School of Mathematics

Fees and financial aid

Information about tuition fees, living costs, and sources of funding.

Tuition Fees

The tuition fees for the Operational Research MSc programmes are available on the Postgraduate Degree Finder.

The fee covers the costs of registration, tuition and examination. 


Living Costs

The tuition fee does not cover the costs of accommodation and subsistence in Edinburgh.

The cost of living can vary greatly depending on your lifestyle, budget and spending habits. However, using the University's estimated lower and upper costs of living in Edinburgh, you should expect to pay about £7,500 - £15,000 for living expenses over the year.


Scholarships and Funding

Mastercard Foundation Postgraduate Scholarships

Scholarships are available for the MSc Operational Research programme. The postgraduate study scholarships for the 2024/25 academic year will accept applications from 23rd October 2023 at 10:00 AM until 7th December 2023 at 5:00 PM (UK Time). Applicants must be residents and citizens or hold refugee status in a Sub-Saharan African country. 

For more information and how to apply, visit the website: 

Please note: If the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program is the only scholarship you are interested in applying for at the University of Edinburgh, please apply for the Mastercard Foundation scholarship only first. If you receive a scholarship offer from the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program, then you can apply for the academic programme. 

Martingale Foundation Scholarships

We are one of the Martingale Foundation's newest university partners. The Martingale Foundation helps provide access to postgraduate mathematics study for UK students facing financial barriers by offering fully-funded MSc and PhD programmes. 

Applications are made via the Martingale Foundation website and are now open. The deadline to apply is Wednesday 25 October 2023.

British Council GREAT Scholarships

The scholarship programme offers financial support to applicants from Malaysia pursuing one year postgraduate study in the School of Mathematics. The scholarship has a value of £10,000 which will be deducted from tuition fees and will be tenable for one academic year. Apply for a GREAT scholarship.

OR Society Scholarships

Each year the OR Society is offers up to two Master’s degree scholarships of £10,000 for UK nationals who will be studying on an MSc programme with significant Operational Research content. For queries, please contact the Society via

Richard Davidson Postgraduate Scholarship

Thanks to an endowment from Richard Davidson, the School of Mathematics is able to offer a single annual scholarship of £1,500. This will be awarded on merit to the most outstanding student entering postgraduate studies in Operational Research. To be eligible for this scholarship you must be a UK or EU national. The scholarship can be held in addition to other funding. For 2024 entry, completed application forms must be submitted to the OR MSc Academic Selector no later than 30 August 2024.

School of Mathematics Postgraduate Funding

School of Mathematics Postgraduate Funding will be available for 2024 entry. Details of funding opportunities will be released in early 2024.

Commonwealth Scholarships

Applicants who are natives of particular countries may apply for a Commonwealth Scholarship.

University of Edinburgh Graduate Discount Schemes

These MSc programmes are included in the University’s two tuition fee discount schemes.  The University offers a 10% discount in postgraduate tuition fees for all alumni who have graduated with an undergraduate degree from the University of Edinburgh (conditions apply) or for students who have previously matriculated on a "Visiting Programme" as a non-graduating undergraduate student and completed a minimum of one semester of study at the University of Edinburgh (conditions apply).

Further funding information

Further information about sources of funding, including scholarships and government loans, can be found on the Scholarships & Student Funding website.