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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.
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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.

Studentships for original research proposals in Politics and International Relations

Our PhD students are eligible for a range of scholarships.

The University of Reading is a member of two UK research council-funded doctoral training programmes which fund work in politics and international relations: the ESRC SeNSS Doctoral Training Partnership and the AHRC South West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership

Each year, the School of Politics, Economics and International Relations funds one politics PhD studentship, which pays UK fees only. Applicants are automatically considered for this award.

ESRC studentships

SeNSS scholarships include a Research Council rate stipend (currently £15,285 for 2020/21), tuition fees at the UK rate and provide innovative and challenging world-class doctoral training in a dynamic, interdisciplinary research environment. 

These studentships include 1+3 awards, which include a year of funded study at master's level before three years of support during a PhD.

If you are considering doctoral study after your master's and would be interested in applying for a studentship, please contact Professor Alan Cromartie ( and potential supervisors as early as possible so they can assist and support your application.

You can find full details on the SeNSS Social Sciences Studentships page.

The studentships are open to applications from the UK and international students; please see the SeNSS eligibility criteria.

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.

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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.