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Postgraduate Admissions

Funding Opportunities

The Department of Physics has a number of studentships available from funds provided by the UK Research Councils or the EC, for which there are eligibility criteria. The deadlines are listed on the departmental webpages.

In addition there is funding for scholarships managed by the Department of Physics and applicants will be considered for these awards automatically if they enter the University funding competition.

Other funding opportunities offered by colleges will have a variety of different deadlines which will be listed on their webpages.

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

Additional costs may be incurred in relation to PhD associated fieldwork and/or research trips/long-term attachments, bespoke to the individual student and project.  These could also include equipment, books, IT, photocopying, bespoke training, travel for conferences and summer schools.

Supervisors are often able to cover or contribute towards these costs, depending on the financial resources available. Where not possible, or where research-related costs are not specifically included in a stipend, or if students are self-funded, students will usually be expected to find additional funding elsewhere, e.g. University/College.  In some cases, research costs may be much higher, for example, if a long-term attachment is required, and in these cases, applicants should agree with their supervisor what an appropriate amount might be, or consider a more feasible project, before accepting an offer or signing the Financial Undertaking Form.

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Key Information


3-4 years full-time

5-7 years part-time

Doctor of Philosophy

Department of Physics

Course – related enquiries

Application – related enquiries

Course on Department Website

Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 3, 2019
Application deadline
Oct. 4, 2020
Course Starts
Jan. 5, 2021

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

Applications open
Sept. 3, 2019
Application deadline
Jan. 14, 2021
Course Starts
April 17, 2021

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

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2020
Application deadline
June 2, 2021
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2021

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

Lent 2022

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2020
Application deadline
Oct. 4, 2021
Course Starts
Jan. 5, 2022

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

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2020
Application deadline
Jan. 14, 2022
Course Starts
April 17, 2022

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

Graduate Funding Competition
Dec. 3, 2020
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 14, 2020

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


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