I don’t need too much equipment for my studies. If I’m doing qualitative interviews then I come up with the questions myself, and I would need to buy an audio recorder which is about £150. For my questionnaire research, some of the questionnaires I want to use are free, but others are costed. The ones that are costed range in cost but can cost anywhere from £30 to £200 for 100 forms.
It depends on the piece of equipment. We have pipettes that we use all the time and they cost about £200 each. I do most of my work in sterile conditions in a special cabinet which keeps everything clean and they cost about £5000. The most expensive piece of equipment we have in our building is a very high tech microscope which was just bought for several million pounds!
This can vary quite a lot by the type and requirements of the equipment you need. Standard equipment like a desktop PC or laptop can be bought for the same prices you would when walking into a shop or buying. Some of our larger database or server architecture can cost 10’s if not 100’s of thousands – but would support and allow access for 100’s of concurrent users to run really large and complex projects on that a PC or laptop could not work on.