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What funding will I need?

Tuition fees

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 FT study or 5 years PT.  Your offer letter will state the end of the standard period of study and also the maximum time limit. The difference is usually the overtime/writing up period. Full-time students normally have one year of overtime and part-time/split site have two years. Should you need extra time to write up your thesis there is an overtime registration fee which is currently £215 for 2017/18.  You will also need funding to cover your living costs during this time.

You are also likely to need  some additional research expenses e.g for fieldwork, lab work or conference attendance.  If you are applying with your own research proposal, please provide a breakdown of what your additional costs are likely to be when you apply (e.g travel to place of fieldwork, subsistence during fieldwork, likely costs of data or labwork etc). If you are applying for an advertised topic, your prospective supervisors will be able to advise whether there is funding available for additional research costs or if you/they will need to apply for additional funding. The School of Geography may be able to provide a small amount of additional research funding for applicants who do not receive this from their funder.

Funding can be one of the main barriers to PhD study as there are relatively few scholarships available and they can be in very specific research areas.  We receive a high number of applications for University and Research Council scholarships and so you will need to have strong academic credentials to be competitive (usually top 5-10% of your cohort). Many successful scholarship winners have first class honours degree (or equivalent) and a strong Masters degree as well as prizes and publications.  Prospective supervisors want to know what your funding situation is when they are reviewing your application so please provide as much detail as possible. 

How do I apply for funding?

Funding can sometimes be attached to a particular project, but more often you will need to apply for a scholarship funded by the University, one of the Research Councils or an external government or organisation. University and Research Council scholarships are usually advertised between October and December with application deadlines between January and June.  To maximise your chances of success, you should apply to for as many scholarships as possible.  Please note that you should ideally submit your PhD application to the School well before the scholarship deadline to allow time for processing.  We can accept applications submitted up to the scholarship deadline but this reduces the time we have to consider your application and chase up any missing documents.

A list of some of the current or recent funding opportunities can be found on our funding page or the University's Postgraduate Scholarships website