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School of Geography

Postgraduate research fees and funding

A PhD is a significant financial investment, but it is one that 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 (LAHP).

We invite applications for fully funded PhD studentships commencing in September of each academic year. Competitive studentships are available 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.

You can find more funding opportunities in our scholarship and funding database 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

Find out more about the PhD tuition fees for your year of entry.

The UK government also has also introduced the Doctoral Loan - find out more about this on the government website.

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:
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