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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 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.
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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.

The four-year graduate teaching assistantship covers fees at the UK/EU rate and a maintenance stipend towards living expenses. International students are welcome to apply but must be able to pay the difference between UK/EU fees and international fees.

For more information, please contact Dr Julia Vogt, the School's Director of Postgraduate Research Studies by emailing

Find out more about the Magdalen Vernon PhD studentship

South East Network for Social Sciences funding

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) South East Network for Social Sciences (SeNSS) provides funding for UK and EU students interested in PhD research.

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

Visit SeNNS for more information

Studentships for UK students

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

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

We suggest that you consider funding sources in your own country as well to increase your 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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