Development PhD Scholarships

College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Scholarships and Studentships

The College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences awards studentships, which pay tuition fees and a stipend, and scholarships that pay fees and a research expenses allowance to PhD students.

Your application will automatically be considered for both awards.

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 Humanities and Social Sciences Scholarships and Studentships

Edinburgh Global Research Scholarship

This scholarship covers the difference between tuition fees for overseas students and those set for UK/EU graduate students.

This scholarship does not cover maintenance expenses and is awarded up to three years, subject to satisfactory progress.

You will be considered for this scholarship on the basis of academic merit and other factors such as nationality and financial status will not be taken into account.

Find out more about the application process:

Edinburgh Global Research Scholarship

China Scholarship Council

The University and the China Scholarship Council (CSC) offer scholarships that cover fees and maintenance.

You need to be a citizen and permanent resident of the People's Republic of China at the time of application and must agree to return to China upon completion of your degree.

Your application will be considered on the basis of academic merit and you will need the equivalent of first-class honours from a Chinese university. Applcants must submit their application to the School of Economics by 1st February 2018 to be considered for the award.

Find out more about the application process:

China Scholarship Council

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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