Masters' Funding

 

Click on the buttons below to see more information about the available funding for Masters' students.

 

If we could offer one piece of advice to prospective Postgraduate students, it would be to start searching for funding as early as possible, preferably a year in advance. Grant-based and scholarship opportunities are highly competitive with many more applicants than funding opportunities and so we would strongly encourage you to consider a ‘plan b’ in case your application is unsuccessful. It is important to ensure that you have a realistic plan in place to cover both your tuition fees and your living costs before you commence your studies. If you have any concerns about financing your studies, please contact our service as early as possible.

 

The University offers a range of scholarship opportunities for students wishing to take a Masters’ programme. Further information on each can be found at this website. This website also provides information on a range of external funding sources including scholarships provided by Scottish Power.

 

If you hope to start a PhD immediately after your MSc, check the eligibility criteria and application process for a studentship from one of the government’s research councils. These studentships can cover cost of your fees, as well as providing a stipend of up to £15,009 per year towards your living costs and additional support to assist with research/fieldwork costs and travel costs. We strongly recommend that you speak with your personal tutor, supervisor or an academic mentor before you submit an application.

 

Masters' Loans Provided By the Student Award Agency Scotland

If you are undertaking a full-time Masters programme and meet the relevant eligibility criteria (see pages 6-10 of this guide for more information), you may be able to access a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500 and a living costs loan of up to £4,500 from the Scottish Government. This support is administered by the Student Award Agency Scotland (SAAS). If you have any queries about this, please contact our service for advice. Full information on these loans, including details of how to apply, can be found at SAAS’ website.

 

Students enrolled on a part-time Masters’ course are not eligible for the living costs loan from SAAS. But provided they meet the relevant eligibility criteria (see pages 6-10 of this guide for more information), they may be able to access a tuition fee loan. The total value of this loan will amount to £5,500 for the course as a whole and so the amount that you receive each year of your course will be significantly less than this. Full information on these loans, including details of how to apply, can be found at SAAS’ website.

 

It is really important that you look out for any shortfall between the tuition fees charged for your course and the funding that you receive and that you ensure that you have a suitable plan in place to cover this shortfall. This plan will need to take account of payment arrangements set by the University. If you have any concerns about your ability to pay your tuition fees on time, please contact our service as soon as possible.

 

Masters' Loans Provided by Student Finance England

Students who meet the relevant eligibility criteria could access a loan of up to £10,906 from Student Finance England. This loan will be paid directly to you and so you are free to choose whether you use this loan to finance your living costs whilst you study or to assist with any tuition fee payments. However, if you would like to use this loan to assist with the cost of fees it is important to ensure that your plans take full account of and fit with the payment arrangements set by the University. Further information, including details on how to apply, can be found here. If you have any queries or concerns, please get in touch.

 

Masters' Loans Provided by Student Finance Wales

Students who satisfy these eligibility criteria are entitled to access a support package of up to £17,000 from Student Finance Wales. This loan will be paid directly to you and so you are free to choose whether you use this loan to finance your living costs whilst you study or to assist with any tuition fee payments. However, if you would like to use this loan to assist with the cost of fees it will be important to ensure that your plans take full account of and fit with the payment arrangements set by the university. Further information on this support (including details on how to apply) can be found here. If you have any queries or concerns, please feel free to contact The Advice Place.

 

Masters' Loans Provided by Student Finance Northern Ireland

If you’re starting a full-time or part-time postgraduate Master’s course, a Postgraduate Diploma, or a Postgraduate Certificate and meet the eligibility criteria listed here, you may be entitled to access a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500 (in total, for your course) from Student Finance Northern Ireland.  Student Finance Northern Ireland do not, at present, provide any living costs support to postgraduate students and so we would encourage you to research the cost of living in Edinburgh and ensure that you have a plan in place to cover this cost before you start your course.

 

Your tuition fee loan will be paid directly to the university. It is important that you look out for any shortfall between the tuition fees charged for your course and the funding that you receive and that you ensure that you have a suitable plan in place to cover this shortfall. This plan will need to take account of payment arrangements set by the university. If you have any concerns about your ability to pay your tuition fees on time, please contact our service as soon as possible.

 

If we could offer one piece of advice to prospective postgraduate students, it would be to start searching for funding as early as possible, preferably a year in advance. Grant-based and scholarship opportunities are highly competitive with many more applicants than funding opportunities and so we would strongly encourage you to consider a ‘plan b’ in case your application is unsuccessful. It is important to ensure that you have a realistic plan in place to cover both your tuition fees and your living costs before you commence your studies. If you have any concerns about financing your studies, please contact our service as early as possible.

 

If you are an EU citizen but have been living in the UK prior to the start date of your programme, you may (as long as your main purpose of residence was not full-time education) be able to access funding support on the same basis as a UK citizen. You can find futher information on this in the section above.

 

Additionally, it will be worth checking if your home government offers any funding support for postgraduate students.

 

EU citizens who are usually resident in Spain, Italy, Croatia, Romania or Turkey may be able to access an Erasmus+ Masters’ Degree Loan to study at Edinburgh. Further information available here.

 

The University offers a range of scholarship opportunities for students wishing to take a Masters’ programme. Further information on each can be found at this website.

 

If you are from a European Union country other than the UK, and were resident in an EU country (other than the UK) for the three years immediately prior to the start-date of your course, you may be able to apply for a fees-only award from one of the UK government’s core research councils. A fees-only award will cover your tuition fees but will not provide any support towards your living costs. You can find further information on research council funding at this webpage. We would strongly recommend that you speak with your personal tutor, supervisor or academic mentor before you apply.

 

If you are an EU citizen and were ordinarily resident in the EU/EEA/Switzerland for the three years immediately prior to the start date of your degree course, you may be able to access a tuition fee loan of up to a total of £5,500 from the Scottish Government. You can find more information here. But please feel free to get in touch with our service if you have any questions.

 

If you need a visa to study in Edinburgh or were living outside of the EU for the three years’ immediately prior to the start of your degree course, you will not, unfortunately, be eligible for any statutory student funding from the UK government.

 

However, you may be able to access financial support from your home government or from other sources such as merit-based scholarship from the university. This link provides further information on scholarships offered by the university. Do also take a look at our page on extra funding for details on other places to search for financial support.

 

Special arrangements apply for students who are refugees or asylum seekers. Please contact our service for more information.

 

 

Changes in Circumstances

Various changes in circumstance including change in degree programme, interruptions in study, and withdrawal from study can have significant funding implications—the precise nature of which will depend on a factors including the timing of any such change, the reason for such change, and who you are funded by. If you are considering any of the above, please contact the Advice Place. Our welfare advisers will be able to provide you with in-depth, individually tailored advice on the financial implications of any proposed change in circumstance and will be able to assist you with looking at ways of managing your finances accordingly.

 


Page last updated:
05/07/19