Funding your studies
The main sources of funding in the UK are: government, research councils and charities.
These methods of funding are highly competitive, subject to eligibility requirements and sometimes reserved for international students.
If you're concerned about how you would fund a PhD, you may want to consider taking a part-time PhD. These usually take about six years and if you've already started your career, may be part of your professional development.
Applying for a PhD
There is no central admissions system for research degrees, as university departments advertise vacancies and receive applications. You may be approached directly by a supervisor who has a research grant and a vacancy - but this does not automatically mean the place is yours!
Generally, you will need to complete an application form and include a personal statement or an outline of your research proposal. If short-listed you may have to attend an interview and places are subject to securing funding.
Application processes will differ between academic disciplines. For example, for STEM subjects you may not be required to submit a research proposal.
Cover your interest in the research area and your commitment to a PhD. Some typical questions:
- What do you think a PhD entails?
- Tell me what led to your interest in and about any work you have already done in this area
- Why do you think you are suited to doing a PhD?