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Fees for 2021/22

UK/Republic of Ireland

Status  Study mode  Full time Part time 
UK/Republic of Ireland fees Based at Reading  £4,500  £2,250

Working away*   £2,250   £1,125


International: programmes commencing in 2020/21

 Status  Study mode Full time   Part time
International Band 1** Based at Reading £16,890   £8,445

Working away* £8,445   £4,223 
International Band 2**  Based at Reading  £20,315  £10,158 
  Working away*  £10,158 



International: programmes commencing in 2019/20

Status  Study mode  Full time  Part time 
International Band 1**  Based at Reading  £16,475  £8,238 
  Working away*  £8,238 £4,119 
International Band 2**  Based at Reading  £19,815  £9,908 
  Working away*  £9,908  £4,954 

* Working away includes people on split-site or PhD by Distance programmes.

** International fees vary depending on the subject being studied: Band 1 subjects generally do not involve laboratory work, whereas Band 2 subjects generally involve significant laboratory study or workshop content. Contact the Admissions Office via to find out more.

Fees beyond the minimum registration period

If you have completed the minimum registration period for your doctoral research programme (as set out in the Code of Practice on Research Students), you will be required to pay one of the following fees:

  • the appropriate full-time fee – if you are continuing to receive supervision and using University facilities on a full-time basis
  • a Continuation Fee of £603 in 2022/23– if you are continuing to receive supervision but you are no longer using University facilities.


If you submit your thesis within three months of your minimum registration date, you will be refunded two thirds of your Continuation Fee for 2022/23. No refunds will be made for submissions after this date.

The University will have the discretion to decide the appropriate fee rate that will be applied after the minimum registration period has elapsed. This will be on the basis of information provided by the relevant academic School.