An important part of your decision to undertake doctoral studies will be to identify how you will fund the tuition fees and living costs.

QMU offers a small number of University funded PhD bursaries each year that cover specific topics for research.

These are typically advertised on the QMU website in February each year.  Students who wish to select their own topic for study a topic may apply as a self-funded student; and will therefore need to independently finance their study or arrange funding from other sources. For example, students may be able to secure funding through their employer or by applying to an externally funded scholarship.

Costs of study
Tuition fees are subject to review annually. Fees information for both PhD and Professional Doctorate study can be found on our Fees and Charges section.

Cost of living

  • Not only do you need to think about how you will pay for your course, but you also need to think about the general cost of living.
  • A basic guide to the cost of living in Edinburgh for 50 weeks of the year is given below.
    Item  Per Week  Per Year
    Accommodation  £99-£116  £4,950-£5,800
    Food  £25-£50  £1,250-£2,500
    Travel  £10  £500
    Other Living Costs  £40-£60  £2,000-£3,000
    Total  £164-£236  £8,200-£11,800
  • Accommodation costs are based on prices of the University Halls of Residence (50 week lease 2014/5 ) which include heating, electricity and internet. You can rent a flat privately in Edinburgh and the cost will vary depending on the size of the flat and the location. You will also have to budget for the costs of travel to and from QMU. The cost of food and other living costs (such as books, clothes, phone, travel, photocopying, hobbies, etc) will also vary greatly between individuals.
  • International students requiring a Tier 4 student visa will be expected to show money for living costs and tuition fees when you apply for your visa. The UK Government can provide further information on applying for Tier 4 visas.