Financial support for MPhil/PhD students
At MPhil/PhD level, there is limited funding. MPhil/PhD students are expected to have made realistic provision at the start of their course to fund their tuition fees, course costs and living costs.
What you can apply for before you start your course
Academic funding: You may be eligible to apply for academic studentships, including:
- AHRC Block Grant Funding
- AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award: fully-funded PhD studentship
- Bloomsbury Colleges studentships
- Good Energy PhD studentship
- School of Arts research studentships
- School of Business, Economics and Informatics research studentships
- School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy research studentships
- School of Law Research Studentships
- The Economic and Social Research Council Studentships
Career Development Loans: this is a bank loan designed to help you pay for work-related learning. You don't have to start paying your loan back until one month after you stop training.
Disabled Students' Allowance: this provides financial help for students with a disability, medical condition or specific learning difficulty. Help with childcare costs: you may be able to get some help to pay for your childcare.
Alternative Sources of Funding: Many charities and trusts provide postgraduate students with grants.
What you can apply for after you start your course
If you get into financial difficulties after you’ve started studying, you may be able to apply for the following:
- Government Access to Learning Fund: for full-time or part-time MPhil/PhD students
- Birkbeck College Awards: for part-time MPhil/PhD students in their 3rd year or later
- Birkbeck Hardship Fund: for students who have experienced a change in circumstances whilst on the course
- Birkbeck bursaries: we offer a range of bursaries for MPhil/PhD students