Scottish Graduate Programme in Economics

Fees and funding

Information about fees, cost of living information and scholarships for outstanding applicants.


In 2017/18, the fees for MSc Economics and MSc Economics (Econometrics) will be £9,500 for UK and EU citizens and £19,300 for non-EU students.  The MSc Economics (Finance) the fees will be £10,800 for UK and EU citizens and £20,100 for non-EU students.

Fees for the upcoming academic year are also available from the Scholarships and Student Funding Service website.

Postgraduate tuition fees

If you are unsure of whether you will be considered a UK/EU or overseas student, please check your fee status.

Determine your fee status

Living costs

Up-to-date information on the cost of living in Edinburgh is available from the Edinbrgh Global.

Costs of living in Edinburgh


All students are responsible for securing funding for their study.

Outstanding applicants may wish to apply for a scholarship from the University of Edinburgh or an outside source, please see below.

University of Edinburgh Scholarships

Several highly competitive scholarships are offered by the University for the Masters.

Postgraduate scholarships at the University of Edinburgh

SGPE Fee Discounts

The University of Edinburgh offers fee discounts of up to 75%  to students with a very strong academic background. 

Economics and Social Research Council

The SGPE is the only Economics research training pathway for the ESRC studentships in Scotland.  This studentship is suitable only for students who are planning to progress on to a PhD immediately after completing their MSc. Please note that the deadline for this Scholarship for 2016-17 has now passed. 

ESRC Economics studentships in Scotland

Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland

The Trust was established in 1901 by Andrew Carnegie, who wanted to enable the deserving and qualified youth of Scotland to attend university. These are for students who are of Scottish extraction or who have attended school or university in Scotland. Details about Carnegie Trust postgraduate bursaries can be found on their website.

Postgraduate bursaries – the Carnegie Trust 

Japan Scholarships

No prior knowledge of the Japanese language is necessary. Research or study can be undertaken in almost any field as long as it is relevant to a grantee’s field of expertise or previous study.

Application forms for UK nationals are now available to download from the Embassy of Japan website.

Students with other nationalities should contact the Japanese Embassy in their countries.

World Bank Graduate Scholarship Programme

The World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (WBGSP) supports graduate studies in subjects related to economic development. Each year, the Programme awards scholarships to students from World Bank member countries to undertake graduate studies at renowned universities throughout member countries.

The Programme has awarded 1,842 scholarships, selected from nearly 39,000 applicants. Details are available from their website.

World Bank Graduate Scholarship Programme

Postgraduate Loans

Loans are available for master’s degrees students with English residence and also for qualifying EU students.

Postgraduate Loans (PGL (England)

Masters Loans

Loans for Scottish Students

Postgraduate Loans (SAAS) (Scotland and EU) – Only students who undertake the MSc Economics (without a variant) are eligible for this loan.

Loans for tuition fees and living costs are available from SAAS for eligible Scotland domiciled and EU students

Postgraduate Loans (SAAS) (Scotland and EU)

Student Awards Agency for Scotland

Career Development Loans

These awards are available for British residents from major banks. More information.