Fees and funding


It is a condition of entry that all graduate students must satisfy the University that they have adequate funds to support themselves throughout their periods of study. The University requires students to supply a satisfactory financial guarantee before admission to confirm that they have adequate funds to cover both tuition fees and personal maintenance.

Tuition fees include charges for tuition, examination and registration and a contribution towards the cost of membership of the Student Union. Tuition fees are subject to annual review and accordingly are liable to rise in each year of a student's programme of study, broadly in line with inflation. Currently, students from member states of the European Union are charged fees at the same rate as 'home' students.

Students living in the UK can apply for a postgraduate master's loan. This funding can help with your course fees and living costs while studying for a master's degree, such as an MA or MSc.


Eligible SPAIS postgraduate applicants may be able to apply for International Student Scholarships or the DFID Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme. Please note that competition for scholarships at Bristol is extremely high each year. Further details and information about other funding sources can be obtained from the Student Funding Office.

Additional information on overseas postgraduate funding and funding for EU students is available from the University's scholarship pages and the Postgraduate Prospectus

University of Bristol Scholarships

University of Bristol alumni who go on to study for a postgraduate degree – either taught or research – at Bristol can benefit from a 10 per cent reduction in tuition fees.

Part-time employment

Some casual employment within the University may be available, both in term time and in vacation, provided that this is compatible with the academic requirements of your programme. For further details about part time employment opportunities, contact the Job Shop, in the Careers Service.  

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