Postgraduate research fees

Information about postgraduate research fees.

View our full listing of postgraduate research fees (PDF) for the 2019/20 academic year.

Tuition fee policy

Fee payable in 2020/21

Tuition fees increase by 4 per cent rounded up to the nearest £100 for subsequent years of study. Any start date other than October will attract a pro-rata fee for that year of entry (75 per cent for January, 50 per cent for April and 25 per cent for July).

Additional costs

There may be some additional costs required for postgraduate research study.

Read our general additional costs guidance and find out about completing fees and bench fees:

Some programmes charge a bench fee (also known as a research support fee) in addition to the tuition fee. The bench is charged to cover additional costs incurred by the academic department to support your research, such as consumables, materials, additional specialist training and trips. These costs are not covered by the tuition fee. The bench fee is calculated on a case-by-case basis depending on the nature of the research project and is independent from the tuition fee status of the student. 

If you are made an offer of admission to the University of Surrey, you will be notified of any bench fee applicable in your offer letter. Students or sponsors should contact the academic supervisor directly for information on the specific breakdown of what their bench fee covers.

The definition of a ‘completing research student’ is contained in the appropriate set of General Regulations for research degrees. In general terms, a ‘completing research student’ is a postgraduate research student who has carried out the required minimum period of registration (for the purpose of being eligible to transfer to ‘completing’ status), as prescribed in the appropriate regulations, to the satisfaction of their Principal Supervisor(s) and the Dean of Faculty and who is no longer deemed to be using the Faculty/departmental, computing or any other facilities e.g. laboratories (although the student may be allowed to make use of the University’s general facilities). Completing students are required to pay a completing fee for each year or part thereof (as determined by the University’s Fees Policy) until the thesis/portfolio is submitted.

Completing fees are payable per academic year with provision for partial refund as appropriate.

The standard completing (writing up) fee for the 2019-20 academic year is £620.

This amount will be invoiced in full or proportionally, according to the expected end date available when raising the invoice, and will be reviewed at the point the Thesis Submission date is entered on the University database by the faculty.

Studentships and funding

Find out how you can support the costs of your postgraduate research study:

The Doctoral College also provides information on studentships and sources for funding.

Advanced Technology Institute PhD

Full-time - January 2022

UK £4,500

Overseas £22,700

Part-time - January 2022

UK £2,250

Overseas £11,400

Full-time - April 2022

UK £4,500

Overseas £22,700

Part-time - April 2022

UK £2,250

Overseas £11,400

Full-time - July 2022

UK £4,500

Overseas £22,700

Part-time - July 2022

UK £2,250

Overseas £11,400

Full-time - October 2022

UK To be confirmed

Overseas £23,400

Part-time - October 2022

UK To be confirmed

Overseas £11,700

Aerodynamic and Environmental Flow PhD

Full-time - January 2022

UK £4,500

Overseas £22,700

Part-time - January 2022

UK £2,250

Overseas £11,400

Full-time - April 2022

UK £4,500

Overseas £22,700

Part-time - April 2022

UK £2,250

Overseas £11,400

Full-time - July 2022

UK £4,500

Overseas £22,700

Part-time - July 2022

UK £2,250

Overseas £11,400

Full-time - October 2022

UK To be confirmed

Overseas £23,400

Part-time - October 2022

UK To be confirmed

Overseas £11,700

Automotive Engineering PhD

Full-time - January 2022

UK £4,500

Overseas £22,700

Part-time - January 2022

UK £2,250

Overseas £11,400

Full-time - April 2022

UK £4,500

Overseas £22,700

Part-time - April 2022

UK £2,250

Overseas £11,400

Full-time - July 2022

UK £4,500

Overseas £22,700

Part-time - July 2022

UK £2,250

Overseas £11,400

Full-time - October 2022

UK To be confirmed

Overseas £23,400

Part-time - October 2022

UK To be confirmed

Overseas £11,700

Biomedical Engineering PhD

Full-time - January 2022

UK £4,500

Overseas £22,700

Part-time - January 2022

UK £2,250

Overseas £11,400

Full-time - April 2022

UK £4,500

Overseas £22,700

Part-time - April 2022

UK £2,250

Overseas £11,400

Full-time - July 2022

UK £4,500

Overseas £22,700

Part-time - July 2022

UK £2,250

Overseas £11,400

Full-time - October 2022

UK To be confirmed

Overseas £23,400

Part-time - October 2022

UK To be confirmed

Overseas £11,700

Biosciences and Medicine PhD

Full-time - January 2022

UK £4,500

Overseas £22,700

Part-time - January 2022

UK £2,250

Overseas £11,400

Full-time - April 2022

UK £4,500

Overseas £22,700

Full-time - April 2022

UK £4,500

Overseas £22,700

Part-time - April 2022

UK £2,250

Overseas £11,400

Part-time - April 2022

UK £2,250

Overseas £11,400

Full-time - July 2022

UK £4,500

Overseas £22,700

Part-time - July 2022

UK £2,250

Overseas £11,400

Full-time - October 2022

UK To be confirmed

Overseas £23,400

Full-time - October 2022

UK To be confirmed

Overseas £23,400

Part-time - October 2022

UK To be confirmed

Overseas £11,700

Part-time - October 2022

UK To be confirmed

Overseas £11,700

Chemical and Process Engineering Research PhD

Full-time - January 2022

UK £4,500

Overseas £22,700

Part-time - January 2022

UK £2,250

Overseas £11,400

Full-time - April 2022

UK £4,500

Overseas £22,700

Part-time - April 2022

UK £2,250

Overseas £11,400

Full-time - July 2022

UK £4,500

Overseas £22,700

Part-time - July 2022

UK £2,250

Overseas £11,400

Full-time - October 2022

UK To be confirmed

Overseas £23,400

Part-time - October 2022

UK To be confirmed

Overseas £11,700

Chemistry PhD

Full-time - January 2022

UK £4,500

Overseas £22,700

Part-time - January 2022

UK £2,250

Overseas £11,400

Full-time - April 2022

UK £4,500

Overseas £22,700

Part-time - April 2022

UK £2,250

Overseas £11,400

Full-time - July 2022

UK £4,500

Overseas £22,700

Part-time - July 2022

UK £2,250

Overseas £11,400

Full-time - October 2022

UK To be confirmed

Overseas £23,400

Part-time - October 2022

UK To be confirmed

Overseas £11,700

Civil and Environmental Engineering PhD

Full-time - January 2022

UK £4,500

Overseas £22,700

Part-time - January 2022

UK £2,250

Overseas £11,400

Full-time - April 2022

UK £4,500

Overseas £22,700

Part-time - April 2022

UK £2,250

Overseas £11,400

Full-time - July 2022

UK £4,500

Overseas £22,700

Part-time - July 2022

UK £2,250

Overseas £11,400

Full-time - October 2022

UK To be confirmed

Overseas £23,400

Part-time - October 2022

UK To be confirmed

Overseas £11,700

Clinical Psychology PsychD

Full-time - October 2022

UK To be confirmed

Overseas To be confirmed

Computer Science PhD

Full-time - January 2022

UK £4,500

Overseas £22,700

Part-time - January 2022

UK £2,250

Overseas £11,400

Full-time - April 2022

UK £4,500

Overseas £22,700

Part-time - April 2022

UK £2,250

Overseas £11,400

Full-time - July 2022

UK £4,500

Overseas £22,700

Part-time - July 2022

UK £2,250

Overseas £11,400

Full-time - October 2022

UK To be confirmed

Overseas £23,400

Part-time - October 2022

UK To be confirmed

Overseas £11,700

Creative Writing PhD

Full-time - January 2022

UK £4,500

Overseas £17,600

Part-time - January 2022

UK £2,250

Overseas £8,800

Full-time - April 2022

UK £4,500

Overseas £17,600

Part-time - April 2022

UK £2,250

Overseas £8,800

Full-time - July 2022

UK £4,500

Overseas £17,600

Part-time - July 2022

UK £2,250

Overseas £8,800

Full-time - October 2022

UK To be confirmed

Overseas £18,100

Part-time - October 2022

UK To be confirmed

Overseas £9,100

Dance PhD

Full-time - January 2022

UK £4,500

Overseas £17,600

Part-time - January 2022

UK £2,250

Overseas £8,800

Full-time - April 2022

UK £4,500

Overseas £17,600

Part-time - April 2022

UK £2,250

Overseas £8,800

Full-time - July 2022

UK £4,500

Overseas £17,600

Part-time - July 2022

UK £2,250

Overseas £8,800

Full-time - October 2022

UK To be confirmed

Overseas £18,100

Part-time - October 2022

UK To be confirmed

Overseas £9,100

Digital Media Arts PhD

Full-time - January 2022

UK £4,500

Overseas £17,600

Part-time - January 2022

UK £2,250

Overseas £8,800

Full-time - April 2022

UK £4,500

Overseas £17,600

Part-time - April 2022

UK £2,250

Overseas £8,800

Full-time - July 2022

UK £4,500

Overseas £17,600

Part-time - July 2022

UK £2,250

Overseas £8,800

Full-time - October 2022

UK To be confirmed

Overseas £18,100

Part-time - October 2022

UK To be confirmed

Overseas £9,100

Economics PhD

Full-time - October 2022

UK To be confirmed

Overseas £18,700

Engineering Materials PhD

Full-time - January 2022

UK £4,500

Overseas £22,700

Part-time - January 2022

UK £2,250

Overseas £11,400

Full-time - April 2022

UK £4,500

Overseas £22,700

Part-time - April 2022

UK £2,250

Overseas £11,400

Full-time - July 2022

UK £4,500

Overseas £22,700

Part-time - July 2022

UK £2,250

Overseas £11,400

Full-time - October 2022

UK To be confirmed

Overseas £23,400

Part-time - October 2022

UK To be confirmed

Overseas £11,700

English Literature PhD

Full-time - January 2022

UK £4,500

Overseas £17,600

Part-time - January 2022

UK £2,250

Overseas £8,800

Full-time - April 2022

UK £4,500

Overseas £17,600

Part-time - April 2022

UK £2,250

Overseas £8,800

Full-time - July 2022

UK £4,500

Overseas £17,600

Part-time - July 2022

UK £2,250

Overseas £8,800

Full-time - October 2022

UK To be confirmed

Overseas £18,100

Part-time - October 2022

UK To be confirmed

Overseas £9,100

Environment and Sustainability PhD

Full-time - January 2022

UK £4,500

Overseas £22,700

Part-time - January 2022

UK £2,250

Overseas £11,400

Full-time - April 2022

UK £4,500

Overseas £22,700

Part-time - April 2022

UK £2,250

Overseas £11,400

Full-time - July 2022

UK £4,500

Overseas £22,700

Part-time - July 2022

UK £2,250

Overseas £11,400

Full-time - October 2022

UK To be confirmed

Overseas £23,400

Part-time - October 2022

UK To be confirmed

Overseas £11,700

Film Studies PhD

Full-time - January 2022

UK £4,500

Overseas £17,600

Part-time - January 2022

UK £2,250

Overseas £8,800

Full-time - April 2022

UK £4,500

Overseas £17,600

Part-time - April 2022

UK £2,250

Overseas £8,800

Full-time - July 2022

UK £4,500

Overseas £17,600

Part-time - July 2022

UK £2,250

Overseas £8,800

Full-time - October 2022

UK To be confirmed

Overseas £18,100

Part-time - October 2022

UK To be confirmed

Overseas £9,100

Health Psychology PhD

Full-time - January 2022

UK £5,100

Overseas £22,700

Part-time - January 2022

UK £2,550

Overseas £11,400

Full-time - April 2022

UK £5,100

Overseas £22,700

Part-time - April 2022

UK £2,550

Overseas £11,400

Full-time - July 2022

UK £5,100

Overseas £22,700

Part-time - July 2022

UK £2,550

Overseas £11,400

Full-time - October 2022

UK To be confirmed

Overseas £23,400

Part-time - October 2022

UK To be confirmed

Overseas £11,700

Health Sciences PhD

Full-time - January 2022

UK £4,500

Overseas £19,900

Part-time - January 2022

UK £2,250

Overseas £10,000

Full-time - April 2022

UK £4,500

Overseas £19,900

Part-time - April 2022

UK £2,250

Overseas £10,000

Full-time - July 2022

UK £4,500

Overseas £19,900

Part-time - July 2022

UK £2,250

Overseas £10,000

Full-time - October 2022

UK To be confirmed

Overseas £20,500

Part-time - October 2022

UK To be confirmed

Overseas £10,300

Higher Education PhD

Full-time - January 2022

UK £4,500

Overseas £17,600

Part-time - January 2022

UK £2,250

Overseas £8,800

Full-time - April 2022

UK £4,500

Overseas £17,600

Part-time - April 2022

UK £2,250

Overseas £8,800

Full-time - July 2022

UK £4,500

Overseas £17,600

Part-time - July 2022

UK £2,250

Overseas £8,800

Full-time - October 2022

UK To be confirmed

Overseas £18,100

Part-time - October 2022

UK To be confirmed

Overseas £9,100

Hospitality, Tourism, Transport and Events PhD

Full-time - January 2022

UK £4,500

Overseas £18,200

Part-time - January 2022

UK £2,250

Overseas £9,100

Full-time - April 2022

UK £4,500

Overseas £18,200

Part-time - April 2022

UK £2,250

Overseas £9,100

Full-time - July 2022

UK £4,500

Overseas £18,200

Part-time - July 2022

UK £2,250

Overseas £9,100

Full-time - October 2022

UK To be confirmed

Overseas £18,700

Part-time - October 2022

UK To be confirmed

Overseas £9,400

Information and Communication Systems PhD

Full-time - January 2022

UK £4,500

Overseas £22,700

Part-time - January 2022

UK £2,250

Overseas £11,400

Full-time - April 2022

UK £4,500

Overseas £22,700

Part-time - April 2022

UK £2,250

Overseas £11,400

Full-time - July 2022

UK £4,500

Overseas £22,700

Part-time - July 2022

UK £2,250

Overseas £11,400

Full-time - October 2022

UK To be confirmed

Overseas £23,400

Part-time - October 2022

UK To be confirmed

Overseas £11,700

Innovative Media Technology PhD

Full-time - January 2022

UK £4,500

Overseas £17,600

Part-time - January 2022

UK £2,250

Overseas £8,800

Full-time - April 2022

UK £4,500

Overseas £17,600

Part-time - April 2022

UK £2,250

Overseas £8,800

Full-time - July 2022

UK £4,500

Overseas £17,600

Part-time - July 2022

UK £2,250

Overseas £8,800

Full-time - October 2022

UK To be confirmed

Overseas £18,100

Part-time - October 2022

UK To be confirmed

Overseas £9,100

Law PhD

Full-time - January 2022

UK £4,500

Overseas £17,600

Part-time - January 2022

UK £2,250

Overseas £8,800

Full-time - October 2022

UK To be confirmed

Overseas £18,100

Part-time - October 2022

UK To be confirmed

Overseas £9,100

Linguistics PhD

Full-time - January 2022

UK £4,500

Overseas £17,600

Part-time - January 2022

UK £2,250

Overseas £8,800

Full-time - April 2022

UK £4,500

Overseas £17,600

Part-time - April 2022

UK £2,250

Overseas £8,800

Full-time - July 2022

UK £4,500

Overseas £17,600

Part-time - July 2022

UK £2,250

Overseas £8,800

Full-time - October 2022

UK To be confirmed

Overseas £18,100

Part-time - October 2022

UK To be confirmed

Overseas £9,100

Literary and Cultural Studies PhD

Full-time - January 2022

UK £4,500

Overseas £17,600

Part-time - January 2022

UK £2,250

Overseas £8,800

Full-time - April 2022

UK £4,500

Overseas £17,600

Part-time - April 2022

UK £2,250

Overseas £8,800

Full-time - July 2022

UK £4,500

Overseas £17,600

Part-time - July 2022

UK £2,250

Overseas £8,800

Full-time - October 2022

UK To be confirmed

Overseas £18,100

Part-time - October 2022

UK To be confirmed

Overseas £9,100

Management and Business PhD

Full-time - January 2022

UK £4,500

Overseas £18,200

Part-time - January 2022

UK £2,250

Overseas £9,100

Full-time - October 2022

UK To be confirmed

Overseas £18,700

Part-time - October 2022

UK To be confirmed

Overseas £9,400

Mathematics PhD

Full-time - January 2022

UK £4,500

Overseas £19,900

Part-time - January 2022

UK £2,250

Overseas £10,000

Full-time - April 2022

UK £4,500

Overseas £19,900

Part-time - April 2022

UK £2,250

Overseas £10,000

Full-time - July 2022

UK £4,500

Overseas £19,900

Part-time - July 2022

UK £2,250

Overseas £10,000

Full-time - October 2022

UK To be confirmed

Overseas £20,500

Part-time - October 2022

UK To be confirmed

Overseas £10,300

Micro- and NanoMaterials and Technologies EngD

Full-time - October 2022

UK To be confirmed

Overseas £23,400

Music PhD

Full-time - January 2022

UK £4,500

Overseas £17,600

Part-time - January 2022

UK £2,250

Overseas £8,800

Full-time - April 2022

UK £4,500

Overseas £17,600

Part-time - April 2022

UK £2,250

Overseas £8,800

Full-time - July 2022

UK £4,500

Overseas £17,600

Part-time - July 2022

UK £2,250

Overseas £8,800

Full-time - October 2022

UK To be confirmed

Overseas £18,100

Part-time - October 2022

UK To be confirmed

Overseas £9,100

Physics PhD

Full-time - January 2022

UK £4,500

Overseas £22,700

Part-time - January 2022

UK £2,250

Overseas £11,400

Full-time - April 2022

UK £4,500

Overseas £22,700

Part-time - April 2022

UK £2,250

Overseas £11,400

Full-time - July 2022

UK £4,500

Overseas £22,700

Part-time - July 2022

UK £2,250

Overseas £11,400

Full-time - October 2022

UK To be confirmed

Overseas £23,400

Part-time - October 2022

UK To be confirmed

Overseas £11,700

Politics PhD

Full-time - January 2022

UK £4,500

Overseas £17,600

Part-time - January 2022

UK £2,250

Overseas £8,800

Full-time - April 2022

UK £4,500

Overseas £17,600

Part-time - April 2022

UK £2,250

Overseas £8,800

Full-time - July 2022

UK £4,500

Overseas £17,600

Part-time - July 2022

UK £2,250

Overseas £8,800

Full-time - October 2022

UK To be confirmed

Overseas £18,100

Part-time - October 2022

UK To be confirmed

Overseas £9,100

Practitioner Doctorate in Sustainability PhD/EngD

Full-time - October 2022

UK To be confirmed

Overseas £23,400

Part-time - October 2022

UK To be confirmed

Overseas £11,700

Psychology PhD

Full-time - January 2022

UK £4,500

Overseas £20,500

Part-time - January 2022

UK £2,250

Overseas £10,300

Full-time - April 2022

UK £4,500

Overseas £20,500

Part-time - April 2022

UK £2,250

Overseas £10,300

Full-time - July 2022

UK £4,500

Overseas £20,500

Part-time - July 2022

UK £2,250

Overseas £10,300

Full-time - October 2022

UK To be confirmed

Overseas £21,100

Part-time - October 2022

UK To be confirmed

Overseas £10,600

Quantum Biology PhD

Full-time - January 2022

UK £4,500

Overseas £22,700

Full-time - April 2022

UK £4,500

Overseas £22,700

Full-time - July 2022

UK £4,500

Overseas £22,700

Full-time - October 2022

UK To be confirmed

Overseas £23,400

Sociology PhD

Full-time - January 2022

UK £4,500

Overseas £17,600

Part-time - January 2022

UK £2,250

Overseas £8,800

Full-time - April 2022

UK £4,500

Overseas £17,600

Part-time - April 2022

UK £2,250

Overseas £8,800

Full-time - July 2022

UK £4,500

Overseas £17,600

Part-time - July 2022

UK £2,250

Overseas £8,800

Full-time - October 2022

UK To be confirmed

Overseas £18,100

Part-time - October 2022

UK To be confirmed

Overseas £9,100

Sound Recording PhD

Full-time - January 2022

UK £4,500

Overseas £17,600

Part-time - January 2022

UK £2,250

Overseas £8,800

Full-time - April 2022

UK £4,500

Overseas £17,600

Part-time - April 2022

UK £2,250

Overseas £8,800

Full-time - July 2022

UK £4,500

Overseas £17,600

Part-time - July 2022

UK £2,250

Overseas £8,800

Full-time - October 2022

UK To be confirmed

Overseas £18,100

Part-time - October 2022

UK To be confirmed

Overseas £9,100

Space Engineering PhD

Full-time - January 2022

UK £4,500

Overseas £22,700

Part-time - January 2022

UK £2,250

Overseas £11,400

Full-time - April 2022

UK £4,500

Overseas £22,700

Part-time - April 2022

UK £2,250

Overseas £11,400

Full-time - July 2022

UK £4,500

Overseas £22,700

Part-time - July 2022

UK £2,250

Overseas £11,400

Full-time - October 2022

UK To be confirmed

Overseas £23,400

Part-time - October 2022

UK To be confirmed

Overseas £11,700

Theatre PhD

Full-time - January 2022

UK £4,500

Overseas £17,600

Part-time - January 2022

UK £2,250

Overseas £8,800

Full-time - April 2022

UK £4,500

Overseas £17,600

Part-time - April 2022

UK £2,250

Overseas £8,800

Full-time - July 2022

UK £4,500

Overseas £17,600

Part-time - July 2022

UK £2,250

Overseas £8,800

Full-time - October 2022

UK To be confirmed

Overseas £18,100

Part-time - October 2022

UK To be confirmed

Overseas £9,100

Translation and Interpreting PhD

Full-time - January 2022

UK £4,500

Overseas £17,600

Part-time - January 2022

UK £2,250

Overseas £8,800

Full-time - April 2022

UK £4,500

Overseas £17,600

Part-time - April 2022

UK £2,250

Overseas £8,800

Full-time - July 2022

UK £4,500

Overseas £17,600

Part-time - July 2022

UK £2,250

Overseas £8,800

Full-time - October 2022

UK To be confirmed

Overseas £18,100

Part-time - October 2022

UK To be confirmed

Overseas £9,100

Veterinary Medicine and Science PhD

Full-time - January 2022

UK £4,500

Overseas £22,700

Part-time - January 2022

UK £2,250

Overseas £11,400

Full-time - April 2022

UK £4,500

Overseas £22,700

Part-time - April 2022

UK £2,250

Overseas £11,400

Full-time - July 2022

UK £4,500

Overseas £22,700

Part-time - July 2022

UK £2,250

Overseas £11,400

Full-time - October 2022

UK To be confirmed

Overseas £23,400

Part-time - October 2022

UK To be confirmed

Overseas £11,700

Vision, Speech and Signal Processing PhD

Full-time - January 2022

UK £4,500

Overseas £22,700

Part-time - January 2022

UK £2,250

Overseas £11,400

Full-time - April 2022

UK £4,500

Overseas £22,700

Part-time - April 2022

UK £2,250

Overseas £11,400

Full-time - July 2022

UK £4,500

Overseas £22,700

Part-time - July 2022

UK £2,250

Overseas £11,400

Full-time - October 2022

UK To be confirmed

Overseas £23,400

Part-time - October 2022

UK To be confirmed

Overseas £11,700