Prospective MSc by Research students may be eligible for external scholarships and student loans.

University of Edinburgh Scholarships

There are scholarship and funding opportunities available via the main University of Edinburgh scholarship office.

Funding for Postgraduates

ESRC Open Competition

We welcome applications from students interested in joining us on a PhD (3 year) or a Master's by Research and PhD (1+3 year) programme.

Deadline The deadline for this scholarship has now passed
Value UK/EU tuition fees plus a generous stipend
Nationality Must meet ESRC residency requirement

ESRC Open Competition

University of Edinburgh Graduate Scheme

The University is currently offering a 20% scholarship in postgraduate degree tuition fees for all alumni who have graduated with an undergraduate degree from the University of Edinburgh and who commence a programme in the 2020/21 academic session, and will apply for the duration of the programme commenced. Please note some programmes are excluded from the Graduate Scholarship Scheme and you should check the list of programmes not covered by this scholarship before applying.

Alumni commencing programmes in future Academic Sessions will be offered a 10% scholarship in postgraduate tuition fees (programme exclusions apply).

Graduate Scholarships Scheme


Student Loans

A number of options are available for student loan funding, for both UK/EU nationals and overseas students. Find out more on the University's Financial Support site.