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Postgraduate fees

Types of fees

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

For Overseas 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.

Fees for taught courses

You can find the fees information on our 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

  • Full-time – fee normally applies for one year for an MPhil or for each of three years for a PhD (including Doctor of Public Health).
  • Part-time – fee normally applies for each of two years for an MPhil or up to eight years for a PhD.
  • PhD with Integrated Postgraduate Diploma (Brunel Integrated PhD (New Route)) – fee applies for each of four years.
  • Research projects undertaken within the department of Life Sciences in the areas of Biosciences; Environmental Sciences; Psychology, and Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences may require an annual bench fee. 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.

For more information please visit our research fees and funding page.

Fees for Associate module students

If you are planning to take a standalone module within the 2017/18 cycle the fee can be found in this table.

Additional fees

For further information about additional fees, please see the Student Financial Policy.  Please note that these fees are reviewed on an annual basis.

  • 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.  We may exceptionally allow reductions to self-supporting students.  Please note that once you enrol, you become liable for fees, even if your subsequently withdraw.  Please see the Student Financial Policy for full details.

Fee deposits and discounts

Overseas students are required to pay a deposit of £3,000 which may only be refundable on the grounds of non-issuance of a visa.

Home/EU students are required to pay a deposit of £300, which is normally non-refundable.

All students who are responsible for paying their own course fees in full, and who pay the full amount of fees due at or before their scheduled date of registration, may receive a prompt payment discount of 2% on the net course fee.

Details of discounts for Brunel University London graduates are given in the Student Financial Policy.  Please note that only one discount can be applied at any one time.