Skip navigation

International Postgraduate Research Fees

Everything you need to know about Postgraduate Research fees at Northumbria University for international students. Navigate between the tabs to find out more about our fees for different academic years.

2019/20 Postgraduate Research Fees Information for International Applicants 

This information is for students applying to study at Northumbria University in the academic year 2019/20. 

Click here for the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) guidance on tuition fee eligibility.

Band Details for PhD and MPhil Programmes

Bands  Band Details

Full-time International 

Fees Per Year

Part-time International

Fees Per Year

Band 1

Applies to PGR projects that can be completed within standard University-wide PGR resource provision. 



Band 2

Typically applies to primarily desk-based PGR projects with modest requirements beyond standard University-wide PGR resource provision.*



Band 3

Applies to PGR projects with project-related requirements as identified for Band 2 and typically also including intensive fieldwork, or intensive access to specialist facilities such as laboratories, studios and associated specialist equipment, software and consumables.



Band 4 

Shares the typical costs of Bands 2 & 3 and also includes access to premium facilities and/ or consumables.



Fees Details for PhD by Published Work

  Part-time and Full-time International Fees

PhD Published Work

(staff-only fee)


PhD Published Work

(for alumni, those with a formal academic association, or partner organisations) 


Fees Details for Professional Doctorates

Full-time International Fees Per Year Part-time International Fees Per Year

Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)



Doctor of Business Leadership (DBL)


Doctor of Law (DLaw)



*Typical project-related requirements include:

  • Travel and subsistence for off-campus data collection, project meetings, conferences/research symposia (match-funded by appropriate RIS/external funding).
  • Fees/charges for conferences (match-funded by appropriate RIS/external funding), publication, health, safety and well-being requirements, specialist services such as translation.
  • Consumables of modest cost to support data collection/analysis activity and to meet health and safety requirements.
  • Specialist hardware or software of modest cost specific to the project.

Last updated: 15/05/19

2018/19 Scholarships & Discounts Information for International Applicants

This information is for international applicants applying to study at Northumbria University in the academic year 2018/19.

Northumbria University is committed to supporting the best students with outstanding academic ability. We offer a number of support packages for students depending on academic achievement or personal financial circumstances; each of the tabs below will provide you with further information.

Financial support opportunities have associated eligibility conditions, therefore it is essential applicants consider all requirements and observe the application process and deadlines carefully.

University Scholarships 

Alumni Discount

We want to reward your loyalty if you come back to study with us.

If you are a successful graduate of Northumbria University at either First Degree (Full Undergraduate degree), Masters or Postgraduate research level* – or expect to graduate this summer – you will automatically receive a 20% discount on the annual tuition fees of most postgraduate programmes.

This discount applies to full-time and **part-time taught postgraduate, and postgraduate research programmes and is available to students studying at our UK campuses or via distance learning.

Eligible students include those who have previously studied at Northumbria as a Study Abroad or Exchange student, or on a franchised or validated programme overseas, subject to successfully graduating at the level mentioned above.

The discount is paid pro-rata for each year of study, and is paid regardless of when you graduated. It should be deducted from the course fee and applied before any other discounts, such as early payment discounts.

This discount applies to the tuition fee only, and not to exam, writing-up, or professional registration fees. 

* N.B. – the award levels used are those recognised and published by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA)

**please ensure that you obtain the correct entry clearance to allow you to study in the UK via part-time mode.


Asylum Seekers Sanctuary Studentship

Click here to find out more about Northumbria's studentship for asylum seekers wishing to begin a postgraduate research programme.

International Academic Scholarship

Northumbria University offers an International Academic Scholarships scheme to reward outstanding academic achievement.  International students, joining full-time courses, who have achieved very good grades in their highest previous academic qualifications, may be eligible for a scholarship of £2,500, depending on the grades you achieved.

The scholarships are offered as a reduction in the tuition fees, for the first year of study and apply to all full-time Bachelors, Masters and Research degree programmes.


You will qualify for a scholarship if:

  • You have an 'overseas' fee status
  • You are a self-funding student
  • You are studying on a full-time course

You would not qualify for a scholarship if:

  • You are sponsored for your tuition fees.  If you secure sponsorship for your tuition fees after an offer of scholarship has been made, then the scholarship will no longer apply
  • You are progressing to study at Northumbria from a partner university with whom we have agreed reduced fees for progressing students
  • You have been awarded another scholarship or discount, except for an alumni discount and/or early payment discount/team northumbria scholarship


Each student will be considered for a scholarship based on a range of factors including overall grades and individual subject grades, the level of the qualification, and the type of institution at which they studied. Qualifications from all countries will be considered.

The minimum criteria for scholarships are listed on the Country Specific Information pages.  Please check the country you gained your previous qualification in, if you studied in a different country to the one you originate from.  If the qualification you hold, or the country you are from is not on the list please contact the International Office for advice 

Application Process

There is no separate application process, your application for a scholarship is determined once we have received your application form and academic documents from you.  Details of any scholarship awarded to you will be indicated to you in your offer letter.


Santander Latin America Scholarships

Northumbria University is proud to be working in partnership with Santander Universities. Together, we offer two yearly scholarships, to high-achieving Latin American students for Masters courses at Northumbria University.

Eligibility Criteria

Candidates must:

  • Be a resident of the following participating countries: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Uruguay.
  • Have, or expect to obtain the international equivalent of a UK first class or 2:1 Honours degree at undergraduate level.
  • Hold a conditional or unconditional offer for a course at Northumbria University, to start in September 2018. For information on how to apply to study at Northumbria, please click here.

The scholarship will be awarded on the basis of academic merit.

Application deadline

The closing date for applications is 1 June, 2018. Results will be informed to successful candidates only on 15 June 2018.

Application process

Please download our application form here.

Submit your form to

For more information about the Santander Universities Network and scholarships, please visit the Santander website.


For more information and questions please contact Alejandra Vicencio, International Partnerships Manager:

*The Santander scholarship cannot be used in conjunction with Northumbria's academic merit scholarship

Chevening Scholarships

What are Chevening Scholarships?

Chevening Scholarships are the UK government’s global scholarship programme, funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and partner organisations. The Scholarships are awarded to outstanding scholars with leadership potential. Awards are typically for a one-year Master’s degree.

Who can apply for a Chevening Scholarship?

Applicants should be high calibre graduates with the personal, intellectual and interpersonal qualities necessary for leadership. Chevening Scholars come from 144 countries and territories worldwide (excluding the USA and the EU).

To be eligible for a Chevening Scholarship, you must:

  • Be a citizen of a Chevening-eligible country, and intend to return there after your studies;
  • Hold a degree that is equivalent to at least an upper second-class honours degree in the UK;
  • Demonstrate that you have achieved the Chevening minimum English language requirement;
  • Have completed at least two years’ work or equivalent experience before applying for a Chevening Scholarship;
  • Be able to obtain the correct visa, and receive an unconditional offer from a UK university;
  • Return to your home country at the end of your Scholarship.

Most Chevening Scholarships cover:

  • Tuition fees;
  • A living allowance at a set rate (for one individual);
  • An economy class return airfare to the UK;
  • Additional grants to cover essential expenditure.

Some Scholarships cover part of the cost of studying in the UK; for example, tuition fees only or allowances only.

When do applications for Chevening Scholarships open?

Applications for Chevening Scholarships open in the autumn. Exact dates will be available on the country pages of

How to apply for a Chevening Scholarship:

Full information about deadlines and priority subjects for countries which offer Chevening Scholarships will be available on the country pages of

Further information:

For further information on applying for a Chevening Scholarship, sign up for alerts at Applicants can also contact the Chevening Scholarships Secretariat at

Follow Chevening on Twitter @cheveningfco

Find Chevening on Facebook:

Aviva Scholarship Programme

What is the Aviva Scholarship Programme? 

Aviva has created a dynamic partnership with eleven of the UKs leading universities, which includes Northumbria, and aims to promote British education in Asia. A 20% discount on tuition fees is available to outstanding students in China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Singapore, Taiwan and Vietnam, providing you or your parents are a customer of Aviva. 

Eligibility criteria

  • you/your parents must be a customer of Aviva  
  • be a citizen of one of the following countries: Hong Kong, Singapore, Indonesia, China, Taiwan, Vietnam 
  • please note you cannot make an application via an Agent 

Please check the eligibility criteria here to determine whether you can apply. 

How to apply 

For undergraduate courses, you can apply via UCAS between 6 September 2017 and 28 February 2018.

For postgraduate courses, you can apply direct to the university between 6 September 2017 and 31 July 2018.

Visit Aviva's digital hub to submit your scholarship application. 

Further information 

For more information please visit the Aviva Scholarship programme webpage. If you have any questions please email

Further Information:

  • Find information about undergraduate discounts and funding for international students here.
  • Find information about Masters discounts and funding for UK and EU students here.
  • For information regarding changes to NHS Student Bursaries please click here.
  • For information on discounts for students from the European Union please click here
  • If you are a current Northumbria student, and would like to review fees from previous years please visit MyNorthumbria.
  • If you have any further queries about funding, and you would like to speak to an adviser, drop-in to Student Central, Library Building, City Campus West. You can also contact us via email, or call 0191 227 4127.

Last updated: 07/12/2018


Latest News and Features

The North East after Brexit

A new book edited by Northumbria University academics has warned the North East is underprepared…

More news
More events

Upcoming events

Careers and Pizza Pop-up with Bede Gaming
Change 100 Programme Presentation

Back to top