So, is it more expensive to study a PhD in the USA, or the UK?
It’s important to remember that there are differences between individual universities within both countries – and the funding opportunities will vary too. Therefore, you should look thoroughly into the options that you are considering and make the best decision for your situation. It’s good to remember that the living costs of a particular area will influence your overall costs as well.
With that said, what’s the difference likely to be, broadly speaking? Well, in a lot of cases, a US PhD is probably going to be more expensive. The typical annual fee will probably be a bit higher and you’re likely to be studying for longer overall.
As an international student, you might be looking at something like $78,000-177,000 across a 5-7 year US doctorate, vs $40,000-107,000 for 3-4 years in the UK. (Exact fees will vary, so it's worth checking the fees for specific UK PhDs and USA PhDs.
For me personally, when I was looking at what programmes to apply to, those per-year numbers are not far off. However, I did find quite a few universities in the US with much higher costs and a handful that were a bit cheaper on a per-year basis. In terms of the overall costs, I found that the most affordable options were programmes overseas, such as in the UK.
The point is, crunching the numbers on programmes from around the world can really illuminate what might be the best option for you.
Also, if you are reading this then you are probably considering undertaking a PhD internationally – if so, take the time to learn more about PhD study in other countries as well as the USA and the UK.