We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. You can change your cookie settings at any time. Otherwise, we'll assume you're OK to continue.

Centre for Particle Theory

Graduate Studies at CPT: Funding

Course fees guide

Information about taught postgraduate tuition fees can be found on this page.

Living expenses

In addition to course fees, accommodation expenses for the year are likely to be approximately 6000 GBP for a single person. For more detailed information please see the university's information about the cost of living .

Sources of funding for PhD studies

These notes are intended as a rough guide only. Consult the Study Portal for more information about sources of funding.

Funding available through the university for PhD British and overseas students

    • EPSRC/STFC studentships Available to students from the UK and other EU countries. Provide full fees plus a stipend for UK students, fees only for other EU students, for 3.5 years. In recent years there have been about four STFC awards in each department and a few EPSRC awards annually. Most UK PhD students in CPT are supported on these studentships.
    • Durham Doctoral Studentships The university funds a small number of studentships, paying full fees plus a stipend at the research council level. All applicants are eligible for these studentships, but they are highly competitive; at least a good first class degree or equivalent will be necessary. More information about these awards.
    • CSC There is a possibility of fee-waiver awards from the university for Chinese candidates wishing to apply also to the China Scholarship Council (CSC) scheme.
    • Science without Borders The Science without Borders programme offers two routes for postgraduate students to study in the UK. Students currently studying for a PhD in Brazil can apply to spend 6-12 months at a UK university as part of a 'sandwich PhD'. Alternatively students can apply to study for a full PhD at a UK university for 3-4 years. More on this programme here.
  • The Nick Brown Memorial Trust The trust provides travel bursaries (typically one per year) either to allow a student from a developing country to travel to Durham to take up their studies or to allow a student already in Durham to travel to a meeting or to pursue part of their studies elsewhere.
  • Paid Tutorial Work Postgraduate students are usually encouraged to do a limited amount of tutorial and similar work and can usually earn about £1000 a year in this way. This is in addition to any of the awards mentioned above.

If you wish to be considered for support available through the department you should say so on your application form: no separate application is needed.


  • We strongly encourage PhD applications to reach us before the 15th of December as this ensures they have full consideration.
  • For the Durham Doctoral Scholarships and the China Scholarship Council scheme, the department of Mathematical Sciences and the department of Physics must receive applications via the electronic system by 15 January 2017, in time for these departments to make recommendations to the PVC Science.
  • For the Science without Borders scholarship, the first application deadline of the academic year 2016-17 is expected to be in December 2016, results will be announced/published in April 2017 for the scholarship to start between July and October 2015.

Other sources of funding for PhD studies

For overseas applicants, there may be funding available from your own government or from independent foundations. A few links to opportunities we know about are given below, but we encourage you to seek more information from other sources. The offices of the British Council in your country of residence, or your current university's careers service, may also be able to provide information on suitable awards.

Science without Borders PhD applicants from Brazil
Commonwealth Scholarships PhD applicants from Commonwealth countries
NSF Graduate Research Fellowships PhD applicants from USA

Marshall Scholarships (Two year awards)

PhD applicants from USA
FCT Portugal PhD applicants from Portugal
Chinese Scholarship Council PhD applicants from China

Sources of funding for MSc students

For overseas MSc applicants, there may be funding available from your own government or from independent foundations. The Study Portal is well worth a visit.