Fees and funding

How much will it cost you to do a research degree at the NTU Doctoral School, and what might your funding options be?

Tuition fees

How much will my tuition fees cost?

Nottingham Trent University reviews and sets tuition fee levels on an annual basis. The amount payable in fees depends on the duration of your course and mode of study. For Science and Technology projects, an annual bench fee may also be payable.

  • Postgraduate research fees 2017/18

    PhD / MPhil (All Schools)

    CourseHome / EU Tuition Fee per year*Overseas Tuition Fee per year*
    PhD / MPhil (Full-time)£4,195£12,600
    PhD / MPhil (Part-time)£2,060.50£6,300
    PhD by Published Work (Part-time)£2,060.50£6,300
    Completion Year fee – all postgraduate research courses£590£590

    Professional Doctorates (Part-time)

    CourseHome / EU Tuition Fee per year*Overseas Tuition Fee per year*
    Doctor of Business Administration (Nottingham Business School)Years 1, 2, 3 and 4 = £10,500 per year
    Years 5+ = £5,000 per year
    (there is no separate completion year fee)
    Years 1, 2, 3 and 4 = £10,500 per year
    Years 5+ = £5,000 per year
    (there is no separate completion year fee)
    Doctor of Education (School of Education)
    Doctor of Social Practice (School of Social Sciences)
    Doctor of Legal Practice (Nottingham Law School)
    £2,750£9,300
    Doctor of Digital Media
    Doctor of Fashion Industry
    Doctor of Fine Art
    (all School of Art & Design)
    £2,750£9,300
    Doctor of Forensic Psychology£2,750£9,300
    Doctor of Architecture
    Doctor of Real Estate
    (all School of Architecture, Design & Built Environment)
    £2,750£9,300
    Completion Year fee - all postgraduate research courses£590£590

    *Please note that all tuition fees are subject to an annual increase.
    *An additional annual bench fee of up to £8,000 may be charged for some research students in the areas of: Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences; Architecture, Design and the Built Environment; Art and Design; and Science and Technology.

    For further information on tuition fees, please contact the Doctoral School by telephone +44 (0)115 848 8123 or via email.

    For information on fees for international (non-EU) students, please visit our international students pages.

    Alumni Loyalty Discount

    We are offering a 25% discount on many of our postgraduate courses for current NTU students and alumni who have graduated since July 2012.

    Read our Terms and Conditions and list of excluded courses for 2017/18.

Funding

Funding for research projects may be available from the University and through external sources such as research councils, government agencies, charities, and industry.

  • NTU PhD Studentships

    Nottingham Trent University has an outstanding reputation for our commitment to research that shapes lives and society. As part of our commitment to research excellence, each year we offer a number of PhD Studentships across all our subject areas. These studentships may also offer additional development opportunities for exceptional students. Find out more about our PhD Studentships.

  • Research bursaries

    In addition to this competition, many Schools within the University may offer their own bursaries for research students, either on a fees-only basis or with a tax-free maintenance allowance. To find out more, visit our research studentships webpage.

  • AHRC funding for UK / EU Arts and Humanities research students

    The Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) will be awarding 410 PhD studentships over a five-year period to excellent research students in the arts and humanities. Find out more about ARCH studentships.

  • Research Councils

    Public funding for postgraduate students in the UK is mainly provided by Research Councils. Most research councils do not make awards directly to students, but instead to the University. Further information about how to access these opportunities is available from within your School.

  • Alumni Loyalty Discount

    We are offering a 25% discount on many of our postgraduate courses, including MPhil / PhD study and Professional Doctorates, for current NTU students and alumni who have graduated since July 2012.
    Read our Terms and Conditions and list of excluded courses for 2016/17.

  • Other funding opportunities

    Apart from the sources already mentioned, postgraduate studies at NTU are also funded by a variety of external organisations including governmental agencies, charities, and industry.

Applying for professional doctorates

  • Entry requirements

    • a Masters-level qualification in an appropriate subject or other recognised equivalent qualification
    • and / or evidence of motivation and ability to conduct research at higher degree level
    • The minimum English language proficiency requirement for international applicants is IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.0 in all skills).

  • How to apply

    Step 1: Complete an application form

    This will include your personal details and information about your qualifications, employment and any research training or experience you may have. You will also need to identify your source of funding (e.g. self-funded or Government-sponsored).

    Please note that if you are accepted onto a postgraduate research programme, you will be required to provide documentary evidence of your qualifications before you enrol.

    You are welcome to submit your CV as well as completing the main application form. However, we cannot accept CVs without a fully completed form.

    Step 2: Produce a research proposal

    Applicants are requested to include a short statement about their proposed project. For example this might include:

    • provisional title
    • the topic or area to be investigated and how this is linked to your own professional practice
    • the problem or hypothesis to be tested (the research question(s) or problem to be addressed)
    • the methods and techniques to be used in the research – for example, might empirical methods such as interviews or surveys be involved? If so, do you have any previous experience of such methods?
    • a brief bibliography of any sources you have already consulted or identified as of relevance
    • how your proposed project might relate to existing discussion, debate, research or literature.

    Step 3: Provide appropriate references

    You will need to give details of two people who are familiar with your academic development. For example these could be tutors who have taught you during your undergraduate or Masters degree but not your proposed supervisor.

    Step 4: Email your completed application to the Doctoral School.

Further information about funding

Read more detailed information about studentships, including how to apply.

Further information about funding can also be found on the following websites:

Information about funding for International students can be found on the following websites:

International applicants can often find funding from their own government or employer.

Fees and funding

Published on 6 February 2017

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