Graduate students in Hall - Photo: © John Cairns - www.johncairns.co.uk

Graduate Study: Financial information

Course fees
2019/20 entry onwards

From the 2019/20 academic year onwards all students (both new entrants and continuing students) will be charged a combined course fee.

Course fees cover your teaching, and other academic services and facilities provided to support your studies. They do not cover your accommodation or other living costs (see living costs below). You may have seen separate figures in the past for tuition fees and college fees. We have now combined these into a single figure.

2018/19
  • MBA - £3,150
  • EMBA - £1,556
  • Other graduates - £3,112

Please note:

  • The College does not charge reduced fees for University employees.
  • University fees may be found on the University website.
  • All queries about fee status should be addressed to the Fees Clerk in the Bursary.
Other charges

Accommodation charge for 2018-19

  • Graduate single accommodation: £5,772 (October-July), charged in three instalments at the beginning of each term.
  • Flats: from £835 per month (let on a 12-month shorthold tenancy; council tax and utilities are the responsibility of the lessee)

Meal charges 2018-19

  • Breakfast - £1.93
  • Lunch - £3.51
  • Dinner - £4.33

See also University advice on living expenses.

Additional financial support from Merton

Merton College provides a range of financial support to its graduate students:

Merton College Prizes

Book token prizes are awarded to students who have achieved a Distinction in the final public examination of a degree and in recognition of being awarded a University prize.

Merton College Awards

Book Grants – graduates may apply for a grant of 50% of their expenditure on books, e-books and e-readers, up to a maximum of £50 pa.

Research Expenses Grants – graduates are offered a set amount of funding to help with travel costs and other research-related expenses incurred during their course. The total sum for which a graduate is eligible is related to the length and type of their degree course, including any agreed extensions, and ranges between £300 for a one-year Master’s course and £1,500 for the DPhil. Graduates are welcome to apply for the grant at any point during their studies, whether as a total block or as individual amounts. If a research trip necessitates absence from Oxford for over a month, graduates may apply for a supplementary travel grant to contribute to accommodation costs.

Gerry Grimstone Travel Awards – grants to students to undertake travel, preferably abroad, in furtherance of a worthwhile purpose/project, which may be (but need not be) academic in nature and/or directly linked with the subject being studied. Sir Gerry Grimstone (1968), the current Chairman of Standard Life Aberdeen and Deputy Chairman of Barclays, read Chemistry at Merton. He benefited hugely from a Travel Scholarship during his time at Merton and has generously enabled others to have the benefit of a similar opportunity.

The Doctoral Completion Bursary Fund enables a small number of annual grants to be made to assist graduates in the completion of their theses. Some of these bursaries will be awarded from the Simms Bursary Fund, available as a result of a generous donation from the Simms family, several of whom are old members of Merton.

Language courses - support is available from the College for those undertaking OPAL or LASR courses at the University’s Language Centre.

Merton makes a limited number of grants to graduates for worthy causes such as music lessons, Blues level sports memberships, and contributions towards conferences arranged by graduates — such as this May 2013 interdisciplinary conference on Performing Medieval Text — that are ineligible for other forms of College financial support.

Merton College Student Financial Support Fund

The College's Student Support Committee and the University Hardship Fund can make limited loans and grants to assist graduates who are on course and who find themselves in unexpected and unforeseeable financial need.