School of Geography

Postgraduate research fees and funding

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

There are a range of different sources of funding available for PhD students at QMUL. 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. 

As a result of the quality of our graduate training and supervision, the School of Geography has been awarded NERC DTP recognition, is part of the ESRC-funded London Interdisciplinary Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership (LISS DTP) and is an associate member of the AHRC-funded London Arts & Humanities Partnership.

We invite applications for fully funded PhD studentships commencing in September 2019. The studentships are for applicants wishing to undertake a PhD in Human Geography or Physical Geography/Environmental Science, in a research area agreed in consultation with the prospective supervisor. Studentships may be funded from one of the sources below, dependent upon eligibility and proposed topic. Candidates are strongly advised to make contact with the School and a potential supervisor to discuss these opportunities.

The School of Geography offers several opportunities for PhD projects and possible funding sources are listed below.

Funding your PhD

See our current funding opportunities here.

Funding deadlines 

It is important to be aware that different funding bodies and organisations will have different deadlines: the majority of these will fall inbetween November and February prior to the commencement of your PhD project in September.

See above for details on deadlines and the application process.

Tuition fees and loans

QMUL's tuition fees vary depending on whether you are assessed as a Home/EU or overseas student

The home/EU tuition fees for 2019-20 entry are as folllows: 

  • £4,327 for full-time research degrees (including MPhil and PhD)
  • £2,163 for part-time research degrees (including MPhil and PhD)

These are fixed by the UK government and the 2020-21 fees are due to be announced in January 2020.

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

The UK government has also announced plans to provide loans of up to £25,000 for English-resident UK nationals for 2019. Read more about our PhD loans.

More information

  • Further funding opportunities do come up throughout the year so please keep checking the website regularly for updates.
  • The School of Geography primarily accepts students on to our PhD programmes who have identified sources of funding; however, we will consider applications from self-funded students in exceptional circumstances, including applications from international self-funded students. Further information is available here.
  • 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.
  • For general enquiries, please contact: Geog-PGadmin@qmul.ac.uk.