Fee schedules 2018 to 2019: postgraduate research

This fees schedule lists the tuition fees for postgraduate research courses offered by UCL in the 2018 to 2019 academic year.

All fees quoted are for new postgraduate research students commencing in the 2018 to 2019 academic year. Where the programme lasts for more than one year, the fees are either stated in advance for each individual year of the programme and will not change from that stated for the duration of the programme or for the first year of the programme with subsequent years’ fees subject to increase to reflect the increase in cost to UCL in delivering the programme such as operational costs, market forces and inflation. Any annual increase in the fees will not exceed 5% per year.

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Jointly delivered programmes

In cases where a programme involves joint delivery with other universities or colleges, the fees may be set by the collaborating institution. If that is the case, it will be stated on this fees schedule and, in relation to programmes of more than one year, will specify the fee for subsequent years or state how the fees may increase from year to year. 

Foreign currencies

Some programmes are subject to fees set in a foreign currency by external institutions. In those circumstances, it will be stated on this fees schedule and UCL simply passes that fee on to its students. Students are required to pay the fees to UCL in pound sterling and UCL will convert those fees to the appropriate currency when paying the relevant third party.

Students are required to pay UCL the amount in pound sterling that, when converted to the appropriate currency, amounts to the fee in the foreign currency. Due to the exchange rate fluctuation, the pound sterling equivalent may be different (either higher or lower) when UCL pays the third party when compared to the time when the student accepts the offer of the place on the programme.

UCL will seek to fix the date of conversion and exchange rate on a given date in each year with the third party institution. UCL will notify the student in writing of the conversion date, exchange rate and pound sterling equivalent as soon as it has been confirmed.

Non-Resident PhD Programmes

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

Study leave

Research Degree

Fees will be charged at half the full-time or part-time UK/EU fee depending on a student's registration status. 


If you are taking Study Leave as part of your MRes, please contact the Student Fees Office to see if a reduced rate applies

Additional Fee Element

Research programmes at UCL may be subject to an Additional Fee Element (AFE). The AFE is levied to cover additional costs related to consumables, equipment and materials and other items (excluding student visas) which are not included in the composite tuition fee listed in the fees schedule and is, therefore, applied to a minority of programmes.

As each PhD programme is unique in its nature, the AFE is calculated on a student by student basis and is determined by the supervisor. The AFE is banded into four fixed amounts: £1,000, £2,500, £5,000 and £10,000, with one further band for variable sums over £10,000. Please contact your supervisor directly for advice on whether or not your programme will incur an AFE. Please note that you will be informed of any AFE you will be required to pay in the offer letter.

At some UK institutions the AFE may be referred to as bench fees.

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