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Postgraduate Admissions

Course closed:

Polar Studies (Scott Polar Research Institute) is no longer accepting new applications.

Funding Opportunities


General Funding Opportunities

Fees and Maintenance

My fee status is:

I shall have the following financial dependants:

Your Estimated Annual Commitment:

Component Cost
University Composition Fee £8,844
Maintenance £14,830
Total Annual Commitment £23,674
Component Cost
University Composition Fee £8,844
Maintenance £14,830
Total Annual Commitment £23,674

Additional costs may be incurred in relation to PhD associated fieldwork and/or research trips.  These will be bespoke to the individual student and project and applicants should discuss any potential additional costs with their intended supervisor prior to application. Once students are in the Institute / Department, there are limited funds for which students can apply to cover such additional costs. However, this is likely to be insufficient to cover all costs, so students may have to find additional funding elsewhere, e.g. University/College funding.

Applicants for research in polar studies should select the following course: PhD (probationary) in Polar Studies at the Scott Polar Research Institute. The Institute / Department will then decide into which category – Polar Studies (Natural Science) or Polar Studies (Social Sciences and Humanities) – your application falls. This will affect the level of fee you pay if you are an overseas applicant.

Key Information

3-4 years full-time

5-7 years part-time

Doctor of Philosophy

Scott Polar Research Institute

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Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2020
Application deadline
March 31, 2021
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2021

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Graduate Funding Competition
Jan. 7, 2021
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 14, 2020

These deadlines apply to applications for courses starting in Michaelmas 2021, Lent 2022 and Easter 2022.