Fees for research degree students

We'll assess your fee status when you apply to Essex and if you are successful in gaining an offer, your fee status will be confirmed in your offer letter. Visit our fee status page for more information.

We offer a wide range of scholarships, studentships and bursaries to make funding your studies easier, including our Postgraduate Research EU Scholarship worth up to £8000. If you're an Essex graduate or studied abroad here and your PhD is your first postgraduate course with us, you could also be eligible for our alumni loyalty discount.

If you are studying part-time at twice the standard duration (i.e. 72 months for a PhD) then you will pay half of the relevant fee each year.


The tables below show full-time fees, for one year of study, for students in 2024-2025.

Each year, UKRI usually increases its fee and stipend levels in line with inflation, based on the Treasury GDP deflator. Minimum fees recommended by UKRI are adopted as the University of Essex Home-level tuition fee for postgraduate researchers on most doctoral programmes. The UKRI minimum stipend level is often used as a guide for other funders.

PhD, MPhil, MAD and MSD

Department/Centre Home fee International fee 

Life Sciences


Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Science

£4,786  £21,500
Art History
Computational Finance and Economic Agents
Computer Science and Electronic Engineering
Essex Business School
Health & Social Care
Human Rights
Languages and Linguistics
Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies
Mathematics, Statistics and Actuarial Science
Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies
 £4,786  £18,750

Professional Doctorates 

Department Home fee International fee

Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies

£5,000  £9,375
School of Health and Social Care: Occupational Therapy  £3,500  £21,500 
School of Health and Social Care: Clinical Psychology
Fees for UK funded places are paid by Health Education East of England.
International fee includes £5,000 bench fees. 
£19,000 £24,000
School of Health and Social Care: Speech and Language Therapy (this course is only available to applicants from the UK or EU)  TBC N/A
School of Health and Social Care: all other Prof Doctorates  £3,500 £18,750 
School of Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences  £3,500 £10,750

Annual fee changes

For students commencing their studies at the University of Essex in 2024-25 academic year, your fees will increase by up to 5% for each academic year of study. This is subject to review for each subsequent academic year.

For students commencing their studies at the University of Essex in 2025-26 academic years, your fees will increase for each subsequent academic year of study. This is subject to review for each academic year.

PhD, MPhil, MAD and MSD tuition fees for Home students are set by UK Research Council (UKRI). UKRI usually increase their fee levels in line with inflation.

We publish information on how we use your fees.

Completion, extension and other fees 2024-25

The following fees apply to the courses listed above for all subject areas and all fee status categories.

Completion, extension and other fees Fee
Completion Period (up to three terms) £250 per term
Further Completion for students first registered prior to 2008-2009 (up to three terms) £500 per term
Exceptional extension to maximum period, following Completion period, for students first registered from 2008-2009 £500 per term
Extension fee for Doctorate in Clinical Psychology Part-time fees per term
PGR re-examination or re-submission* £200

*In addition to the re-examination fee, you will also be liable for the appropriate registration fee for the referral period. In most cases, this will be the ‘exceptional extension to maximum period’ fee (per term). However, if you originally submitted your thesis without using the maximum three terms of ‘completion period’ available to you, you will first be registered for the remainder of your ‘completion period’ term(s) followed by the ‘exceptional extension to maximum period’ for the rest of your referral period. Details of the fees for these periods of study are outlined above.

Additional fees

Listed below are the potential additional costs that Postgraduate Research Students may have to pay in addition to the standard fee when undertaking a research degree with us.

In some Schools/Departments/Centres, please note that additional fees are charged to cover direct costs related to the project, such as bench fees and the costs of consumables.

Where a research project will attract such fees, these will be detailed in the formal University offer letter. In other cases, there may some costs associated with your studies that are required in order for you to progress, alongside other costs that are not required but which you may wish to cover on a voluntary basis in order to support your studies.

All additional costs vary by department and, sometimes, by research area. Your department will be able to advise you about all possible additional costs associated with your studies.

  • Bench Fees - dependent on Department and area of research
  • Submission of theses for examinations - cost per thesis approx. £30-40 depending on length and number of colour pages
  • Printing costs for poster presentations
  • Submission of theses for re-examination - cost per thesis approx. £30-40 depending on length and number of colour pages
  • Replacement student cards
  • Most submissions to monitor progress are completed electronically but if paper copies are required then there would be a cost for this
  • Books for study not available online or in the library- would vary by course
  • Costs associated with research (ie fieldwork, incentives, meetings, access to data, recording equipment)
  • Proofreading of thesis prior to submission for examination
  • IT equipment/ software/hardware
  • Conference Attendance (partially covered by Proficio)
  • Training costs (not covered by Proficio)
  • Subscription fees for online journals not available through the library
  • Membership fees for Professional Bodies or Learned Societies
  • Open Access publication charges
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