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  • Founded in 1583, the University of Edinburgh is one of the world’s top universities. We are globally recognised for our research, development and innovation and we’ve provided our students with world-class teaching for more than 425 years.

    One of the world’s leading research universities, Edinburgh is ranked fourth in the UK for research power, based on the quality and breadth of our research.

    Ranked 6th in the UK and 32nd in the world for employability*, the University of Edinburgh is an excellent choice for a postgraduate education with prospects.

    For more than 400 years the University of Edinburgh has been changing the world.

    Today, we continue to make our mark, with world-leading experts educating the pioneers of tomorrow.

    Choose to study at Edinburgh and you’ll be investing in an education that will help you build a successful future.

    You'll experience the very best in teaching and research. Through our hands-on and innovative approach, we'll equip you with the skills, insights and perspectives to enhance your employability and career prospects.
  • All of the University of Edinburgh's programmes - whether delivered online or on campus - are subject to the same rigorous criteria, which means they must meet strict academic standards before being approved by the University’s governing body, the Senatus.

    Online programmes are of equal value to on-campus programmes in terms of entry criteria and overall workload. The only difference is in the way the course is delivered.


    Explore our range of online learning programmes.

    We offer online learning programmes across a broad range of subject areas, and a number of credit-bearing qualifications.

    See the full list of all postgraduate online learning programmes on our degree finder:
    Degree finder: a-z of online programmes

    Awards and study time
    A full masters programme delivered online normally takes about three years. You should expect to work between 10-15 hours a week, with more time needed when assignments are due.

    Our online learning programmes offer flexible exit routes, allowing you to shape your academic journey to suit your needs.

    For example, if you enrol on a masters programme but decide not to complete the full three years, your completed credits can contribute towards an alternative postgraduate qualification.

    Depending on your programme and on the number of credits completed, you may be able to gain the following awards:
    • Postgraduate Professional Development (PgProfDev) after one years' study
    • Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) after one years' study
    • Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) after two years' study
    • Masters degree (such as MSc, LLM) after three years' study
    Our online programmes involve the same level of work overall as our on-campus programmes, and the qualification you get is of equal value.

    Can't find what you're looking for?
    We are continually expanding our postgraduate online learning portfolio. Find out which new programmes we hope to launch soon.

    Potential new programmes
  • Tuition fee rates for online programmes.

    Students on programmes of study of more than one year should be aware that tuition fees increase every year. This annual increase should be taken into account when you are applying for a programme.

    Programmes by subject
    2017-18 session

    All Programmes of Study

    Funding

    Funding for UK/EU students
    In addition to financial assistance provided by Research Councils and charitable trusts, the University offers a number of general and subject-specific funding schemes.

    Funding for international students

    In addition to financial assistance provided by UK Government agencies and external funding sources, the University offers a number of general and subject-specific funding schemes.

    Online Distance Learning Scholarships
    The University offers several scholarships specifically for online, part-time postgraduate programmes.
  • A postgraduate degree is a second degree for university graduates, leading to a masters or PhD qualification.

    Applications for second degrees should be made directly to us.

    The University uses an online application system.

    Online Postgraduate degree programmes

    Apply online

    Entrance requirements
    Entry to many areas of the University is very competitive, so high standards of performance are generally required. Specific requirements vary from course to course.

    Search entry requirements by country

    English language requirements
  • Contacts for queries about postgraduate admissions and applications.

    General enquiries
    If you have a general enquiry about applying to the University, or an enquiry about several programmes in different Colleges, you should contact Student Recruitment and Admissions.

    Student Recruitment and Admissions
    • Postgraduate enquiries
    Contact details

    Address
    33 Buccleuch Place
    Edinburgh
    EH8 9JS
  • Location:
    Edinburgh, EH8 9JS
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