There are two main routes to getting PhD funding. Both of these normally pay fees and a maintenance stipend. However some students may only be eligible for partial fees, or a fees-only award. Check the eligibility criteria of each scheme carefully.

1. Competition funding

Applications for PhD scholarships for 2020 are now closed

The University offers a number of PhD scholarships each year. Information will appear here when available for 2021 entry.

2. Project funding

This is where you apply to work on a specific project which already has funding attached. You need to demonstrate that you are better qualified to complete the project than other applicants.

  • Funded projects can be announced at any time of the year. If we are currently advertising any funded projects they will be listed here:

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  • You will not usually be asked to write a complete research proposal, but you may be asked to write a short personal statement, or provide a description of how you would approach the project.