Fees and funding


The tables of fees for research degrees at Reading can be found here.

Sources of funding

Main sources of Financial support for PhD study in Maths are the

  • Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the
  • National Environmental Research Council (NERC),

either in the form of

  • individual awards to the student, made via the Department, or through
  • project studentships, funded by grants held by a particular supervisor, or
  • CASE studentships, again held by a particular supervisor.

CASE studentships involve collaboration with industry and attract supplements to the basic grant.

Other sources of funding PhDs sponsored entirely by UK industry or research establishments are also often available. Early application to the Mathematics Department is recommended.

Qualified UK graduates are usually eligible for full funding by the Research Councils, whilst other EU students are usually eligible for funding of fees only.

Information on other studentships available at the University can be obtained from our money matters, costs and budgets for postgraduate students pages.

See also Funding Opportunities for research students.

Overseas students

Overseas students are in general responsible for finding suitable funding. Information on overseas scholarships can be obtained by emailing studentships@reading.ac.uk and from the British Council.

Information on potential funding for Students from commonwealth countries is also available from the Association of Commonwealth Universities.

Information on the University's studentships open to overseas applicants can be found our money matters, costs and budgets for postgraduate students pages.

See also University International Research Studentships.

Regional PhD Bursaries

The University of Reading is delighted to be offering a number of Regional PhD Bursaries to support high quality local residents in achieving their highest academic potential, as well as to enhance their professional prospects.

University of Reading Regional PhD Bursaries are designed to give candidates within the region the chance to study at one of the top 200 universities in the world (QS World University Rankings 2018) and benefit from the all round training on offer to our doctoral researchers.

Further information about University of Reading Regional PhD Bursaries

Scholarships for students from Brazil

We welcome and support applications for the Science Without Borders Scholarship (Ciência sem Fronteiras).

Science without Borders (Ciência sem Fronteiras) is a Brazilian Government scholarship programme which aims to send 101,000 Brazilian students on undergraduate sandwich courses, PhD sandwich courses and full PhDs to study in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and creative industries at top universities around the world.

Science without Borders is run and managed by two Brazilian higher education agencies CAPES and CNPq 

Alumni fee discounts

If you have already studied at the University of Reading you will get 10% off the fees of a master's course or the first year of another postgraduate degree (up to a maximum of £1,000).

For most master's courses this will mean 10% off the standard £5,500 UK/EU fee, making the fee £4,950 for UK/EU students (and £12,750-£15,500, rather than £13,750-£16,500, for international students).

Apply for your alumni fee discount.

Recent Openings

The list of available research projects can be found here.  

For details of how to apply see our postgraduate application page.

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