International research programme fees per annum

Academic year 2023/2024

It is important that you plan correctly how much you will be spending over the duration of your course at Keele University. Tuition fees are fixed but your living expenses may vary. This page provides you with information on tuition fees and other costs involved in postgraduate research study so that you can plan your finances from day one.

The University charges an annual tuition fee and this covers examination and graduation and includes membership of the Guild of Students. Fees are payable at the start of your programme.

Annual Programme Fees

The fees you pay depend on whether you are classed as an overseas student for fees purposes. The criteria for definition are set by the British government. For further information, a brief guide is available at

The standard annual programme fees are listed below. 

PhD, DM, and MPhil Degrees

Fees are fixed for each year of your degree programme, allowing you to plan your finances for the duration of your studies.


2023/24 TUITION FEE 


Full time

(Campus based and distance learning)


 £300 (1-12 months)

 £600 (12 months +)

Part time

(Distance learning only)


 £150 (1-12 months)

 £300 (12 months +)

Continuation fees will be charged at the beginning of continuation.

They are repayable (on a pro rata basis) when you submit before the end of the continuation period.

Project costs, also known as bench fees cover the cost of consumable materials used in your degree. Some projects use large amounts of materials or 'consumables'. In these instances, you may be charged an annual Programme Fee to help cover the cost of this. You will be notified of any fee which applies, in your offer letter.


2023/24 Project costs 

Band 1: Non-lab and some intermediate disciplines 

Band 2: Lab and some intermediate disciplines 


Band 3: Lab and some intermediate disciplines 


Band 4: Lab and some intermediate disciplines 


Band 5: Lab and some intermediate disciplines 


Professional doctorate tuition fees 

2023/24 Tuition Fee  2023/24 Continuation Fee 

£150 (1-12 months)

£300 (12 months +)

UK student visa regulations mean that students classed as overseas for fees purposes may normally only register on a full-time basis, unless they are Distance Learners.