When budgeting for your doctoral studies you will need to consider not only tuition fees but other costs such as administration fees and general living expenses, and any available financial support options.

The current annual tuition fees for Business School postgraduate research programmes are shown below. Please note that programme fees may change each year.

Programme fees 2024/25

Home TBC *£4,712 for 2023/24
International/EU £26,300
PhD Part-time*
Home TBC *£2,356 for 2023/24

* The Part-time PhD is not available to overseas students.

Please note: The amount you pay is dependent on your fee status. For more information please refer to the University's fee status pages.

About postgraduate research fees

Other costs

A PhD has other associated costs, such as administration fees, living expenses, and additional programme costs which you will need to budget for.

Student administration fees

If you take 4 or more years to complete your studies, there will be additional administration fees. We advise you to contact the PGR Support Office to understand what admin fees you will be liable for, as it depends on a number of factors.

Living expenses

The University provides information on estimated living expenses so you can start budgeting to live in Edinburgh.

Other studying and living costs advice

Financial support

The Business School is dedicated to supporting our research community, and offers a variety of dedicated funding on a regular basis to support PhD students.

Conference expenses

Students are encouraged to participate in academic conferences, discussing their research with experts across the globe. Expenses can vary widely depending on size, reputation, and location of the conference. PhD students will be allocated funds to use throughout their studies to support them with conference expenses.

Boost your academic profile

To develop your academic network, our doctoral students are offered a professional photoshoot along with a profile on the Business School website to enhance their online presence.

Academic memberships

Each year the PhD programme offers a limited fund to our students to cover the cost of Professional Membership.

Recognition awards

To encourage our students to reach their full potential and celebrate successes within publishing, community engagement, and academic achievement, the School offer Recognition Awards worth up to £100.

Teaching Assistant and Research Assistant opportunities

During your doctoral studies you will have the opportunity to take on paid Teaching Assistant and Research Assistant work. Opportunities for Teaching Assistants are advertised annually and all doctoral students can apply to start in their second year. Training is provided.

Research Assistant opportunities are advertised as they become available and are open to all doctoral students.