Undertaking a PhD is a serious financial commitment, and involves careful financial planning at the time of application and for the duration of the programme. Prices will almost inevitably rise and you must allow for this when planning your finances. Your costs will comprise both tuition fees and living costs.
The estimated amount for 2018-19 is £4,260 per year for full-time research (including MPhil and PhD)
£2130 per year for part-time research (including MPhil and PhD)
*Tuition fees for home students are set by the Research Council UK (RCUK)
Overseas Student Fees are roughly £15550
Part-time fees are one half of the standard full-time programme fees. If the full-time programme fee increases in the second year, then you will be required to pay one half of the increased fee.
If you are considering doing a PhD but are concerned about the fees, check our funding below to see if you are eligible for any scholarships from the universities or external bodies.
HEC Pakistan Government Scholarships
The Higher Education Commission of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan runs a variety of scholarship schemes for Pakistani nationals wishing to pursue PhD study at overseas institutions.
QMUL partners with the HEC in one of these schemes – the 90% Overseas Scholarship scheme. To apply for this scheme applicants should refer to the HEC website and follow the application procedures. Details can be found on the HEC website.
The School of Business and Management is delighted to be able to offer HEC scholarships for entry in September 2018. The closing date for applications is on 30 April 2018.
Since 2007, Queen Mary University of London and the China Scholarship Council (CSC) have been offering joint scholarships to Chinese students from leading universities in the People's Republic of China for doctoral study at Queen Mary. [Learn more]
Queen Mary University of London is a partner institution in one of the largest Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Doctoral Training Partnerships in the country. The new London Interdisciplinary Social Science (LISS) partnership, with King’s College London and Imperial College, will provide over 50 funded ESRC studentships a year across a range of interdisciplinary areas. The Partnership will develop a research community across the social sciences and at the interface between social science disciplines and health and medicine, the natural and physical sciences, engineering and the arts & humanities. Students will have access to a range of training and development opportunities across the three institutions. Further opportunities will be announced here. [Learn more]
QMUL Principal's Postgraduate Research Studentships which are available to Home, EU, and International students wishing to undertake research in any area of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Science and Engineering. There is no separate application process for these awards.
RCUK Research Studentships which are usually restricted to Home and EU students researching particular subject areas. There is no separate application process for these awards.
London Interdisciplinary Social Science (LISS) DTP studentships which are offered by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) through the QMUL- King's College - Imperial College joint Doctoral Training Partnership, LISS. To be eligible applicants needs to meet the residential eligibility criteria.
Research Studentships which are funded through industry, research charities, and cultural organisations are typically tied to a particular PhD project and have variable eligibility criteria. They have deadlines throughout the year.
Saudi External Joint Supervision Program
Queen Mary have partnered with two Saudi Universities (King Saud University and King Abdulaziz University) to allow female faculty members to study for a UK PhD on their EJSP.
The EJSP is a model for educating their faculty members to PhD level in the UK whilst continuing their teaching commitments (part-time) and living in their home country for the majority of the year.
The students will spend 2-6 months per year in the UK for each year of their PhD. The exact length per year should be mutually agreed at the beginning of the programme and is likely to vary across disciplines and years. They will continue to teach, up to 2 hours per week in their home university when they are there.
Upon successful defence of their thesis (to be carried out at QMUL), the student will be awarded a full QMUL PhD. To apply for this scheme applicants should refer to their University and follow the application procedures.
Commonwealth Scholarships (low and middle income countries)
Commonwealth Scholarships offers scholarships to talented individuals who have the potential to make change. Applicants need to show that their research subject fits into one of the six key areas.
Applicants should refer to the Commonwealth website for eligibility and application procedure.
The Mexican government runs the CONACyT scholarship scheme for Mexican nationals wishing to pursue PhD study at overseas institutions. To apply for this scheme applicants should refer to the CONACyT website and follow the application procedures.
QMUL have partnered with CONICYT, the Chilean government's scholarship-awarding body, to co-fund PhDs across all subject areas. The applications for a CONICYT scholarship is separate to the application for admission to QMUL. Applicants must make two separate applications. For information Please refer QMUL CONICyt webpage.
The colfuturo scholarship is available to Colombian nationals looking to pursue their PhD Study. For information about the funding and application producers, applicants should refer to QMUL webpage and Colfututro website.
The Fulbright Commission scholarships available to US nationals looking to pursue PhD study. To apply for this scheme applicants should refer to the Fulbright Commission and follow the application procedures.
The Marshall scholarships is available to US nationals looking to pursue PhD study at UK institution in any field of study. To apply for this scheme applicants should refer to the Marshall Scholarships website and follow the application procedures.
Self-funding a PhD
The School of Business and Management accepts applications from candidates intending to self-fund their PhD studies. Students whose fees are not paid directly to the university via a third party organisation are classed as self-funded. It should be noted that the School of Business and Management does not allow full-time PhD students to do paid work of more than six hours per week.
For more information about PhD funding, please go to: qmul.ac.uk/postgraduate/research/funding_phd