Postgraduate study

Paying your tuition fees

Making arrangements to pay your fees is part of the matriculation process to become a student at the University of Edinburgh.

The Income Section of the Finance Department is responsible for collecting student academic fees, including tuition fees, course fees, additional programme costs (APCs), and other related charges. We offer various payment methods and options for paying student fees.

Your College or School may also charge other fees.

When to pay

You need to pay your tuition fees and other additional programme costs (e.g. research costs) in full on or before matriculation (usually September), and at the start of each new session thereafter.

Research students

If you are a research student starting your studies between October and August, you will pay your fees and costs in full on or before matriculation, and on the anniversary of the start of your studies thereafter.

Students studying on a part-time intermittent basis

If you are studying on a part-time intermittent basis then you will be invoiced separately for each course. We refer to this as “invoiced at course level” (ICL). This means your course fees are due in full on or before matriculation, and at the start of each new course thereafter.

How to pay

Self-funded students (including partly self-funded)

You must pay your fees in full at matriculation or within 30 days of the invoice date (whichever comes first).

In most cases, we can arrange for you to pay your tuition fees in instalments. Other fee types must be paid in full.

You can find out more about the payment options for student academic fees on the Finance website:

Student academic fees

Sponsor-funded students

You may be eligible to have your tuition fees paid by a sponsor or funded by government financial support.

If your tuition fees are being paid on your behalf by a sponsor, you need to provide the Fees and Student Support Team with evidence of the award on official headed paper.

You can find out more about the process on the Scholarships and Student Funding website:

Tuition fee sponsorship

International students

Any pre-payment of your student academic fees will reduce the amount of money you have to show to UK Visas and Immigration, if reflected in your Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS).

Any pre-payment of your accommodation costs can also be off-set against your total maintenance requirement up to a maximum of £1,015.

Any remaining balance of student fees must then be paid in full or by instalment.

You can find out more about fee rates and payment on the Finance website:

International students: student fee payment