Postgraduate fees

Fees for taught courses

Fees are found on course pages, which include the home/EU and overseas fees for each programme and for each mode of attendance (full-time, part-time, distance-learning or associate).

  • Full-time – fee applies for one year. Where programme regulations allow students to complete the course over a longer period, an extension fee will apply in subsequent years.
  • Part-time (where applicable) – tuition fees are usually half of the corresponding full-time fees, and they apply in each of the first two years of study. Where a part-time course is set up to run for more than two years, any subsequent period will not be charged. In all cases, an extension fee will apply to any period of study (including dissertation submission) beyond the normal course end date.
  • Distance-learning (where applicable) – fee applies for the whole course, or per module. Where fees are paid by module, it is assumed that four modules will be taken each year unless the student notifies the Programme Administrator otherwise. Module fees are subject to an annual increase.
  • Associate – fee is per module. Students who wish to be considered for an award for their studies must register on a full programme.

Fees for research programmes

Home/EU students


Fees per year

for 2015/16

Fees per year

for 2016/17

PhD – Postgraduate Research

Full time: £4,052

Part time: £2,026

Full time: £4,121

Part time: £2,060

Brunel Integrated PhD 



International students

The postgraduate research fees for international students are:

Subject area

Full-time fees per year

for 2016/17

Part-time fees per year

for 2016/17

Politics / History
Media & Communications



Arts and Humanities
Screen Media



Engineering & Design
Health Sciences
Information Systems & Computing
Sport Sciences



The fees for the Brunel Integrated PhD for international students are:

Subject area

Full time fees per year

for 2016/17

Mathematical Sciences
Economics and Finance
Human Sciences


Information Systems
Biological Sciences
Electronic and Computer Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Manufacturing and Enterprise Engineering


Research projects undertaken in Biosciences may require an annual bench fee to cover the costs of laboratory consumables. The amount is variable dependent on the requirements of the project and will be discussed and agreed between the applicant and the supervisor at interview stage. This amount will be additional to tuition fees and will be stated in the offer letter from Admissions. 

Fees explained

For fee purposes, students are classified as either home/EU or international. For details of the criteria used for establishing fee status, visit the UK Council for International Student Affairs website. If you are unsure whether you are classified as home/EU or international, please contact the Admissions Office on +44 (0)1895 265265.

For international students, subject areas are classified as either low band (generally classroom-based), middle band or high band (generally requiring higher cost resources or equipment). Each band has a different fee.

Students pay a fee for each year of registration up until their expected submission date of 36 months (3 years) for full-time students and 72 months (6 years) for part-time students.  The expected submission date on the Brunel Integrated PhD programme is 48 months (4 years). 

  • Full-time – fee normally applies for one year for an MPhil or for each of three years for a PhD.
  • Part-time – fee normally applies for each of two years for an MPhil or up to six years for a PhD.
  • Brunel Integrated PhD – fee applies for each of four years.

All fees are subject to normal annual incremental increases, which will not be more than 5% or RPI, whichever is the higher. In the event that students do not submit their thesis by the expected submission date, a reduced fee (currently £200) is charged for the period in which they are writing up their thesis, up until their maximum period of registration is reached.

Please see Student Financial Policy for further information.

Additional fees

For further information about additional fees, please see Student Financial Policy

Please note that these fees are reviewed on an annual basis.

  • Re-registration fee: £220
  • Replacement transcript fee: £25
  • Replacement certificate fee: £60
  • Continuation fees: Postgraduate research – £200
  • Examination fees for research students: Higher Doctorates – £1,000
  • Resubmission fees (for postgraduate taught dissertation): £300

Fee refunds

Fees are due at the time of registration and there is no entitlement to any reduction or refund if a student withdraws during the year. The university may exceptionally allow reductions to self-supporting students. Please note that once you enrol, you become liable for fees, even if you subsequently withdraw. Please see Student Financial Policy for full details.

Fee deposits and discounts

  • International deposit: £3,000 refundable only on the grounds of non-issuance of a visa
  • Home/EU deposit: £300 normally non-refundable

Details of discounts for Brunel University London graduates are given in Student Financial Policy.

Please note that only one discount can be applied at any one time.

Page last updated: Friday 08 January 2016