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.

Fees and living expenses

The two main costs you will face as a postgraduate student are tuition fees and living expenses. You need to organise funds for your tuition fees and living costs before you arrive at University. You'll receive confirmation of any scholarship or award before you start your studies.

Tuition fees

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

Each of our postgraduate programmes has a specific cost for tuition. Wherever possible, each programme entry shows up-to-date fees. Fees are quoted per year and are subject to annual review, so are liable to rise each year. Please budget for up to a five per cent increase per year.

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.


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

Additional 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. These are usually associated with specialist laboratory or field work. If a programme has a bench fee as standard, this will be stated in the online programme finder.

Some postgraduate research programmes charge additional postgraduate research fees.

Living expenses

Living expenses are the costs you will need to pay for everything excluding tuition fees. As a guide, current postgraduate students might need around £850 to £950 per month in addition to tuition fees.

Financial help and support

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 (PCDL).

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

Funding for doctoral training

Our research-intensive profile means we can secure funding for doctoral education from a wide range of sources. 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. The discount is available to students starting a degree on or after 1 August 2017.

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 

For fees and payments
Income 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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