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Fees and Funding

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.

Tuition fees

You can find a full list of both UK/EU and overseas tuition fees here:

Part-time fees 

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.

PhD Studentships
The School of Business and Management receives a high number of PhD applications throughout the year, and the strongest applicants will automatically be considered for a studentship (if available at the time of application/consideration). QMUL offers research studentships to the value of around £12 million to support PhD students each year. These include our own prestigious QMUL Principal's Postgraduate Research Studentships, as well as Research Council UK (RCUK) funded studentships, funding from industry, and from research charities and cultural institutions.

The Postgraduate Research Studentships below typically provide funding for up to three years of PhD study. The studentships cover tuition fees and provide maintenance at the standard Research Council rate of £16,296 per academic year. They are open to suitably qualified candidates from the UK, EU and overseas. They include:

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. Applications must be received by 31 January 2017.

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 and applications must be received by 31 January 2017.

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.

QMUL-China Scholarship Council Joint Scholarships

Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) is one of the largest supporters of the China Scholarship Council (CSC) in the UK and welcomes around fifty new PhD students on joint QMUL-CSC scholarships every year. Under the scheme, QMUL will provide scholarships to cover all tuition fees, whilst the CSC will provide living expenses and one return flight ticket to successful applicants.

Applicants are asked to follow our usual online application process and identify themselves as CSC scholars. Should you have any questions regarding the application process please email, or for more detailed enquiries regarding possible projects please email Monira Begum, the School’s PhD Administrator, on

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.

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.

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