Fees, forms and funding

Once you’ve gathered all the information for your application (see here for details of what you need), then you’re ready to submit your application. You’ll find the relevant links to our online application forms below.


If you’re not applying for a fully funded PhD, then you’ll need to be sure you are able to pay the fees for your chosen degree or have secured funding to cover those fees. 

Fees are payable in advance at the start of every year of study and you’ll need to pay fees for each year or part year of your standard period of study (find more details on periods of study here). If you submit your thesis after the standard period of study, then you will need to pay ‘writing up fees’ for each additional year until submission.

Fees can be paid by credit or debit card, bank transfer or by cheque.

Our fees are reviewed each year. Fees for 2024/25 are:

Annual fees for Academic Year 2024/25









by Published works



Grace Period 'writing up'



Doctor of Business Administration (DBA):



Years 1-3



Year 4 (optional)




Professional Doctorate


What's next?

After you've submitted your application, the postgraduate admissions team will send it to the appropriate school for consideration. Once the school has made a decision, the admissions team will email you to let you know whether you have been selected for interview. We aim to provide an initial response within seven weeks, so long as your application is completed correctly. 

If your application is incorrect or incomplete, then we’ll need to return it to you for additional information, which will lengthen the time it takes to process. Please also be aware that applications from students requiring visas can take an additional two weeks to process.

Support and Facilities

Our welcoming, closely-knit research community provides the perfect environment for you to flourish and grow as an independent researcher.

Larissa Engelmann

“It was an easy decision to stay because the team here are superb.”


There are a few bursaries and scholarships which may be able to help towards funding your research degree. Further details on these can be found through the links below. Please be aware that our list of bursaries and scholarships includes opportunities for both taught Masters and research degrees.

See our list of bursaries and scholarships

See details of PhD scholarships (Word document)

The application forms

Applications are made through our standard online application system and links to the forms for each degree option are listed below. You’ll be able to upload your research proposal to the system as you work your way through the form.

If you’re applying for a PhD or MRes studentship advertised on Find a PhD, then the advertisement will direct you to the correct link.

If you are applying for one of these degree options based on your own research idea, or for a DBA or Professional Doctorate, then the correct form can be accessed below. If you wish to apply for a MPhil, then use the PhD link for the appropriate School:




Professional Doctorate