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Tuition fees

A PhD is a significant financial investment, but it is one that we believe brings an invaluable personal experience and a wealth of professional opportunities on your graduation.

Tuition fees for Home students are set by Research Councils UK (RCUK) and the 2018-19 rates are likely to be confirmed in November/December 2017. The published rates for 2017-18 are:

  • £4,195 for full-time research degrees
  • £2,098 for part-time research degrees

For overseas fees see our page on International students’ tuition fees and for further information visit this page.


There are a range of different sources of funding available for PhD students at QMUL. Finding funding is an important element of the application process and we recommend that you begin to explore your funding options as early as possible. 

It is important to be aware that different funding bodies and organisations will have different deadlines: the majority of these will fall inbetween November and February prior to the commencement of your PhD project in September.

As a result of the quality of our graduate training and supervision, the School of Geography has been awarded NERC recognition, is part of the ESRC-funded London Interdisciplinary Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership (LISS DTP) and is an associate member of the AHRC-funded London Arts & Humanities Partnership.

The School primarily accepts students on to our PhD programmes who have identified sources of funding. We will consider applications from self-funded students in exceptional circumstances.  

The School of Geography at QMUL invites applications for fully funded PhD studentships commencing in September 2018. The studentships are for applicants wishing to undertake a PhD in Human Geography or Physical Geography/Environmental Science, in a research area agreed in consultation with the prospective supervisor. Studentships may be funded from one of the sources below, dependent upon eligibility and proposed topic. Candidates are strongly advised to make contact with the School and a potential supervisor to discuss these opportunities.

LISS DTP Studentships (1+3 or +3)

The School is a member of the London Interdisciplinary Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership (LISS-DTP), which is an interdisciplinary doctoral training partnership involving QMUL, King's College London and Imperial College London. As a member of LISS-DTP we are able to offer 1+3 (one year MRes followed by three year PhD) and +3 (three year PhD) studentships, for projects relating to three thematic pathways which align with the research expertise of our academic staff: Health, Biopolitics and Social Inequality, International Development, Conflict & Human Security, and Urbanisation, Social Change & Transformation. Successful applicants will be hosted within the School of Geography and will have access to training opportunities across the LISS-DTP. Eligibility is based on UK residency, although non-UK resident EU students may apply for a fees only award. 

Applications for an ESRC studentship must be made to the LISS-DTP by 5pm on 31 January 2018. Please follow the instructions on how to apply.

QMUL Principal’s Postgraduate Research Studentships

The School invites applications for QMUL Principal’s Postgraduate Research Studentships for self-defined projects relating to any of the School’s human or physical geography research themes. Applications are also invited for projects that might involve collaboration with other Schools within QMUL. These studentships are open to UK, EU and international students and cover fees and maintenance at the Research Council rate for London (currently £16,553).

The deadline for submitting application is 5pm on 31 January 2018. See this page for details of the application process.

London NERC Studentships

The School invites applications for Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) PhD studentships through the London NERC Doctoral Training Partnership, for projects relating to the School’s Earth Surface Science research theme. A collaboration between QMUL and other world-leading research centres in London, the DTP is offering four-year studentships across a suite of research areas. See details on NERC eligibility. For more information, including examples of projects available, see Please do not hesitate to contact the named QMUL supervisor to discuss the details of the proposed projects. 

Applications must be made through the DTP website by 11am on Monday 8 January 2018.

Queen Mary Alumni Loyalty Award

Students who are graduates of QMUL and are not in receipt of a full scholarship, may be eligible for £1,000 off their postgraduate degree tuition fees. For eligibility criteria, how to apply and further information, visit the Queen Mary Alumni Loyalty Award web page.

Application process and interviews

See above for details of how to apply for LISS and London NERC DTP studentships. We anticipate interviewing short-listed applicants in mid-February 2018. 

More information

  • Further funding opportunities do come up throughout the year so please keep checking the Funding a PhD pages regularly for updates.
  • The School of Geography is also part of the Queen Mary China Scholarship Council Co-funded Scholarship programme. Details and further information are available here.
  • For enquiries, please contact:
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