For 2020/21, outside of London most new PhD students in the UK earn £15,285 per year, or £17,285 within London.
This isn't very much compared to a graduate salary which can sometimes be twice this amount or more. Therefore, budgeting is a must, and you may have to consider getting a part-time job to help fund your studies.
In the UK, being a self-funded PhD student can be a expensive, with an annual tuition bill of approximately £3,000 to £6,000 (about US$3,800-7,670) for domestic students and up to £18,000 ($23,000) for international students for the first three years.
How long does a PhD take?
Full-time PhDs typically last three or four years, while part-time PhDs last six or seven.
However, the thesis deadline can be extended by up to four years at the institution's discretion. Indeed, many students who enrol on three-year PhDs only finish their thesis in year four.
How do I choose a PhD topic?
To make sure you pick the best PhD topic for you, we recommend:
Brainstorm for ideas - think carefully about what you want to pursue, and take your time in deciding whether this is definitely the right step for you
Decide what kind of doctorate you're looking for
Pick a project that matches your enthusiasm with something that's appropriate to your research goals
Read around your research and check whether you have an original idea that's worth investigating further
Look at what's involved in your type of research and whether it appeals to you
Think about your research environment - does the university have all the required equipment and postgraduate facilities you require?
Talk to potential supervisors - introduce yourself to a few tutors and find out how many students they have supervised before, how well their research aligns with their interests and what they're involved in at the moment.