Fees and funding

phd funding

Postgraduate research can be funded in a number of ways. It might be that there's a funded project that's already related to your interests, or you may be eligible for a government doctoral loan. Below are the funded opportunities on offer and links to more information about loans and funding.

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Doctoral research fees
View our doctoral research fees for new and continuing students.

Doctoral Loan

A Postgraduate Doctoral Loan can help with course fees and living costs while you study a postgraduate doctoral course, such as a PhD.

If you are considering applying for a Doctoral Loan to fund your studies, you will need a specific course code from the university in order to process your application. Please let us know by completing this form. Please complete the form at least a month and a half before the start of your programme to ensure your loan is processed in good time. Completing the form at a later stage might result in delays in its approval and the loan reaching your bank account later than you expected.

If you apply for a Doctoral Loan, you will still be regarded as self-funding’ (see section below) This is because, (unlike an undergraduate loan which is paid directly to the University), Doctoral loans are paid directly to the student.

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Graduate Scholarships

The Graduate Scholarship is a 20% fee reduction available to all BCU graduates (BA, BSc, LLB, MA, MSc, LLM, PGCE) enrolling onto an eligible Master’s or PhD qualification for the first time in 2024/25

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PhD Studentships

PhD studentships are PhD funding opportunities supported by the University and/or organisations, where your research will be actively used in overcoming real-world problems.

Open opportunities

2024 VC's Inaugural PhD Studentship Scheme

Birmingham City University is delighted to launch the first phase of its Vice Chancellor’s Inaugural PhD studentship scheme, which is offering 23 doctoral studentships to undergraduates and taught postgraduates with the potential for onward teaching employment following completion of the doctoral study.

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Self-funding students

This information is for doctoral students who are responsible for paying their own fees.

Self-funding students must remain aware of their payment responsibilities at enrolment, and throughout the year - depending on the payment option you select - details of which can be found in the tuition fee policy here.

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Midlands4Cities funding

Midlands4Cities offer prestigious, fully funded Arts and Humanities PhD scholarships provided by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

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