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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.

Funding for geography and environmental science PhDs

Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) SCENARIO Doctoral Training Partnerships

You can apply for doctoral training and studentships from the NERC SCENARIO Doctoral Training Partnerships. These include a wide range of opportunities for placements and training with external partners.

Find out more about NERC SCENARIO studentships

Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) South East Doctoral Training ARC (SEDarc) Doctoral Training Partnership

Applicants for topics in Geography and Environmental Studies are invited to apply for the PhD studentship opportunities offered through the ESRC South East Doctoral Training Arc (SEDarc) Doctoral Training Partnership. These studentships are 3.5 years in duration and cover tuition fees, an annual maintenance grant as well as additional funding for research training and support.
Find out more about ESRC SEDarc studentships

University of Reading regional PhD bursaries

The University of Reading is delighted to offer a scheme aimed at supporting local residents to achieve their highest academic potential, as well as enhancing their professional prospects.

Our regional PhD bursaries are designed to give candidates within the region the chance to benefit from the all-round training on offer to our doctoral researchers.

Find out more about University of Reading Regional PhD Bursaries

Rob Potter Memorial Travel Award For Overseas Fieldwork

The School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science offers a bursary of up to £1,000 per year to support a doctoral student with their fieldwork, in honour of Professor Rob Potter.

Find out more about the Rob Potter Memorial Travel Award for Overseas Fieldwork

Studentships for PhD students

The University's Doctoral and Researcher College holds information about studentships and other funding available for postgraduate study.

Studentships are available for both UK and international students.

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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.

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