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International fees and scholarships

Like most Higher Education (HE) institutions, the University of Bradford charges different fees for its home and international students. These are broadly in line with those of other local universities. 

The University offers a range of scholarships which can help you fund your studies.

To give you a clearer understanding, here's an overview of the international fees and scholarships at Bradford. 

International students inside City Hall, attending the Lord Mayor's welcome reception.

International fees 21/22

Postgraduate Taught (PGT) courses:

  • Standard classroom-based Master's - £17,682
  • Standard classroom-based PGDip - £16,895
  • Standard lab-based Master’s - £20,885
  • Standard lab-based PGDip - £20,118

Postgraduate Research (PGR) courses: 

  • Classroom-based (Faculty of Management, Law and Social Sciences)  - £17,682
  • Lab-based (Faculties of Life Sciences, Health Studies, Engineering & Informatics) - £20,885

Two students working in a chemistry lab, wearing lab coats and headscarves..

Fees with scholarships applied

Fees and scholarships are intrinsically linked, with the majority of the University’s automatically awarded scholarships being discounted from your tuition fees.

Here are some examples using two of our existing awards:

Fees with Vice-Chancellor's Award for Indian Students applied (£3.5k)

  • Standard classroom-based Master’s - £14,182
  • Standard classroom-based PGDip - £13,395
  • Standard lab-based Master’s - £17,385
  • Standard lab-based PGDip - £16,618

Fees with Sub-Saharan Africa (Kenya) applied (£5k)

  • Standard classroom-based Master’s - £12,682
  • Standard classroom-based PGDip - £11,895
  • Standard lab-based Master’s - £15,885
  • Standard lab-based PGDip - £15,118

Two students working in the Electronics Circuit Lab.

Bursaries and scholarships

The University invests over 4 million pounds per year through bursaries and scholarships.


Bursaries are usually awarded to students based on their personal circumstances, for example, if they come from a low-income family. They can therefore help students who may face more barriers to attending full-time education, be able to afford to study at university.


Scholarships can be seen as rewards for students who achieve certain academic goals. For example, some of the University’s country specific scholarships require students to attain a grade average of 58% in order for them to receive the award year on year.

Types of scholarships at the University of Bradford

There are a number of different scholarships available, designed to meet the specific needs of students from a range of backgrounds, across both home and international countries.

These scholarships fall under two categories, 'applied for' and 'automatically applied'.

  • Applied for scholarships: These awards require a written application, for example the University’s Bestway Foundation Scholarship.
  • Automatically applied scholarships: These awards do not require an application, they are automatically applied to your account once you’ve successfully enrolled at the University. An example of an automatically applied scholarship is the University’s Sub-Saharan Africa Scholarship.

Students are only eligible to receive one scholarship. If you meet the criteria for more than one award, you will receive the scholarship with the highest value.

What scholarships are available? 

  1. Bestway Foundation Scholarship: One of the University's most prestigious scholarships, available to postgraduate students from Pakistan who have a first degree and meet stringent entry criteria. The University currently offers 5 scholarships, with each one being worth approximately £30,000.
  2. Country Specific Scholarships: Applies to students from a whole host of countries – from Brazil to Zimbabwe. The scholarship value is £2,000 per year by means of a fee reduction. 
  3. MERO Scholarship: For students from nine specific countries, situated across the Middle East, North Africa and Asia. The scholarship is worth £5,000 per year by means of a fee reduction.
  4. Peace Studies and International Development Scholarship: Designed for students on postgraduate Peace Studies and International Development courses. The scholarship is worth £5,000 by way of a fee reduction and is available to all students who are offered a place.
  5. Professor Ray Earnshaw Masters Scholarship: An applied for scholarship awarded to an outstanding student in the form of £8,160 towards the cost of tuition fees.
  6. Sub – Saharan Africa Scholarship: An automatically applied award for students from five different Sub-Saharan African countries (Botswana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa and Uganda). The scholarship is worth either £5,000 or £4,000 (country dependent) by way of a fee reduction.
  7. University of Bradford Sanctuary Scholarship: Designed for students seeking asylum in the UK or who have been granted refugee status and cannot access student finance. Successful candidates will be given a tuition fee grant and £500 towards travel per year. There are 10 scholarships available.
  8. Vice Chancellor’s Awards: Automatically applied scholarships aimed at students from three specific countries (Ghana, India, Pakistan). These are worth between £3,500 and £4,000 (country dependent) by means of a fee reduction.

Living Costs

A student room in The Green student accommodation.

Bradford is one of the cheapest UK cities to live in. In fact, the University was ranked in the top 5 UK universities for student satisfaction with living and accommodation costs and value for money (International Student Barometer 2019).

In order to study at Bradford, you will need to show that you have £1,015 per month for the first nine months of your course to fund your living costs, as well as your tuition fees.

Here's an idea of the typical living costs for a University of Bradford student:

Estimated minimum living costs in Bradford 2020/2142 weeks51 weeks
Accommodation (depending on type) £3,780 - £6,910 £4,335 - £8,305
Food (based on £60 per week) £2,520 £3,060
Toiletries, laundry and household (based on £15 per week) £630 £765
Books, stationery, photocopying and printing (based on £10 per week) £420 £510
Mobile phone costs (based on £10 per week) £420 £510
Local travel - if required (based on £15 per week) £630 £765
Set up costs £500 £500
Insurance for personal possessions £70 £70
Estimated total £8,970-£12,100 £10,515 - £14,485

Paying your fees

You can pay your course fees in full before or during enrolment. If you do choose to pay early, you'll be eligible for the University’s Early Payment Scheme (3% discount).

Once your enrolment has been completed, if you have been unable to pay your fees in full, an invoice and payment plan will be sent to your University email address.

If an employer or Government agency is paying your fees, you need to inform the University so that a purchase order can be generated. The standard payment term for sponsored students is 30 days from the date of an invoice.

How to pay

You can pay your fees through a variety of methods, these include:

Looking for more information? Head to our International Fees and Scholarships website.