Research degree fees

The tables below show full-time fees for both new and continuing research degree students in 2017-18. If you are studying part-time at twice the standard duration (ie 72 months for a PhD) then you will pay half of the relevant fee each year. Our fees for 2018-19 will be published in October 2017.

You're an international fee-payer if you're from a non-EU country. We'll assess your fee status when you apply to Essex and you can contact us to enquire about your fee status.

We offer a wide range of scholarships, studentships and bursaries to make funding your studies easier.

If you're an Essex graduate or studied abroad here and your PhD is your first postgraduate course with us, you could be eligible for our alumni loyalty discount.

PhD, MPhil, MAD and MSD

Full-time fee for 2017-18
Department/Centre Home/EU fee International fee
Biological Sciences
TBC1 £15,450
Art History
Computational Finance and Economic Agents
Computer Science and Electronic Engineering
Essex Business School
Health and Human Sciences
Human Rights
Languages and Linguistics
Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies
Mathematical Sciences
Psychoanalytic Studies2
TBC1 £13,350
1 Fees for Home/EU research degree students are not yet known. As a guide, the fee in 2016-17 was £4,120.
2 Year 1 fee is £8,200 for Home/EU students and £15,450 for overseas students for the doctoral programme in Refugee Care which includes a taught first year.

Completion and extension fees
For all subject areas and all fee status categories
Completion (up to three terms) £250 per term
Further Completion for students first registered prior to 2008-09 (up to three terms) £500 per term
Exceptional extension to maximum period, following Completion period, for students first registered from 2008-09 £500 per term
Extension fee for Doctorate in Applied Psychology Part-time fees per term

Professional Doctorates

Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies
Programme Home/EU fee Overseas fee
Doctorate in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy - 3 years part-time £3,600 £6,675
Doctorate in Analytical Psychotherapy - 3 years part-time £3,600 £6,675
Doctorate in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy - 3 years part-time £3,600 £6,675

Health and Human Sciences
Subject Home/EU fee
Year 1 and 2
Home/EU fee
Year 3+
Applied psychology
Counselling psychology
Occupational therapy
Public health (health visiting)
Social care practice management
Health care education
Social care education
Health services management
Social services management

Pre-registration courses

Pre-registration taught degrees
Programme Home/EU fee Overseas fee
Doctorate in Clinical Psychology - 3 years full-time £17,061 plus up to £5,000 bench fees £20,000 plus up to £5,000 bench fees

Annual fee changes

For students commencing their studies at the University of Essex from the 2017-18 academic year, your fees will increase for each academic year of study. This annual increase will be 3% or the annual increase in the RPI-X index, whichever is the higher.

Tuition fee policies and how to pay