Fees and funding


View information on tuition fees, project fees, completion fees and resubmission fees.

Tuition fee

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 page.

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 2019-20

Tuition fees 2018-19

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 will be £347 for 2019/2020.

Funding opportunities


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.

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.



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