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Fees and Funding

The two main components of the costs for a research degree are the University fees and the maintenance required for your living expenses. Postgraduate Admissions has a useful page summarising these. The awards below include a "stipend" - which is a tax-free salary - which covers living costs and is administered through the department This is usually paid at standard research council rates. The standard length of funding is 3.5 years.

If you have an independent source of funding (e.g. government scholarship, self/family, or current employer) then you may want to look at the university's fees page (for overseas we are Postgraduate Research Band 2). If you do have independent funding please make this clear on your application as finding funding is often the most difficult part of the application process.

If you require funding from the university, this could be available from several different sources the most common of which are listed below. Please read the information below, but also look at the information on scholarships on the university website (including the useful video) and check the available projects with funding.

Research Council Studentships

The UK Research Councils, especially EPSRC and STFC, provide funding for PhD training and research to UK students, and in many cases for EU students (non-UK EU students must have studied in the UK for 3 years prior to starting their PhD in order to be eligible for a maintenance grant). Studies for an MSc by Research cannot normally be funded by the research councils.

For EPRSC, notes on eligibility can be found here while STFC have a detailed guide to studentships. These studentships pay a standard stipend to cover maintenance as well as paying the university fees and providing some travel expenses for conferences or experiments. The stipends are usually paid at standard research council rates.

These studentships are assigned through the department. Check the available projects with funding, but there are also a limited number available for outstanding students to choose the area of their choice. Contact the PG admissions tutor for more details.

University and Departmental Scholarships

The department has a limited number of scholarships for outstanding UK students, please contact the PG admissions tutor if you would like to know more. Highly competitive scholarships to support PhD study are also available from the Graduate School, please contact the PG Admissions Tutor before applying. The Chancellor's International Scholarship pays full overseas fees, it is extremely competitive. You must contact the PG admissions tutor before applying.

The International Office also offers a range of scholarships, including scholarships for overseas Masters students - this also includes the MSc by Research degree offered by Physics.

Also on offer are the China Scholarship Council (CSC) awards: further details can be found here.

The Bell Burnell scholarship

The Bell Burnell Graduate scholarship fund was set up to support full or part-time graduates who wish to study towards a doctorate in physics and are from groups that are currently under-represented in physics. Closing date is 10th Jan 2020.

Centres for Doctoral Training

The Physics department is also associated with various CDTs at Warwick which have funding available for PhD studentships.

Centre for Doctoral Training in Modelling of Heterogeneous Systems

Diamond Science and Technology

Analytical Science

Complexity Science

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"I chose Warwick based on its reputation and quality of research. I thought the postgraduate course here would give me a chance to learn a wide range of skills necessary for a career in research"
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