Fees and Funding


Tuition fees for postgraduate research degrees can be found at:

Funding a PhD

There is a variety of funding sources available to PhD students.  These include: QMUL Studentships; Research Council Studentships; and external funding bodies.  For more information see Funding a PhD.

QMUL Studentships (Home and International)

We offer a number of research studentships spread across our four research centres each year, which are normally tenable for up to three years.  The studentships cover tuition fees and provide maintenance at the base research council level.

The School also welcomes self-funded PhD students or those with funding from external bodies.

International funding awards

There is a range of externally funded awards available to overseas students for PhD study.  These include schemes such as those administered by the Commonwealth Scholarships Commission but also those run on a country-by-country basis, often in conjunction with QMUL, such as the China Scholarship Council scheme.    

SEPnet PhD Scholarships: PhD Grand Challenges 2016

Take nine world-class University Physics Departments.  Bring together their research, knowledge and resources.  The result is SEPnet.

SEPnet offers PhD programmes focused on the future of physics with scholarships to match.  You will optimise the opportunity to enter your preferred field of research with your single application considered by nine universities: Hertfordshire, Kent, the OU, Portsmouth, Queen Mary, Royal Holloway, Southampton, Surrey and Sussex. Our partners offer over 100 PhD projects every year. These projects and SEPnet Scholarships are available in the following areas of research:

  • Astrophysics
  • Particle Physics
  • Quantum Technology and Condensed Matter
  • Medical and Bio- Physics
  • Theoretical Physics
  • Atmospheric and Climate physics

Scholarships come with additional research training support from SEPnet of up to £500 per year which may be used for travel to conferences or overseas experiments.  

How to Apply:

Applicants are invited to submit their current C.V. and a short statement of their research interests (max. 200 words) to Cristobel Soares-Smith, SEPnet Graduate Network Administrator, gradnetadmin@sepnet.ac.uk by 10 February 2016.  Selected candidates will be invited to attend an Open Day on 24 February 2016 at the Royal Astronomical Society in London in order to meet potential supervisors and learn more about GRADnet.