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Research degree opportunities at Teesside



How much does a PhD cost?

UK and EU students International Students

Standard fees for UK and EU students for the academic year 2019/20 (1 August 2019 - 31 July 2020) are as follows:

  • £6,000 for a full-time research degree (higher tier – School of Science, Engineering and Design) or £3,000 for part-time per year
  • £4,400 for a full-time research degree (standard tier – all other Schools) or £2,200 for part-time per year. The research degree writing up fee for 2018-19 is £650

Standard fees for the academic year 2019/20 (1 August 2019 - 31 July 2020) are as follows:

  • £14,500 - full-time research degree - higher tier (School of Science, Engineering and Design)
  • £11,750 - full-time research degree - standard tier (All schools except SSED)
  • £5,875 - part-time distance learning research degree (standard tier)
  • £5,875 - part-time distance learning research degree (higher tier)
  • £650 - postgraduate writing-up fee

More about our fees and funding

Finding Funding

There are a range of ways you can fund your postgraduate research studies. Find out more about the various options by exploring the links below.

PGR loan

Self-funding – PGR loan
Many postgraduate research students choose to fund their study independently. The UK government has recently introduced Postgraduate Doctoral Loans for english students to help cover the cost of a PhD. The non-means tested loan may be available to students under the age of 60 who are not in receipt of a Research Council living allowance.

More information about the scheme and how to apply can be found on the student finance of the government website.

Please note that during the application process your chosen PhD subject area may not show up on the SLC Loans Database but this doesn’t not mean it is not eligible.

Funded studentships

Teesside University offers a range of funded opportunities which are linked to specific research topics and are recruited on a competitive basis. These include:

Doctoral Training Alliance Studentships which offer three-year PhD studentships as part of the following three DTA programmes:
- Applied Biosciences for Health
- Energy
- Social Policy

Doctoral Training Alliance

Teesside University is working with the University Alliance to provide more opportunities for PhD students.

Research Council Doctoral Training Partnership Studentships, which includes full tuition fees, a stipend to cover living expenses and access to the Research Training Support

EU COFUND Research Awards, which offer opportunities for students to be employed as salaried Research Associates for three years to undertake the programme of research. The research is expected to be submitted for a PhD award and the award includes all associated fees and participation in the cross institutional research training programmes offered to Doctoral Training Alliance Students.

All of our funded studentships can be found on

Many postgraduate research students are supported to undertake their study by sources outside the university for example sponsorship by employers, governments inside and outside the UK or research funding charities. You can find out more about externally funded studentships on

Scholarships and bursaries