Postgraduate Research Tuition Fees

Our Postgraduate Research Tuition Fees are displayed on individual programme pages that can be found via the Course List or Course Search.

What are tuition fees for?

Studying at a UK University means that you need to pay an annual fee for your tuition, which covers the costs associated with teaching, examinations, assessment and graduation. The fee that you will be charged depends on whether you are considered to be a UK, EU or overseas student. Visiting students will be charge a pro-rata fee for periods of study less than a year.

Our annual tuition fee is set for a 12 month session, which usually runs from October to September the following year.

How does Lancaster set overseas tuition fees?

Overseas fees, alongside all other sources of income, allow the University to maintain its abilities across the range of activities and services. Each year the University’s Finance Committee consider recommendations for increases to fees proposed for all categories of student and this takes into account a range of factors including projected cost inflation for the University, comparisons against other high-quality institutions and external financial factors such as projected exchange rate movements.

What support is available towards tuition fees?

Lancaster University’s priority is to support every student in making the most of their education. Many of our students each year will be entitled to bursaries or scholarships to help with the cost of fees and/or living expenses. You can find out more about financial support, studentships, and awards for postgraduate study on our website.

The UK Government has a postgraduate loan scheme.

Fees in subsequent years of study

The University will not increase the Tuition Fee you are charged during the course of an academic year. If you are studying on a programme of more than one year’s duration, the tuition fees for subsequent years of your programme are likely to increase each year.

Visiting Postgraduate Research Students

All visiting PGR students are charged a registration levy of £500.

No additional charge is made for visits of up to three months’ duration.

For visits of more than three months, students will additionally become liable for 25% of the relevant published fee for each subsequent quarter or part thereof.

Students studying at Lancaster for the full academic year will be charged 100% of the standard fee.

Applicants from the European Union

Following the UK's exit from the European Union (EU), it is understandable that our applicants from the EU are unsure of the implications of this result on their current position as potential students at Lancaster University.

The UK government has announced that European Union students applying for a place at an English university or further education institution in 2018-2019, 2019-2020 or 2020-2021 will continue to be eligible for student loans and grants - and will be for the duration of their course.

This decision means that students applying to study from 2018, 2019 or 2020 will be eligible for the same funding and support as they are now, and that their eligibility will continue throughout their course.

Under current student finance rules, EU students are eligible to receive undergraduate tuition fee loans and Masters loans if they have resided in the European Economic Area for at least 3 years prior to study. EU nationals who have resided in the UK for over 5 years are also able to apply for undergraduate maintenance support. Similarly, under EU law, EU students are also eligible for home fee status, which means they are charged the same tuition fees as UK students. Other non-EU, international students do not have their tuition fees capped in this way.

Lancaster University would like to assure you, and all our current and future students – whatever their background – that Lancaster is a welcoming community that includes students from around the world (142 countries). This will not change. EU students who are registered at the University in 2018, 2019 or 2020 (either as a new or continuing student) will continue to be charged the home rate for tuition fees for all subsequent years of their programme.

The UK government has announced that EU students who will begin their course after 31 July 2021 will no longer be eligible to receive the same fee status and financial support entitlement as UK students. This also applies to those who have deferred entry to August 2021 or beyond. Lancaster University has confirmed that students from EU Member States in 2021-22 and later, will now be charged the same tuition fees as other non-UK students.

For more information: Government statements on financial support for UK and EU students beginning courses in 2019 and in 2020 and in 2021.

As more plans are announced in the future, Lancaster University will work towards ensuring that the best interests of all our students are maintained and we will continue to be a welcoming destination for the brightest and best minds.

College membership fees

A college membership fee is payable by all new member of colleges.

Living Costs

As Lancaster is a campus university and is located in the North West of England it has a lower cost of living than many other places in the UK. How much you will spend depends on the lifestyle you wish to lead. However we recommend that you use the link below to help with your budgeting plans. Find more information on our living costs and budgeting pages.

Please note when you apply for a visa to study in the UK, the UK government will require you to have a minimum level of money to cover living expenses in addition to your tuition fees.