Fees and funding for PhD and MPhil programmes

The fee amount covers registration, supervision, examinations and graduation. It also contributes to the operation of university facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other services you may need.

PhD research fees (2019-20)

The following fees apply to research degrees that commence on the following intake dates:

  • 1st October 2019
  • 1st January 2020
  • 1st April 2020
  • 1st July 2020
Institute Band


(per annum)


(per annum)

Institute for Design Innovation RB TBC* £21,100
Institute for Digital Technologies RB TBC* £21,100
Institute for Diplomacy and International Governance RA TBC* £16,900
Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship RA TBC* £16,900
Institute for International Management RA TBC* £16,900
Institute for Media and Creative Industries RA TBC* £16,900
Institute for Sport Business RB TBC* £21,100

* Fee set by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). UKRI have not confirmed their indicative fee for 2020-21. This fee increases annually by an amount linked to inflation (currently, the measure used is the GDP deflator).


Funding your MPhil or PhD 

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 Bursary A contribution towards the full cost of tuition fees for full-time UK and EU students who are self-funded and not in receipt of any other University award. Students must have obtained a previous degree from Loughborough University. 20% towards the full cost of research fees
Studentships For students wishing to undertake a PhD, often in a specific subject area or topic. Eligibility criteria apply. 100% towards UK, EU and International research fees. Normally includes a stipend  for UK and EU students.
Research Council funding Funding for a large number of schools and departments for doctoral study. Funded through various funding bodies such as the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). Varies
The Colt Foundation Funding for research which aims to solve social, medical and environmental problems created by commerce and industry. The Colt Foundation is particularly interested in research into the health, safety and comfort of people at work.  Typically 100% towards UK/EU fees and a stipend International candidates would be expected to cover the additional international fee amount. Funding for research expenses is also available.
Entente Cordiale A 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. The scheme provides funding for around 20 French and British students every year. Varies
Leverhulme Trust Welfare Support bursaries for the children, spouses, widows or widowers of chemists, grocers and commercial travellers.  Up to £5,000
PhD loans

The UK government PhD loan is for English-resident students looking to study PhD programmes from summer 2018. 

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.

Please refer to our quick guide to the PhD loan for more information.

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. Once you have completed the course, you will repay 6% of your income over £21,000 per annum. 

Postgrad Solutions study bursaries Bursaries worth £500 are available to students starting postgraduate courses. Up to £500
The Reid Trust Funding for women educated in Britain who have appropriate academic qualifications and who wish to undertake further training or research in the United Kingdom. Up to £1,000
Sir Thomas White Loan Charity Residents of Leicestershire can apply for an interest free loan of up to £5,000.  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 for postgraduate students studying at least 50% of a full-time course who experience unanticipated and serious financial difficulties. Varies
FindAPhD.com scholarship Available for all subjects at any university currently listed on FindAPhD.com.  Up to £5,000. Two £500 runner-up scholarships will also be awarded. 

International Students Studying in the UK

International students can usually apply for grants from funding bodies in their own country, such as the Ministry or 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.