Funding your research degree

Once you have found your project or developed your research proposal, you will need to think about how you intend to fund your studies if your project doesn't have funding attached. There is a range of options that may be available to you.

Alumni discount

Students who have previously graduated from a higher education programme at the University of Derby are eligible for a 10% alumni discount (this amount is subject to annual review).

Loans and scholarships

Doctoral loan

If you are under 60 when you start your course, you may be able to borrow up to £25,700 to study a doctoral-level course, such as a PhD or EdD (for courses starting after 1 August 2019). This loan is available whether you are studying full-time or part-time.

You can use this loan to pay for your tuition fees or living costs. You will have to meet certain eligibility criteria. You can find more postgraduate doctoral loan information on the gov.uk website.

Interest is charged on the loan and, of course, you need to pay this loan back - but not until you have graduated (or the April four years after the course started) and your salary is over the threshold amount for your repayment plan. The threshold amounts change every year.

Disabled Students’ Allowance

Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA) is available from your student finance funding body and pays for the additional support that you may need for university. You should submit your DSA application to the Research Student Office when applying for a research degree.

Funding opportunities

PGR Development Fund

The University believes in supporting our postgraduate research students. Our PGR Development Fund supports students in their research development. Funds are made available at different points throughout the academic year and are awarded on a competitive basis.

Commercial and charitable organisations

Non-academic organisations can help fund research at PhD level in collaboration with the university hosting the study.

The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding Online

The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding Online is a database that identifies alternative sources of funding (charities, foundations, and trusts) who can grant awards to any student regardless of subject or nationality. Current University students have access to the guide free of charge.