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.
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, EU 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 £1,000. You can pay this online.
In some circumstances, you can apply for a deposit refund. Read our deposits refund policy.
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.
If you're a self-funding postgraduate student, you'll pay your fees directly to the University.
If you're sponsored by an external organisation, such as a government department, charity or company, you must send evidence of your sponsorship to the Student Fees Office.
Find out more about how and when to pay your fees.
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 UK and EU students about postgraduate study loans or applying for a professional career development loan. 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.
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.
If you're a University of Bristol student or graduate, you could benefit from a ten per cent reduction in your tuition fees for postgraduate study.
EU referendum and tuition fees
In June 2016 the UK voted to leave the European Union. Find out how this affects tuition fees for European Union applicants.
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
+44 (0) 117 394 1649
Visit the contacts page for more information.