Undertaking a PhD is a serious commitment, and involves careful financial planning at the time of application and for the duration of the program. Prices will almost inevitably rise and you must allow for this when planning your finances. Your costs will comprise both tuition fees and living costs.
Tuition fees are the annual charges payable to the College by all full or part-time students. They cover tuition, and the use of College facilities. They do not cover living expenses or the costs associated with field work, equipment, books or stationary. Students who take longer than twelve months following the completion of their research to write-up and submit their thesis also become liable to pay a writing-up fee.
Tuition fees are reviewed annually, usually in March/April of the previous academic year. For the purposes of your financial planning you should note that tuition fees increase each year.
If you are in doubt as to whether you will be classed as a Home/EU or Overseas student please consult the College’s Admissions and Recruitment Office at Mile End at an early stage:
Freephone (UK callers only) 0800 376 1800
Overseas callers +44 (0)20 7882 5533
For the purpose of fees, Human and Physical Geography/Environmental Science is classed as a Laboratory Based Course.
For information on fees, please see Postgraduate Tuition Fees
The cost of living in London obviously depends on the lifestyle you choose to live. Typically, however, postgraduates need a minimum of about £9,000 to cover food, accommodation, travel, books etc for a full year (52 weeks), to which should be added at least £2,000 for each dependent. Please note that while Queen Mary will offer advice to students who encounter financial difficulties, it is not able to provide financial support to individual students.
Funding your study
Unfortunately there are no mandatory awards for postgraduate study, and alternative funding sources are limited. Consequently it is vital that you consider how you will pay your fees and maintain yourself at an early stage in the application process.For possible sources of funding please see our Funding page.