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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.

At the Institute of Education, our PhD students come with a range of funding. Some students are funded through the ESRC South East Doctoral Training Arc (SEDarc) Doctoral Training Partnership; some are funded through University scholarships (including International Research Studentships and regional bursaries); some are funded by their government; and some are self-funded.

At the Institute of Education, our PhD students come with a range of funding. Some students are funded through the ESRC  South East Doctoral Training Arc (SEDarc) Doctoral Training Partnership; 

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.

EdD fees and funding 

In 2024/25 academic year the fees will be:

  • Home fees: £3,500 per year
  • International fees: £10,415 per year 

Sources of funding

The majority of students on the EdD programme are self-funded or sponsored by their institution. Those who are looking for funding information can visit the Doctoral and Researcher College fees and funding webpages.

Overseas students

A number of external organisations fund doctoral scholarships on a competitive basis. In particular, information on potential funding for students from Commonwealth countries is available from the Association of Commonwealth Universities.

You can find information on studentships open to international applicants on the Doctoral and Researcher College's Studentships for international applicants pages.

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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.