The University of Edinburgh

Postgraduate Study

  • The University of Edinburgh provides postgraduate study at masters and doctoral level. 
  • Most, but not all, of our programmes are available by either full-time or part-time study. There are advantages to both modes of study. The mode of study you choose will depend on your ongoing commitments, your financial resources and your individual study preferences.
  • Studying full-time allows you to focus intensively and without interruption on your academic development. If you are taking a career break or aiming to strengthen employment prospects, full-time study will allow you to complete the programme and return to work in the shortest time possible.
  • You may wish to combine academic study with work or other commitments, and so take longer to finish your degree. If you are studying a professionally related degree, it might be to your advantage to combine work and study; experiences gained in your professional life will add depth and relevance to your academic development.
  • Some taught programmes, particularly the professionally oriented ones, are only available by part-time study.
  • You can study for some masters degrees without the need to attend courses on campus, through our online learning programmes.
  • We do not currently offer any doctoral (PhD) programmes via online learning.

What do Postgraduate Students Study?

The 8,780 postgraduate students enrolled in the academic year 2014/15 comprise:

Mode of study

  • Full Time 76%
  • Part Time 24%

Domicile

  • UK 48%
  • EU 15%
  • Other 37%

Numbers of Students by Subject Area

Subject Research Taught Total
Education 108 971 1079
Medicine & dentistry 380 569 949
Social studies 244 514 758
Biological sciences 444 254 698
Business & administrative studies 86 547 633
Physical sciences 360 246 606
Languages 242 320 562
Historical & philosophical studies 262 295 557
Law 71 352 423
Engineering & technology 246 174 420
Computer science 190 206 396
Architecture, building & planning 62 325 387
Agriculture & related subjects 182 186 368
Subjects allied to medicine 102 232 334
Creative arts & design 69 240 309
Mathematical sciences 42 90 132
Combined 0 102 102
Mass communications & documentation 7 44 51
Veterinary science 13 5 18

Postgraduate Courses

Type of Qualification:

Mode of study:

Postgraduate Fees and Funding

The following are the typical annual course fees for postgraduate students submitted to us by the university (Reddin Survey of University Tuition Fees 2016–2017):

Type of Course Taught Postgraduate
Classroom £8,500
Mixed -
Laboratory £10,200
Clinical £10,200