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The Vice Chancellor’s International Scholarships for PhD Programmes

The Vice Chancellor’s International Scholarships are open to overseas PhD fee-paying students who can demonstrate excellence in academic achievement.

The University will offer a total of 40 scholarships per annum for each Faculty/School, up to a total of 160 new PhD students each year.

Value of the scholarship

Students in receipt of a scholarship will pay a reduced international tuition fee. For 2023/24 entry, the reduced fee has been set at £10,800 across all Faculties and the School of Management. Once a student has commenced studying, they will be subject to no more than 5% increase on the previous year’s fees in the first 3.5 years. If a student exceeds the 3.5-year period, they will be subject to the full international fee rate for the remaining period of study. View our current tuition fees.

A self-funded applicant may have already been awarded partial funding from an international government ministry or sponsor, in which case these scholarships may be combined with such funding.

The Vice Chancellor’s International Scholarships may not be combined with any other University or UKRI funded scholarship.


All full-time PhD programmes are eligible for this scholarship.

These scholarships are intended to support academically excellent applicants. Each Faculty/School has its own criteria for identifying academic excellence, which must be demonstrated as part of the application process.

Faculty or School Minimum undergraduate qualification required Minimum postgraduate qualification required
Faculty of Engineering & Design 1st or equivalent
Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences Merit (60+) in both taught & research elements
Faculty of Science 1st or equivalent Distinction
School of Management 1st or equivalent Distinction

Integrated degrees, where there is a taught Master’s course or a Master’s by Research course in the first year of the programme, will have the scholarship applied to the PhD element of the programme. This means that the scholarship will be awarded in year one but applied in year two (or at the point the taught phase ends and the student progresses to the research phase).

English language requirements must be met at the point of application, at the appropriate level for the programme. Details of English entry requirements can be found on the individual programme page to which a prospective student is applying.

Conditional offers will only be issued to those applicants who are waiting for their degree to be awarded.

How to apply

Applicants may apply by identifying their individual doctoral programme and then clicking on the APPLY NOW button.

Applicants must state clearly on the application form that they wish to apply for the Vice Chancellor’s International Scholarship in Section 3, Finance. They must confirm that they have sufficient funds to cover the fees for the whole period of registration as well as to cover their living costs. We recommend the following text be used:

“I wish to be considered for a Vice Chancellor’s International Scholarship. I understand that if I am awarded this scholarship, I will be charged a tuition fee of £10,800 for the 2023/24 academic year. I understand that this fee may increase annually by up to 5% each year for every further year of study, for up to 3.5 years. I confirm that I have sufficient funds to cover these fees and my living costs through the whole period of registration for the programme.”

Applicants must satisfy all visa and immigration requirements.