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The annual tuition fees for doctoral studies are linked to your mode of study (full- or part-time) and residential status. The University reviews and sets tuition fees annually. Each student is responsible for the payment of their fees. If your fees are paid by a sponsor you will need to submit written proof of this annually in order to be eligible to re-enrol.  

The table below sets out the postgraduate research annual fees for the 2018/19 academic year. 

 UK, EU and Island students EEA and overseas students 
Annual fee full-time  £4,600  £12,875
Annual fee part-time  £2,300  £6,438 
Writing-up fee full-time*  Two-thirds of full-time fee  Two-thirds of full-time fee
Writing-up fee part-time*  Two-thirds of part-time fee Two-thirds of part-time fee 
Six months major amendments fee part-time One-third part-time fee One-third part-time fee
12 months major amendments fee part-time  Two-thirds part-time fee Two-thirds part-time fee

* Full-time research students who are ‘writing-up’, prior to the submission of their thesis for examination, may pay an annual writing-up fee for a maximum of one year. Part-time research students may pay an annual writing-up fee for a maximum of two years. Both full and part-time research students will be eligible for a pro rata refund if they submit before the end of the academic year in which they are ‘writing-up’. This writing-up period cannot exceed the maximum registration period of the degree registration.  

Find out more about the registration periods for research degrees

If a research student subsequently fails to submit by the end of their ‘writing-up’ period and is eligible to continue their registration within the maximum registration period, they will again become liable for the full annual tuition fee appropriate to their mode of study. If they submit before the end of the academic year they will be eligible to receive a refund as above. 

Find out more about tuition fees and how to pay them

Information about writing-up and major amendments fees for:  

UK, EU and Island students 

EEA and International students 

Funding your research degree

Students may be sponsored or self-funded for their fees and/or living expenses. The University’s Finance pages hold information about various sources of funding for postgraduate studies. 

Paying your fees, postgraduate funding, early payment discounts, alumni discounts and payment forms

You may be eligible for a doctoral loan. The maximum loan amount is £25,000. The total amount applied for will be allocated evenly across each registration year up to the expected end date of the research degree. The loan may be put towards fees or living expenses.  

Find out more  

The University also subscribes to the Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding. The Guide has information on alternative sources of funding – especially charities – which can make awards (fees, maintenance, research costs) to any student regardless of subject or nationality. The Alternative Guide Online contains a database of funding opportunities, comprehensive guidance, and numerous tools to help you prepare a grant application. Solent has purchases a licence to the Guide, so it is free for all students and staff with a University log in to use. If you are a prospective student who has applied to the University, please email to request a PIN to give you access to this resource.  

International students may be eligible for funding through the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission. 

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Training and development support

Doctoral students at Solent University are eligible for an internal annual training and development allowance up to a maximum of £500 in each academic year to undertake academic researcher development activities. These may include: 

  • conference fees,
  • travel/accommodation expenses,
  • fees for specialist training or resources relevant to your research, or
  • other costs not included in your registration fees.

You can request for costs against this allowance at any time during the academic year by submitting a booking form with your supervisor’s approval to Doctoral Support at You should also contact Doctoral Support to book accommodation and travel, which is to come out of this budget. 

The annual £500 budget must be spent during the current academic year as any unspent budget cannot be rolled over into the following academic year.

Doctoral students funded by a bursary should check the terms of their funder agreement as you may have separate professional development funding arrangements which will apply in lieu of the University’s allowance. 

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