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Fees & funding

How much does a postgraduate degree cost?

Tuition fees will be published by the Finance Division and listed in the respective entry on Course Finder as soon as they become available. Please bear in mind, however, that until the fees are updated for the commencing year, the fees listed will be for the current academic year. In the event of any fee queries, please email the Finance Division at

How can I pay my fees?

Payment can be made by direct debit (September/October start only), credit card, cheque, bank draft, or bank transfer. An online international bank transfer service is also available. Payments can be made in three instalments.

Please refer to Postgraduate Tuition Fees for full details regarding payment methods and date of payment instalments.

How can I find funding?

We offer a range of advice and guidance for funding your studies on the Funding Options pages of our website. The Alternative Guide to Funding, is also a good place to start, request your free copy.

You may also want to look at the following:

What are the main sources of funding for postgraduate students?

The available sources of funding vary depending on your form of study:

Research students

The main sources of funding for research students (MPhil/PhD) are: Research Council studentships, Cardiff University studentships, industrial sponsorships, Graduate Teaching posts and other part-time employment. Funding from Charities and Trusts is becoming increasingly important for research students. Potential funding opportunities are listed in the Funding and Scholarship Search.

Taught students

The main sources of funding for postgraduates on taught programmes are: Research Council studentships, Cardiff University studentships, Local Education Authority grants for PGCE students, Career Development Loans, Professional Loans and part-time employment. Potential funding opportunities are listed in the Funding and Scholarship Search.

When should I apply for funding?

For most external funding you are likely to need to have a firm offer of a place to study at Cardiff University before you can apply for funding. The priority should therefore be to research your chosen subject area carefully and make an early application to allow sufficient time for applying for studentships, grants or loans.

Some of our academic Schools have funding for which students are considered automatically upon application. Details will be given in the Funding and Scholarship Search in these cases. You are more than welcome to talk to either the Postgraduate Recruitment Office or the International Office (for non-EU students) and your chosen Academic School about funding options at any time.

Above all, you should start thinking as early as possible about how you will fund your postgraduate studies; many of the funding bodies have early deadlines so you should prepare yourself well in advance.

What loans are available for postgraduates?

As a postgraduate student, you are not eligible for a loan from the Student Loans Company. Instead, the following loans are available to postgraduates:

In each case, you will need to have an offer of a place from Cardiff University in order to apply for a loan.

Can I get a part-time or vacation job?


A good place to start is the University's own employment agency, the Unistaff JobShop. This is based in the ground floor mall of the Students' Union Building on Park Place. Students are generally advised to work no more than 15 hours a week during term time so that they have adequate time for their studies.

International students are encouraged to check the conditions of their visa before undertaking any part-time work as restrictions will apply.

You may also want to check out the part-time vacancies offered by the various recruitment agencies in Cardiff city centre.

See more on our part-time employment page.

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