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We know how expensive postgraduate study can be. That's why we offer generous fee discounts to help ease your financial concerns.

We're here to support you as you make a fundamental investment in your future, and our fee reductions make postgraduate study all the more affordable.

A postgraduate degree not only broadens your career opportunities but increases your earning power. 

Alumni Loyalty Scheme

University of Sunderland Alumni (graduates) who stay on or return to study with us and enrol on a full or part-time postgraduate course on either of our Sunderland campuses will receive a 20% waiver on the full cost of their course fees. Eligible courses must have a start date between August 2020 and 31 July 2021, and cover the following awards: MA, MSc, LLM, MBA, MPhil, PhD, DProf, DBA, EdD, or PhD by Existing or Creative Works. PGCE and Apprenticeship courses are not eligible. Read more about the Alumni Loyalty Scheme terms (.pdf).

Skills Boost North East Discount

The Skills Boost North East Discount is a 20% waiver on the full cost of course fees for postgraduate taught Masters courses for any worker who has been furloughed, has been made redundant, or is likely to be made redundant and who has a local connection to the North East region. See the Skills Boost North East Discount guidance notes 2020/21 (.pdf).

Full-time fees

A full-time taught postgraduate course usually takes one year to complete. Tuition fees are usually between £6,000 and £7,000 per year for the academic year 2019/20 and between £6,250 and £7,250 for 2020/21. Some full-time taught postgraduate courses have different fees; you can find the fee for each course on the course page.

Part-time fees

Most taught postgraduate courses (MA, MSc, PgCert, PgDip) are £375 per 10-credit module, but there are exceptions. Most postgraduate courses are 180 credits in total, and will normally take two years to complete on a part-time basis.

A small number of part-time taught postgraduate courses have different fees; you can find the fee for each course on the course page.

Funding your postgraduate course

Postgraduate Master's Loan

Postgraduate students can apply for a non-means-tested Postgraduate Master's Loan of up to £11,222. The loans are available to full-time, part-time and distance learning students under 60 years of age.

Further details about the new loans can be found in our Help and Advice article and on the .gov website.

International Fees

International student fee discount

International fees apply to students who live outside of the European Union (EU). Tuition fees for international students are higher than the fees for UK and EU students because the UK Government subsidises the cost of university tuition for students from the UK and EU.

International tuition fees are between £13,000 and £14,000 for courses starting in 2020/21. A full-time postgraduate course usually takes one year to complete.

A small number of taught postgraduate courses have different fees. Fee information for each course can be found on the course page.

Postgraduate research tuition fees

Tuition fees vary according to whether you study full-time or part-time, and whether you are a UK, EU or international applicant. Please note that there may be additional costs for research requirements such as consumables, travel and subsistence.

2020/21 UK/EU postgraduate research fees

PhD and MPhil fees

  • On-campus full-time: £4,464 per year
  • On-campus part-time: £2,681 per year
  • Distance learning full-time: £2,681 per year
  • Distance learning part-time: £2,681 per year

Other research degree fees:

The following degrees are all studied on a part-time basis only:

  • Doctorate of Business Administration: £3,980 per year
  • PhD by Existing Published or Creative Works: £3,980 per year
  • Professional Doctorate: £3,980 per year
  • Higher Research Degree: £3,980 per year

There are now government loans to help with the costs of PhD study. Please see the video below.

2020/21 international postgraduate research fees

PhD and MPhil fees:

  • On-campus full-time:£13,000 per year
  • On-campus part-time: £8,000 per year
  • Distance learning full-time: £8,000 per year
  • Distance learning part-time: £8,000 per year

Other research degree fees:

The following postgraduate research degrees are all studied on a part-time basis only.

  • PhD by Existing Published or Creative Works: £5,000 per year
  • Higher Research Degree: £4,500 per year
  • Professional Doctorate: £7,750 per year

Write up fees:

PhD, MPhil and Professional Doctorate research degrees also have an additional write up fee. For more information about postgraduate research fees, please contact the Graduate Research Support team at grs@sunderland.ac.uk / 0191 515 2073 or 0191 515 2272.

Please note that part-time courses are not available to international students who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK.

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