Fees and funding

Your university education is a significant investment. It is important you consider how you will meet the expenses involved. Our Student Funding Office provides all the support you need to 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, 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.

Deposits

Some self-funded international students on taught postgraduate programmes will pay a deposit of £1,000. You can pay this online.

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.

Fee payments

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

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.

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.

Alumni scholarship

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.

Useful contacts

For funding and financial help
Student Funding Office
+44 (0)117 331 7972 
student-funding@bristol.ac.uk

For fees and payments
Income Office 
+44 (0)117 954 6372
student-fees@bris.ac.uk

For queries about fee status
Admissions Office
+44 (0) 117 394 1649
choosebristol-pg@bristol.ac.uk

Visit the contacts page for more information.

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