Funding your PhD

In order to study at postgraduate level you'll need funding to cover your tuition fees and living costs. The University and external bodies can provide assistance, as can the Faculty of Health and Medicine.

PhD Fees

To support study at postgraduate level you will need to have funding for two principal types of expenditure: tuition fees and living costs.

Tuition fees differ depending upon your place of normal residence, your nationality and your mode of study. Fees are revised annually.

Please visit our Fees and Funding main page for up to date information on general fees questions. And please visit the Health and Medicine course pages for information about specific programme fees.

Bench Fees

For certain programmes, a project-specific bench fee of up to £7,500 per annum will be charged in addition to the basic fee. Applicants will be informed of the bench fee in their offer letter. In circumstances where a research project requires the use of exceptionally expensive materials, a higher bench fee may be charged.

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Research Studentships

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The Faculty of Health and Medicine brings together biomedical, medical, and social science researchers to engage in world-leading interdisciplinary research addressing issues of national and/or international importance in health and medicine. Research in the faculty is organised around the following research themes; Ageing, Health Information, Computation and Statistics, Infectious Disease Transmission and Biology, Mental Health and Social and Economic Inequality in Health.

Each year we are pleased to offer a number of funded studentships funded by Lancaster University. Further details of these opportunities will be provided as they become available.

Applications should be made using the Lancaster University Postgraduate Applications Portal, and we recommend that you contact the staff involved before making your application. If you have any questions about this process, please contact us on +44 (0)1524 592032 or

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Lancaster University forms part of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)'s North West Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership (NWSSDTP). The DTP offers a number of studentships, covering tuition and maintenance, for those wishing to study in areas covered by the ESRC at Keele, Lancaster, Liverpool or Manchester. Some studentships are reserved for those seeking joint supervision across two or more partner institutions.

The Health and Wellbeing pathway is one of the newest but most successful pathways in the NWSSDTP and successful students can expect to join a vibrant groups of postgraduate researchers across the DTP. Applicants interested in research around social science aspects of health (broadly defined) can apply to study within the Health and Wellbeing pathway. Applications should be made to the PhD Health Research. Those interested in applying to the Health and Wellbeing pathway at Lancaster should consult the Division of Health Research for information about our research expertise and to identify a potential supervisor. We encourage candidates to contact potential supervisors to discuss their proposed research prior to making an application.

Candidates are expected to have submitted an admissions application to the University of their choice prior to submitting the funding application. It is expected that candidates will have a formal offer (unconditional or conditional) by the date of the final Studentship Allocation Committee (1 February 2021). Studentship funding will not be formally awarded until an admission offer is secured.

Please check that you meet the academic and residential eligibility criteria on page two of the guidance notes before applying. If you have any queries about your application please contact the NWSSDTP Manager:

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Faculty of Health and Medicine Studentships

The Faculty of Health and Medicine offers funded studentships across all of our areas of research. Please check with the relevant programme director to see what we currently offer.