Fees & fundingHow can I fund my course?

The best place to start looking for research funding is the department where you are planning to study. Research groups and projects may already be funded or part-funded and you may be able to access this funding.

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Postgraduate research opportunities

The University has a range of funded and non-funded postgraduate research opportunities. For further information on these, please visit our postgraduate research opportunities page.

MRes & MPhil students from Scotland & EU

In February 2019, the Scottish Government announced that from 2019/20, students on eligible research Masters courses would be able to apply for postgraduate tuition fee loans of up to £5,500, and living cost loan support of up to £4,500. This is an expansion of the existing funding support package for postgraduate taught degrees.


Strathclyde students registered on an MRes or MPhil are eligible, but only if the Masters is not a component of a PhD degree. Full-time courses must be no longer than two years in duration.

Eligible Scottish domiciled students will be able to apply for tuition fee support and living cost loan support for research courses beginning 2019/2020.

EU students will have access to the tuition fee element of this package, as they currently do for undergraduate and taught postgraduate courses.

See the SAAS Postgraduate funding guide for more information.


The Scottish Government has also confirmed continued support for EU students from 2020/21 entry.

Applying for scholarships

In order to apply for a scholarship/studentships, you must first have applied for a course of study. Information on how to apply for each scholarship/studentship is listed on the scholarship & funding opportunities and postgraduate research opportunities pages.

Research Councils

The various UK Research Councils are some of the main funders of postgraduate research.

Applications for Research Council funding should not be made to the individual Research Councils. In the majority of cases, Research Council funding is awarded to universities to allocate internally. If you are interested in applying for Research Council funding, please contact the department you would like to study in to find out what opportunities are available.


UK students are eligible for fees and stipend funding from Research Councils. EEA or International students cannot be awarded Research Council-funded studentships. Students with full Refugee status are eligible for fees and stipend.

EU students are only eligible for Research Council stipends if they have been resident in the UK for 3 years, including for study purposes, immediately prior to starting their PhD. If an EU student has not been resident in the UK for at least 3 years immediately prior to commencing their Phd, they are eligible for a fees-only studentship.

British citizenship in itself does not satisfy the residential eligibility requirement.

International students

If you're an international student from a non-EU/EEA country, you should explore funding opportunities in your home country at the same time as applying for funding in the UK. Contact the relevant Ministry or Department of Education, local British Council Office, British Embassy or High Commission. Some international agencies such as UNESCO, the World Bank, the World Health Organisation and the European Commission operate funding schemes, usually for students from developing countries. Voluntary organisations and charities also sometimes award scholarships.