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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.


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 South East Doctoral Training Arc (SEDarc) Doctoral Training Partnership and the AHRC South West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership

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

ESRC studentships

SEDarc scholarships include a Research Council rate stipend, tuition fees at the UK rate and provide innovative and challenging world-class doctoral training in a dynamic, interdisciplinary research environment. 

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. The studentships are open to applications from UK and international students. 

You can find full details and eligibility criteria on the SEDarc studentships webpage.

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.

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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.