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).
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.