School of GeoSciences

Visiting research students

The School of GeoSciences welcomes applications to our Visitors Programme from research students who are registered at another university.

As a Registered Visiting Student coming to the University of Edinburgh, you can gain research experience and/or study which will directly contribute to your degree. There are two categories of visiting research students:

1) Visiting Research (VRes) Student for less than or up to twelve weeks;

2) Visiting Research (VRes) Student for more than twelve weeks and up to and including twelve months.

All visiting students who attend the University for more than two weeks must be recorded on the University’s student record system, EUCLID.


If you are admitted to the University for less than or up to twelve weeks, you will not be charged a tuition fee.

If you are admitted for more than twelve weeks and up to and including twelve months, you will be charged a flat fee rate which will be £650 in session 2017-18 (£610 in session 2016-17).

Once registered, you will have access to courses, supervision, and full library and IT facilities. You will also receive an official record of the time you spend at the University of Edinburgh.

A bench fee of £100 per month to cover associated research costs may be applicable.


How to Apply

In order to be considered for a place as a Visiting Research (VRes) Student, please complete and return the Visitor Request form and Equal Opportunities Form (links at the bottom of the page).

You must also include:

  • a supporting letter from your supervisor at your home institution;
  • a supporting letter from your potential supervisor in the School of Geosciences;
  • a letter from your home institution confirming registration.

Visiting Research Student applicants who will be attending for up to a maximum of 12 weeks, and who do not require a Tier 4 visa, are not required to provide formal evidence that they meet English language requirements.

Visiting Research Student applicants for attendance longer than twelve weeks, will be expected to provide evidence that they meet English language requirements.

International students must apply for a Tier 4 Visa for visits of more than 6 months. All students holding a Tier 4 visa must study full-time and meet English Language requirements as set out by the UK Border Agency.

For visits under 6 months, international students can apply for a Student Visitor Visa. This Visa is only valid for a maximum of 6 months, with no extensions permitted. For more information on visas and immigration, please visit the Edinburgh Global Immigration webpage.

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