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Research degree fees and funding

Research degree fees and funding

As a postgraduate student you will need to pay annual tuition fees to the University for the course you are studying.

The standard fees for a research course per year for 2018/19 entry are:

Type       Fee      
PhD by Published Works

£500 fee for the prima facie then £4,260 for one year’s tuition        

UK/EU research degree 

Type       Fee      
Full-time £4,260
Part-time £2,130
Split-site £5,930
Split-site School of Built Environment £7,870
Online Doctorate £6,850
Online PhD: Business, Management and Law full-time £4,260
Online PhD: Business, Management and Law part-time £2,130
Professional Doctorate in the Built Environment £4,100 per year for years 1 & 2, plus £2,130 per year for years 3,4 & 5
Professional Doctorate in Health & Social Care

£2,890 per year for 5 years    

The Salford DBA£7,000 per year for years 1 & 2, plus £3,500 per year for years 3, 4 & 5

International research degree

Type       Fee      
Arts & Media £12,490
Salford Languages £12,490
Salford Business School £12,990
Environment & Life Sciences £13,680
Built Environment £13,680
Computing, Science and Engineering £13,680
Health and Social Care £13,680
Split-site £5,930
Split-site School of the Built Environment £7,870
Online Doctorate £6,850
Online PhD: Business, Management and Law full-time £6,850 (to be confirmed)
Online PhD: Business, Management and Law part-time £3,425 (to be confirmed)
Professional Doctorate in the Built Environment £4,100 per year for years 1 & 2;
£2,130 per year for years 3, 4 & 5
The Salford DBA£7,000 per year for years 1 & 2, plus £3,500 per year for years 3, 4 & 5

Information about Bench Fees...

Scholarships and discounts

Doctoral Loans

A postgraduate Doctoral loan will be available for UK students from 2018/2019 onwards. Students will be able to apply for up to £25,000, weighted over 3 years. The loan can be put towards overall course costs, including tuition fees, accommodation and living expenses. Both students studying on campus          and via distance learning (providing they live in the UK) will be eligible for the loan.        

More information

Plans to introduce loans of up to £25,000 to any doctoral student from England who has a place at a British university but no grant from any of the research councils have been announced as part of the budget delivered on 16th March by George Osborne, the Chancellor of the Exchequer.        

Eligibility criteria

The eligibility criteria for the doctoral loan is governed by three main areas:        

  • Your course          
  • Your age – you must be under 60 on the first day of your first academic year of your course          
  • Your nationality or residency status&          

PLEASE NOTE: you won’t be eligible to receive a doctoral loan if you have received or will receive a scholarship, grant, social work or NHS bursary or already have a doctoral degree. More details can be found here.        

Your course must:        

  • be a full, standalone doctoral course (not a top-up course)          
  • have started on or after 1 August 2018-last between 3 to 8 academic years          

It can be:        

  • full-time or part-time          
  • taught or research-based, or a combination of both          

Your nationality or Residency Status

You can get the Postgraduate Doctoral Loan if all of the following apply:        

  • you’re a UK or EU national, or have ‘settled status’, so there are no restrictions on how long you can stay          
  • you normally live in England, and didn’t move there just to study          
  • you’ll have lived in the UK, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man for the past 3 years before starting your course          

You may also be eligible if you’re an EU national and all the following apply:        

  • you’re living in England on the first day of the first year of your course          
  • you’ve normally lived in the European Economic Area or Switzerland for the past 3 years (this is also known as being ‘ordinarily resident’)          
  • you’ll be studying at a university in England.          

You could also be eligible if you’re:          

  • the child of a Swiss national            
  • the child of a Turkish worker-a refugee or a relative of one            
  • an EEA or Swiss migrant worker, or a relative of one-under humanitarian protection or a relative of someone who has been granted it            
  • 18 or over and have lived in the UK for at least 20 years or at least half your life            

Full details on the loan and eligibility can be found on the government Postgraduate Loan overview page.          

Repayment of Loans

  • Doctoral loans repayments will be combined with any outstanding masters loans            
  • Loans will be subject to an interest rate of RPI+3% and repayments begin April 2019            
  • Repayments will be income-contingent and made concurrently with undergraduate loans
  • Rates will be set at 6% of annual income over £21,000          

The Editex Thesis Write-up Scholarship provides financial assistance for one postgraduate student per year for a period of 12 weeks, to free them from other forms of employment and assist them to concentrate solely on the task of writing their thesis. For more information and access to the online application form, please visit                                

Loyalty discount

We are pleased to announce a 20% discount on your net fee if you are a University of Salford graduate and will be self-funding your course.

Award                         Eligibility                         Amount                        
Loyalty discount
  • For Salford alumni who have graduated from an undergraduate Bachelors programme [BA(Hons), BSc(hons), LLB, MChem, MPhys, Graduate Diploma] and are applying to a postgraduate taught Masters or postgraduate research Masters (including the DBA). The undergraduate programme may have been studied at the University of Salford, Salford, Greater Manchester, or delivered through one of our global partners.
  • For Salford alumni who have graduated from a postgraduate taught Masters programme and are applying to a postgraduate research programme (including the DBA). The postgraduate programme may have been studied at the University of Salford, Salford, Greater Manchester, or delivered through one of our global partners.
20% off the net fee (self-funded students only) 

Bursary Competitions

A number of other public and non-governmental organisations hold annual bursary competitions. In some instances, the money is available for study anywhere; in others, you may be required to apply for study at a specific University or in a specific country.

More details on the various annual bursary competitions.

Part-time work

If you want to earn some extra cash while you are studying then our Job Shop will provide you with access to thousands of jobs every year. Remember though while earning money is important you will need to keep the right balance between work and study so talk to your personal tutor to find the right balance  for  your  subjectarea.

Professional career development loan

We are a Professional and Career Development Loans registered Learning Provider, registration number [5092]. A Professional and Career Development Loan is a commercial bank loan that you can use to help pay for work-related learning. For further information on financial assistance to support your learning,  please  visit  theGOV.UK  website or contact the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900.

Postgraduate funding guide

More information about funding further studies is available on the university's Careers website

Prospects also produce a useful funding guide to postgraduate study which can be found in the University library or you can order direct from the Prospects website.

Commonwealth Scholarships

Commonwealth Scholarships for Master’s and PhD study in the UK are offered for citizens of developing Commonwealth countries. These scholarships are funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), with the aim of contributing to the UK’s international development aims and  wider  overseas  interests,supporting  excellence in UK higher education, and sustaining the principles of the Commonwealth. For further information and application details please visit CSC's website