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Durham University

Department of Mathematical Sciences

Fees, Expenses and Funding

Course fees guide

Information about postgraduate research tuition fees can be found in the following table . Courses in Mathematical Sciences fall into Price Band 1.

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

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

Funding available through the department 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 four STFC awards and around five EPSRC awards annually. Most UK PhD students in the department are supported on these studentships. Please note that offers to successful research council funded candidates will be conditional upon a first class degree.
        • Project Studentships Studentships tied to a specific defined project are sometimes available. They typically provide a similar level of support to above. May have special requirements and different closing dates, depending on the requirements of the project.
        • Faculty of Science Doctoral Awards
          • 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. We encourage students who wish to be considered under this scheme to apply as early as possible. For more information see:
          • Fee-waivers and part-funding studentships The Faculty of Science may offer a number of part-awards, for instance fee-waivers, for PhD research. Awards are only likely to be made to outstanding candidates who can demonstrate very strong potential to perform at doctoral level. In particular, fee-waiver awards may be made to outstanding Chinese candidates applying also to the China Scholarship Council (CSC) scheme. Applications should be made via the normal route for postgraduate applications at Durham, noting on your application that you wish to be considered for a Faculty Award. Ensure that you also contact the Department of Mathematical Sciences at at least one week before the deadline set for Departments to support your application.

          More information about these awards.

          Deadlines for Faculty of Science Doctoral Awards (DDS and CSC)

          Deadline for candidate applications to be received by the Department 16 January 2018
          Deadline for submission of Departmental applications to the Faculty of Science 23 January 2018
          Results announced to successful candidates February 2018

Candidates are encouraged, where possible, to submit their application already well before the given deadline.

      • 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. 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.

Funding opportunities through the university

Durham Leverhulme Doctoral Training Programme in Visual Culture

Applications for the final round of the Durham Leverhulme Doctoral Training Programme can now be made. More information about the programme is available by watching this video or on the dedicated webpage . There are six scholarships available for October 2017 entry. We welcome applications from graduates in the arts and humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and life sciences who wish to pursue a PhD in visual science or visual culture. It is expected that candidates will have a strong first degree in a relevant discipline (2.1 minimum), together with an excellent Master’s qualification also in a relevant field.

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. More sources of funding here.

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
Ciência sem Fronteiras CNPq PhD applicants from Brazil

Postgraduate Funding Opportunities


Postgraduate funding opportunities - find out more about scholarships available for postgraduate study.