Funding a PhD

A PhD is a significant investment, but it is one that brings an invaluable personal experience and a wealth of professional opportunities upon your graduation.

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There are a range of different sources of funding available for PhD students at Queen Mary – in fact, we offer up to 200 fully or partially funded studentships each year. These include:

Finding funding is an important element of the application process and we recommend that you begin to explore your funding options as early as possible.

Tuition fees and loans

Queen Mary's tuition fees vary depending on whether you are from the UK or EU, or are coming to study in the UK from further afield.

The international tuition fees for 2018-19 entry can be downloaded here PhD Tuition Fees 2018-9 [PDF 361KB] 

The international tuition fees for 2019-20 entry can be downloaded here PGR fees 2019-20 [PDF 374KB]

The home/EU tuition fees for 2018-9 but are £4260 per year for full-time study or £2130 per year for part-time study. These are fixed by the UK government and the 2019-20 fees are due to be announced in January 2019.

The UK government has introduced loans of up to £25,000 for English-resident UK nationals for 2018. Read more about the loans here

What are the PhD funding deadlines?

It is important to be aware that different funding bodies and organisations all have different deadlines: the majority of these will be between November and February prior to the commencement of your PhD project in September. The majority of Queen Mary funded studentships close for applications on 31st January each year.

Other funding opportunities do come up throughout the year, so please be sure to keep checking departmental PhD funding pages and where all opportunities are advertised.

Where can I find out more detailed information?

Our Advice and Counselling Service have produced a detailed online funding guide for postgraduate students. This guide includes everything you need to know about money when applying for and planning your postgraduate studies.

Tuition fee regulations

Like all other UK universities, Queen Mary is bound by legislation and Government regulations on fees.

Queen Mary's tuition fee regulations are outlined in this document: University Fee Regulations 2019-20 [PDF 446KB]

These regulations are updated every year, you can access a list of archived and present University Fee Regulations documents.