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Postgraduate research fees and funding

Fees and funding

The vast majority of research students are supported through research studentships which cover full payment of UK/EU tuition fees and provide a tax-free stipend of approximately £13,895 per annum. Many research studentships give you the opportunity to choose your research area.

We always have around 20 PhD studentships available, which are fully funded through research council grants, charities and industry. Some of these studentships are associated with specific research projects, the details of our current opportunities are listed on our Funded studentships page. We also have other studentships available which can be applied to a range of research projects and can be found on our Project opportunities page.

The University also offers competitive scholarships and we actively participate in a number of prestigious Doctoral Training Programmes to which students may also apply, where the research topic is flexible. These include:

  • Astbury Centre Wellcome Trust 4-year PhD programme
  • Astbury Centre BBSRC PhD Programme
  • Low Carbon Technology Doctoral Training Centre

It is advisable to make enquiries as early as you can and apply to all possible funding sources. Some of the prestigious scholarships on offer include:

  • Fully Funded International Research Scholarships that cover full payment of international tuition fees available to non- EU and UK applicants with an outstanding academic record.
  • University Research Scholarships available to EU and UK applicants with an outstanding academic record.
  • Endowed Scholarships in areas focused on cancer, neuroscience, cardiovascular diseases.
  • Access to Learning Fund – funds are available for full-time and part-time UK students in financial hardship.

Find out more at the Scholarships website.

Full information on current fees can be found here

Fees for many of our students are paid through awards but the School also accepts self-funded applicants and candidates who secure independent scholarships onto our research degree programmes.