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Fees and funding

There are two main costs for postgraduate students: fees and living expenses.

Tuition fee details for postgraduate research degrees can be found at the following webpage: PhD tuition fees

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).

Whether you are self-funding or are applying for funding, you should ensure that you have a realistic plan to secure sufficient funding to complete the research and writing-up process within the normal time period. This is usually three to four years for full-time programmes, and six to seven years for part-time programmes.

Postgraduate Research Studentships

Please see our PhD projects page for details of our PhD project, some of which have approved funding. The main sources of PhD studentship funding opportunities:

  • QMUL Postgraduate Research studentships: Studentships will cover tuition fees and a stipend at the UKRI London rate (c.£17,609 p.a. full-time, £8,804 part-time; 2022/23 rates tbc) for 3.5 years. International (including EU) applicants are eligible for UK tuition fees; however international fees are substantially higher. We are able to recruit a limited number of international (maximum 30% of intake). Due to this cap, we are unable to guarantee places to any/all international applicants.
  • S&E BAME Doctoral Research Studentships competition 2022/23:  The Faculty of Science and Engineering are offering two PhD studentships to UK candidates in BAME (Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic) groups. Two PhD studentships  will be awarded on the basis of the excellence of the applicant. Awards are tenable for up to 3.5 years, and cover tuition fees and a maintenance stipend at the UKRI London rate (c.£17,609 p.a. full-time, £8,804 part-time; 2022/23 rates tbc). Further details can be found here: S&E BAME Doctoral Research Studentships competition 2022/23 [PDF 17KB]
  • Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) studentships: Studentships will cover tuition fees and a stipend at the UKRI London rate (c.£17,609 p.a. full-time, £8,804 part-time; 2022/23 rates tbc) for 3.5-4 years. International (including EU) applicants are eligible for UK tuition fees via the EPSRC SMS DTP award; however international fees are substantially higher. We are able to recruit a limited number of international students to the programme in line with EPSRC guidance (maximum 30% of intake). Due to this cap, we are unable to guarantee places to any/all international applicants. The number of studentships available for 2022/23 entry are to be confirmed.

You may wish to explore alternative funding sources, e.g. in the form of grants from charities.

International PhD Scholarships

  • China Scholarship Council studentships are available for suitably qualified applicants from eligible Chinese Universities.
  • CONACyT scheme offers variable fee discounts and a stipend towards living costs for Mexican students that meet QMUL and Conacyt eligibility criteria.
  • Egyptian Bureau for Cultural & Educational Affairs scholarship covers full tuition fees and a stipend. The Bureau will also provide a maintenance allowance of £1,592 per month.
  • Islamic Development Bank scholarships will pay full overseas tuition fees and provide a partial stipend to contribute towards living costs.
  • Higher Education Commission, Pakistan offer partial-scholarships to Pakistani students wishing to enrol in PhD research programmes at Queen Mary. 
  • Commonwealth PhD Scholarships are now open! All PhD subject areas at Queen Mary are eligible. Apply by 1st November 2021 direct to CSC to be considered.

Please see the International PhD scholarships database for full details of Queen Mary’s international funding partners, including other schemes not listed here.

Self-funded students

Applications from candidates intending to self-fund their PhD are also accepted. Self-funding students must ensure they are able to cover the costs of a PhD outlined above. 

UK or EU nationals may also apply for a doctoral loan to contribute towards the cost of their PhD.

Self-funding applicants should follow the guidelines outlined in our usual application process to identify a potential supervisor and secure their agreement to consider your application further before formally applying online.

Further information

Our Advice and Counselling Service have produced a detailed online funding guide for postgraduate research students.