Fees and funding

Tuition fees

  • Research/Doctoral Fees for Home/EU Students 2018/19
  • Research/Doctoral Fees for International Students 2018/19

Research Student Scholarships

The University offers a range of funding opportunities for research students, which include dedicated funding streams and access to funding sources available to other students.

University of Roehampton PhD Studentship: NDPP research partnership

Fully Funded PhD - University of Roehampton 

Cross-talk between Skeletal muscle and pancreatic β-cell - The contribution of β-cell dysfunction to the progression of type 2 diabetes 

The University of Roehampton was graded the most research-intensive modern university in the UK (REF, 2014). The university is now well placed for its next REF submission in 2021 and is aiming to invest in its long-term research culture. Recent grant success within the Sport & Exercise Science Research Centre has resulted in a fully funded PhD studentship being made available in partnership with NHS England Health Innovation Network (SW London), linked with the National Diabetes Prevention Programme (NDPP). 

Project Background

We know that peripheral insulin resistance precedes β-cell dysfunction in the progression of type 2 diabetics (T2Ds) (Stumvoll et al., 2005). Insulin resistance in peripheral tissue, such as skeletal muscle, has received a great deal of scientific attention owing to its glucose storage capacity. Yet less is known about β-cell function and even less is known about the interaction or cross-talk between muscle and the pancreas. Yet both pathological states (insulin resistance and β-cell function) influence each other and synergistically exacerbate diabetes. This tight relationship between insulin resistance and β-cell function can be quantified using a measure known as the dispositional index (DI) (Mackenzie et al 2011; Naufahu et al., 2018). 

Skeletal muscle is now thought to act in an endocrine fashion by producing and releasing muscle derived factors in response to stresses such as exercise. These factors include proteins referred to as myokines, as well as metabolites and exosomes (Barlow & Solomon). These muscle derived factors may provide a mechanism whereby muscle is able to communicate with other tissue within the body to promote improvements in whole body homeostasis, such recovery in β-cell function post exercise. 

This PhD studentship will investigate cross-talk between skeletal muscle and pancreatic β-cells to help improve our understanding of the pathophysiology of pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes. This PhD project will provide students with the opportunity to development a range of skills including; isotope methodology, liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry, immunomicroscopy and miRNA analysis. 

Potential candidates can come from a variety of backgrounds including biomedical sciences, human physiology, nutrition and exercise science. 

This programme is a three-years, full-time, doctoral research studentship and will come with a full bursary, in addition to a full tuition fee waiver and consumable costs. Start date January 2019.  

There is a requirement to contribute up to 4 hours a week to teaching related duties. This will only be during term time.

For more details, please contact Dr Richard Mackenzie (Richard.mackenzie@roehmapton.ac.uk / Tel 02083923562). Closing date for applications 16th October 2018. Interview will take place in the week beginning 10th December 2018

Applications should be submitted to: 


(Please ignore the 30th September submission deadline)


Roehampton English and Creative Writing PhD Studentship: Before Shakespeare

Funding is available for UK/EU and International* students at Home/EU rates for three years full-time study. The Bursary includes tuition waiver for PhD at UK/EU fees and stipend at £16,777.

The project:

Before Shakespeare focuses on the earliest years of the London playhouses (broadly conceived of as c. 1565-95), and investigates the literary, economic and entertainment experimentations associated with theatre-making at this time. Before Shakespeare has a strong track record of supporting early-career researchers, and we look forward to supporting the work of the successful candidate. Please see beforeshakespeare.com for more details of our work thus far.

The PhD studentship:

The PhD will be supervised by Dr. Andy Kesson and either Dr Jane Kingsley-Smith or Professor Clare McManus, depending on the topic proposed.

Proposals are welcomed for a PhD on any subject speaking to the project's focus on the first thirty years of the London playhouses and their connections to other literary or economic experimentations. We would especially welcome applications in the following or related areas:

  • overlooked authorial canons (such as George Peele, Robert Greene or Robert Wilson)
  • explorations of theatrical space
  • the Elizabethan playhouse and other recreational / entertainment spaces
  • connections between adult and children's company traditions
  • connections between commercial and creative practices
  • connections between London theatre and European theatre
  • the role of gender in the running of the playhouses, their plays or anti-theatrical pamphlets
  • research making connections between performance, performance studies, practice-as-research and theatre history.

Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to contact us in advance to discuss their proposals: andy.kesson@roehampton.ac.uk.

More information and full application instructions which should be followed carefully, are available via this link: PhD Studentship Bursary – English and Creative Writing 

The closing date for completed applications is 17th August 2018.


University of Roehampton AHRC Funded Studentship 

The University of Roehampton is a partner institution of the Global Challenges Research Fund/Arts and Humanities Research Council project titled, Rising from the Depths: Utilising Marine Cultural Heritage in East Africa to Help Sustainable Social, Economic, and Cultural Benefits.

In support of, and integral to, this project the University is offering 4 fully-funded (with bursaries) PhD studentships for social anthropology projects. 

Funding, for each of the studentships, is available for 3 years full-time study. The bursary includes tuition waver and a stipend of £16.777 per year. It is expected that the successful applicants will each contribute up to 6 hours of work, per week, over a 40 week year, to the university

A major condition for the scholarships is that applicants must be nationals of Kenya, Mozambique, Tanzania or Madagascar – countries which are the focus of the project

More information and full application instructions which should be followed carefully, are available via this link: PhD Studentship Bursary – AHRC Funded Studentship 

Applicants are encouraged to look at the details of the project at our website:


You may contact Professor Garry Marvin, g.marvin@roehampton.ac.uk, who will be overseeing the anthropological aspects of the project, for an informal discussion of PhD ideas.

Applications should be submitted to:


(Please ignore the 30th June submission deadline)


AHRC TECHNE Studentships

The University of Roehampton is pleased to be a member of TECHNE, a Consortium of seven institutions in London and the South-East that form an Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP). Over five years (2014-2019), the TECHNE Consortium will fund approximately 176 PhD studentships for outstanding Arts and Humanities postgraduate researchers across the partner institutions. As a member of TECHNE, University of Roehampton UK and EU applicants for PhD study (and some current PhD students) in the Arts and Humanities are eligible to apply for AHRC studentships to start 1 October each year. Click on the link for further information.

ESRC SeNSS Studentships

The University of Roehampton is pleased to be part of the South-east Network for Social Sciences (SeNSS), a consortium of 10 universities working as a Doctoral Training Partnership to offer Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) studentships. Roehampton is working in two pathways - education and social anthropology.

Applications for 2018/19 are now closed.

Higher Education Scholarship Palestine (HESPAL)

British Council funded HESPAL aims to help create the next generation of senior academics who can maintain international quality standards at Palestinian universities and to develop renewed, sustainable links between Palestinian and UK universities. The Scheme will upgrade academic staff in Palestinian universities through a PhD Scholarship programme. 13 PhD scholarships are awarded to candidates in Palestinian universities in the West Bank and Gaza.

Applications for 2018/19 are now closed.

Alumni Scholarship

All UK, EU and international alumni holding a full Roehampton undergraduate degree or postgraduate qualification and those who studied here on an exchange/study abroad programme who wish to return to the University of Roehampton to take a higher programme of study. This applies a 20% discount to your tuition fees. You do not need to apply for this scholarship; your eligibility will be assessed automatically.

International PhD Students

International students are not excluded from the University's scholarship awards, although you may be required to pay the difference between the 'home/EU' and 'overseas' student fee rates. Visit the International Students website for more information on financing your studies in the UK.


Santander research grants

Santander has awarded a number of grants to research students, to support their research work. The Graduate School holds a single competition each year to allocate these grants. The 2017 competition has now closed. The competition for 2018 will be announced in due course.