Please note: the following information applies to students who commenced their studies from 2016/17 to 2019/20 inclusive. Graduate students commencing their studies in 2020/21 should refer to changes to fees and charges information on the Graduate Admissions section of the website and undergraduate students should refer to information on the Undergraduate Admissions section of the website.
1. Fees, and university and college continuation charges:
Fees and continuation charges for students who started on a programme of study in or after 2016/17 and who continue on the same programme for more than one year will usually increase annually. EU students who started on a programme of study in 2019/20 will be charged the Home rate of course fees for all subsequent years of their programme. For both Home and EU undergraduate students, course fees nationally are subject to a governmental fee cap, which is subject to annual review and at present is expected to rise by no more than RPI each year. Current university policy is to charge fees at the level of the cap set by the government.
In deciding the annual level of increase, the University and colleges will take into account a range of factors, including rises in the costs of delivering the programme, and changes in government funding. For students who started in or before 2018/19 the increase will not exceed 4% each year, or the Retail Price Index (RPI) if higher; for students starting in 2019/20 the increase will not exceed 6% or the Consumer Price Index (CPI) if higher. The fees that you will need to pay in any one academic year will usually be published before the first application deadline for the programme concerned. Normally this will be by September of the previous year: for instance, most fees for 2020/21 will have been published by September 2019.
Fees for new entrants are subject to annual review, and may be higher than those for continuing students. Fees for new entrants will be published on the same timescale as for continuing students, as stated above.
The level of uplift for fees and continuation charges is considered on an annual basis by a group that consists of nominees of the University and colleges and student representatives, in consultation with academic divisions and the Department for Continuing Education. Over the past 3 years, the average level of increase has been 3.7% p.a. Factors taken into account by the group have included inflationary measures such as the retail price index (RPI), projected increases in university costs, changes in the level of grant from the Higher Education Funding Council, costs of provision of teaching, supervision and course-related facilities, admissions statistics, and access considerations including the availability of student support.
2. In respect of additional course costs:
The level of additional course costs for students who started on a programme of study in or after 2016/17 and who continue on the same programme for more than one year will usually increase annually. Increases are expected to be in line with inflation, unless there are identifiable above-inflation rises in costs directly associated with the activity. These may, for example, include costs charged by third parties.
3. In respect of fees relating to examinations and related matters (e.g. entry for examinations, resubmission of theses, late entry for examinations, copies of transcripts etc.):
The level of these fees and charges will usually increase annually. Increases are not normally expected to exceed 6%, or CPI if higher, but may be greater to reflect the examining and administrative costs associated with the activity. The fees applying in any one academic year will be published by September of the previous year: for instance, fees for 2020/21 will have been published by September 2019.