Fees and Funding

The costs involved in studying for a PhD programme are not trivial. However, LUMS offers several studentships to cover fees and offers a living allowance. 

The tuition fees for the academic year 2018/2019 have not yet been confirmed. The fees for the current academic year 2017/2018 have been set as below. 

Fees for full-time study (per annum)

UK/EU: £4,195
Overseas: £13,930

Fees for part-time study (per annum, for PhD programmes offering a part-time option)

UK/EU: £2,098
Overseas: £6,965

Postgraduate Student Loans

The UK Government has a postgraduate loan scheme for students undertaking PhD programmes from 2018.

Non means-tested loans of up to a maximum of £25,000 are available for PhD-level students.

For more information, see the main University website.


Studentships for PhD study are available through Lancaster University, through the UK's research councils, and through various other organisations. We provide below the details of four different types of studentships and further links for other funding opportunities.

1. Management School Faculty Studentships

A number of LUMS Studentships are available which include a fee waiver and a stipend of approximately £14,500 per annum. Applicants should indicate that they wish to be considered for a Doctoral Studentship on their application form (under the section on proposed source of funding and in the personal statement) so that they can automatically be considered: there are no separate studentship application forms.

These studentships are available for all the PhD programmes offered by LUMS and for students of any nationality. This is a generous programme of awards, allocated on a competitive basis, which is intended to support promising researchers to undertake their PhD studies in LUMS. Students receiving these studentships will be required to undertake some teaching and/or marking activities.

Eligibility: all students
Deadline for applications: 26 March 2018

2. Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) awards

Lancaster University forms part of the ESRC’s North West Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership (NWSSDTP), which offers a large number of studentships covering tuition and providing a living allowance. Details of the provision and funding offered by the NWSSDTP are available on the NWSSDTP website.

Eligibility for UK students: no restrictions
Eligibility for EU students: restrictions apply; please check the ESRC website or contact us for details
Eligibility for overseas students: eligible to apply for a full award in Economics and topics classed as Advanced Quantitative Methods. For other pathways restrictions apply; please check the ESRC website or contact us for details

If you are interested in applying for an ESRC Studentship, please contact Sarah Patterson at s.patterson@lancaster.ac.uk.

Deadline for applications: 15 January 2018

3. STOR-i Doctoral Training Centre

The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Statistics and Operational Research in partnership with industry (STOR-i) is a collaboration between Lancaster's Department of Mathematics and Statistics and the Department of Management Science. STOR-i's goal is the development of international research leaders through a programme in which industrial challenge is the catalyst for mathematical innovation. The Centre's distinctive mission is based on a partnership with several of the UK's leading companies across a range of sectors, including AstraZeneca, BT, IBM, Shell and SSE. We are currently recruiting for entry onto the programme in 2018.

Further details can be found here.


4. EPSRC-funded PhD studentships in Operational Research (OR): Optimisation, Forecasting and Simulation

We are looking to recruit up to four researchers who will be:

• excellent doctoral students with a strong quantitative background (including mathematics, physics, computer science and engineering) and

• who satisfy the UK residency requirement for full EPSRC support (usually met by EU students whose undergraduate studies were in the UK) for PhD study in any area of the department's OR research portfolio.

You can access details of some of the areas in which doctoral supervision is available by clicking on the following links:

Your application should be by covering letter, in which you should indicate which area is of interest to you (and why) and some possible topics for research, along with a full CV.

We shall then contact short-listed candidates to put them in touch with potential supervisors for the development of a fuller research proposal. For more information go to our webpage and/or contact Gay Bentinck: e-mail  or phone +44 (0)1524 592408. Applications will be processed as soon as they are received. The appointment process will include an interview.


5. 4-Year PhD studentships in Mathematical Models and Algorithms for Managing Airport Capacity


“Mathematical Models and Algorithms for Allocating Scarce Airport Resources” (OR-MASTER) is a six year Programme Grant funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council  (EPSRC).  OR-MASTER aims to develop new mathematical models and algorithms for solving complex, large-scale airport resource allocation problems.  We will seek to combine aspects of airport operations, air traffic flow management, mathematical modeling , large-scale, deterministic, stochastic and dynamic optimization to develop and advanced mathematical models and exact, meta and hyper heuristic solution algorithms.  Our ultimate goal is to develop innovative decision support capabilities for airport capacity allocation and management.

The Programme represents a strong partnership between academia and the air transport industry.  Over the six years of the Programme, OR-MASTER will involve close collaboration with a host of international organisations (including airports, air traffic management organisations, airlines, ground handling services providers and global security organisations; international research centres and research networks) that will support the project, providing real-world data, insights and expertise.  

Further information can be found here: OR-MASTER PhD Studentships 2017.

The complete application consisting of a cover letter (that includes a statement of your understanding of the project), curriculum vitae, transcripts and a recommendation letter needs to be sent to the indicated contact address.


6. Commonwealth Scholarships

Commonwealth Scholarships are prestigious awards and are very valuable for international students. They are available on a competitive basis.

Eligibility: overseas students

Further information

Plenty of websites provide information about funding opportunities. We would suggest overseas applicants to consider the website of the British Council for helpful information. Among the many other sources, we suggest the following links: