PhD Programme

Fees and Funding

The estimated tuition fee for 2018 entry to our Doctoral Programme is £4,270 for UK/EU full-time students and £2,562 for UK/EU part-time students. The estimated tuition fees for overseas students are £17,050 per year (full-time only).

Fees are for a single year of study, are normally payable at the start of each year of tuition, and are subject to change in further years of study. For information on living costs see the University's cost of living pages.

For information on funding, including University awards, please see the Graduate School pages.

Chancellor's International Scholarship
Overseas applicants are strongly advised to apply for a 
Chancellor’s International Scholarship.

You must have applied for the PhD Programme and indicated that you wish to be considered for this scholarship by no later than Thursday 18 January 2018. In order to apply for the Chancellor’s Scholarship, which is administered by the University, you will need to have received an offer for the programme you wish to study via the Doctoral Programme Office, WBS.

The WBS deadline for all documentation to be submitted for scholarship consideration is 18 January 2018. However, you will note from the University website that the date for uploading documents for the scholarship is 1 February 2018; this deadline relates to the scholarship application only, not the programme application. 

You must have submitted all your application documents by 18 January 2018, if not before. These include your research proposal, two academic references, degree transcripts (undergraduate and masters), and English language test certificate.


ESRC Scholarships
The ESRC have scholarships for applicants to the PhD programme available to Home and EU students only. The deadline to apply for these is 18 January 2018. You must apply directly to the ESRC for these scholarships. Please could you also indicate in your application to the programme that you have applied to the ESRC. Details on available ESRC scholarships can be found here.

We consider applications from all areas of Business and Management, including the Warwick Institute of Employment Research (IER), and Finance.

WBS Scholarships
There are a number of scholarships open to full-time applicants for the PhD in Business and Management Programme, and the PhD in Finance and Econometrics Programme, regardless of nationality.

WBS Masters Scholarships
There are a number of scholarships specifically for current WBS students studying a WBS Masters programme and wishing to start the PhD programme in October 2018. These are open to full-time applicants for the PhD in Business and Management Programme, and the PhD in Finance and Econometrics Programme, regardless of nationality.

Deadlines for applications to the PhD programme, and scholarship application deadlines, can be found here.

Subject Group Scholarships
Scholarships are occasionally made available by subject groups in areas aligned to research centres. These will be listed in the drop down area below as they arise.

PhD Scholarship in Computational Optimisation of Biopharmaceutical Drug Development

Operational Research and Management Sciences group

The current “one-size-fits-all” approach to drug development is being challenged by a growing ability to treat patients as individuals, with patient populations identified for treatment by genetic pre-screening and diagnostics linked to a companion drug molecule; so-called stratified medicine. A major driver behind this development is the quickly growing biopharmaceutical industry. But as the technology is maturing, the ability to implement processes efficiently becomes increasingly critical for a company’s success in this new market. 

To address the manufacturing, business and regulatory challenges and to ensure that new targeted biological medicines can be developed quickly and manufactured at a cost affordable to society, EPSRC has recently funded a £10Mio Future Targeted Manufactuing Healthcare Hub. 

Associated with this Hub, Warwick Business School is offering one fully-funded PhD scholarship in the area of computational optimisation of biopharmaceutical drug development.

The application for this scholarship will remain open until a suitable candidate has been identified. Reviewing will begin on Thursday 1 February 2018.

Download the complete scholarship information document.


PhD Studentship in Data Science: Understanding human behaviour with online data and machine learning

Data Science Lab, Behavioural Science Group

We are seeking to recruit a creative and highly motivated prospective PhD student who is fascinated by the potential to use data from the Internet to better understand real world human behaviour. The student will join the Data Science Lab at Warwick Business School and work towards a PhD supervised by Professor Tobias Preis and Professor Suzy Moat (Behavioural Science, WBS), in collaboration with our colleagues at the UK Office for National Statistics Data Science Campus. Preis and Moat are also Fellows at The Alan Turing Institute, the UK’s national institute for data science and artificial intelligence.

Our work so far has investigated how data from Google, Wikipedia, Instagram and Twitter can be used to measure and predict economic behaviour, disease spread, crowd size and more. Our analyses draw on a range of methodologies, including deep learning for image processing, time series analysis and spatial data analysis and visualisation. Our team is highly interdisciplinary and currently comprises researchers with backgrounds spanning computer science, psychology, economics, physics and more. We aim both to push the boundaries of data science for the understanding of human behaviour, and to change the world around us through engagement with the public and policymakers.

We are looking for applicants who have strong programming skills, good knowledge of statistics and machine learning, and excellent writing and communication skills, or otherwise a strong track record in two of these areas and a demonstrable desire to improve in the third. Applicants should also have exciting ideas with which we can develop this research stream, a strong interest in applying their data science research to policy problems, and a good track record in completing interesting projects.

We are very happy to accept applications from a range of disciplinary backgrounds where applicants meet the description above. You will need to hold a Masters degree in your discipline to be admitted to the PhD programme at WBS.

Please quote DATASCIENCE on your application and submit by 30 June 2018. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an interview to take place soon after the closing date for applications.

Find out more about this studentship.


Monash Warwick Joint PhD Scholarships (Warwick)

All subject groups

The Monash Warwick Alliance Scholarships (Warwick) are allocated annually via a postgraduate research scholarship competition and are open to all students in any discipline applying to Warwick for the Alliance Joint PhD.

The Monash Warwick Alliance is an innovative partnership with a breadth, scale and impact beyond standard practice in the sector. The Alliance joint PhD is part of our commitment to developing a successor generation of internationally experienced young researchers.

Award Details
For 2018/19 entry there will be 3 scholarships available to be awarded to the most outstanding PhD applicants. Awards made for entry in Autumn 2018 will include the following:

  • The full payment of fees (worth up to £21,770 at 18/19 rates)
  • A maintenance stipend in line with RCUK rates for the two years spent at Warwick (provisional £14,800 for full time award holder in 2018/19), and in line with Australian government rates for the year spent at Monash*
  • Travel allowance of £2000 during the lifetime of the PhD
  • Length of funding: 3 years

*Please note these are provisional predicted figures and are subject to change.

For full information on how to apply for this scholarship, please visit the University of Warwick Graduate School pages:

Find out more information about this scholarship.

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