Money matters

Tuition fees

As a postgraduate student you are required to pay at least 50 per cent of your fees each year by the time you start your studies with any remainder paid at the beginning of your second semester. The only exception to this is if you are a recipient of a Postgraduate Loan and therefore receive your payments in 33/33/34 per cent increments. In this case you are able to mirror your fee payments in the same way.

If sponsorship or a scholarship is held, documentary evidence that tuition fees will be paid must be provided.

If you are to be sponsored, please ensure that your sponsor is fully aware of their financial responsibilities and the amount of time your studies will take to complete.

View tuition fees for postgraduate research students

Postgraduate loans

You may now be eligible for a government loan of up to £10,280 towards the cost of your masters degree.

The loans will be available for both taught and research masters programmes across all disciplines and subject areas.

Find out more about your eligibility for a postgraduate loan.

Postgraduate master's loan explained 2018/19

Thinking of starting a postgraduate master’s course this year? You could get help to pay for your course and living costs. This film created by Student Finance England explains what you can get.

Postgraduate doctoral loan explained 2018/19

Find out about what help you can get if you’re applying for a postgraduate doctoral course by viewing this video created by 
Student Finance England.


View a full listing of current studentships available at the University of Plymouth.

Additional fees

Some research programmes have additional fees to cover student training, laboratory costs and other resources. These are sometimes called 'Bench fees' or 'Research Student Training Grant'. If you have any questions about these additional fees, please contact the Doctoral College at

Living expenses

Accommodation, meals and other personal expenditure are not included in fees. We recommend a minimum maintenance allowance of at least £9,750 each year for a single student (for the full calendar year) and more for students with families or dependants.

Please note: Fees may be increased by up to 5 per cent per annum in accordance with, and if so permitted by changes in, legislation or government policy. For further information on current tuition fees in general and any proposed increases in particular, please visit our fees and funding pages.

Postgraduate research degrees

Find out more about the research degrees we offer, our areas of expertise and supervision, what studentships are available and how to apply.

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