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Biological Sciences

Money matters


As a postgraduate student you will need to pay annual tuition fees to the University for your programme of study. You may be able to apply for funding to help you cover your costs.

When planning your finances, you will also need to consider other expenses such as living costs, accommodation fees and study materials. Visit the University’s postgraduate fees and funding page for more information.

Postgraduate Loans (PGL) for Master's study

Postgraduate loans are now available for UK and EU students studying a postgraduate degree and research masters programmes.

These loans are worth up to £11,222 per student.

Explore into the funding available for postgraduate students. 

Find out more about postgraduate loansMore postgraduate funding optionsFind country-specific entry requirements


Bursaries are smaller top-up payments, awarded either for academic excellence or achievement in another area.

External bursaries

Postgrad Solutions are offering two bursaries of £500 each annually to students of any discipline for October 2019 entry.  For more details, visit the the Postgrad Solutions website.


There are opportunities for postgraduates to supplement their income and gain valuable career experience by demonstrating to undergraduates in Biological Science's.

For general enquiries, contact Biological Sciences Postgraduate Admissions Administrator


Commonwealth scholarships

The Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC) in the UK offers scholarships to students from both developing and developed Commonwealth countries to study a Masters or PhD programme in the UK. for more details visit the Commonwealth scholarships page.

Funding for international students

As an international (non-EU) student, you may be eligible for funding from the University, our partners, or organisations within your home country.

Explore funding opportunities for international students.

Postgraduate Research Scholarship (Presidential Scholarships)

The Postgraduate Research Scholarship (Presidential Scholarships) fund runs annually and is administered by the Doctoral College.

The scholarships will cover full fees, a stipend and a research training and support grant for up to 3.5 years (or 84 months pro rata for part time students).

The scheme is open to all nationalities and subject areas.

You can find out more information about the scholarship on our Doctoral Scholarship page.


The British Council’s Education UK website includes a range of helpful information for international candidates. They may be able to advise on funding available to nationals of individual countries, or candidates hoping to undertake certain types of research work. Visit the Education UK website for more details.

The Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the United Kingdom (CSC) offers UK government funding for postgraduate study to citizens of other Commonwealth countries. Visit the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission website for more details.


Many PhD studentship opportunities become available during the year.

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) is the UK's leading funding agency for academic research and training in the non-clinical life sciences. We often have a number of four-year BBSRC DTA studentships available.

Other Research Councils and charitable trusts can also fund studentships. Individual members of academic staff may also obtain collaborative studentships through their relationships with industry.

Details of these studentships will be announced on our Research courses page as they become available.

There are other sources of funding which may not be limited to research within the biological sciences:

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