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The University of Edinburgh

The University of Edinburgh offers more than 300 taught master's courses and 150 research areas. Students can expect expert teaching from leading academics, at a university respected around the world for its innovation and research excellence. There are a range of ways to study at Edinburgh, from on-campus taught programmes to online part-time study.

Postgraduate Student Statistics

10,793 postgraduate students in 2017–18

Mode of study

  • Full Time 76%
  • Part Time 24%

Domicile

  • UK 46%
  • EU 16%
  • Other 38%

Numbers of Students by Subject Area

Subject Research Taught Total
Education 95 1135 1230
Other 225 700 930
Medicine 310 430 740
Computer Science 270 435 705
Biological Sciences 485 115 600
Law 75 505 580
Business & Management Studies 85 375 460
Psychology 60 355 415
Agriculture & Forestry 120 275 390
General Engineering 290 30 325
Architecture 45 265 305
Geography & Environmental Science 40 200 240
English 80 140 225
Accounting & Finance 5 220 220
Mathematics 70 125 195
History 65 115 180
Politics 40 135 180
Sociology 65 105 170
Chemistry 145 15 160
Linguistics 45 110 155
Theology & Religious Studies 90 65 155
Physics & Astronomy 130 25 155
Art & Design 0 140 140
Economics 20 110 130
Anatomy & Physiology 80 45 125
Town & Country Planning and Landscape Design 10 110 120
Social Policy 30 85 115
Middle Eastern & African Studies 25 85 110
Philosophy 50 55 105
Social Work 10 85 95
Communication & Media Studies 10 75 85
Geology 55 30 85
Veterinary Medicine 25 55 80
Civil Engineering 0 75 75
Electrical & Electronic Engineering 5 65 75
History of Art, Architecture & Design 35 30 65
Dentistry 5 55 60
Archaeology 30 30 60
Sports Science 0 60 60
Drama, Dance & Cinematics 0 55 55
Marketing 0 55 55
Music 30 25 55
Classics & Ancient History 35 15 50
Anthropology 25 20 45
Librarianship & Information Management 0 45 45
East & South Asian Studies 25 20 45
Nursing 20 20 40
Mechanical Engineering 15 15 30
Chemical Engineering 5 10 20
Creative Writing 0 15 15
Celtic Studies 10 5 15
Medical Technology 0 10 10
Iberian Languages 5 0 5
Italian 5 0 5
Russian & East European Languages 5 0 5
French 5 0 5
American Studies 5 0 5
Materials Technology 5 0 5
Pharmacology & Pharmacy 5 0 5

Figures are rounded to the nearest five.

Quick Guides to Postgraduate Tuition Fees and Finance

Bursaries and Scholarships

  • The University of Edinburgh offers a number of Principal’s Career Development Scholarships for applicants applying to study a PhD programme. Each scholarship covers the UK rate of tuition fee and living cost support of currently £14,500 for three years of study.
  • The university works with partners to offer a number of awards, with Research Council funding and Chevening Partnership Scholarships available. Please refer to the university website for details.

Accommodation for Postgraduate Students

  • Postgraduate research students are guaranteed an offer of accommodation during all years of study at the university.
  • The university provides a wide range of self-catered accommodation options. The majority of university accommodation is up to 1.5 km from the university central area, a 15–20 minute walk.
  • Postgraduate accommodation leases are for the full 51 week period each year.