Fees for PhD and MPhil Degrees and Professional Doctorates

Course fees for PhD, MPhil, and professional doctorate programmes at the University of Leicester

Tuition fees vary by:

  • programme type (PhD, MPhil, MD, etc.)
  • fee status (UK, EU, or international)
  • mode of study (full-time, part-time, distance learning)

If you are unsure of your fee status (UK, EU, or international), please contact the Admissions Office for advice - email pgradmissions@le.ac.uk

Campus Based Programmes (UK and EU Applicants) 2015-16

Fees quoted are annual fees; the normal duration of a PhD programme is three years (full-time) or six years (part-time). PhD students may use the fourth year (full-time) or seventh year (part-time) as a "writing-up" year for which a reduced fee is payable - currently £100.

Annual fees may increase each year in line with inflation.

PhD/MPhil £4,052 £2,026
Except: Museum Studies £5,065 N/A
PsyD £5,470 £2,735

Campus Based Programmes (UK and EU Applicants) 2016-17

PhD/MPhil £4,121 £2,061
Except: Museum Studies £5,285 N/A
PsyD N/A £2,858


Campus Based Programmes (International Applicants)

Fees quoted are annual fees; the normal duration of a PhD programme is three years (full-time). PhD students may use the fourth year as a "writing-up" year for which a reduced fee is payable - currently £100.

Please note that owing to UK visa restrictions, part-time campus based registration is not normally available to international applicants.

Fees are fixed for each year of the programme - allowing applicants to plan their finances for the duration of their degree.

2015/16 Full-time2016/17 Full-time
PhD/MPhil £12,455 £13,015
(Mathematics) £13,070 £14,630
(Museum Studies) £12,455


(Human/Social Geography)*







(Science and Engineering)*










(Medicine, Biosciences, Psychology)*







* Fees for research degrees in these subjects vary according to the nature of the research project to be undertaken. The applicable fee will be determined at the point an offer of admission is made and will be stated in the offer letter.

Distance Learning (All Applicants)

For advice on current fees, please see the course description.

Studentships and Funding

Studentships and funding opportunities are advertised as they become available.

For more advice, please see the studentships listings.

Living Expenses

When you budget for your living expenses you need to take account of the costs for:

  • accommodation
  • food/clothes
  • transport
  • leisure/social activities

Depending on your programme, you may also incur study-related costs associated with text books, equipment, and field trips.


You will need to decide how much you need to budget for your living expenses. It is difficult to say what living expenses students will incur as they vary according to each individual and students should investigate their likely living expenses before joining the University.

As a rough guide, we suggest you budget for living expenses of £7,500 - £7,800 a year if you will be living in Leicester.


The University's Accommodation Service can provide advice on University accommodation for postgraduates. Detailed information on accommodation and how to apply is also sent out to postgraduates with the offer of a place at the University.

There is a plentiful supply of reasonably-priced private accommodation to rent in the city. Unlike many universities, if you choose to live in private accommodation it is likely that you will be situated very close to the campus. Sulets is the University of Leicester Students' Union accommodation service which can help new students find good quality, reasonably priced housing.

Financial Advice

The University's Student Welfare Service provides a practical service designed to meet the needs of all students. They can provide:

  • pre-entry financial advice for students thinking of joining the University
  • advice on budgeting and taxation
  • advice on managing your money
  • advice on opening a UK bank account
  • specialist financial advice for international students

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