Postgraduate tuition fees and living costs

Find out exactly what you’ll need to pay if you’re considering postgraduate study.

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How much will my course cost me

… if I’m doing a postgraduate or professional degree?

The amount you’ll pay can vary a lot. We review our fees every year, and the fees and how / when you pay them depend on your course, how long you’re studying and how you choose to study.

You can see what the current fees are for the course(s) you’re interested in on our Schools’ pages:

… if I’m doing a research degree?

We also review and set tuition fees for research degrees on an annual basis. The amount you’ll pay will depend on the duration of your course and the mode of study.

For Science and Technology projects, you may also have to pay an annual Bench Fee to cover extra costs such as facilities and equipment.

What if I’m an international or EU student? Will I pay the same?

This section is for UK home students only. Please see our international student pages for international and EU postgraduate fees together with information on how to pay.

How do I pay my fees?

You can make three equal payments throughout the year to spread the cost of the fees.

You can pay your tuition fees all in one go, with a credit or debit card, or you can apply to set up an instalment plan. This way, you can make three equal payments throughout the year to spread the cost of the fees.

If your fee is less than £500, you’ll need to pay in full at or before enrolment. For most courses, however, you can pay fees of £500 or more by instalments.

You can pay your course fees via our online payment system. You’ll need your NTU ID, which you’ll find on your confirmation letter that you received via email and in the post.

You’ll also find further information about paying fees here, including details of instalment arrangements.

Can I get a loan to pay my tuition fees?

Many UK and EU postgraduate students under 60 can apply for a government loan of up to £10,280. An additional Professional Career Development Loan may also be available Find out more about these loans and other ways of funding your studies on our funding page.

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What other costs should I consider?

There are other costs apart from tuition fees to consider when doing postgraduate studies, of course. We estimate average yearly living costs to be in the region of £8,000, depending on where you’re studying.

As a general guide, you should take into account:

  • accommodation costs and related utility bills
  • equipment and materials needed for your course
  • food, travel, social life, and any other general living costs.

You may find it helpful to take a look at our guide to managing your money for hints and tips on budgeting and keeping on top of your finances while you’re studying. You can also make a budgeting appointment with the Student Financial Support Team.

Key facts to remember

  • Fees vary according to the course.
  • You can usually pay in instalments if you prefer.
  • Government loans of up to £10,280 are available.

Further information

If you’re a Channel Islands or Isle of Man postgraduate or research student, you’ll be treated exactly the same as a UK home postgraduate or research student.

If you have any questions on tuition fees, please email the Doctoral School or call us on +44 (0)115 848 3061.

If you need help with your finances while at NTU, call +44 (0)115 848 2494 or email the Student Financial Support Service.

Useful links

ucas.com (postgraduate fees and funding)

postgrad.com (general information on postgraduate studies, including fees & funding)

Postgraduate tuition fees and living costs

Published on 15 September 2017

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