These FAQs include both pre- and post-application frequently asked questions regarding the MSc by Research.

No. All our research programmes require students to attend classes and engage with research on campus.

Yes. Please upload your official interim transcript and grading scheme (key to the grading system). If you are made an offer, it will be conditional on completion of your current degree in line with our Master's programmes' minimum requirements.

When you submit your transcript you must include a grading scheme. The grading scheme explains the coding your previous University used when marking. This is often found on the reverse of your transcript or as an additional page at the end of your transcript. For example, the grading scheme may translate a score of 75% as a Distinction. Without this evidence your application cannot be processed and may be rejected.

Check our Subject Groups to find one of our academic colleagues you would be interested to work with, and who would have the expertise to support your studies. When approaching a potential supervisor please ensure you give them an up-to-date CV and a draft research proposal.

Yes. You may submit your English Language evidence at a later date. If you receive an offer, it will be conditional on you meeting the level required.

Yes. Please view the University website for videos to guide you.

For student applicants, students, and most alumni, your UUN is composed of your matriculation number prefixed with the letter 's'.

Example UUN: s0912345

When you apply for a programme at the University of Edinburgh, you can find your UUN in the email that provides your initial registration details. If you have studied at the University before, your UUN remains the same on subsequent programmes.

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Your UUN is also your University login.

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Once we receive your application our Admissions Team will do an initial assessment, and if further documents are requested these will be asked for using the online application system. If your application passes the first assessment stage it will be passed to our academic colleagues for consideration, when you will be invited for a Skype or in-person interview if they are interested in taking your application forward. Any offer made can be either conditional or unconditional.

The minimum turnaround period, provided all documents are supplied and accepted, is approximately 38 days. Please log in to your EUCLID account every few days to check if there are any messages from us.

The University provides References Guidance for applicants.

Please see Accessing the Applicant Hub and MyEd for help with technical issues.

You will receive a Universal Username (UUN) and access to a MyEd account. Your UUN is your unique reference which you must quote in any correspondence and it will remain with you throughout your time as a student.

You must log in to your MyEd account twice a week to check for any messages from us. This is how we will communicate with you regarding your application. Additional post online application help is also available.

Student Systems provides advice on editing personal details.

No. We manage a large volume of applications each year and we are unable to respond to email queries about your application.

No. Offers are made throughout the application cycle and we recommend you apply sooner rather than later to ensure the best chance of working with your preferred supervisor.