PhD funding


The fees for 2016/17 are as follows:

Campus-based Phd£5,285 per year (minimum of 3 years of payment is required)£13,015 per year (minimum of 3 years of payment is required)
Distance Learning PhD£5,285 per year (4 years of payment is required)£10,930 per year (4 years of payment is required)

Funding Your PhD Study

There is a wide range of resources to help you look for funding for your PhD fees, living costs or research expenses.

AHRC funded PhD studentships

The School is part of the AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership Midlands 3 Cities which offers full and/or partial competitive studentships for PhD study each year. They are advertised on this page in the autumn of each year. The 2018 competition is now open - see details here.

Read profiles of some of our current PhD students who are funded through Midlands3Cities.

ESRC funded PhD studentships

The School is part of the ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership Midlands Graduate School which offers several competitive PhD studentships annually. The competition for 2018 entry is now open - see details here. These studentships are suitable for Social Science Research in Museum Studies.

UK funding and fees for EU students

Prospective EU applicants should note the UK Government's announcement of 11 Oct 2016 that EU students applying for a place at an English university or further education institution in the 2018-19 academic year will continue to be eligible for student loans and grants - and will be for the duration of their course.

Funding for International Students

The University's International Postgraduate Research Excellence Scholarships for Oct 2018 entry will be announced here shortly. These scholarships are granted to international students who have been offered a place for PhD study at the University based on an assessment of your research proposal, your academic record, and your supporting references. For information see last year's call.

Other Sources of Scholarships, Fees and Living Expenses

You will find information about scholarships offered by the College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities.

The FindAPhD resource is a database for searching a wide range of PhD funding sources.

For students from Commonwealth countries you could review information about the Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan to check your eligibility.

For students from Pakistan the Higher Education Commission has details of scholarships available to Pakistani students wishing to study abroad.

For students from the USA, see Fulbright Scholarships and  British Marshall Scholarships

For all International students see British Chevening Scholarships and British Council Fellowship Programmes

Living expenses only- Funds for Women Graduates.

Living Expenses for Third year of study only - Federation of Women Graduates.

See also the following printed publications:

  • The Grants Register
  • The Directory of Grant Making Trusts

Once you are a student in the School you can search for funding to assist with research expenses through the University’s subscription to the research funding database ResearchProfessional.

Many of our international PhD students are funded through scholarships from their country of origin.

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