Fees and Funding

Find out about the Tercentenary Bursary, and other funding options.

The Chemistry Tercentenary Access Bursary

In 2013, we celebrated 300 years of Chemistry at the University of Edinburgh. In the decade since our Tercentenary, alumni and friends of the School of Chemistry have donated to support students in financial need.

Thanks to their contributions, Access bursaries are available for undergraduate students of outstanding potential who are commencing their studies within the academic session 2024-2025 at the School of Chemistry.


We are offering two bursaries, for the sum of £2,000 each per year (eg. £8,000 for a four-year BSc, £10,000 for five-year MChem course). These awards will be tenable for duration of the programme of study, subject to satisfactory academic progress.

If a student does not make satisfactory progress in any one year the award will terminate from that point onwards.


The bursaries will be awarded to applicants from the UK who are accepted for full-time admission to an undergraduate degree programme offered by the School of Chemistry at the University of Edinburgh.

The bursaries are not available to students already on programme. They are also not available to students studying Chemistry as part of a degree programme hosted by another School within the University.

Eligible students must have applied through the University and Colleges Admission Service (UCAS) and have been offered a place at the University of Edinburgh.


The bursaries are aimed at students who are:

  • attending schools where relatively few students go on to higher education
  • living in low participation neighbourhoods, eg the lowest quintile in the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD20)
  • young people with care experience
  • young carers
  • from low socio economic groups
  • involved in LEAPS or other Widening Participation programmes e.g. Focus West, Sutton Trust, SWAP Access Programme.

Eligible students will have evidenced, or be predicted to achieve, a strong academic performance before starting university. When offering bursaries, we will take the above factors plus academic merit into consideration.


There is no separate application for this scholarship, all offer holders from the UK will automatically be considered.

Notification of award

You will be contacted by a member of staff from the School of Chemistry if you are selected as a recipient of this award. All recipients of the award will be notified by the end of April 2024.


If you have any questions regarding the bursaries, please contact the School of Chemistry team at chemistry.undergraduate@ed.ac.uk.

Widening Participation

Widening participation to higher education is a strategic priority for the University of Edinburgh which aims to address the discrepancies in the take-up of higher education opportunities between different social groups.

University scholarships and bursaries

Information on further scholarships, bursaries and loans can be found on the University's Scholarship and Student Funding Services site.

More information on fees and funding

Find out how much it will cost to study at Edinburgh and what financial support is available.