Fees and finance
We offer full- and part-time research opportunities leading to prestigious University of London MPhil and PhD qualifications.
- Tuition fees will vary according to mode of study and discipline and whether you are classified as an ‘Overseas’ student or a ‘Home/EU’ student.
- You can check our course descriptions for details of fees.
School of Arts funding
School of Business, Economics and Informatics funding
- School of Business, Economics and Informatics research studentships
- Department of Computer Science and Information Systems studentships
- The Economic and Social Research Council Studentships on Health and Well-being (psychological approaches)
School of Law funding
School of Science funding
- ArcelorMittal Learning Ladder bursaries for students in east London: ArcelorMittal – the world’s leading steel and mining company – has made a major donation to Birkbeck to sponsor students in east London. As part of the three-year gift, called the Learning Ladder, ArcelorMittal will pay for four undergraduate student bursaries, tuition fees for one postgraduate student, and support for a student researching a PhD in crystallography – the study of atomic and molecular structures. For more information or to apply for the ArcelorMittal awards please contact Matthew Jackson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 020 7380 3169.
- Birkbeck Anniversary funding for Psychology research
- BBSRC-funded London Interdisciplinary Doctoral Programme
- ESRC funding for Psychology degrees
- London NERC Doctoral Training Partnership: for Earth and Planetary Studies PhD candidates.
- MRC Interdisciplinary PhD Programme
- PhD funding for research on Spatial cognition as a contributor to the development of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
- Science without Borders
- Wellcome Trust 4 year Interdisciplinary PhD Programme
School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy funding
Other funding sources
- Birkbeck Wellcome Trust ISSF (Institutional Strategic Support Fund) funding
- Bloomsbury Colleges studentships
Professional and Career Development Loans
- We are a Professional and Career Development Loans registered Learning Provider, registration number 4857. A Professional and Career Development Loan is a commercial bank loan that you can use to help pay for work-related learning.
Birkbeck Hardship Fund
- The College Hardship Fund is used to support students who need additional financial support due to an unforeseen change of circumstance in their personal situation while they are studying, such as redundancy, illness or domestic problems. Please note: you can only apply to this fund once you have started studying - you cannot apply to it before you start at Birkbeck.
10% fees discount for union members
- If you are a member of a union that is recognised by the Trades Union Congress (TUC), you can claim 10% off all accredited Birkbeck courses (certificates, undergraduate and postgraduate).
- When you complete our online enrolment (which you will be asked to do once you have been offered a place on a course), you will be asked if you want to take advantage of the Union Learn discount. You will then be given 28 days to provide proof of your eligibility for this discount. (Download a copy of the UnionLearn verification letter.)
10% fees discount for Birkbeck alumni
- Birkbeck is offering a 10% discount on tuition fees to all Birkbeck alumni who have completed an undergraduate degree and are enrolling on any master's degree (MA, MSc, LLM and MRes), starting in the autumn.
- When you complete enrolment online you will be asked if you want to take advantage of the alumni discount. No additional proof should be required, since we will already have a record of you having completed an honours degree with us.
- Please note: the Union discount and alumni discount are mutually exclusive - if you are eligible for the alumni discount, you will not be eligible to claim the union discount.
Disabled Students' Allowance
- The Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA) is non-means-tested government funding that pays towards support, including:
- computers, Assistive Technology software and training, specialist seating, etc.
- note-takers, dyslexia tutors, mentors etc.
- additional travel costs (e.g. taxis)
- The application process for the DSA can take up to three months, so if you are eligible, we advise you to apply as soon as you have accepted your offer of a place on a course to ensure that support is available from the start of your studies.
- Find out more about the DSA and how to apply.
Instalment plan: spread out your payments, at no extra cost
- Our flexible payment scheme is designed to help you manage your finances. You can pay your fees in monthly instalments at no extra cost. The earlier you enrol, the cheaper your monthly payments.
- If you are paying for your course yourself, you can choose to pay your monthly instalments by direct debit, termly by credit/debit card, or by cash.
Payment in full (debit/credit card)
- You have the option of paying your fees in full at the beginning of the academic year, or paying one-third of the yearly programme fee at the beginning of each term.
Payment by your employer
- Your employer or other organisation (sponsor) may agree to pay all or part of your fees on your behalf. In that case, different payment arrangements apply.