Studentships and scholarships

Now accepting China Scholarship Council funding

EPSRC and STFC funded studentships

Doctoral training partnerships

We usually receive a yearly allocation of studentships from the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) for Particle Physics and Astrophysics PhD projects and from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) for all other physics-based PhD projects.

To be eligible the applicant must meet the entry requirements for the PhD programme and the eligiblity criteria for EPSRC or STFC awards. They are awarded to suitably qualified eligible candidates on a competitive basis and cover their tuition fees and living expenses for up to 3.5 years.


We also receive a number of CASE awards to facilitate collaborative research with an industrial partner or a government laboratory. Members of the Physics School offer individual studentships attached to particular grants from UK or EU Research Councils. 


We accept a wide range of government scholarships from all over the world and you should apply for these independently from your home country and not through the university.

Self funded

We also welcome well-qualified self-funded students who can cover the appropriate tuition fees and have enough funding to cover living costs in Bristol. Note that tuition fees are subject to a slight increase on an annual basis.

China scholarship council 

The University is accepting applications for the China Scholarship Council for students. See the China Scholarship Council information page for details and deadlines.

Bristol Master’s Scholarship

The Bristol Master's Scholarship awards 50 talented home/UK students from widening participation backgrounds £2,000 each towards their taught postgraduate study (MA, MSc or MRes) at the University of Bristol for 2023/24 entry.

Applicants must have already applied for a postgraduate taught programme at Bristol to start an application.

Applications will close 31 May 2024.

Opportunity Bristol

Opportunity Bristol provides financial support to UK students from Black backgrounds to undertake a fully funded research-related Masters degree. The scheme is part of the University of Bristol's Black Bristol Scholarship Programme.

The funding covers course fees in full and will provide a grant for living costs. More details, including eligibility and how to apply, can be found on the Opportunity Bristol webpage.

Application deadline: Monday 29 January 2024.

Fee status

If you're wondering whether you will be eligible to pay home or overseas fees, you can determine your tuition fee status by seeing our guidance on fees and funding.

Funding advice

The university's Student Funding Office offers funding advice for postgraduate study and details on the living expenses you can expect to budget for while you study. 

Search for funding

Use our funding search tool to search for ways to fund your postgraduate studies, including bursaries, grants and scholarship schemes. 

MSc by research

Unfortunatley the School of Physics does not currently have any funding available to support MSc by research students.
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