Tuition fees for research courses 2022-23
Important notes about fees
- The fees outlined below apply to all students whose initial date of registration falls on or between 1 August 2022 and 31 July 2023.
- All students pay the tuition fee set by the University for the full duration of their registration period.
- For self-funded students a tuition fee deposit of £500 is required when accepting an offer of admission. Deposits will be deducted from the cost of the tuition fee and are usually non-refundable, except where an acceptance of offer is withdrawn within 14 calendar days of paying the deposit, or where there are exceptional and unforeseen circumstances that prevent an applicant taking up their place. Please read our Guidance on refunding tuition fee deposits.
- Eligibility for Home fee status is determined with reference to UK Department for Education rules. As a guiding principle UK or Irish nationals who are ordinarily resident in either the UK or Republic of Ireland pay Home tuition fees. All other students (including those from the Channel Islands and Isle of Man) pay Overseas fees.
- For some research courses, an Additional Fee Element (AFE) will be payable in addition to the published research tuition fee. The AFE covers additional costs associated with, for example; programme management support, support from specialist laboratory technicians, access to specific and specialist technical equipment, facilities and analytic equipment. The AFE is chargeable at ‘Technical’ and ‘Non-technical’ rates, ‘Non-technical’ research degrees will normally be desk-based projects. Note that there may be some desk-based projects which rely on the existence of the University’s technical infrastructure and these will be classed as ‘Technical’.
- A bespoke AFE amount may be applied to cover non-standard costs which are incurred as a direct consequence of the research degree, e.g. significant external expertise, equipment or resources bought into Cranfield specifically for the project.
- An extra Direct Operational Cost (DOC) may apply if the project is likely to require particularly expensive consumables e.g. enzymes. This cost should be discussed with the supervisor and will be included in the offer letter.
- Each research project is different, the AFE and DOC are calculated on a student by student basis. Applicants will be able to discuss whether or not their course will incur an AFE, and at what level, with their proposed supervisor. Any agreed AFE and/or DOC will be included in the offer letter for the course even if it is not being charged directly to the student.
- Additional charges will apply for extensions of registration. This will be made up of a monthly extension fee plus the AFE on a pro rata basis. Therefore the amount charged will depend on the duration of extension.
UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) International Student Policy
- In line with UKRI policy, UKRI funded research projects will be open to both Home and Overseas students.
- A cap of up to 30% international students will be applied to each UKRI training grant where appropriate and in line with UKRI’s policy.
- All UKRI funded students at Cranfield University will be charged at the Home fee rate; we will waive the difference in fee between the Home and Overseas rates for Overseas students supported through UKRI training grants.
- AFE may apply to Overseas students supported through UKRI training grants at the Home fee rate. This will be advised on by the supervisor following application.
All fees are on a per annum basis.
|Full-time||Part-time||Non-technical AFE||Technical AFE||Typical duration||Monthly extension fee|
|Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)||£4,596 *||£21,740**||£2,298 *||£10,870**||£2,500||£1,250||£7,500||£3,750||3 years||6 years||£355 *||£1,500|
|Doctor of Engineering (EngD)||£4,596 *||£21,740**||-||-||£2,500||-||£7,500||-||4 years||-||£355 *||£1,500|
|Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)||-||-|| £17,000 †
| £17,000 †
|Master of Philosophy (MPhil)||£4,596 *||£21,740**||£2,298 *||£10,870**||£2,500||£1,250||£7,500||£3,750||2 years||4 years||£355 *||£1,500|
|Master of Science by Research (MSc by Research) §||£9,000||£21,740**||£4,500||£10,870**||-||-||-||-||1 year||2 years||£750||£1,500|
* Fees are based on the current annual fee rate set by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).
** Please note that, due to inflationary pressures and increased costs, our Overseas tuition fees for research courses starting in the academic year 2022-23 are increasing (these increases are reflected in the fees listed in the table above). These new fees will apply to new applications from 1 February 2022 onwards. Fees for applications submitted on or before 31 January 2022 will be at the lower rate of £20,700 per annum (full-time) and £10,350 per annum (part-time).
The overseas fee increase applies to our Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Doctor of Engineering (EngD), Master of Philosophy (MPhil), and Master of Science by Research (MSc by research) courses and not to the Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) course.
† Fee for years 1 and 2.
‡ Fee for years 3 and 4.
§ AFE will not normally apply, although a bespoke AFE or DOC may be applied.