Funding your research degree
If you're thinking of starting a research degree with us, you'll have fees and costs to cover while you're here – but there are plenty of loans and bursaries available to help fund your studies. If you're an international student, please visit our pages on international funding.
On this page, you'll find information about the general funding options open to most applicants and details on how to apply for them.
Explore the pre-approved, fully-funded PhD projects currently available to UK/EU students across our 5 faculties at our Faculty PhD bursaries page.
The following fully-funded and pre-approved PhD projects are available through our Centre for Enzyme Innovation:
- Enhancing the dynamics of plastic-degrading enzymes to improve their catalytic activity
- Characterisation and engineering of novel and enhanced enzymes for the conversion of lignin biomass to high-value products
- RNA Biodesign: Developing Molecular Switch Components for Enzyme Expression Systems
- Condition specific engineering of P. putida for rhamnolipid production
- Invertebrate-microbe interactions in the breakdown of the lignocellulose complex: implications for biotechnology, biodeterioration and biosphere function
Explore the pre-approved, fully-funded PhD projects currently available to international students across our 5 faculties at our PhD bursaries for international students page.
Fund your Social Sciences or Psychology PhD through the ESRC SCDTP
Applications are now open for the 2019 entry round of PhD bursaries, funded by the ESRC South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership (SCDTP).
The studentships are funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) for social science research in Psychology and Area Studies only.
Successful candidates will be part of the South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership (SCDTP), a collaboration between the universities of Portsmouth, Southampton and Brighton.
We’re accepting applications for a general call as well as applications aligned with specific projects for PhD programmes (+3) or Master’s and PhD programmes (1+3) at these three institutions.
The studentships are available to UK students only and cover tuition fees and an annual maintenance grant of £14,777 (2018/19 rate).
Ready to find out more? Visit our ESRC SCDTP page.
Postgraduate Doctoral Loans are Government loans you can use for tuition fees, living costs and other course costs, if you're applying for a PhD or Professional Doctorate with us. The loan is paid directly to you, and you can apply online here.
The amount you’ll receive isn’t based on your or your family’s income. So you can choose how much you borrow (up to £25,700 over your whole course). The loan will be divided equally across each year of study.
You will start repaying your loan after your course if your annual income is more than £21,000. If you took out a Postgraduate Master's loan these 2 balances will be added together. If you had an undergraduate loan, you’ll pay both at the same time.
To be eligible for a Postgraduate Doctoral Loan you must be under the age of 60 at the start of your course and be a UK or EU national starting your programme in the 2019/20 academic year. Further residency criteria apply, please check the official government website.
You won’t be able to get a Postgraduate Doctoral Loan if you’ll be receiving any Research Council funding or are on a paid studentship. Some courses may not be eligible – if yours isn't, it will say so on the course page.
You may be able to get an alumni discount if you have previously studied at the University of Portsmouth. This is a 20% discount on any self-funded element of your tuition fees on a full-time or part-time postgraduate course.
If you are a member of University staff, you can get a 30% discount on fees you pay personally.
This is for part-time courses only. You can apply to pay your fees in 6 instalments (completing in March) by deduction from your salary. Please note, you cannot claim more than one of these discounts against each fee.
We can also help you identify other potential funding sources – such as Professional and Career Development Loans – and provide letters to support your applications too.
You can also search and apply to charities and other funding bodies on the Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding website. (Choose the ‘I am a prospective student’ option and enter our PIN – 7517 – and your email address to get your username and password.)
Resources such as the Grants Register, Charities Digest and Directory of Grant Making Trusts, which may be available at your library or careers service, will also have information on organisations that may be able to fully or partially fund your research.