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Research fees and funding

PhD student loans - NEW!

The UK Government has introduced PhD loans for UK and EU students residing in England for postgraduate research programmes starting in the academic year 2018-19. The loans are up to £25,000 and will not be means tested. Here is some information at a glance.

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The PhD loan will:

  • provide a contribution to the costs of study rather than covering the full fees and living costs of a student,
  • be paid directly to the student,
  • involve a single repayment of 6% above the income threshold (currently £21,000) to cover the combined balance of any postgraduate masters and postgraduate doctoral loan.

The PhD loans are available:

  • to UK and EU nationals, residing in England, under the age of 59
  • for full time or part time study lasting no more than 8 years
  • for any subject

Read more about the Postgraduate doctoral loans on the Gov.UK website. Read the Postgraduate Doctoral Loans factsheet here




Research degree funding

PhD Studentships

Applications are invited from enthusiastic individuals for our PhD studentships. Find out about our latest funded opportunities here

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 2017/18 Fees per year for 2018/19
PhD – Postgraduate Research Full time: £4,195
Part time: £2,097
Full time: £4,260
Part time: £2,130
Brunel Integrated PhD  £9,000 £4,260

International students

Subject area

Full-time fees per year for 2017/18

Part-time fees per year for 2017/18

Full-time fees per year for 2018/19

Part-time fees per year for 2018/19

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



£14,800 £7,400

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



£16,200 £8,100

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





International student (Brunel Integrated PhD):

Subject area

Full time fees per year for 2017/18

Full time fees per year for 2018/19

Mathematical Sciences, Economics and Finance, Human Sciences, Education

£14,400 £14,800

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.