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Tuition fees

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

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. Information about studentships relevant for those wishing to study in the School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences can be found below.
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Magdalen Vernon PhD studentship

The School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences offers a fully funded PhD studentship in a research project aligned with our research. The studentship is named in honour of Professor Magdalen Vernon (1901–1991), who was the first female Head of the then Department of Psychology at Reading.

This four-year graduate teaching assistantship covers fees at the Home or International rate, and a maintenance stipend towards living expenses.  Please note, that although two studentships are available, due to the nature of funding available only one will cover fees at the International rate. For more information, please email

Find out more about the Magdalen Vernon PhD studentship.

South East Doctoral Training Arc

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) South East Doctoral Training Arc (SEDarc) provides funding for UK and international students to undertake PhD research.

Students on our undergraduate and master's psychology courses who are interested in continuing on to PhD study are also eligible to apply for PhD funding via SEDarc.

Visit SEDarc for more information

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.


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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