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Postgraduate research fees

Fees for postgraduate research degrees vary depending on the subject you are studying and whether you are a UK/EU or international student. This page provides an overview of the cost of qualifications including Master’s by Research (MRes), Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

These fees are inclusive and cover all the essential course elements. You may be required to pay for optional or discretionary aspects of your studies, such as textbooks, optional placements and printing charges.

Research degree fees for UK/EU students

For 2020/21 entry: It costs £4,395 per year for a full-time programme and £2,197.50 per year for a part-time programme. 

UK and EU students are not required to pay a deposit before starting their research degree.

Research degree fees for International students

For 2020/21 entry, full-time programmes cost between £15,000 per year (for library-based study) and £17,000 per year (for lab-based study).

International (non-EU) students need to pay a non-refundable* £2,000 deposit to secure their place on a postgraduate research degree. You will need to pay your deposit by the date stated in your offer letter. The remainder of your fee will be payable on registration/enrolment.

*There are two exceptions to the non-refundable rule on the deposit:

  • You fail to meet the academic or English requirements of your offer
  • You are refused a visa to enter the UK, provided the reason for the refusal is not a fraudulent application.

There are various ways you can pay your fees and you may also be eligiblefor a discount on your fees depending on your circumstances.

Page history:

3 February 2020: 2019/20 entry information removed.
17 October 2019: page updated to reflect the 2020/21 fees.
29 January 2019: page updated to reflect the 2019/20 fees.