Fees and funding

View Graduate School tuition fees, project fees, completion fees and resubmission fees.

Overview

You will be required to pay an annual tuition fee during your research degree. You will be asked to make financial arrangements at the beginning of each year of study (based on your starting date).

Some projects may also be subject to additional project fees. Please see the project fees information below for more details. If you are unsure of your fee status (UK/EU or International) please refer to our definitions for determining fee status.

International applicants are normally required to pay a tuition fee deposit of £3,000 in order to secure a place and be able to obtain the Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS), which is necessary for visa applications. Upon successful registration, the deposit will be treated as part of your tuition fee.

The information provided should be considered alongside UWE Bristol’s Tuition Fee Policy. Please note that tuition fees are reviewed by the University on an annual basis and may be subject to increases year on year.

Tuition fees by course

View fees by year:

2020/21 fees

PhD/DPhil/MPhil

Mode of study Fee status Amount
Full time UK/EU £4,407 (RCUK rate)*
Part time UK/EU £2,203 (RCUK rate)*
Full time International £14,259**
Part time International £7,129**

* Home/EU fees will be at the UKRI rate going forward.

** International fees are reviewed annually.

Exceptions

International pre 2019-20 starters

Mode of study Fee status Amount
Full time UK/EU £4,407 (RCUK rate)*
Part time UK/EU £2,203 (RCUK rate)*
Full time International £13,444**
Part time International £6,361**

* Home/EU fees will be at the UKRI rate going forward.

** International fees are reviewed annually.

Professional Doctorate in Education

Mode of study Fee status Amount
Part time  UK/EU £2,203

2019/20 fees

PhD/DPhil/MPhil

New students

Mode of study Fee status Amount
Full time UK/EU £4,327 (RCUK rate)*
Part time UK/EU £2,163 (RCUK rate)*
Full time International £14,000**
Part time International £7,000**

* Home/EU fees will be at the UKRI rate going forward.

** International fees are reviewed annually.

Returning students

Mode of study Fee status Amount
Full time UK/EU £4,327 (RCUK rate)*
Part time UK/EU £2,163 (RCUK rate)*
Full time International £13,200**
Part time International £6,246**

* Home/EU fees will be at the UKRI rate going forward.

** International fees are reviewed annually.

Professional Doctorate in Biomedical Sciences

Pre-2015/16 starters

Year of study Mode of study Fee status Amount
 Year 1–3 Part time UK/EU £3,877
 Year 4–5 Part time UK/EU £534
 Year 1–3 Part time International £4,474
 Year 4–5 Part time International £596

January 2016 starters onwards

Year of study Mode of study Fee status Amount
All Part time UK/EU £3,059
All Part time International £3,442

Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology

Fees

Mode of study Fee status  Amount 
Full time** UK/EU £6,561*
Part time (Year 1–4) UK/EU £4,922*
Part time (Year 5) UK/EU £530 extension fee
Full time International £11,321*

*Fees will increase by 3% each year.

**FT Please note that if you have not submitted your thesis by the end of year 3 you will be liable to pay a completion fee. The amount payable will depend on the amount of supervision that you require at this stage, which will be agreed at your Progress Review Stage 2 and will be no more than the full tuition fee for that academic year.

Exceptions

Pre-2012/13 starters

Year of study Mode of study Fee status Amount
 Year 3–5  Part time  UK/EU £3,000

2012/13 starters

Year of study Mode of study Fee status Amount
 Year 1–2  Part time  UK/EU £3,500
 Year 3–5  Part time  UK/EU £3,000

2013/14 starters

Year of study Mode of study Fee status Amount
Year 3–5 Part time UK/EU £3,000

2014/15 starters

Mode of study Fee status Amount
Full time UK/EU £6,005 per year
Part time (five-year route) UK/EU £3,605 per year
Part time (four-year route) UK/EU £4,505 per year 
Full time International £6,005 per year
Part time International N/A

Professional Doctorate in Education

Mode of study Fee status Amount
Part time UK/EU £2,531

Professional Doctorate in Health Psychology

Mode of study Fee status Amount
Part time UK/EU £3,759

Project fee

Some research projects will require an additional financial contribution to cover additional resources that are not typically covered by tuition fees. These costs are usually incurred annually and you will be informed before you begin your studies whether this applies to you.

Band Amount Costs covered
0 £0 Projects for which no additional resources are necessary.
1 £250–£1,000 To include conference attendance, fieldwork, travel etc.
2 £1,000–£5,000 In addition to the above, projects requiring specialist facilities, consumables etc.
3 £5,000–£12,000 In addition to the above, projects requiring extensive lab and studio work, use of expensive equipment and materials etc.

Completion fee

Following successful completion of your Stage 3 Progress Review, the level of supervision you require for the final stage before submission of your thesis for examination will be agreed and a completion fee will be set, if applicable, to reflect supervision requirements. The completion fee is as follows:

  • Completion fee without supervision – £415 (2019/20 academic year).
  • Completion fee with supervision – 40% of the relevant fee.
  • Full fee with full supervision. 

Resubmission fee

If you are required to resubmit your thesis following your final viva, you will be required to pay the resubmission fee, which is £337 for the 2018/19 academic year and £347 for 2019/2020.

Studentships

Throughout the year, a number of funded studentship opportunities may become available and will be advertised via the Graduate School as well as jobs.ac.uk. Please check regularly to see if there is an opportunity within your research area if you are interested in these.

Studentships typically cover the costs of tuition fees for UK/EU students (or up to UK/EU level if an international student) and have a bursary attached to cover living expenses. Please check the terms and conditions of the individual advert for full details.

Self-funded research

If your research area falls outside our advertised positions, you will need to cover the costs of tuition fees, project fees (if applicable) and living expenses personally or arrange for a sponsor or external body (for example an employer or government sponsor) to fund your research project. You will need to clearly state how you intend to fund your studies when making an application.

Postgraduate Doctoral Loan

If you are a prospective UK or EU doctoral student, and you normally live in England, you may be able to apply for a UK government Postgraduate Doctoral Loan to support your postgraduate research degree study.

University funding sources

  • The UWE Bristol Alumni Scholarship offers a 25% discount to PGRs who have completed an eligible programme at UWE Bristol. This discount is only on the first year of study if your course is full time, and for only the first two years of study if on a part-time course.
  • The UWE Bristol Fund can provide grants to students facing financial difficulty, support student-led community projects and fund students extra-curricular activities. 

View all UWE Bristol scholarships and bursaries.

Faculty conference funding support for PGRs

  • Arts, Creative Industries and Education: Contact graduateschool@uwe.ac.uk to request an application form.
  • Business and Law: Contact graduateschool@uwe.ac.uk to request an application form.
  • Environment and Technology: Ask your Director of Studies to contact your faculty, to see if there is any conference support available.
  • Health and Applied Sciences: Contact graduateschool@uwe.ac.uk to request an application form.

Resources

Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding

This is a database of alternative funding sources such as charities and trusts. These grants can help pay for fees, maintenance, research, conferences and final-year PhD writing-up. 

Money and finance support

The University's money and finance section is full of resources and helpful advice to help you manage your money. This includes Blackbullion, which is an award-winning education technology company which offers free financial advice online, equipping students and graduates with money skills for life.