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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 2016/17 (September 2016 entry onwards), the UK/EU fees are:

  • Standard  - £4,121 per year
  • Band 1 - £8,000 per year (low consumable research project)
  • Band 2 - £14,000 per year (medium consumable research project)
  • Band 3 - £19,000 per year (high consumable research project)

For the academic year 2017/18 (September 2017 entry onwards), the UK/EU fees are:

  • Standard - £4,195 per year
  • Band 1 - £8,250 per year (low consumable research project)
  • Band 2 - £14,500 per year (medium consumable research project)
  • Band 3 - £19,500 per year (high consumable research project)

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

Postgraduate Research programmes commencing in September 2017

We are pleased that the Department for Education has now confirmed that EU students applying for university places in England in 2017/18 will continue to be eligible for student loans and grants, and entitled to home fee status for the duration of their course, even past the point that the UK leaves the EU.

Therefore, students wishing to undertake a PGR programme will be assigned the ‘home’ fee status for the duration of their programme.

See: Funding support for EU students

Fees for international students

For the academic year 2016/17 the international fees are:

  • Standard - £20,000
  • Band 1 - £22,000 (low consumable research project)
  • Band 2 - £27,500 (medium consumable research project)
  • Band 3 - £32,500 (high consumable research project)

For the academic year 2017/18 the international fees are:

  • Standard - £21,000
  • Band 1 - £23,000 (low consumable research project)
  • Band 2 - £28,500 (medium consumable research project)
  • Band 3 - £33,500 (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, the annual cost of the programme will increase slightly each year. For overseas 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

I 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.