Scholarships for Free Online Education: the University of Edinburgh

Hopefully, the times the world is going through at present shall be over soon. Thus far, we have been writing about university cities in different parts of the world. Beginning with this article, we’ll introduce you to some of the best free online courses and scholarships that are available to international students. These are accessible by all who qualify and other courses are achievable through scholarships.

The University of Edinburgh is one of the oldest universities in Europe going back to the 16th century. Today it enjoys the ranking of being the 20th best university in the world according to QS World University Rankings. Moreover, it is the 6th best university in Europe as reported by the U.S. News. QS World University Rankings is published each year by Quacquarelli Symonds and is generally referred to by most to ascertain the ranking of the top universities.

The University of Edinburgh in Edinburgh city, Scotland

The university was considered the preeminent centre of learning during the age of Enlightenment from the 17th to the 19th century and has churned out many a prime minister, Nobel laureates and intellectuals.

Most especially known for its education in medical sciences over the last two centuries and more, the University of Edinburgh has several faculties and departments covering most areas of education. Here you will find the following schools:

  • Business Art
  • School of Education
  • Divinity for studies in theology Economics
  • Health in Social Science History and Archaeology Law
  • Literature Languages Philosophy Psychology Social Sciences Political Sciences

Currently the university is offering scholarships to several online courses.

Scholarship 1 – Edinburgh Global Online Learning Master’s Scholarships

12 Masters Scholarships for distance learning. These are country specific and targeted at those who are citizens and residents of the stated nations.


 A U.K. first class or 2:1 Honours degree at the undergraduate level or equivalent from another country. Applicants must apply via to be able to access the form you must be registered at

Scholarship 2 – Online Commonwealth Scholarships – One Health, One Medicine

The total number of scholarships are 10 and offer master’s programs in several disciplines: MSc. Biodiversity, Wildlife and Ecosystem Health

  • MVetSci Conservation Medicine
  • MSc. Global Health and Infectious Disease MSc. International Animal Health
  • MSc. International Animal Welfare Ethics and Law MSc. One Health

These scholarships too will be awarded on a country specific basis. Interested candidates may please check out if they are citizens of Bangladesh, Cameroon, Eswatini, Ghana, India, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Pakistan, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Gambia, Uganda or Zambia to see if they are eligible.

During the application process, the candidates must be explicit about their contribution to their country’s development plans and how they will further add to the development of their respective countries.

You shall find instructions on how to apply through the Electronic Application System.

Medical student studying with professor on internet channel

Scholarships 3 and 4 – Online Commonwealth Scholarships: Surgical Online Learning and Online Commonwealth Scholarships: Global Health

 The university shall take 5 students under each of these programs.

These scholarships too are country specific and target students from Commonwealth countries that remain economically weak.

The courses are being offered in the following areas under the two programs:

  • MSc In Surgical Sciences
  • ChM in General Surgery
  • ChMin Trauma and Orthopaedics ChM in Urology
  • ChM in Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
  • MSc Clinical Education Master of Family Medicine MSc Global Challenges
  • MSc Paediatric Emergency Medicine Master of Public Health

Do go through here to see if you are from one of the admissible countries: Bangladesh, Cameroon, Eswatini, Ghana, Guyana, India, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New guinea, Rwanda, Samoa, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Gambia, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu and Zambia.

This website shall guide you through the application process

Scholarship 5 – The Glenmore Medical Online Postgraduate Scholarship

One scholarship is being offered under this program that would cover one of the following disciplines:

Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases; 3 years, Clinical Ophthalmology, Clinical Trials, Family Medicine, General Surgery, Global health and infectious Diseases, Internal Medicine, Patient Safety and Clinical Human Factors, Primary Care Ophthalmology, Public Health, Restorative Dentistry, Science Communication and Public Health, Surgical Sciences, Trauma and Orthopaedics, Vascular and Endovascular Surgery and Urology.

This scholarship is country specific, as well and is offered to citizens of listed countries. The application shall be accepted online via

Scholarship 6 – Edinburgh Surgery Online Global Scholarships

The number of scholarships under this program is not specified except for the fact that there shall be several.

The disciplines that are covered under the program are master’s in Surgical Sciences, General Surgery, Urology, Trauma and Orthopaedics and Vascular and Endovascular.

These are also country specific scholarships and candidates must be residents of the World Bank list of low income and lower middle income countries.

Candidates can submit their applications here .

Scholarship 7 – Edinburgh Surgery Online Ophthalmology Scholarship 

The number of scholarships under this program too is not specified except for the fact that there shall be several and applications can be submitted here.

No countries are specified and the criteria clearly states that the scholarships shall be awarded on a competitive basis.

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