Scholarships and Student Funding

Tuition fee policy

Information on tuition fee policy for postgraduate students.

General policies applicable to undergraduate and postgraduate study

Introduction

Tuition fee rates apply for a full academic session beginning 1st August to 31st July in the following year. Fees are subject to annual revision and are due in full at the start of Semester 1.

The payment of fees is the responsibility of the student and, in the event of a student’s sponsoring authority (if any) failing to make payment, the student will be held personally liable for payment. Annual programme and course fees cover matriculation, tuition and one diet of examination. They include an element in respect of membership of University unions, sports facilities, and other student facilities and amenities. Matriculated students who are not required to pay an annual programme or course fee should contact the Students’ Association about associate membership.

Annual revision of fees

Students on programmes of study of more than one year should be aware that tuition fees increase every year.

Overseas fees for students on one-year full-time taught postgraduate programmes and postgraduate research programmes are subject to annual revision and are typically increased by approximately 5% per annum.

Overseas/International students commencing a full-time taught degree programme lasting more than one year after 1 August 2014 will be charged a fixed annual fee rate for the duration of their degree studies.

The undergraduate Home-Scotland/EU rate of fee is set by the Scottish Government. The postgraduate research Home/EU rate of fee is the same as that set by Research Councils UK.

Withdrawal from the university

Undergraduate and taught postgraduate programmes

Students commencing their studies in Semester 1 who withdraw before 31 January will be liable for 60% of the annual tuition fees. Students commencing their studies in Semester 2 (January) who withdraw before 30 April will be liable for 60% of the annual tuition fees. If he/she withdraws after these dates, he/she will be liable for payment of the full session fees for the programme of studies and will not be entitled to a refund. At the discretion of the University, a full refund of tuition fees may be made to students who withdraw from a programme with appropriate academic approval within the first couple of weeks of starting their studies.

Undergraduate students funded by the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) will not be liable for tuition fees if they withdraw before 1 December. The full annual tuition fee will be paid by SAAS for all students in attendance at 1 December. Undergraduate students in receipt of a tuition fee loan from the Student Loan Company (SLC) will be liable for 25% of their tuition fee loan, if they withdraw before the start of Semester 2. If they withdraw before the spring vacation, they will be liable for 50% of their tuition fee loan. If they withdraw after the spring vacation, they will be liable for the full tuition fee loan.

Part-time intermittent study (applies to students taking taught programmes offered on a part-time intermittent study basis and students repeating individual courses). Students who withdraw from a course within six weeks of the course start date, and their course registration is deleted by the School, will be entitled to a full refund of the course tuition fee. After six weeks from the course start date, if Student Administration is informed that a student is to be withdrawn from a course, the course fee will be due in full.

Postgraduate research programmes

At the discretion of the University, a refund of tuition fees may be made to students who withdraw from a programme with appropriate academic approval. Any refund due will be calculated pro rata from the approved withdrawal date.

Authorised interruption of studies

Taught and research masters programmes

No fees are chargeable in respect of periods of authorised interruption of studies of over 3 months. Students returning to study in the next academic session should be aware that tuition fees increase every year and therefore students may be charged a higher fee on their return to study.

Doctorate research and Master of Philosophy programmes

No fees are chargeable in respect of periods of authorised interruption of studies of over 3 months. Students returning to study in the next academic session should be aware that tuition fees increase every year and therefore students may be charged a higher fee on their return to study.

Undergraduate programmes

Nursing students

The University has agreed to the request from the Scottish Government to charge the same fee to Home-RUK students as charged to Home-Scotland/EU students to maintain reciprocal arrangements that are already in place with other UK administrations. The arrangements are being reviewed for 2015-16.

Master of Architecture

The MArch programme offered by the University of Edinburgh is a graduate level degree that leads to a professional qualification in architecture and exemption from the ARB/RIBA Part 2 examinations. To be admitted to the MArch students must have a first degree in architecture.

For the purpose of student support, full-time Part 1 and Part 2 architecture courses are treated as a single programme. Under the new student support arrangements any full-time student that started their Part 1 course before 1 September 2012 is to be treated as an existing student for the duration of the single course and therefore liable for the lower Home rate of fee.

Part-time Undergraduate Students

Students will be charged according to the number of credits taken pro rata to the applicable full-time fee.

Repeat Year Students

All students repeating a full year of study will be charged the applicable full-time fee. Undergraduate students repeating courses on a part-time basis will be charged according to the number of credits taken pro rata to the applicable full-time fee. Students taking courses totalling in excess of 80 credits will be charged the applicable full-time fee.

Postgraduate taught programmes

Full-time candidates for the LLM, MSc, MTh, MMus and MBA pay one full-time annual fee. Full-time students who are admitted to these masters programmes but exit with an award of Diploma are liable for the appropriate full-time annual fee.

Full-time candidates for the MSW pay two full-time annual fees. Full-time students who are admitted to this award but exit with an award of Diploma are liable for the appropriate full-time annual fees.

DClinPsychol students will be charged annual fees in accordance with their prescribed period of study. Any student continuing study beyond the period for which annual fees are payable is required to pay an annual matriculation fee. A re-examination/re-submission fee is applied to this programme:

Other fees for postgraduate programmes

Part-time study

Part-time students who are admitted to a masters programme for a period of 2 or 3 years will be charged either 50% or 33% (as appropriate) of the full-time fee applicable to their programme of study in each academic session. Part-time students who are admitted to a single course, Certificate or Diploma will be charged proportionally to the appropriate MSc fee, calculated on the basis of the number of credits undertaken.

Research programmes

Full-time candidates for the degree of MPhil pay a total of two full-time annual fees, irrespective of the period of prescribed study under supervision. Students who submit their thesis early are required to pay the remaining years’ fees on submission. Any student continuing study beyond the period for which annual fees are payable is required to pay one matriculation fee in the following academic year and then a continuation fee for every authorised extension until they submit their thesis. Continuation fees are charged pro rata for the full period of an approved extension.

Full-time candidates for the degree of PhD pay a total of three or four full-time annual fees (as appropriate) for the period of prescribed study under supervision. Students who submit their thesis early are required to pay the remaining years’ fees on submission. Any student continuing study beyond the period for which annual fees are payable is required to pay one matriculation fee in the following academic year and then a continuation fee for every authorised extension until they submit their thesis. Continuation fees are charged pro rata for the full period of an approved extension.

Part-time study

All students will be charged 50% of the full-time fee applicable to their programme of study in each academic session.

Part-time candidates for the degree of PhD

Students pay a total of six or eight part-time annual fees (as appropriate) for the period of prescribed study under supervision. Students who submit their thesis early are required to pay the remaining years’ fees on submission. Any student continuing study beyond the period for which annual fees are payable is required to pay one matriculation fee in the following academic year and then a continuation fee for every authorised extension until they submit their thesis. Continuation fees are charged pro rata for the full period of an approved extension.

Part-time candidates for the degree of MPhil

Students pay a total of four part-time annual fees, irrespective of the period of prescribed study under supervision. Students who submit their thesis early are required to pay the remaining years’ fees on submission. Any student continuing study beyond the period for which annual fees are payable is required to pay one matriculation fee in the following academic year and then a continuation fee for every authorised extension until they submit their thesis. Continuation fees are charged pro rata for the full period of an approved extension.

Doctorate of Education (EdD)

Part-time candidates for the degree of EdD pay a total of five part-time annual fees. This is irrespective of the prescribed period of study. Students who submit their thesis early are required to pay the remaining years’ fees on submission. Any student continuing study beyond the period for which annual fees are payable is required to pay an annual matriculation fee.

Higher degrees

Candidates submitting for a DD, DLitt, LLD, DSc, DMus or PhD by Publication will be required to pay an examination fee on submission.

Other fees for postgraduate programmes

Higher professional programmes

Full-time candidates for the degree of MD or DDS have a prescribed period of 2 years and have to pay a total of two full-time fees. Candidates have up to two years to write up their thesis thereafter during which an annual matriculation fee is due.

Part-time candidates for the degree of MD or DDS are charged pro-rata to the full-time fee for their prescribed period of study. Candidates have up to two years to write up their thesis thereafter during which an annual matriculation fee is due.

The fees for the DVM&S, MD (old regulations) and DDS (old regulations) comprise an initial registration fee plus a fee per annum – this annual fee is also payable upon registration. In addition an examination fee will be payable upon submission.

Other fees for postgraduate programmes

Discounts

Graduate and Alumni (Visiting Undergraduate) Discounts

The Graduate Discount Scheme is available to alumni who have graduated with an undergraduate degree from the University of Edinburgh, and the Alumni (Visiting Undergraduate) Discount Scheme is available to students who have previously matriculated on a "Visiting Programme" as a non-graduating undergraduate student and completed a minimum of one semester of study at the University of Edinburgh. Further information on both schemes, including application details, can be found on this site. These discounts apply to both home and overseas students, and apply to the self-funding element of the postgraduate tuition fee.

Graduate and Alumni (Visiting Undergraduate) Discounts

Corrections and resubmission

Under the Assessment Regulations for Research Degrees examiners can make a recommendation that a student must make minor corrections to their thesis within a specified period, up to 12 months, before the degree can be awarded. Students are required to pay a matriculation fee in these circumstances. If examiners recommend that a thesis requires substantial revision and a further oral examination, students are required to pay a matriculation fee and a resubmission fee.

Self-financing students

Self-financing students (home/EU and overseas) registered on standard taught and research masters programmes, who then progress immediately to Year 2 of standard Master of Philosophy and Doctorate research programmes will be offered a discount in the year that they transfer to the MPhil/PhD. This discount is offered to ensure that, over the full period of their doctoral registration, these students are charged the same amount as a student who registered for an MPhil/PhD in the previous session. This fee discount is only offered to self-financing students, who have not received a UK/EU Masters Bursary from the University during their original taught/research masters programme. Please contact the Fees and Student Support Team for further information.

Further information

For further information on fee status, tuition fee levels and Discount Schemes, please contact the Fees and Student Support Team.

Fees and Student Support Team

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