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 2021/22

Home £4,500
International/EU £21,150
PhD Part-time*
Home £2,250

* 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.

Additional Programme Costs (APC)

To cover stationery, photocopying, printing, telephone, and inter-library loans throughout the year you will be charged:

  • An estimated £200 for full-time students
  • An estimated £100 for part-time students

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.

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 can request free business cards and 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 covers the cost of membership of a relevant academic organisation (up to £75, or £100 for Higher Education Academy membership). This is so students will be socialised in the academic environment and exposed to new opportunities.

Publication Prizes

To encourage our students to reach their full potential and celebrate successes within publishing, the School offers prizes of £1,000 and £500 to students able to publish in leading journals.