UK/EU tuition fee rates 2020/21 entry

You'll need to pay an annual tuition fee for your research degree.

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 for continuing students. The University reserves the right to alter the level of fee.

  • Full-time: £4,400
  • Part-time: £2,200

These fees are subject to confirmation by the Research Training Council UK (RCUK) fees (expected in January 2020).

Full-time research degrees range from one to four years and part-time courses range from two to eight years. Find out more about your options for research degrees including qualification types (PhD, MPhil etc).

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.

EU update - the Government has confirmed that EU students starting in 2020/21 will continue to pay UK fees for the duration of their studies, even if the course concludes after the UK's exit from the EU.‚Äč Find out more about Brexit and the implications for studying in the UK.

Research training support charge

Depending on the nature of your research project, an additional Research Training Support Charge (sometimes called bench fees at other universities) may apply. They are similar to the UK Research Councils' standard Research Training and Support Grants.

Not all research projects incur this charge. It's most common for research in laboratories or involving substantial fieldwork. Get in touch with the department you're applying to if you wish to discuss this prior to application.

Research Training Support Charges 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 York. Neither you nor any sponsor owns any equipment purchased with a training support charge. Full title to such goods remains with the University.

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 enrolment.

Continuation fees

If you need to extend your study beyond the normal period of enrolment due to unforeseen circumstances, you will be charged a continuation fee. The continuation fee is £340 for 2020/21.

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.

Teach while you study

You may wish to teach while you study to both add to your portfolio of skills and help fund your research degree.