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Durham University

Department of Earth Sciences

Fees and Funding


In the Department of Earth Sciences at Durham University, there are a variety of funding opportunities for postgraduate students. Funding in the department is typically accomplished through the following routes:

  • Research Council Studentships

  • Faculty of Science Doctoral Studentships

  • Self-funded


Fees and Finance

There are three main costs associated with undertaking a research degree:

  • Tuition fees (which cover things like supervision, office space, access to basic University IT provision and library membership etc)
  • Living costs (your day-to-day expenses including housing and subsistence etc)
  • Research costs (also referred to as bench fees, which include your laboratory or field work expenses, conference registration and specialist software licenses etc).

The tuition fees are set by the University each academic year. There is a lower rate for UK/EU students and a higher rate for overseas students.

Living costs will vary depending on personal circumstances.

Research costs will vary from student to student and are calculated on a case-by-case basis.

The related links to the right can help you better understand the costs associated with obtaining a postgraduate research degree.


Scholarships & Studentships

The following studentships will become available annually:

  • Several Durham Doctoral Studentships (DDS) are awarded each year by the Faculty of Science at Durham University (eligible to residents of all countries). Check here for project suggestions and deadlines.

UK Research Council Studentships

(available only to UK/EU students)

The Department of Earth Sciences normally has a number of Research Council Studentships (e.g. NERC IAPETUS DTP, NERC Oil/Gas CDT, NERC CASE or EPSRC CASE awards) to offer each year. Research Council Studentships provide full payment of UK/EU tuition fees, a maintenance grant of c. £13,000 p.a. (UK students only) and a Doctoral Training Grant to cover major research expenses. These Studentships are awarded through a competitive interview process to students who apply for PhD opportunities advertised on the Department's Postgraduate webpages. Interviews are usually held in the Department in February each year. Your potential supervisor will invite you to attend the interview; however, please note that the Department does not reimburse expenses incurred in attending the interview. Please indicate in the "References, Finances and Funding" section of your on-line application form that you wish to be considered for a Research Council Studentship.

Faculty of Science Doctoral Studentships

(available to ALL students)

The Faculty of Science offers a number of prestigious Doctoral Studentships each year. Doctoral Studentships provide a full or partial payment of UK/EU or overseas tuition fees and/or a maintenance grant payable at the Research Council rate and/or a Research Training Support Grant (which covers research costs and bench fees) of c. £4,000 p.a. Please indicate in the "References, Finances and Funding" section of your on-line application form that you wish to be considered for a Faculty of Science Doctoral Studentship. Details and deadlines will be published on the Department's postgraduate web pages each year.

In addition, various funding opportunities may be listed at the Faculty of Science postgraduate funding page.

Please see the 'Related Links' at the right top of the page, or contact the Department of Earth Sciences, for further information about any of the funding opportunities on this page.