Funding your research degree

This page details tuition fees for postgraduate research degrees, and sources of funding and financial support.

Tuition fees for research degrees (PhD, Professional Doctorate, MPhil and Master's by Research)

Home/EU students

2018/19

Tuition fees for the academic year 2018/19 are:

Fees are set by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and typically increase annually in line with the GDP deflator.

2019/20

Fees for 2019/20 will be announced by UKRI in early 2019.

International students

Tuition fees for international students are categorised into five bands. The tuition fee band is determined by the resources required for an applicant’s research project. Applicants will be informed of their tuition fee band should they receive an offer to study at the University.

2018/19

Tuition fees for the 2018/19 academic year are:

 Tuition fee band

 Full-time tuition fee per year

A

£14,500

B

£15,500

C

£17,500

D

£20,500

E

£25,500

2019/20

Tuition fees for the 2019/20 academic year are:

 Tuition fee band

 Full-time tuition fee per year

A

£15,000

B

£16,000

C

£18,000

D

£21,000

E

£26,000

Note: if an applicant is in the UK under a visa category other than tier 4, it may be possible to study part-time as an International student. Please visit our Visas and immigration page for more information.

Funding your research degree

There are a number of funding sources to help you complete a research degree.

In order to ensure you thrive during your research degree, it is crucial that you fully understand the costs of your project and have a clear plan in place to fund your research.

Research council scholarships

There are seven, government-funded research councils in the UK that support research at all levels. We are part of two research-council funded Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTP):

These Doctoral Training Partnerships offer scholarships to cover fees and an annual stipend of around £14,777. Both DTPs offer an annual open competition with a deadline in mid-January, as well as funding attached to specific projects (sign-up to be alerted when these specific projects are advertised).

University scholarships

Over the last 5 years, we have invested several million pounds to support innovative projects and dynamic researchers. We continue to offer a range of annual scholarships funded by the University, by Faculties and by external partners. We advertise scholarships on our website; you can also sign up to be notified when a scholarship opportunity is published).

Other grants, bursaries and funding sources

There are a range of charities, businesses and research organisations that offer full bursaries or small grants to support junior researchers. We subscribe to the Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding which lists many sources of support. To access it you will need a pin; please email us to request this pin: gscommunications@mmu.ac.uk.

Employer sponsorship

Where your research will aid your professional development, your employer may cover all or some of the costs of your programme. Our research degrees can be taken on a part-time basis to allow you to earn while you research.

Postgraduate or doctoral loan

The English Government has introduced two loan schemes:

Eligibility for these loans differs depending on your personal circumstances and the course you are studying. You should consult the above webpages and the government's Funding postgraduate study site for further guidance.

Postgraduate Study