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Tuition fees

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

Alumni discounts

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 around 150 entry awards each year in PhD studentships and bursaries, so there are many ways to access PhD funding. A studentship is usually a package that provides full funding for tuition fees and living costs.


South East Doctoral Training Arc

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) South East Doctoral Training Arc (SEDarc) provides generous funding for UK and international students interested in PhD research. Students on our undergraduate and master’s economics courses who are interested in continuing on to PhD study are also eligible to apply for PhD funding via SEDarc.

Find out more about ESRC-funded PhD studentships

Other available studentships for PhD study

The University's Doctoral and Researcher College School holds further information about studentships and other funding available for both UK and International PhD applicants. We suggest that international students also consider funding sources in their own country to increase their chances of securing finance.

SPPE PhD Development Fund 

All currently enrolled PhD Economics candidates, including distance, can apply to the SPPE PhD Development Fund, except those who have already notified an intention to submit their thesis.

Applications should be made by e-mail to your supervisor and the PGR Director (students) and PGR Director (admissions), who will make a joint decision on whether the Fund can be used to cover some or all the proposed expenditure.

The justification of the expenditure should be based on at least one of two grounds:

  1. Improving the quality of the PhD thesis or the timeliness of its completion
  2. Improving PhD-level career prospects, normally in terms of chances of success in the academic job market.

As the fund is limited it is therefore unlikely that a candidate would have more than one large expenditure approved per year, and not normally more than three during their studies.

What types of expenditure can the Fund normally be used for?

  • Academic journal submission fees
  • Registering and attending a conference/workshop, where you have been invited to present your work, representing the University of Reading and Department of Economics
  • Training needs which cannot reasonably be provided by resources at the University of Reading, free online resources or self-study.
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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 sources of funding

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.