Fees and funding

If you are considering a postgraduate degree, it's a good idea to think about funding as soon as possible. We help you to understand the costs, explore funding options and take control of your finances.

The two main costs you will face as a postgraduate student are tuition fees and living expenses.

Tuition fees

Each of our postgraduate programmes has a specific cost for tuition. Tuition fees are listed for each programme entry wherever possible.

Fees vary between programmes and the amount you pay will depend on whether you are a UK or international student. If you are unsure which fees you should pay, read about how we determine your fee status.

Fees are quoted per year and are liable to rise each year. Please budget for up to a five per cent increase per year.

The tuition fee includes charges for tuition, examination and registration. It also includes a contribution towards the cost of membership of the Students' Union.

For more information on how tuition fees are spent, please see Tuition fees - Questions and answers (PDF, 181kB).


Some self-funded international students on taught postgraduate programmes will pay a deposit of £1,500. You can pay this online

In some circumstances, you can apply for a deposit refund. Read our deposits refund policy.

(Please be aware that there is a correction to the 2019 Postgraduate Prospectus: home students accepting an offer to study MSc Public Health are not required to pay a deposit.)

Bench fees

Some programmes charge a bench fee in addition to tuition fees. Bench fees are charged when a programme (or specific project) incurs specific extra costs, such as specialist laboratory or field work. If you need to pay bench fees, they will be listed on the programme entry and on your offer letter.

Postgraduate research fees

Some postgraduate research programmes charge a fee for an extension to the usual registration period or for re-submitting a thesis.

Fees for resits

We will not charge an extra tuition fee if you:

  • complete resits or supplementary assessments in the same year of study that you take the unit.
  • take a supplementary year during which you engage with the content of unit(s) from home and only attend the university for assessment.

We will charge a tuition fee if you:

  • take a supplementary or repeat year, during which you attend the university for teaching and assessment.
  • take extra unit(s) in a year, beyond those the university requires.

The fee will be a proportion of a standard fee, based on the credit point value of the unit(s) you study.

For example:

  • A postgraduate home student is charged an annual tuition fee of £12,000 for a standard year of study on their specific programme
  • A standard year of study in that programme has a value of 180 credit points
  • If the student takes a supplementary year in which they attend the university to take three 20 credit point units, they study a total of 60 credit points in that year
  • 60 credit points ÷ 180 credit points = 0.33. This is the proportion of credits compared to a standard year.
  • 0.33 *£12,000 = £4000. This is the amount the student would be charged for the supplementary year in this example.

Fee payments

If you are a self-funding student, or a sponsored home, EU or international student, find out more about how and when to pay your tuition fees.

Living expenses

Living expenses are the costs you will need to pay for accommodation, food, utilities, books, entertainment, and so on. As a guide, current postgraduate students might need around £850 to £950 per month in addition to tuition fees.

Financial help and support

You need to organise funds for your tuition fees and living costs before you arrive at University. If you have the talent and ability to succeed at Bristol, concerns about funding your studies should not stop you from applying.

Our Student Funding Office provides information on studentships, bursaries and scholarships. We can also advise students about postgraduate study loans. You'll receive confirmation of any scholarship or award before you start your studies.

The online funding search facility will help you narrow down the awards and bursaries that are available to you. This overview of funding options from Bristol Doctoral College will be useful for prospective research students.

Our Careers Service can help you find suitable part-time or holiday work, and can advise you on your rights.

Funded doctoral training

Our research-intensive profile means we can secure funding for doctoral programmes from UK Research Councils and other major funders. Find out what is available.

Brexit and tuition fees

Find out how the UK leaving the European Union may affect tuition fees for European Union applicants.

Useful contacts

For funding and financial help
Student Funding Office
+44 (0)117 331 7972 

For fees and payments
Student Fees Office 
+44 (0)117 954 6372

For queries about fee status
Admissions Office
+44 (0) 117 394 1649

Visit the contacts page for more information.

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