The University and Europe

Postgraduate applicants

Information for prospective postgraduates from the EU interested in studying at the University of Edinburgh.

As a community, we are determined that the University of Edinburgh will continue to wear its heart on its sleeve as a proudly European and international university and we know that we will be even more global and outward-looking in the future, not less.

Currently comprising 15% of our postgraduate community, there are more than 2,300 students from the EU studying at the University of Edinburgh.

Recognition of degree

The University of Edinburgh prepares students for global futures. Many of Edinburgh’s graduates progress to careers outside the UK. Degrees from the University of Edinburgh will continue to be recognised by employers and universities across Europe and the rest of the world. The UK’s membership of the European Higher Education Area is unaffected by its EU member status.

Tuition fees for EU masters students starting in 2019 and 2020

EU postgraduate taught students enrolling in the 2019/20 and 2020/21 academic years will be admitted as Scottish/EU fee status students and eligible for the same tuition support as Scottish domiciled students for the duration of their studies. This will still be the case in the event of a Brexit no deal scenario.

Prospective postgraduate students can view tuition fees by programme on the Scholarships and Student Funding Services webpages:

Tuition fees

Research Councils UK (RCUK) fees-only funded applicants

EU students are presently eligible for fees-only funding under Research Council support for postgraduate training.

The UK Government has confirmed that EU postgraduate research students commencing their studies in 2019/20 and 2020/21 will retain their fee status and eligibility for Research Council support for the duration of their programme.

UK Government update on future funding arrangements

UK Research and Innovation: funding for research training

Funding for UK/EU students

Postgraduate loans in Scotland

The Scottish Government has confirmed that funding will be available for students entering in 2019 wishing to study a taught or research Masters degree or Postgraduate Diploma in any subject. Eligible Scottish domiciles will be able to access a loan up to £10,000 (comprising £5,500 for fees and £4,500 for living costs). Full-time EU students will continue to be eligible to apply for the tuition fee loan (£5,500) for the academic year. Students will be eligible to apply to Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) for funding from April 2019.

Postgraduate loans (SAAS) (Scotland and EU)

Scholarships and funding for EU postgraduates

The University will continue to offer a number of funding schemes for UK and EU postgraduate students entering in 2019. Information is available on the Scholarships and Student Funding Services webpages:

Funding for UK/EU students

EU Settlement Scheme

The Home Office EU settlement scheme will enable EU nationals and their families to apply for ‘settled status’, allowing them to continue to live and work in the UK after the UK leaves the European Union. This is equivalent to permanent residency.

For those applying under the Scheme, there will be two new immigration statuses based on time spent in the UK:

  • Settled status: For applicants who have spent at least 5 continuous years residence in the UK. You will be able to apply for indefinite leave to remain, which will enable you to stay in the UK permanently with no immigration restrictions.
  • Pre-settled status: For applicants who have spent less than 5 continuous residence in the UK. You will be able to apply for a limited leave to remain, in the form of a 5 year residence permit, which will allow you to continue living in the UK as if you were still exercising free movement rights. After 5 years in the UK, you can apply for settled status.

UK Government guidance on applying for settled status

Frequently asked questions

As the UK prepares to exit the EU, we understand that this is an uncertain and anxious time for many people. There are a number of online sources that provide up-to-date advice on the immigration status of future EU students who choose to study in the UK:

Brexit planning FAQs for prospective students (10 May 2019)

Erasmus+ FAQs for students and staff (26 April 2019)

Universities UK: Brexit - frequently asked questions (August 2018)

UKCISA advice for students on post-Brexit rules and entitlements (November 2018)


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