Financial support for research study

Before applying, you should consider carefully how you will finance your studies for the duration of your programme, including tuition fees, research support fees and living costs.

We are able to take payments in instalments, to spread out the cost of your studies, and it is possible to switch between full-time and part-time modes of study. For more information go to

Government loans

There are loans available for postgraduate research students of up to £28,673 (2023/24 academic year), to cover fees and living expenses. More information can be found at

20% alumni Loyalty Discount

We offer UK Home students a 20% discount on fees for postgraduate qualifications if you're a University of Wolverhampton graduate.

The Loyalty Discount is available for students progressing from an undergraduate programme and/or a taught postgraduate programme to a postgraduate research programme, where both courses are University of Wolverhampton Awards.

There is no time limit on how long ago you completed your degree and/or Masters level qualification, as long as the new award is at a higher level.

For full terms and conditions please see: Loyalty Discount for Postgraduate Research Students

Research councils

The Research Councils UK funds postgraduate study in all subject areas on a discretionary basis.

University Research Studentships

The University offers a very limited number of research stipends, formerly known as bursaries, to research students. Stipends are designed to support specific projects as determined by the Research Institute rather than individual student-led projects.

Funds are accessible from the relevant Research Institute or Centre - please contact them directly.

Other sources

As a research student, you could also self-fund or apply for funding from an employer or other organisation. has detailed information about funding postgraduate study.