School of Mathematical Sciences

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 will be applying for external 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 funded PhD opportunities.

The main sources of funding are the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and QMUL Principal’s Postgraduate Research Studentships:

  • EPSRC studentships are available only to applicants who have been resident in the UK for at least three years (for purposes other than education, in the case of applicants from outside the EU). EU applicants who do not satisfy the residency condition may be offered fees-only awards.
  • The QMUL Principal’s Postgraduate Research Studentships are open to all applicants, regardless of nationality.

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.
  • 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 for candidates from low and middle income Commonwealth countries, for full-time doctoral study at a UK university.

Please see the International PhD scholarships page 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.