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Tuition fees

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PhD fees vary according to where you come from, whether you study full or part time and where you are based during your degree.

Alumni discounts

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If you've previously completed a degree with us, you’ll automatically receive our alumni discount (£1,500 off the cost of your tuition fees).

PhD funding

The University allocates more than £8m each year in doctoral funding, including PhD studentships. A studentship is usually a package that provides full funding for tuition fees and living costs.

Studentships for UK and EU students

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The University's Graduate School holds information about studentships and other funding available for postgraduate study.

Available studentships include the University of Reading Regional PhD Bursary and the Wilkie Calvert Co-Supported PhD Studentship.

Studentships for international students

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The University offers a number of funding opportunities if you are applying from outside the UK and EU. 

We suggest that you consider funding sources in your own country as well to increase your chances of securing finance.

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Doctoral loans

You may be eligible to apply for a government-funded doctoral loan to fund your PhD.
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Alternative funding sources

The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding is a database of less well-known sources of doctoral funding.
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Supplement your income

You might consider part-time or casual work as a way to supplement your income during your studies. There are often vacancies at the University, which you can apply for through Campus Jobs.
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