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Research fees and funding

We are home to a thriving, research-intensive community. As a research student you'll benefit from the latest work by internationally-renowned academics. Many of our research initiatives involve successful collaborations with industry, the public sector, business and government, both in the UK and overseas.

We have many funded and non-funded research degree opportunities available. For more information, visit our Research Degrees homepage.

Research degree funding

Brunel research vacancies

Research studentships, research assistant and research fellow vacancies are listed on the jobs.ac.uk website. Please use the search function to find the latest research opportunities.  

We are one of the largest employers in the area with approximately 2,500 employees and offer a diverse range of job opportunities. As well as competitive salaries, we are able to offer our staff benefits in terms of, childcare vouchers, gym membership at reduced rates, access to library facilities, discounts on private healthcare schemes and in-house staff training courses. 

External funding

Explore external funding, particularly the Research Councils, as well as other support. 


Research degree fees

Home/EU students

Course Fees per year for 2016/17
PhD – Postgraduate Research Full time: £4,121       Part time: £2,060
Brunel Integrated PhD  £8,850
International students

Subject area

Full-time fees per year for 2016/17

Part-time fees per year for 2016/17

Economics, Politics / History, Sociology, Anthropology, Media & Communications



Arts and Humanities, Screen Media, Journalism, Education, Law, Mathematics



Business, Engineering & Design, Environment, Geography, Health Sciences, Information Systems & Computing, Sport Sciences


The fees for the Brunel Integrated PhD for 2016/17 for international students are:

Subject area

Full time fees per year

Mathematical Sciences, Economics and Finance, Human Sciences, Education


Information Systems, Business, Biological Sciences, Electronic and Computer Engineering,         Mechanical Engineering, Design, Manufacturing and Enterprise Engineering


Research projects undertaken within the Department of Life Sciences in the areas of Biosciences; Environmental Sciences; Psychology and Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences may require an annual bench fee. The amount is variable dependent on the requirements of the project and will be discussed and agreed between the applicant and the supervisor at interview stage. This amount will be additional to tuition fees and will be stated in the offer letter from Admissions.