Scholarships and Student Funding

The Business School Access Scholarship

The University of Edinburgh Business School will offer one scholarship to cover full tuition fees for one of their taught Masters programmes for entry 2022/23. This scholarship will support those who may face barriers in accessing postgraduate study. The scholarship is available to students who are UK nationals and domiciled in the UK and meet at least one of our widening participation criteria.


One full scholarship is available and will cover the full UK tuition fee rate.


You can only apply for the scholarship once you have received an offer (conditional or unconditional) to join one of the eligible programmes and have either firmly accepted the offer or be intending to do so. You can request an extension to your deposit payment deadline on the basis of awaiting the outcome of the Business School Access Scholarship application.  You must also meet the following eligibility criteria:

You must be a UK national, domiciled in the UK.

In addition you must meet at least one of the following eligibility criteria:

  1. You are care-experienced. We define care experience as any time spent in care at any stage of your life. Care may have been provided in one of many different settings, such as if you were:
  • in residential care
  • in foster care
  • in kinship care
  • looked after at home with a supervision requirement

This includes adopted children who were previously looked after. There is no age restriction on our definition of care experienced.

  1. You were/are in receipt of a Maintenance Grant as an undergraduate (if you started your undergraduate course after August 2016 you will need to provide evidence from the Student Loans Company to confirm your household income was assessed as £40,000 or less)
  2. You were/are in receipt of a Young Students' Bursary, an Independent Students' Bursary, or a Care Experienced Students' Bursary as an undergraduate—as assessed by Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS)  
  3. You live in an area within the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation lowest 20% (SIMD20)
  4. You live in an area with an Acorn classification of 5

To check your eligibility for the two postcode criteria above, use the postcode lookup tool. We will use the home address where you lived during your last year of school or college.

Eligible programmes:

MSc Accounting & Finance

MSc Banking & Risk

MSc Business Analytics

MSc Climate Change Finance & Investment

MSc Entrepreneurship & Innovation

MSc Finance

MSc Global Strategy & Sustainability

MSc Human Resource Management

MSc International Human Resource Management

MSc Management

MSc Marketing

MSc Marketing & Business Analysis

You will not be eligible for this scholarship if:

  • You are fully sponsored by your employer.
  • You are already in receipt of a full scholarship.
  • You already hold a Master's degree or PhD qualification.

If you are successful in being awarded a scholarship, but subsequently decline your offer of admission to the Master’s degree at the Business School, the scholarship will be withdrawn and awarded to another applicant. An award will be withdrawn if you fail to meet the conditions set by the University.


When reviewing your application we will look at personal circumstances, widening participation criteria, and take into account academic achievements. The panel will prioritise applicants that meet one or more of the listed widening participation criteria. Further prioritisation will take place based on academic achievement.

When assessing your application, we will give regard to:

The evidence provided in relation to meeting the widening participation criteria — it is your responsibility to submit appropriate documentation allowing us to consider this aspect.

Your rationale for applying for a postgraduate course at the University of Edinburgh Business School.

Whether you have clearly articulated future ambitions and goals relating to the postgraduate degree you have applied for.

Please note: The Business School Access Scholarship application is a separate process to applying for a programme.


Applications for the 2022-2023 academic session are no longer being accepted for this scholarship as the 2nd of May deadline has now passed.

If you wish to be considered for a scholarship you should submit an application through the University Scholarship Application system following the receipt of an offer of a place on a Masters programme, and by the deadline.

Following your scholarship application submission within the system, please email all supporting documents to using The Business School Access Scholarship supporting documentation as subject. It is your responsibility to submit all appropriate documentation allowing us to consider your application based on the outlined criteria.

The scholarship will cover tuition fees only.

Scholarships will have to be accepted within a certain timeframe in order to secure your position on the Masters programme and also to secure the scholarship funding.

If you do not accept within the given timeframe then you will forfeit your scholarship offer. The Business School will then re-allocate this scholarship.

If you receive a scholarship, you will be expected to participate occasionally as an ambassador for the Business School during and after your programme.


You will be notified of the result of your scholarship application within a month of the deadline.