Postgraduate research fees are not regulated by the UK government so decisions on UK undergraduate fees do not apply to them. Our postgraduate research fees are set independently and reviewed on an annual basis.

You are classified as either a home or international student for the purpose of assessing tuition fees. Where your status is not clear from your application form, you will enter our fee assessment process

The fees listed below are meant as a guide only. In addition to your fee, where the research projects undertaken require a high expenditure on consumables, equipment or other resources an annual bench fee may be charged in addition to the academic fees. Please check with the admissions team for your research area for accurate information. Find out when to pay your fees and the payment options that we offer

If you are a former student of the University of Leeds you may be eligible for a 10% alumni tuition fee bursary

You may also need to pay additional costs, related to your studies.

UK/ Non-UK EU first year fees


2017/18 2018/19
UK/ Non-UK EU students
£4,250
£4,400

The fee quoted above is based on full-time study and show the fee charged for postgraduate researchers studying in that academic year. Fees may rise in your second and subsequent years. This will be by no more than the rate of inflation, calculated according to the Retail Price Index.

If you are a non-UK EU student there is no immediate change to your immigration status, your fee rate or to your access to UK student financial support.  The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU postgraduate researchers starting in the 2018/2019 or 2019/2020 academic years will have home fee status and be eligible to apply for Research Council PhD studentships to help cover the costs for the duration of their study. Read the full government statement

We will publish updates on these pages as they become available. Please check these pages regularly for further information.

View more information for prospective EU postgraduate researchers.

International postgraduate research annual fees 

Fees below for international postgraduate researchers are based on full-time study and apply for each year of the course. These fees are fixed at this level for each year of your course allowing you to plan your finances for the duration of your studies. 

International postgraduate researchers
2017/18 2018/19
Schools of English; History; Philosophy, Religion and History of Science; Languages, Culture and Societies; Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies; Music; Performance and Cultural Industries; Education; Business
£15,750 £17,500

Schools of Law; Politics and International Relations; Sociology and Social Policy

£16,000 £18,000
School of Media and Communication
£16,500 £17,500
Schools of Geography; Mathematics; Design
£17,750 £19,500

Schools of Computing; Electronic and Electrical Engineering; Mechanical Engineering; Chemical and Process Engineering; Civil Engineering; Earth and Environment; Transport; Chemistry; Physics and all schools in the Faculty of Biological Sciences

£19,750 £21,500
School of Food Science and Nutrition
£20,000 £21,500
Schools of Medicine and Dentistry science based programmes. There are a number of programmes with higher fees, please check with the graduate school.
£19,750 £21,500
Schools of Medicine and Dentistry clinically based programmes. There are a number of programmes with higher fees, please check with the graduate school. £30,750 £31,500
School of Healthcare
£17,750 £21,500
School of Psychology science based programmes
£19,750 £21,500
School of Psychology arts/ social science based programmes
£15,750 £17,500
Nuffield Medical Programme
£15,750 £17,500

Fees quoted are based on full-time study and apply for each year of the course. If you are studying part-time the fee is normally 50% of the full rate (with the exception of the overtime fee).

The information provided is for general guidance purposes only. The University believes the information provided is accurate at the time of publication. The University cannot accept liability for any inaccuracies.

Split-site PhD programme fees

The fees for split-site programmes are set as a percentage of the home/EU or international fees. There are two ways of studying for a split-site PhD at the University which will affect the fees you pay:

a) Model A involving a strategic partnership with a commercial/ industrial organisation or an international academic or research institution. These are normally cohort-based and full-time study.

b) Model B involving individual postgraduate researchers. These are normally part-time study.

Year of study  Model A - Percentage of full-time fee Model B - Percentage of part-time fee
1 75% 75%
2 50% 50%
3 50% 50%
4 Overtime 50%
5 NA 50%
NA Overtime 
NA Overtime

Overtime (writing up) fee

Should you need extra time to write up your thesis there is an overtime registration fee which is £215 in 2017/18 and £235 for 2018/19.

If you are still undertaking research in the overtime period, the full fee (or pro rata amount depending on how many months you will be researching during the overtime period and depending on whether you are studying full or part-time) may be charged.

Your offer letter will state the end of the standard period of study and also the maximum time limit. The difference is usually the overtime period. Full-time postgraduate researchers normally have one year of overtime and part-time/split site have two years.

Fee status assessment

You are classified as either a "home" or "international" postgraduate researcher for the purpose of assessing tuition fees. Only certain categories of students will be charged the "home" tuition fee. Where it is not clear from your application form whether you have "home" or "international" status, you will need to complete a Fees Assessment Form which will be sent out to you. For further information and advice see our fee assessment page.

Please note that fees status assessment is a complex area. For example, being granted indefinite leave to remain by the Home Office during your course would not alter your fees status from international to home. Similarly, you would need to meet the three year residence requirement before the start of your course for this to impact on your eligibility for home fee status. 

If you have a question about fee payment you can contact the Student Fees team by email at fees@leeds.ac.uk or by phoning +44 (0)113 343 6700.

The information provided is for general guidance purposes only. The University believes the information provided is accurate at the time of publication. The University cannot accept liability for any inaccuracies.