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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:

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 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 international PhD scholarships page for full details of Queen Mary’s international funding partners, including other schemes not listed here.

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 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 students.