Postgraduate funding opportunties at University of Edinburgh

PhD and Doctoral Courses in Scotland

Inspiring the world since 1583

The University of Edinburgh is one of the world’s top universities, consistently ranked in the world top 50* and placed 20th in the 2020 QS World University Rankings. Our entrepreneurial and cross-disciplinary culture attracts students and staff from across the globe, creating a unique Edinburgh experience.

As host to more than 40,000 students from some 156 countries, the University of Edinburgh continues to attract the world’s greatest minds.

*Times Higher Education World Rankings

Teaching and research excellence

The latest report from the Quality Assurance Agency awarded us the highest rating possible for the quality of the student learning experience. We offer more than 300 taught masters programmes and 180 research areas and over 70 online programmes from across our three Colleges:

– College of Arts, Humanities and Social Science 
– College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
– College of Science and Engineering

Our position as one of Britain’s leading research universities was reaffirmed by the results of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF). The REF rates 83% of our research activity as world-leading or internationally excellent, ranking us 4th in the UK based on the quality and breadth of our research.

Supporting you and your studies

We provide a range of support services to help with your academic and personal needs.

Academic support

You will have access to academic support throughout your time with us. You will be assigned a personal tutor from within your School who will offer academic guidance and support.

We also offer a peer support scheme, guidance on study skills, and a short courses programme to enhance your skills base.

Postgraduate students can also benefit from our Institute for Academic Development (IAD) which provides information, events and courses to develop the skills you will need throughout your studies and in the future.

Libraries and IT

You will have access to one of the largest and most important academic libraries in the world, housing over 1.8 million printed volumes, 700,000 electronic journal titles, and 700 licensed databases. Many Schools also have their own subject-specific libraries.

You’ll benefit from 30 open-access computer labs, including over 3000 computers, with 24-hour access across key locations. Free laptop loans are available from our libraries and there is almost 100% WiFi coverage in our buildings.

Health and welfare

We care about the health and wellbeing of our students and offer a number of services to ensure you are fully supported.

The Advice Place is a free advice and information centre, which offers independent and confidential advice on any aspect of university life.

We also offer a free Student Counselling Service and a University Health Centre. In addition, our Student Disability Service provides a range of services and support for students with disabilities.

Fees

Tuition fees vary by programme and length taken to complete. Visit our tuition fees pages for more information.

Funding and scholarships

Postgraduate study can be a significant financial commitment; however, the range of funding sources available may surprise you. We offer several postgraduate scholarships and studentships to outstanding candidates. You can search for scholarships, bursaries and other financial aid available by using our Scholarship Search.

For more information on student funding, check out our scholarships and student funding pages.

Careers and employability

Highly employable graduates

The University of Edinburgh is ranked in the UK’s top 10 universities and in the world’s top 100 universities for the employability of our graduates*.

Edinburgh graduates are also among the UK’s top earners. Our alumni earn an average salary of £49,500 within five years of leaving university**.

*Times Higher Education, Global Employability University Ranking 2018 **emolument.com

Careers Service

Our award-winning  Careers Service offers practical advice and support. We encourage and support our students to plan and work towards their career goals.

Accommodation

Accommodation for postgraduate students is self-catered and can be found across a range of halls and flats.

Visit our accommodation website to find out more.

Childcare

We offer excellent childcare services, making it easier to juggle parenthood and study. We also offer advice on other nurseries, and the Edinburgh University Students’ Association provides support and advice for parents too.

Edinburgh the city

Edinburgh is regularly voted as one of the best places to live in the world. Cobbled lanes, dramatic skylines and striking architecture combine to produce a stimulating setting for the writers, philosophers, political thinkers and inventors whose stories have been woven into the capital’s fabric throughout history.

Edinburgh is a compact city with excellent transport links, which makes it easy to get around and to travel to other parts of Scotland and beyond.

Visit our city web pages to find out more about our stunning city.

Visiting us

Meeting you where you are

Our staff regularly travel within the UK and internationally.

Find out when we will next be visiting your city or country: Postgraduate team

Visiting the University in person

We hold postgraduate Open Days each year where you can attend presentations, meet academic staff and current students and see our buildings and facilities.

If you would like to visit the University but can’t attend the Open Day, you can take advantage of our student-led campus tours or self-guided campus tours

Online information sessions

If you can’t see us in person or you would like further information, we offer Postgraduate online information sessions

Contact us

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch:

Tel: +44 (0)131 650 4360
Email: Enquiry form