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The University of Chester is delighted to offer a partial fee discount scheme for students on the MPhil or PhD programmes, which is intended to attract the highest calibre candidates to the University. The scheme is open to students paying fees at the UK/EC rate, registered directly with the University of Chester with awards made on the basis of academic merit and supervisory capacity.  Discounts will be awarded for 12 months at a time, and successful candidates making excellent progress will be able to apply to renew the discount.  See the full terms and conditions for more information. 

Awards of £2000 for full-time students (or £1000 for part-time students) will be available. Applications should be made by sending your CV to with “PGR Discount application” in the subject line.

The Scheme is currently under review and is not open to new applicants at this time

The applications will be considered by a panel consisting of: the Pro Vice Chancellor (Research & Knowledge Transfer), a representative of the Postgraduate sub-Committee, and a representative of the Students’ Union, with the assistance of an administrator.

Selection: Current Students 

Current students who were successful in applying to the scheme in 2018/19 may apply to extend the discount for a further year. Your application should set out the academic benefits accrued from receiving the discount in 2018/19 and you should include a copy of your latest Annual Progress Review.  The panel may also use information supplied as part of your application for the programme.

The discount will be applied to the tuition fee for the 2019/20 academic year.

Selection: Applicants for entry in 2019/20 academic year (to start on 1st May 2020)

The panel will use the CV, and other information provided as part of your application for the programme (including references), to make their decisions. The discount will be applied to the tuition fee from the date of registration for a period of 12 months.

Terms and Conditions

  • A discount of £2,000 is offered against UK/EC tuition fees for relevant full-time courses (or £1,000 against UK/EC tuition fees for relevant part-time courses).
  • Discount is only to be redeemed against a full priced Master of Philosophy or Doctor of Philosophy course.
  • Discount is for 12 months and will be applied pro-rata across academic years where the start of the programme does not correspond with the beginning of the academic year.  Successful applicants may apply for renewal before the end of the 12 month period but are not guaranteed to be awarded a discount in future years.
  • Students must be self-funding for the entirety of their course.
  • Acceptance onto an MPhil or PhD course is subject to entry requirements.
  • Discounts will be awarded on the basis of academic merit and supervisory capacity.
  • Students who have transferred mid-course from another university are not eligible for the discount.
  • Discount is not transferable and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.
  • Discount may be forfeited if fees are not paid promptly.
  • Discount is not applicable to Master by Research (MRes) or professional doctorates (e.g DProf, DBA, DrPH or EdD).
  • Students who hold any other financial award contributing to their fees must seek advice and may not be eligible.
  • Students liable for fees at the international rate are ineligible.
  • Students registered via a partner institutions are ineligible.
  • The University reserves the right to withdraw, or vary, any conditions of the initiative at any time without notice.
  • The decision of the University as to a student’s eligibility shall be final.