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Fees for postgraduate research study

Tuition fees for your PhD/MPhil will cover the cost of your study at the University, as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision, examinations and graduation.

Payment of fees will also entitle you to membership of the Library, the Students' Union and the Athletic Union. For general fee information, including paying your fees, visit the University's postgraduate research fees pages.

PhD/MPhil costs

Fees for PhD, MPhil and MD programmes fall into one of our standard fee bands. Your primary supervisor will determine which is appropriate according to the nature and complexity of your research project. The band is displayed within the project description for self-funded projects, or will be confirmed during the interview/offer stage.

Some of our programmes attract a non-standard fee and these are displayed on the specific programme pages, for example in Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work, Dentistry/Clinical Dentistry and History of Science, Technology and Medicine. 

Fees for UK/EU students

For the academic year 2020/21 (September 2020 entry onwards), the UK/EU fees are:

  • Standard - £4,407 per year
  • Band 1 - £9,000 per year (low consumable research project)
  • Band 2 - £16,000 per year (medium consumable research project)
  • Band 3 - £21,000 per year (high consumable research project)

For the academic year 2021/22 (September 2021 entry onwards), the UK fees are:

  • Standard - £4,500 per year
  • Band 1 - £9,250 per year (low consumable research project)
  • Band 2 - £16,500 per year (medium consumable research project)
  • Band 3 - £21,500 per year (high consumable research project)

The band for each PhD project is indicated within the advertised project description. For 2020/21, fees for UK/EU students are generally not quoted in adverts where they are covered by a funded studentship.

Postgraduate research programmes commencing in the 2020/21 and 2021/22 academic years

EU students starting their postgraduate research programme in the 2020/21 academic year will be eligible for the Home tuition fee and will also be able to apply for the relevant financial support for the duration of their programme. This will normally be the postgraduate doctoral loan. Students wishing to undertake a PhD programme will be assigned the home fee status for the duration of their programme.

For programmes starting in the 2021/22 academic year, the UK government confirmed on 23 June 2020 that EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals will no longer be eligible for home fees or Student Finance England support. The UK Council for International Student Affairs will update this webpage with further information when available: For students intending to study in the UK in 2021-22.

Fees for international students

For the academic year 2020/21 (September 2020 entry onwards), the international fees are:

  • Standard - £24,000
  • Band 1 - £25,000 (low consumable research project)
  • Band 2 - £31,500 (medium consumable research project)
  • Band 3 - £36,500 (high consumable research project)

For the academic year 2021/22 (September 2021 entry onwards), the international fees are:

  • Standard - £24,500
  • Band 1 - £25,500 (low consumable research project)
  • Band 2 - £32,500 (medium consumable research project)
  • Band 3 - £37,500 (high consumable research project)

The band for each project is indicated within the advertised project description.

Confirmation of costs

The annual cost of your programme will be confirmed in your offer letter.

For UK/EU students commencing in the 2020/21 academic year, the annual cost of the programme will increase slightly each year. For international applicants, the cost of your programme will remain fixed for the duration of your study.

For students who do not submit their thesis before the end of the experimental programme (3-year programmes only), students must register for submission pending, for which there will be a University fee for the approved 12-month period. The fee is currently £225.

Living costs

If you are a self-funding student, you will also need to cover your living expenses for the duration of your programme.

Manchester is consistently shown to be one of the cheapest places in the UK for students to live when compared with other cities, particularly those in the south of the UK.

See more information on living costs, including for international students, on the University website.