PhD scholarships At University Of Portsmouth

Whether you’re a UK, EU or international student, you’ll find exciting opportunities to start your postgraduate research journey with us in 2024. You can apply for one of our funded PhD studentships across a range of subject areas.

subject area

Area studies

Architecture, Interiors and Urbanism

Art and Design: History, Theory and Practice

Biological Sciences

Business and Management

Civil Engineering

Cosmology and astrophysics


Digital and Creative Technologies

Earth and Environmental Sciences



Electronic engineering

Energy Engineering

Film and Media

Geography (Physical and Human)

Journalism, Communication and Creative Writing


Mechanical and design engineering

Operational Research and Logistics

Performance, Theatre and Music

Pharmacy, Pharmacology and Biomedical Sciences

Politics and International Relations


Sports and Exercise Science


Funding information and eligibility 

Candidates applying for these projects may be eligible to compete for one of a number of bursaries available – some bursaries fund tuition fees only, while others cover tuition fees at the UK rate for three years plus a stipend in line with the UKRI rate (£18,622 for 2023/24).

Most projects are open to applications from UK, EU and international students unless otherwise specified in the project advert. Please check your eligibility before submitting a formal application. 

Costs for student visa and immigration health surcharge are not covered by these scholarships. For further guidance and advice visit our international and EU students ‘Visa FAQs’ page.

How to apply

1. Select a subject area from the list above where you will find eligible project areas/projects and entry criteria. 

2. Get in touch with the named project supervisor to discuss your interest before you apply. Forwarding your CV and an outline of your research idea would help speed up the process.

3. When you are ready to apply, use the online application form link found in the project advert, making sure you submit all the required documentation before the application deadline. 

Please note: If you want to be considered for a funded PhD opportunity you must quote the project code provided when applying.  Email applications are not accepted.

Application deadline

Application deadlines vary depending on the funding scheme. 

What happens next?

We’ll review your application and if you’re shortlisted, you’ll be invited to an interview. Shortlisting and interviews will take place after the application deadline.

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