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School of Biological and Behavioural 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. 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.

Our Advice and Counselling Services have produced guides for home students and international students on budgeting for the cost of living in London.

Postgraduate Research Studentships

Please see our postgraduate research studentships page for details of our funded PhD opportunities.

International PhD Scholarships

Queen Mary works with numerous international funding agencies to sponsor PhD study including:

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

We will also consider students via other international scholarship schemes, such as funding from government agencies, as long as the funding can cover the required fees and living expenses.

Self-funding 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 nationals, Irish citizens and other nationals living in the UK who meet the eligibility criteria 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 guides for postgraduate students and international students.

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