Fees and Funding

Information on UK/EU and International fee schemes, research costs and other expenses, and studentship funding.

Fees and other costs
The University operates a two-tiered postgraduate fees scheme. Non-UK, non-EU students are required to pay student fees at a higher rate. Additionally, you will be required to pay research costs, which will depend on the nature of the research to be conducted. Research costs for projects involving molecular biological techniques, for example, may be as high as £8,000 per year, and sometimes more.
The level of research costs should be discussed and established with your intended supervisor. You will also need about £10,000 per year to live on (the current level of stipend for Research Council Studentships). Thus the real cost of studying as supervised PhD student at the University and living in Edinburgh may be as high as £30,000 per year, or more, for up to four years.

Studentship funding
Centre students receive much of their funding from research councils, charities, industry and the University. A number of PhD studentships are available each year for either a fixed three or four year period. The time period will depend on the background and prior experience of individual applicants.
UK/EU applicants who are successful in being awarded a studentship will normally have fees, research costs and a stipend to live on for three or four years covered by their studentship award.
Studentships on offer for non-UK, non-EU students will initially only cover fees at the UK/EU rate. Moreover, special restrictions do apply to Research Council Studentships awarded to non-UK, EU students.

Outstanding students from overseas may be nominated by the University for receipt of an Overseas Research Scholarship (ORS) award to cover the difference between UK/EU student fees and foreign student fees. ORS awards are highly competitive and most applicants are unsuccessful. Thus, you should determine whether you can meet your fees obligation your own sources of funding.
Applications may be considered at any time, although our main recruitment period is January to March.

Candidates with independent sources of funding
We welcome applications from candidates with their own sources of funding. The applications procedure for self-funding applicants is the same as for all other students. Please indicate clearly in your application documents that you are prepared to fund the cost of your PhD training in full.

Following the submission of your application, you still have the opportunity to upload more documents. If you experience problems uploading your documents please try to keep documents small to improve processing time and close all other internet programmes. It would be helpful if you would name all documentation appropriately e.g. Transcript, Reference 1. If documents fail to upload (e.g. page not found message returned) it is likely to be the result of your local internet connect capabilities. In addition, you can upload up to two additional documents that are relevant to your application and not specified above e.g. if you hold more than one degree you may upload an additional degree certificate.

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