Fees and funding for PhDs

Tuition fees cover the cost of your registration, teaching, assessment, and operating university facilities such as the library, IT equipment, and other support services.

Available studentships for 2017

We’re currently offering a number of PhD studentships to fund research projects in enterprise, digital technologies, media, international management and creative and collaborative teamwork. 

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Research fees by Institute (2018 entry) Band UK/EU International
Institute for Design Innovation R2 TBC £20,500
Institute for Digital Technologies R2 TBC £20,500
Academy of Diplomacy and International Governance R1 TBC £16,400
Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship R1 TBC £16,400
Institute for International Management R1 TBC £16,400
Institute for Media and Creative Industries R1 TBC £16,400
Institute for Sport Business R2 TBC £20,500

Funding an MPhil or PhD programme

Undertaking a postgraduate research programme is a significant investment in your future and there are a number of costs you should keep in mind when deciding whether a PhD is right for you.

To support your search for funding, we have included a number of useful resources below.

SupportWhat is it?Amount
Alumni Bursaries for Loughborough UK/EU Graduates Bursary of 20% towards the full cost of tuition fees, for all self-funding full-time UK and EU PhD students who are not in receipt of any other University award and who obtained their previous degree from Loughborough University. 20% off the full cost of tuition fees
Vice-Chancellor's Research Scholarship 20% tuition fee scholarship for high calibre self-funding PhD students with a first-class undergraduate degree (or international equivalent). 20% off the full cost of tuition fees
Studentships A range of competitive studentships, are available for students wishing to undertake a PhD. Eligibility criteria applies. 100% towards UK/EU tuition fees, a stipend of approximately £14,296 per annum plus £2,000 London weighting supplement (2016/17 value). 
Research Council Funding Funding is available in many schools and departments for doctoral study funded through the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. Variable
International Postgraduate Research Scholarship This competitive scholarship is open to students who are permanent residents of Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Germany, Ghana, Mexico, Poland, Puerto Rico, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, or USA. Click here for more details, and an application form.  10% reduction in the International tuition fee, plus £1,000 per year for three years of study as a mobility award, and a £1,000 bursary per year for three years of study.
The Colt Foundation The primary interest of the Colt Foundation is to promote and encourage research into social, medical and environmental problems created by commerce and industry. The Colt Foundation is interested in supporting research into the health, safety and comfort of people at work. Payments include stipend, UK/EU fees and overseas candidates applying would be expected to meet the difference in UK/EU and International rates. A sum to cover research expenses will also be awarded. Please check The Colt Foundation website
Entente Cordiale The Entente Cordiale Scholarship Scheme is a prestigious bi-lateral awards scheme that funds British postgraduate students who want to study in France and French students who want to study in the UK. Funded for the most part by the private sector in both countries the scheme provides funding for around 20 French and British students each year. Please check the Entente Cordiale website
Leverhulme Trust Welfare Support bursaries available to the children, spouses, widows or widowers of chemists, grocers and commercial travellers. Value: Up to £5,000. Please check the Leverhulme Trust website
PhD loans

More information about the PhD loans is expected in Spring 2018, following further consultation by the government. It is expected that a loan of up to £25,000 will be available for full-time and part-time PhD applicants across all subjects.

In order to receive a doctoral loan you must be an English student, accepted for PhD study at a UK university and not receiving a Research Council living allowance. No restrictions concerning the age of the applicant have been announced so far. Further details regarding personal eligibility will be updated as they become available.

Repayment terms are currently under further consultation, but the information released so far is that postgraduate loan repayments are intended to be combined with the Master’s degree loan (if taken). Students will therefore make one repayment on the maximum combined loan of £35,000. The loans will be subject to interest, but rates have not been confirmed yet. This website will be updated as more details are announced. 

Please check the UK Government website for updates
Postgrad Solutions Study Bursaries Bursaries worth £500 are available to students starting postgraduate courses. Up to £500
The Reid Trust The Reid Trust supports women educated in Britain who have appropriate academic qualifications and who wish to undertake further training or research in the United Kingdom, each year the Reid Trust makes six to ten awards of up to £1000 each. Up to £1,000
Sir Thomas White Loan Charity Postgraduate students resident in Leicestershire for the past five years can apply for an interest free loan of up to £5,000. For details and eligibility contact 0116 204 6620 or visit stwcharity.co.uk.  Up to £5,000
Career Development Loans A deferred repayment bank loan to help you pay for vocational learning or education. Up to £10,000
Financial Support for Students Experiencing Hardship Available to some taught and research postgraduate students studying at least 50% of a full-time course who experience unanticipated and serious financial difficulties. Up to £1,350
FindAMasters.com Scholarship Available for all subject areas at any university currently listed on FindAMasters.com. Two £500 runners-up scholarships will also be awarded.  Up to £5,000
FindAPhD.com Scholarship Available for all subjects at any university currently listed on FindAPhD.com. Two £500 runners-up scholarships will also be awarded.  Up to £5,000

International Students Studying in the UK

International students can usually apply for grants from funding bodies in their own country, such as the Ministry / Department of Education, or the British Council. The British Council manage a small number of international studentship grants in some countries and should be able to tell you about any other awards which may be on offer, such as the British Chevening Scholarship which is available to students wishing to study full-time taught or research programmes in any subject at a UK university.