Postgraduate Research fees for 2023 to 2024

The full list of postgraduate research fees for new students enrolling at UCL for the first time in the 2023 to 2024 academic year.

These fees are for new postgraduate research students starting in the 2023-24 academic year. Unless otherwise stated in the programme notes, the published fees are only for the first year of study and the fees in subsequent years may increase to reflect UCL's increased costs in delivering the programme, such as operational costs, market forces and inflation.

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Tuition fees

You can search for a programme by faculty, department, qualification or use the keyword search function. Use only one filter at a time to find a fee. Programme fee information will also be in your offer letter.

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Jointly delivered programmes

Where UCL jointly delivers a programme with other universities or colleges, the fees may be set by the collaborating institution and this will be stated with the tuition fee listed above. In relation to programmes of more than one year, we will also will specify the fee for subsequent years or state how the fees may increase from year to year.

Non-Resident PhD Programmes

A deduction of £1,500 from full-time student fees and £750 from part-time student fees has been agreed by the Graduate School. This applies to both UK and Overseas students.

Study leave

Fees for Study Leave during a Research Degree will be charged at half the full-time or part-time UK fee, depending on your registration status. 

Additional Fee Element

A minority of PhD students may have to pay an Additional Fee Element (AFE). This is also known as a bench fee by some UK institutions. The AFE covers additional costs which are not included in the tuition fee listed above. These additional costs are for consumables, equipment, materials and other items, but they don't include student visas. As each PhD is unique, your AFE will be specifically calculated for you by your supervisor. Please contact your supervisor directly for advice on whether or not you will pay an AFE. Your offer letter will also confirm any AFE you will be required to pay.

There are five bands for AFE charges:

  • Band 1 is £1,000
  • Band 2 is £2,500
  • Band 3 is £5,000
  • Band 4 is £10,000
  • Band 5 is for variable amounts above £10,000

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