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 £18,000 per year plus tuition fees, and is awarded for four years, subject to satisfactory progress. In return, students will provide teaching assistance of around 120 hours in first year, 180 hours in second year, and 240 hours in third and fourth year.

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 2020.

Research and Teaching Scholarships

The School of Economics offers Research and Teaching Scholarships which pay fees and provide maintenance of approximately £18,000 per year for the full four years of your PhD study. In return, you will work as a tutor and provide teaching assistance of around 120 hours in first year, 180 hours in second year, and 240 hours in third and fourth year.

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 2020 entry.

Our PhD programme is eligible through the Economics Pathway, and the Pathway Representative for our School is Professor Andy Snell.

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 ESRC.

Economics PhD with Integrated Study

Applicants put forward by the School are required to register on the SGSSS GradHub, complete the SGSSS Open Competition application form and upload it to GradHub by noon, 10th January 2020.

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 by 12 February. Final funding decisions will be made by the SGSSS by early May 2020.

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

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.

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

Please note that the PCDS is normally tenable for three years. Applicants who are awarded the PCDS on the Integrated PhD programme in Economics will have the fourth year of the scholarship funded by the School.

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 for three years, at either the Home/EU or Overseas fee rate. The School of Economics will automatically cover the cost for the fourth year of the CRA for students on the Integrated PhD programme in Economics.

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.

This award is open to UK, EU and overseas students commencing a PhD degree in the academic year 2020-21.

Applicants for the CRA may combine the award with the School of Economics’ Research and Teaching Scholarship (RATS), which would provide a stipend of £18,000 (conditional on fulfilling the terms of the RATS). A RATS is not required in order to receive the CRA.

PhD admission applications must have been made via the University of Edinburgh online application system by Friday 24th January 2020. Applications for the CRA must be made by Monday 3rd February 2020.

Find out more about the application process:

College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Research Awards

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

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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