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.
Research fees by Institute (2017/18 entry)
|Institute for Design Innovation||R2||£4,195||£20,500|
|Institute for Digital Technologies||R2||£4,195||£20,500|
|Institute for Diplomacy and International Governance||R1||£4,195||£16,000|
|Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship||R1||£4,195||£16,000|
|Institute for International Management||R1||£4,195||£16,000|
|Institute for Media and Creative Industries||R1||£4,195||£16,000|
|Institute for Sport Business||R2||£4,195||£20,500|
Please note that the 2017/18 fees apply for anyone who begins their research degree on the following intake dates:
- 1st April 2018
- 1st July 2018
Research fees by Institute (2018/19 entry)
|Institute for Design Innovation||R2||£4,260||£20,500|
|Institute for Digital Technologies||R2||£4,260||£20,500|
|Institute for Diplomacy and International Governance||R1||£4,260||£16,400|
|Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship||R1||£4,260||£16,400|
|Institute for International Management||R1||£4,260||£16,400|
|Institute for Media and Creative Industries||R1||£4,260||£16,400|
|Institute for Sport Business||R2||£4,260||£20,500|
Please note that the 2018/19 fees apply for anyone who begins their research degree on the following intake dates:
- 1st October 2018
- 1st January 2019
- 1st April 2019
- 1st July 2019
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.
|Support||What 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.||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|
The UK government PhD loan is for English-resident students looking to study PhD programmes from summer 2018. Any amount up to £25,000 can be borrowed, and can be used to pay for your tuition fees or other costs associated with studying, such as accommodation or travel expenses.
In order to receive a doctoral loan you must be a UK or EU national ordinarily resident in England (you didn't move here just to study) or an EU student moving to England for a PhD. You must also be aged 59 or under and not have research council studentships.
Once you have completed the course, you will repay 6% of your income over £21,000 per year (£21,000 a year, £1,750 a month or £404 a week). This will be combined with master's loan debt, so you will only make one repayment every month.
Please refer to our quick guide to the PhD loan for more information.
|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 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.
UK Government loans for PhD programmes
The UK Government has recently introduced the Doctoral Loan, where doctoral researchers can now receive up to £25,000 for their whole course. Further information can be found on the UK Gov website.
Which courses are eligible?
- The loan is for doctoral degrees that start on or after 1 August 2018.
- The doctoral course must last between three and eight academic years.
- The course can be either full-time or part-time.
- You will not be able to claim for the loan if you will receive Research Council funding (for example, studentships, stipends, scholarships and tuition fee support).
How much can I borrow?
- You can choose to borrow up to £25,000.
- It’s also your choice how you spend the money, though the loan is intended to support the cost of fees, learning resources and/or living expenses.
- The loan is paid directly to you and is not based on your family’s income.
Who can apply?
- To get the loan, you must be living in England and intending to study at a UK University. UK nationals and those with settled status in the UK can apply, so long as they have been living in England for 3 years. EU, EEA or Swiss nationals living in the EU, EEA or Switzerland are also eligible, so long as they are intending to study at a UK University.
- You must also be under the age of 60 on the first day of your course.
When do I repay the loan?
- You are not required to repay any of the loan until you have finished or left your course and your income is over £21,000.
- Once you earn over this amount, the government will automatically take 6% of what you earn over the threshold.
- This will be combined with master’s loan debt, so you will only make one repayment every month.