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Research degree opportunities at Teesside



How much does a PhD cost?

UK/EU students

  • £4,400 per year for a standard tier full-time research degree or £2,200 for part-time per year
  • £6,000 per year for an Enhanced tier full-time research degree or £3,000 for part-time per year
  • The research degree writing up fee is £650*.

International students

  • £11,750 per year for a standard tier full-time research degree
  • £14,500 for an Enhanced tier full-time research degree
  • £5,875 per year for a standard tier part-time distance learning research degree
  • £5,875 for an Enhanced tier distance learning research degree
  • £650 - postgraduate writing-up fee**
  • The research degree writing up fee is £650*.

Enhanced fees are charged for certain programmes to reflect the higher costs associated with these disciplines. The fee applicable will be clearly stated in your offer letter.

*After a period of three years (five years for part-time students), and once the data gathering and analysis phase of the project is completed, students are entitled to a period of one year (two years for part-time students) at which a reduced writing-up fee is payable. If work is not submitted for examination within the designated writing-up period, the fee will normally revert to the standard fee for the following year.

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