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Fees and funding

Tuition fees for postgraduate research degree can be found at:

Whether you are self-funding or will be applying for external funding you should ensure you have a realistic plan to cover your fees for the duration of your PhD studies – this is typically three years.

PhD studentships

We currently offer PhD studentships* under the following schemes:

You can view a complete list of PhD funding options on the College pages.

NB If you are self-funding your PhD studies or have alternative funding please contact the relevant supervisor to discuss your eligibility and the application process.

UK and EU students

Our Advice and Counselling Service have produced a comprehensive guide to ‘Postgraduate Funding for Home and EU students’, which includes information about:

  • Applying for awards from Research Councils
  • Funding options
  • Queen Mary scholarships and bursaries
  • Disabled student’s funding
  • Discounts, reductions and exemptions
  • Tuition fees

Living costs

There are two main costs for postgraduate students:  fees and living expenses.  The cost of living in London will depend on your lifestyle but, typically, postgraduates need at least £12,000 to cover food, accommodation, travel, books for a full year (i.e. 52 weeks).

* A PhD studentship is a funded postgraduate studentship opportunity either attached to a specific research project or open to postgraduate research applicants in a specific field or academic school. Awards in this category will usually provide a minimum of full standard UK/EU fees and will often include a maintenance stipend. For UK Research Council studentships, the maintenance stipend will meet a nationally agreed minimum level.

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