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The University of Edinburgh

The University of Edinburgh offers more than 300 taught masters 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

10,265 postgraduate students in 2016–17

Mode of study

  • Full Time 76%
  • Part Time 24%

Domicile

  • UK 46%
  • EU 15%
  • Other 39%

Numbers of Students by Subject Area

Subject Research Taught Total
Education 90 1085 1170
Medicine 305 385 690
Computer Science 210 450 660
Biological Sciences 475 100 575
Law 80 475 555
Business & Management Studies 85 365 450
Architecture 55 325 380
Agriculture & Forestry 125 240 370
Psychology 70 285 355
General Engineering 275 30 305
English 90 170 260
Geography & Environmental Science 30 185 220
History 75 125 195
Accounting & Finance 0 180 180
Politics 50 130 180
Sociology 85 85 175
Chemistry 155 10 165
Economics 20 135 155
Mathematics 60 95 155
Art & Design 0 155 155
Linguistics 55 95 150
Theology & Religious Studies 90 50 140
Physics & Astronomy 110 30 140
Philosophy 65 65 130
Social Policy 30 90 125
Town & Country Planning and Landscape Design 10 110 115
Middle Eastern & African Studies 25 75 105
Communication & Media Studies 10 80 90
Anatomy & Physiology 70 20 90
Geology 50 30 80
Social Work 15 60 75
Civil Engineering 0 75 75
Electrical & Electronic Engineering 5 70 70
Music 40 30 65
Marketing 0 65 65
History of Art, Architecture & Design 30 35 65
Dentistry 10 50 60
Veterinary Medicine 25 25 50
Sports Science 0 45 45
Anthropology 25 20 45
Classics & Ancient History 30 10 40
Nursing 30 15 40
Archaeology 20 20 40
East & South Asian Studies 20 20 40
Drama, Dance & Cinematics 0 35 35
Mechanical Engineering 20 15 35
Chemical Engineering 5 15 20
Librarianship & Information Management 0 20 20
Creative Writing 0 20 20
Celtic Studies 10 5 15
Medical Technology 0 10 10
Iberian Languages 5 0 5
French 5 0 5
Russian & East European Languages 5 0 5
German 5 0 5
Italian 5 0 5
Pharmacology & Pharmacy 5 0 5
Materials Technology 5 0 5
American Studies 5 0 5

Figures are rounded to the nearest five.

Postgraduate Open Days

Open days allow you to experience the university first hand, and help you decide if it's the right place for you​.

Postgraduate Courses

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Mode of study:

Postgraduate Fees

The following are the typical annual course fees for postgraduate students submitted to us by the university (Reddin Survey of University Tuition Fees 2017–2018). Always confirm individual course fees with the university.

Type of Course Taught Postgraduate (£)
Classroom 9,500
Mixed -
Laboratory 10,800
Clinical 10,800
Classroom
Teaching takes place in a classroom or ordinary lecture theatre. Subjects with classroom teaching might include history, maths and philosophy.
Mixed
Subjects taught in classrooms and laboratories, such as languages.
Laboratory
Much of the teaching may take place in a laboratory and includes biology, chemistry and physics.
Clinical
Clinical subjects can include dentistry, medicine and veterinary medicine.

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.
  • 30 Edinburgh Global Research Scholarships are available for non-EU applicants applying to study a PhD programme. Each scholarship covers the difference between the UK and International rate of tuition fee.
  • Research Council funding offers awards to postgraduate doctoral students across the range of academic disciplines. Awards normally cover the UK rate of tuition fee and eligible applicants also receive a maintenance allowance.
  • A number of Edinburgh Global Masters Scholarships for non-EU applicants applying to study a one year masters programme will be available. Each award will have a value of £10,000.
  • The University of Edinburgh also offers a number of joint awards through the Chevening Partnership Scholarship Program for masters applicants. Each scholarship covers full tuition fee and living cost support.

Accommodation for Postgraduate Students

  • Postgraduate research students are guaranteed an offer of accommodation during all years of studying at the university.
  • Postgraduate taught students coming from outside the EU are guaranteed an offer of accommodation.
  • 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.