Funding and fees

If you’re hoping to secure funding for your PhD, there are many options available.

  • You can browse our funding schemes, competition and directly funded projects via our database. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic merit and are very competitive, so it’s important that you apply as early as possible.
  • The University's postgraduate scholarships website gives you access to a searchable database of all University postgraduate research funding opportunities.
  • Trusts, charities and foundations. There are many trusts, charities and foundations that award partial funding for postgraduate study. There are huge numbers of applications for these sums of money, so you’ll need a strong case to make a successful application. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic merit and are very competitive, so it’s important that you make enquiries and apply as early as possible.

Fees

Postgraduate research fees are not regulated by the UK government so decisions on UK undergraduate fees do not apply to them. Our postgraduate research fees are set independently and reviewed on an annual basis.

The standard period of study for a full-time PhD is 3 years (5 years part-time) and you are strongly encouraged to try and submit your PhD within that time.  You will therefore need to have funding to cover the cost of your fees and your living expenses for a minimum of 3 years for full-time study or 5 years part-time. Also, where the research projects undertaken require a high expenditure on consumables, equipment or other resources an annual bench fee may be charged in addition to the academic fees.

Fees are listed on the University of Leeds website.