Faculty of Science

Funding

Please visit our postgraduate study pages for more information on tuition fee, fee status and alumni discount and for advice on funding your studies.

Applications for PhD Research funding are made in conjunction with the programme application, which can be accessed and submitted via our online application system.

If applying for PhD Research funding, please ensure you individually list all scholarships you wish to be considered for in the finance section on the online application form (section 3).

***Please note: applications received after an application deadline will not be considered***

A list of current PhD opportunities advertised on FindAPhD can be found on our Study pages.

PhD Research Scholarships

Scholarship Eligibility Subject area Duration Provision (2017/18 rates) Application deadlines
Home / EU
Solid Earth, Changing Planet and Living World. For specific projects only: please check the NERC GW4+ website for competition-funded PhD projects.
3.5 years
  • Home/EU tuition fees
  • Training support fee £2,500/year
  • Maintenance stipend £14,553/year (17/18 rate)
NOTE: EU citizens may be eligible to receive tuition fees award only
Applications will close on 7 January 2018.
 
Home / EU
  • infection, immunity and repair
  • neuroscience and mental health
  • population health
3.5 years
  • Home/EU tuition fees
  • Maintenance stipend £14,553/year (17/18 rate)
NOTE: EU citizens may be eligible to receive tuition fees award only
Apply via the DTP’s centralised online application form between 25 September and 24 November.

More information on how to apply

EPSRC DTP Studentships
Home / EU Mathematical Sciences, Computer Science, Physics and Chemistry 3.5 years
  • Home/EU tuition fees
  • Training support fee £1,000/year
  • Maintenance stipend £14,553/year (17/18 rate)
    NOTE: EU citizens may be eligible to receive tuition fees award only
Application details for 2018/19 entry will be available soon.
EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Water Informatics: Science and Engineering (WISE) Studentships Home / EU Engineering, Physics, Applied Mathematics, Geography and Computer Science 4 years
  • Home/EU tuition fees
  • Training support fee £1,000/year
  • Maintenance stipend £14,553/year (17/18 rate)
NOTE: EU citizens may be eligible to receive tuition fees award only

Applications will close on 31 January 2018.

EPSRC Centre for Digital Entertainment Studentships Home / EU Digital Entertainment 4 years
  • Home/EU tuition fees
  • Training support fee £2,500/year
  • Maintenance stipend £16,053/year (17/18 rate)
NOTE: EU citizens may be eligible to receive tuition fees award only
Applications are now open.

Please visit the Centre's website for more information.

Home / EU Physics 4 years
  • Home/EU tuition fees
  • Training support fee £1,000/year
  • Maintenance stipend £14,553/year (17/18 rate)
NOTE: EU citizens may be eligible to receive tuition fees award only

Applications are now open.

More information on how to apply

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in New and Sustainable Photovoltaics Studentships Home / EU Physics 4 years
  • Home/EU tuition fees
  • Training support fee £1,000/year
  • Maintenance stipend £14,553/year (17/18 rate)
NOTE: EU citizens may be eligible to receive tuition fees award only

Application details for 2018/19 entry will be available soon.

Home / EU Statistical Applied Mathematics 4 years
  • Home/EU tuition fees
  • Training support fee £1,000/year
  • Maintenance stipend £14,553/year (17/18 rate)
NOTE: EU citizens may be eligible to receive tuition fees award only
Applications will close June 2018, but earlier if full.
EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Sustainable Chemical Technologies Studentships Home / EU Sustainable Chemical Technologies 4 years
  • Home/EU tuition fees
  • Maintenance stipend £14,553/year (17/18 rate)
NOTE: EU citizens may be eligible to receive tuition fees award only

Applications are now open.

URSA (Science) Studentships
Home / EU
All science subjects. For specific projects only: please check our FindAPhD pages
for directly-funded PhD projects.
3.5 years
  • Home/EU tuition fees
  • Training support fee £1,000/year
  • Maintenance stipend £14,553/year (17/18 rate)
Application details for 2018/19 entry will be available soon.

Home / EU

World Bioscience and Agriculture & Food Security. For specific projects only: please check our FindAPhD pages for directly-funded PhD projects.
4 years
  • Home/EU tuition fees
  • Training support fee £5,000/year
  • Maintenance stipend £14,553/year (17/18 rate)
NOTE: EU citizens may be eligible to receive tuition fees award only

Application will close on 4 December 2017.

Commonwealth Scholarships

The Commonwealth Scholarships Schemes help Commonwealth citizens study at postgraduate level in the UK. Commonwealth Scholarships for PhD study in the UK are offered for citizens of developing Commonwealth countries.

These scholarships are funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), with the aim of contributing to the UK’s international development aims and wider overseas interests, supporting excellence in UK higher education, and sustaining the principles of the Commonwealth. 

For information on other scholarships offered by the CSC, visit the Commonwealth Scholarships Apply page.

The CSC aims to contribute to the UK’s international development aims and wider overseas interests, support excellence in UK higher education, and sustain the principles of the Commonwealth. Candidates are selected on the basis of merit and their potential to contribute to the needs of their home countries.  

Commonwealth Split-site (PhD) Scholarships: current students can apply for a Commonwealth Split-site (PhD) Scholarship to support up to 12 months’ study at an eligible UK university as part of a PhD being undertaken in their home country, under the joint supervision of home country and UK academics. For full terms and conditions, see the Commonwealth Split-site (PhD) Scholarships 2017 prospectus.

Eligibility

To apply for these scholarships, you must:

  • be a Commonwealth citizen, refugee, or British protected person
  • be permanently resident in a developing Commonwealth country
  • be available to start your academic studies in the UK by the start of the UK academic year in September/October 2017
  • by October 2017, hold a first degree of at least upper second class (2:1) honours standard, or a second class degree and a relevant postgraduate qualification (usually a Master’s degree)

Further information

For further information, see the Commonwealth website.

External PhD funding

The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding Online can help you find alternative sources of funding, like charities. These sources can make awards for fees, maintenance or research cost to any student, regardless of subject or nationality. The Guide contains a database of funding opportunities, comprehensive guidance and tools to help you prepare a winning grant application.
UK and EU

Overseas External Funding

We welcome applications from students who have secured or are in the process of securing sponsorship from external funders, such as Government Scholarships. In the recent past, we have welcomed to the Faculty of Science students with funding awarded from:
  • Colombian Government
  • CONACyT (Mexican Government)
  • Government Sultanate of Oman
  • Kurdistan Regional Government
  • Kuwaiti Government
  • Majlis Amanah Rakyat, Malaysian Government
  • Ministry of Science & Technology, Indonsesia
  • Petroleum Technology Development Fund, Nigerian Government
  • Royal Thai Government
  • Saudi Arabian Government

Future Research Leaders Incubator Scheme

The Future Research Leaders Incubator Scheme (previously named Global Research Scholarship Scheme) will promote and coordinate a strategic approach to partnership and network development by giving excellent PhD students from University Strategic Partners the opportunity to study at Bath for a period of up to 6 months with the benefit of a full fee-waiver and a maintenance award of up to £6,000. The same support is available to outgoing Bath PhD (including Professional Doctorate) students.  
Excellent, high quality proposals with other institutions will be considered, in particular, if there is potential to link the proposed activity to a Strategic Partner in the future.  Potential supervisors should note that the University is unable to guarantee a room in University Accommodation due to limited availability.
 
Maximum funding limit: up to £6,000 (i.e. monthly maintenance award of £1,000 paid directly to student, plus a fee waiver)
Number of Awards: ca. 20 (10 incoming and outgoing) over two calls in October and January.
Eligibility: PhD students and postdocs. In exceptional cases, Masters project students may apply.
Key Assessment Criteria: A clearly articulated plan for sustainable collaboration between research groups, ideally with two-way visits, including:
  • A well-defined, high-quality research project with strong plans for maximising potential impact. 
  • Demonstrable benefit to the PhD student’s research skills, career and personal development, and expertise.
  • Detailed plan for dissemination and outputs (co-publications, conferences, presentations, joint funding bids etc.).
  • Potential for interdisciplinary and/or multipartner research activities.
  • Statement of support and justification from both home and host supervisor(s).
  • Academic rigour.
  • Value for money.
  • Strategic fit with University Internationalisation Strategy. 

More information about the Scheme and how to apply can be found on the Research & Innovation Services webpages - Bath International Research Funding Schemes.

Tuition fees

You can find out more about fees on the fees page.

Alumni discount

If you have graduated with a degree-level qualification from a previous programme at the University of Bath, you will be eligible for a 10% alumni discount on your tuition fees.

Paying your fees

Information on payment options can be found on the payment page. A deposit is not required for any courses within the Faculty of Science. Tuition fees are paid at the point of registration on line, either as one lump sum, or in two equal instalments.

Studentships

Studentships are paid directly into your bank account via BACS and in three-monthly instalments on 1 October, 1 January, 1 April and 1 July.