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School of Social and Political Science: Graduate school



Students pursuing the MSc by Research in Science and Technology Studies receive funding from a wide variety of sources. Please, note that the information below may have changed and you should always refer to the external links. If you find any contradiction between the information below and the external websites, or any broken link or out-of date detail, please contact the Postgraduate Research Advisor. Potential applicants should contact the Postgraduate Research Advisor as soon as possible, given that internal deadlines at the University are considerably earlier than those stated by the funders:

  • ESRC Scottish Doctoral Training Centre Awards: The University of Edinburgh is a member institution of the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Scottish Doctoral Training Centre. Science, Technology and Innovation Studies is part of a research training pathway. There are a number of funded places for students pursuing either a PhD (+3) or a MSC by Research and a PhD programme (1+3, totalling 4 years funding). UK students and EU citizens who have been resident in the UK for some years will receive both fees funding and a stipend, while candidates from the EU will only get their fees paid. These studentships are not suitable for overseas students. Full details, guidance notes and application forms can be found on the website of the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science. Regardless of the scheme’s deadline, applicants need to contact the Pathway Convenor and register with the University of Edinburgh as soon as possible. NOTE: Those who want to apply for these awards are required to submit their degree application(s) by an earlier deadline. Full details on internal deadlines (and the application process) for ESRC studentships within the School of Social and Political Science are available here. Please contact the department's Postgraduate Admissions Advisor as soon as possible and no later than early December if you are interested in applying for these awards. 

  • The Chevening Scholarships, the Edinburgh Global Masters Scholarships and the Commonwealth Scholarships provide funding for international students at various levels. Deadline: depending on scheme and country. Deadline for the Chevening Scholarships is very early, normally a year before the start of the programme.

  • Scotland's Saltire Scholarships: Provide 4,000 pounds to students from Canada, China, India, Pakistan and the USA wanting to pursue a masters degree.

  • GREAT Scholarships: Provide 5,000 pounds to students from India wanting to pursue a masters degree.

  • The University's Scholarship Office offers extended information about funding, especially region-specific awards for international students.

  • University of Edinburgh graduates receive a 10% discount in postgraduate tuition fees. The Graduate Discount scheme applies to both home and overseas students.

Information about other alternative sources of funding can be found here:

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