Finances can be a great concern for postgraduate research students. Whether it’s because you are self-funded and so have to balance part-time work alongside your research, because your funding is time-limited, because you are the main bread-winner in your family, or because you have other costs that are draining your bank account, worrying about money can not only be a big distraction, but a serious cause of anxiety. Interestingly, recent research from Times Higher Education, suggests that UK students are more likely to worry over finances than those in other European countries.
Wonder blogger, Pat Thompson, believes that ‘we don’t talk about money and the PhD nearly often enough’, and suggests some issues to think about when considering starting a PhD.
No matter what point of your studies you are at, you can always check out the University’s page on PhD funding, which includes sections on postgraduate doctoral loans and alternative funding.
If you are struggling, you may also be eligible for the hardship and retention fund.
And don’t forget that Exeter Guild Advice Service is here for postgraduates, too, and may be able to offer more support.