Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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 drop-down section below for more details.

Tuition fees 2018-19

Please note: Tuition fees are reviewed by the University on an annual basis and may be subject to increases year on year.

Tuition fees 2017-18

Please note that tuition fees are reviewed by the University on an annual basis and may be subject to increases year on year.

If you are unsure of your fee status (UK/EU or International) please refer to our definitions for determining fee status page.

The information provided above should be considered alongside UWE Bristol’s Tuition Fee Policy.

Completion fee

Following successful completion of 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 – £404
  • Completion fee with supervision – 40% of the relevant fee

Resubmission fee

If you are required to resubmit your thesis following viva you will be required to pay the Resubmission fee which is £337 for 2018/19.

International applicants

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.

If you are a non-UK government sponsored student, or are sponsored by an international scholarship agency, you are not normally required to pay the deposit. The Graduate School will provide you with further information and instructions should you be offered a place.

Project fees

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.

The information provided above should be considered alongside UWE Bristol’s Tuition Fee Policy.


You will need to consider how your research degree will be funded, taking into account tuition fees as well as the cost of living in the UK.


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 – you should check back regularly to see if there is an opportunity within your research area.

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.

New for 2018-19 onwards: If you are starting a doctoral level programme on or after 01 September 2018, you may be eligible for a UK government Postgraduate Doctoral Loan.

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