International (non-EU) tuition fee rates

Coronavirus update - for summer starters
If you were due to start your research degree between April and July this year, you'll now be starting in October 2020 due to the ongoing coronavirus situation. Our admissions team will contact you with more information about tuition fees.

Annual tuition fees 2019/20 entry

You will need to pay an annual fee for your tuition. The fees quoted are for one year of study. Fees are subject to increase in subsequent years but this increase will be set at a maximum of 2% in each year. The University reserves the right to alter the level of fee.

Full-time research degrees range from one to three years. Part-time courses range from two to six years. If you require a Tier 4 Student Visa you cannot study part-time. Find out more about your options for research degrees including qualification types (PhD, MPhil etc).

There are two different fee rates depending on whether your chosen course is classroom-based or laboratory-based.

Classroom-based degrees

  • Full-time: £16,900
  • Part-time: £8,450

Laboratory-based degrees

  • Full-time: £21,230
  • Part-time: £10,615

The following departments charge laboratory rates for some of their courses:

UK/EU or international fees?

The level of fee that you will be asked to pay depends on whether you're classed as a UK/EU or international student.

Pre-sessional English course fees

Find out about tuition fees for our pre-sessional language courses. These courses can be used for entry onto degree-level courses

Research training support charge

Depending on the nature of your research project, an additional Research Training Support Charge may apply, similar to the UK Research Councils' standard Research Training and Support Grants.

Not all research projects will incur this charge, which is most common for research in laboratories or involving substantial fieldwork. Please get in touch with the department you are applying to if you wish to discuss this prior to application.

Details of this charge will be discussed at your interview and then specified in your offer letter. When you accept your offer, you accept the charge in addition to your course tuition fee. A Research Training Support Charge is payable for each year of active study.

Research Training Support Charges (sometimes called bench fees at other universities) provide funding to the academic department for the research project. They can cover a wide variety of items/activities which are essential to carry out the research including:

  • project costs
  • incidental costs of research training
  • travel and conference attendance
  • laboratory consumables
  • books and laptops.

How they are used will depend on your research project. You can discuss this in detail with your supervisor at the University. Please note that neither you nor any sponsor owns any equipment purchased with a training support charge. Full title to such goods remains with the University.

Continuation fees

If you wish to write up your PhD or MPhil thesis beyond the normal period of registration you'll be charged a continuation fee. The continuation fee is £330 for 2019/20.

Paying your fees

Find out about how and when to pay your fees, whether you're paying them yourself, with a loan or through a sponsor.