PhD fees and costs

To study a PhD, you'll need to pay the cost of tuition fees, research support fees (such as materials used in a laboratory) and be able to cover your living expenses.  A funded PhD studentship may meet all or part of these costs or you may be able to find funding for your self-funded PhD or research project.

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for 2017-2018 are:

 MPhil/ PhD 
  Full-time Part time
UK and EU students £4,195 £2,098
International students    
Laboratory-based programmes £18,900  £9,450
Non-laboratory-based programmes £15,350  £7,675

Fee status: Home, EU and Overseas (international) students

Levels of fees and eligibility for studentships or funding depend upon whether you are classified as a 'Home', 'EU' or an 'Overseas' (that is, international) student. Home students are people who are 'settled' in the UK as defined by the Immigration Act 1971 and have been 'ordinarily resident' in the United Kingdom throughout the three years immediately preceding the beginning of the programme. 'Ordinary Residence' does not include residence partly or wholly for the purpose of receiving full-time education. Certain persons may be exempt from the 'ordinary residence' requirement, eg:

  • Certain nationals of member states of the European Union
  • Persons recognised as refugees, their spouses and children
  • Persons who can satisfy the University that their inability to fulfil the ordinary residence requirement was solely because they, their spouses or their parents were temporarily employed abroad
  • Persons who have been granted 'Exceptional Leave to Remain' or 'Exceptional Leave to Enter' the UK, as a result of a failed asylum application.

Paying fees

The University requires payment of tuition fees at registration for the whole of the coming academic session or for the duration of a programme that is to be completed in less than a year. However, arrangements can be made for self-supporting students to pay their tuition fees in installments.

All instalments must be arranged with the Student Administration and Support Division. If you hold a scholarship or studentship, the awarding body should provide the Student Fees section of the Student Administration and Support Division with an acceptable guarantee of payment.

If you expect to be sponsored please ensure that your sponsors understand fully their responsibilities for your fees and maintenance and that they are prepared to honour them for the duration of your studies in Liverpool.

If your sponsor does not provide an acceptable guarantee of payment, or defaults on their guarantee, you will become responsible for the payment of fees yourself. Unfortunately, the University is not able to provide financial aid or waive fees for students whose arrangements for financial support fail during the period of their studies.

Transfering funds from abroad

International students will need to ensure that they can bring sufficient funds with them for living expenses, as well as for payment of fees, or have sufficient funds sent to them in instalments throughout the year. Students from countries which operate strict foreign exchange controls should make sure that permission can be obtained for the transmission of adequate funds.

Other costs

Research support fees

Research support fees, also known as 'bench fees', cover the cost of consumable materials used in your study. Some MPhil/PhD and taught programme projects use up large amounts of materials or ‘consumables’. In these cases you may be charged an annual Research Support Fee to help cover the cost of this. Programmes which might incur a Research Support Fee are likely to be those which are laboratory-based. You will be notified of any fee which applies in your offer letter. Research Support Fees are the same for UK, EU and International students.

Living expenses

The recommended maintenance budget to cover the costs of accommodation, meals, clothing, transport and other personal expenditure for a single person is around £6,500 to £7,500 per year depending on your lifestyle.

The recommended minimum budget for a husband and wife without children is £12,500 for a year; you should allow an additional £2,000 for each child.

Study costs

We want to try and help you prepare for the day-to-day costs of studying. These might include things like photocopying in the library, buying textbooks and specialist equipment or going on field classes. We have put together tables of additional costs for guidance, for each subject area, including where departments make contributions towards these costs.