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Fees

Fees

This page sets out information about course fees and other costs that will apply to your course.

Course fees

The course fees paid by matriculated students* are for the provision of tuition, supervision, academic services and facilities by the University (including your department or faculty) and the colleges, but do not include residential or other living costs.

Up to and including the academic year 2018/19, separate figures have been published on the university website for university fees and for college fees: the total payable is the sum of these two figures. From the academic year 2019/20, course fees for matriculated students are published as a single figure. This change is intended to ensure that the total level of fees payable is in all cases completely clear. Home/Republic of Ireland PGCE students can access a tuition fee loan from the UK government to cover their course fee in full.

The course fees you pay include your fees for both University and college services and are divided between the University (including your department or faculty) and your college on a formula basis. More details are available from the Student Fees Team on request.

For graduate courses, course fees are payable each year for the duration of your fee liability, please see the fee liability section of this page for further details. 

Fees will usually increase annually. For details, please see our guidance on likely increases to fees and charges.

*For an explanation of the term ‘matriculated students’, see our Matriculation page.

Information for students from the EU, EEA and Switzerland

EU students applying for courses starting in 2021-22 should visit our dedicated webpage for important information about changes to their fee status and funding eligibility, and wider implications of the UK’s departure from the EU.

Where can I find details of course fees for each course?

Our individual course pages provide details of the course fees for all courses, including whether the amount shown is a fee for the entire course, an annual fee or a modular fee. Alternatively, you can use the Fees, funding and scholarship search to look for fees for your course as well as information about potential funding options that may be available to you.

Fee status

Course fees are charged at one of three rates depending on your fee status. From 2021/22 these fee statuses will be: Home/Republic of Ireland (Home/ROI), Islands and Overseas.

Information for applicants from the EU, EEA and Switzerland

Following an announcement by the Universities Minister on 23 June 2020, EU fee status students starting a course in 2021/22 will no longer be eligible to pay fees at the ‘Home’ rate and will instead be charged the higher ‘Overseas’ rate. This change will not apply to Irish nationals living in the UK or Ireland, who will be charged fees at the ‘Home/ROI’ rate for the duration of their course.

Please note that the University is still awaiting clarification on the status of EU nationals who are granted Settled Status under the EU Settlement Scheme and of EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals benefiting from Citizens’ Rights under the EU Withdrawal Agreement, EEA EFTA Separation Agreement or Swiss Citizens’ Rights Agreement respectively. This page will be updated as soon as more information is provided. For more information on Brexit please refer to our dedicated webpage.

How is my fee status decided?

Which rate you are charged depends on your nationality, your immigration status in the UK, where you have been living and what you have been doing for the three years prior to the start of your course.

The University applies government regulations to assess which rate a student should be charged. The same regulations are applied at all English universities (other UK universities use similar regulations) but each institution is expected to make its own assessment, which cannot be influenced by the decision of another institution.

The information provided here is intended as a guide only. Assessments of fee status are carried out on an individual basis and take into account the circumstances of each applicant. Assessments cannot be carried out until an application for admission has been made. The definitions adopted by the University to classify students as 'Home/Republic of Ireland' for fees purposes can be found on the fee classification page, which you can access from the right-hand side of this page.

UKCISA is a national advisory body that provides general guidance on international student issues. More information about fee status assessment is available on the UKCISA websitePlease note that UKCISA does not carry out assessments of individual circumstances.

Below is a summary of each classification:

Home/ROI

Generally speaking, if you are a UK or Irish national and you have lived all of your life in the UK or Republic of Ireland, you will pay fees at either the Home/ROI (standard) or Home/ROI (ELQ) fee rate. If you are reading for your first qualification at your intended level of study, then you will pay fees at the Home/ROI (standard) rate.

Islands

If you are a UK national who is normally resident in the Channel Islands or Isle of Man you will be assessed as an Islands student. For new entrants, Islands fees are aligned with the Home/Republic of Ireland rate for your course, with the exception of Clinical Medicine and all Year 2 onwards of Graduate Entry Medicine, which charge significantly higher fees.

Overseas

Generally speaking, if you are not an UK or Irish national and you have not lived in the UK or Republic of Ireland, you will pay fees at the Overseas fee rate. Even if you have been living in the UK or Republic of Ireland, it is unlikely that you will pay fees at one of the Home/ROI rates if you need a time-limited visa to live in the UK. Please note that the University is still awaiting clarification on the status of EU nationals who are granted Settled Status under the EU Settlement Scheme and of EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals benefiting from Citizens’ Rights under the EU Withdrawal Agreement, EEA EFTA Separation Agreement or Swiss Citizens’ Rights Agreement respectively.

Can my fee status change?

It is not usually possible for your fee status to change once your course has started, except in certain specific circumstances allowed under the government legislation. These circumstances include if you or a relevant family member is recognised as a refugee or is granted humanitarian protection (and you can meet the residency requirement). Further guidance is available on the UKCISA website or from the Student Fees Team. A change in fee status is not automatic and you should contact the Student Fees Team if you think you might be eligible.

Unless you meet the circumstances above, it is not usually possible for your fee status to change for Year 4 of an integrated Master's qualification (for example, MMath) or for the clinical part of the BM BCh qualification.

If you start a new course, then your fee status is re-assessed. If your circumstances have changed since you started your previous course, it may be possible for your fee status to change, although this is not automatic.

Equivalent and Lower Qualification (ELQ) fee

If you started your course before August 2012 and would otherwise have met the criteria for Home/Republic of Ireland fees but already hold a qualification at an equivalent or higher level to the qualification you are studying for, then you may pay fees at the ELQ rate if there is a separate ELQ rate for your course. Special ELQ fees do not apply to any student commencing their studies after August 2012.

Example situations

I am a dual UK/Canadian national, but I've never lived in the UK. Can I pay fees at the Home/Republic of Ireland rate?

No, fee status is based on your nationality and where you were living for the three years immediately before the start of your course. Although you are a UK national, you have never lived in the UK so you do not qualify to pay fees at the Home/Republic of Ireland rate.

I'm in the UK on a visa; can I pay fees at the Home/Republic of Ireland rate?

No, you have a time limit on the length of time you can stay in the UK. You need to have indefinite leave to remain in the UK (no restrictions on your residence in the UK), and have been in the UK for at least three years prior to the start of your course not for the main purpose of education to be considered for Home/Republic of Ireland fee status. The exception to this is if you meet the criteria for Long Residence, details of which can be found on the UKCISA website. Please note that the University is still awaiting clarification on the status of EU nationals who are granted 'Settled Status' under the EU Settlement Scheme.

I'm a French national and I have lived in France throughout most of my life. Can I pay fees at the Home/Republic of Ireland rate?

No, as an EU national living in the EU you would not be entitled to pay fees at the Home/Republic of Ireland (ROI) rate. Once the government provides further guidance on which categories of students can be charged Home/ROI fees, some EU, EEA and Swiss students living in the UK may qualify for Home/ROI fees but this would not affect students who do not live in the UK.

I'm an Irish national living in the Republic of Ireland. What level of fees will I pay?

Irish students who have lived in the Republic of Ireland for at least three years before the start of their course are charged fees at the Home/Republic of Ireland rate due to the Common Trade Agreement between the UK and the Republic of Ireland which has been formed following the UK exit from the EU.

More information

If you have received an offer of a place, have read all the information here and on the UKCISA website, but are still not sure what fees you are likely to pay, or if you are a current student and would like a re-assessment of your status, complete the fee questionnaire and contact the Student Fees Team for an assessment.

We do not normally carry out assessments if you have not yet received an offer of a place from the University.

Classification of fee status

This section provides detailed information for applicants regarding the regulations we use for assessing students' fee status. For further information, please visit the UKCISA website.

Please note that following an announcement by the Universities Minister on 23 June 2020, EU fee status students starting a course in 2021/22 will no longer be eligible to pay fees at the ‘Home’ rate and will instead be charged the higher ‘Overseas’ rate. This change will not apply to Irish nationals living in the UK or Ireland, who will continue to be charged fees at the ‘Home’ rate for the duration of their course. At present we are awaiting clarification from the UK Government in relation to some of the rules and criteria for granting ‘Home’ fee status to certain EU nationals who qualify for ‘Settled Status’ under UK law, and for clarity in relation to other EEA nationals who may qualify for Home fees in certain circumstances - we will update the webpages when we have further information. For the time being, we have removed information that could potentially cause confusion.

People who may qualify to pay the Home/ROI fee rate

UK nationals and those with indefinite leave to remain in the UK (ILR)

The following criteria must be met to be eligible to pay the Home/ROI fee rate under this regulation: the student, on the first day of the first academic year of their course:

  1. is settled in the UK within the meaning of the Immigration Act 1971; and
  2. has been ordinarily resident throughout the three-year period preceding the first day of the first academic year of the course; and
  3. has not been ordinarily resident for the main purpose of receiving full-time education at any point during the past three years.

It is not possible to become eligible for Home fee status by meeting these conditions after the start of a course.

Refugees

The following criteria must be met to be eligible to pay the Home/ROI fee rate under this regulation: the student, on the first day of an academic year of their course:

  1. is a refugee recognised by the UK Government; or
  2. is the spouse/civil partner of such a refugee and was the spouse or civil partner of that person on the date of their asylum application to the Home Office; or
  3. is the child of such a refugee or that refugee's spouse or civil partner, and was the child of that refugee etc on the date of their asylum application to the Home Office; and
  4. is or was ordinarily resident in the UK on the first day of the first academic year of their course; and
  5. has not ceased to be ordinarily resident in the UK since the date that they were recognised as a refugee; or
  6. has not ceased to be ordinarily resident in the UK since the date that they were given leave to remain in the UK, if they are the spouse/civil partner or child etc of a refugee.

For the purposes of this section ‘child’ refers to a person who was under 18 at the time of the principal’s asylum application to the Home Office and includes a person adopted in pursuance of adoption proceedings and a stepchild.

It may be possible to become eligible for Home fee status by meeting these conditions after the start of any year of the course.

Persons granted Humanitarian Protection, and family

Changes to the Government regulations on fees from 1 August 2019 mean that students in this category will now have to demonstrate ordinary residence in the UK and Islands throughout the three-year period preceding the first day of the first academic year of their course.

The following criteria must be met to be eligible to pay the Home/ROI fee rate under this regulation: the student, on the first day of an academic year of their course:

  1. has been granted Humanitarian Protection as a result of an application for asylum; and
  2. has been granted leave to enter or remain accordingly; and
  3. is or was ordinarily resident in the UK and Islands on the first day of the first academic year of their course and has been ordinarily resident throughout the three-year period preceding the first day of the first academic year of the course; or
  4. is the spouse/civil partner or child of such a person, and was such at the time of their asylum application to the Home Office; and
  5. was ordinarily resident in the UK and Islands on the first day of the first academic year of their course and has been ordinarily resident throughout the three-year period preceding the first day of the first academic year of the course.

For the purpose of this section ‘child’ refers to a person who was under 18 at the time of the principal’s asylum application to the Home Office and includes a person adopted in pursuance of adoption proceedings and a stepchild. 

It may be possible to become eligible for Home fee status by meeting these conditions at the start of any year of the course.

Persons granted Stateless Leave to Remain, and family

The following criteria must be met to be eligible to pay the Home/ROI fee rate under this regulation: the student, whose course began after 1 August 2018, and who on the first day of an academic year of their course:

  1. has extant leave to remain as a stateless person under the Immigration Act 1971, and has been ordinarily resident in the UK and Islands throughout the period since they were granted such leave; or
  2. is the spouse/civil partner or child of such a person, and was such on the date of application for this leave; and
  3. is or was ordinarily resident in the UK on the first day of the first academic year of their course; and
  4. has been ordinarily resident in the UK and Islands throughout the three-year period preceding the first day of the first academic year of their course.

For the purpose of this section ‘child’ refers to a person who was under 18 on the date of the principal’s application to the Home Office for stateless leave to remain and includes a person adopted in pursuance of adoption proceedings and a stepchild. 

It may be possible to become eligible for Home fee status by meeting these conditions at the start of any year of the course.

Long residence

The following criteria must be met to be eligible to pay the Home/ROI fee rate under this regulation: the student, whose course began after 1 August 2016, and who on the first day of the first academic year of their course:

  1. is under the age of 18 and has lived in the UK throughout the seven-year period preceding the first day of the first academic year of their course; or
  2. is aged 18 years old or above and, preceding the first day of the first academic year of their course, has lived in the UK throughout either half their life, or a period of twenty years; and
  3. is ordinarily resident in the UK; and
  4. has been ordinarily resident in the UK and Islands throughout the three-year period preceding the first day of the first academic year of their course; and
  5. has not been ordinarily resident as above for the main purpose of receiving full-time education at any point during the said three year period.

It is not possible to become eligible for Home fee status by meeting these conditions after the start of a course.

Section 67 leave

This category is only for students who are starting a course on/after 1 August 2019.

The following criteria must be met to be eligible to pay the Home/ROI fee rate under this regulation:

  1. you must have been ordinarily resident in the UK and Islands for the full three-year period before the first day of the first academic year of the course; and
  2. you must be ordinarily resident in the UK on the first day of the first academic year of the course; and
  3. on the first day of an academic year of the course, you must be either: a) a person with Section 67 leave (it doesn’t matter if the Section 67 leave is for a limited period, or an indefinite period); or b) a dependent child of a person with Section 67 leave, who has been granted leave for the same period; and
  4. you must have been ordinarily resident in the UK and Islands throughout the period since being granted your leave.

Person granted Indefinite Leave as a victim of domestic violence or abuse

This category is only for students who are starting a course on/after 1 August 2020.

The following criteria must be met to be eligible to pay the Home/ROI fee rate under this regulation:

1. you must be a person who has been granted indefinite leave to remain in the UK under any of the following provisions of the immigration rules, as defined in section 33(1) of the Immigration Act 1971(4)

(i) paragraph 289B (victims of domestic violence);

(ii) paragraph D-DVILR.1.1. of Appendix FM (victims of domestic abuse); or

(iii) paragraph 40 of Appendix Armed Forces (victims of domestic violence: partners of members of the armed forces);

2. you must have been ordinary resident in the UK and Islands since you were granted such leave; and

3. you must be ordinarily resident in the UK on the first day of the first academic year of the course.

Persons granted Calais leave to remain

This category is only for students who are starting a course on/after 1 August 2020. 

The following criteria must be met to be eligible to pay the Home/ROI fee rate under this regulation:

1. you must be a person granted Calais leave, which means “a person who has extant leave to remain in the UK under paragraph 352J, 352K, 352L or 352T (Calais leave and “leave in line” granted by virtue of being a dependent child of a person granted Calais leave) of the immigration rules, as defined in section 33(1) of the Immigration Act 1971”;

2. you must have been ordinary resident in the UK and Islands since you were granted such leave; and

3. you must be ordinarily resident in the UK on the first day of the first academic year of the course; and

4. you must have been ordinarily resident in the UK and Islands for the full three-year period before the first day of the first academic year of the course.

The First Day of the Academic Year

In the information provided above, the terms 'first day of an academic year of the course' and 'first day of the first academic year of the course' have a particular meaning defined by the government. These dates are different from the Oxford term dates. The ‘first day’ is 1 September, 1 January, 1 April, 1 July closest to the beginning of the first term of the first academic year of the person's course (or the first term of an academic year, where relevant).

Ordinary Residence 

According to UKCISA, a person is ordinarily resident in the relevant residence area (which depends on the category and its qualifying conditions) if he or she has habitually, normally and lawfully resided in that area from choice.

Temporary Absence 

A person shall be treated as ordinarily resident in the relevant area if he or she would have been so resident at the relevant time but for the fact that a spouse or civil partner, parent, guardian, or any other person having parental responsibility for him or her, is or was temporarily employed outside the area in question. For these purposes, temporary employment includes any period a member of the regular armed forces of a relevant country serves outside of the relevant area as a member of such forces.

Further Information

Please direct any questions about fee status to the Student Fees Team.

Fee liability

Your length of fee liability is the length of time that you have to pay course fees to the University. Your normal period of fee liability will usually be the same as the standard length of your course.

Fee liability information

You are required to pay your course fees for the year no later than Week 1 in the term in which you commence study or seven days after the actual start date of your course if this is later. We recommend you contact your college to check payment arrangements.

What fees or charges are payable after I've reached the standard period of course fees liability?

Currently some colleges apply a termly continuation charge once students have exceeded the standard period of course fees liability. 

The University will apply a continuation charge for graduate students starting research study in 2011/12 or later (this includes any students progressing from a postgraduate taught degree to a research degree in 2011/12). The charge will apply to all students regardless of Home/Republic of Ireland or Overseas fee status.  

Further information about University and college continuation charges can be found on the Continuation charges page.

Fees may also be payable if you need to re-sit an examination, change your options after the deadline re-submit a thesis or dissertation, or need a transcript beyond the first copy. 

Does the University apply any fees or charges in addition to course fees?

Some charges are made in addition to course fees, for example if you need to re-sit an examination, change your options after the deadline, or need to re-submit a thesis or dissertation, or need a transcript beyond the first copy. More details on these fees are available on the other charges page available from the right hand side of this page.

I'm a research student and I'm conducting research outside Oxford, do I still have to pay course fees?

Yes, course fees are payable whether you are in Oxford or are conducting research elsewhere. Research programmes have a standard period of fee liability, more information on this is available below.

Standard completion times and standard fee liability by qualification

Maximum liabilities quoted on this page are taken from detailed information contained in the University's Regulations on Financial Matters, which are the definitive source for information on course fees.

Postgraduate certificate/postgraduate diploma

  • Expected completion time: dependent on course.
  • Standard fee liability: course fees are payable for every year a student is registered on course.

PGCE

  • Expected completion time: one year.
  • Standard fee liability: course fees are payable for every year a student is registered on course.

BCL/MJur

  • Expected completion time: one year (three terms).
  • Standard fee liability: course fees are payable for every year a student is registered on course.

MLitt

  • Expected completion time: six terms.
  • Maximum fee liability: six terms unless an examination is failed.

MSt, MSc (by coursework)

  • Expected completion time: three terms.
  • Maximum fee liability: six terms unless an examination is failed.

MSc (by research)

  • Expected completion time: two to three years.
  • Standard fee liability: six terms, continuation charges may be payable beyond six terms.

MFA

  • Expected completion time: 40 weeks.
  • Maximum fee liability: six terms unless an exam is failed.

MBA

  • Expected completion time: 32 weeks (excluding vacations).
  • Maximum fee liability: six terms unless an exam is failed.

MTh

  • Expected completion time: two years (six terms) when studied full-time.
  • Maximum fee liability: six terms when studied full-time unless an examination is failed.

MPP

  • Expected completion time: three terms.
  • Maximum fee liability: six terms unless an examination is failed.

BPhil, MPhil

  • Expected completion time: six terms.
  • Maximum fee liability: six terms unless an examination is failed.

DPhil

  • Expected completion time: three to four years (nine to 12 terms).
  • Standard fee liability: nine terms (for exceptions see 'DPhil - Interdisciplinary Doctoral Training Centres' below). Continuation charges may be payable beyond nine terms, see 'What fees or charges are payable after I've reached the standard period of course fees liability?' above.

Students already awarded an MPhil, BPhil or MSt Legal Research by the University of Oxford may have their DPhil fee liability reduced by three terms. Students who started their graduate study prior to September 2006 may have a different reduced fee liability, please contact the Student Fees Team.

DPhil, Centres for Doctoral Training (CDT) and Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTP)

  • Award: All these programmes lead to the award of a Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil if completed at the University of Oxford; PhD if completed at another partner institution). For the Wind and Marine Energy Systems and Structures CDT programme, it is also possible to follow a programme leading to the award of a Doctor of Engineering (DEng).
  • Expected completion time: Four years (12 terms) from admission to the programme.
  • Standard fee liability: 12 terms (four years), however, please refer to the individual course listings below as this can vary between programmes. Continuation charges will be payable beyond the standard period of fee liability. For these programmes only, terms enrolled at another university as part of your doctoral training programme are counted towards the standard period of fee liability. Continuation charges may be payable beyond the standard period of fee liability.

Standard fee liability by programme of study:

  • Autonomous Intelligent Machines and Systems, ESPRC CDT: 12 terms.
  • Biomedical Imaging, EPSRC and MRC CDT: Students admitted by the University of Oxford are liable for 12 terms of course fees. Students admitted by the University of Nottingham are enrolled at the University of Oxford for three terms in the first academic year of their programme and are liable for three terms of course fees at the University of Oxford.
  • Cyber Security, EPSRC CDT: 12 terms.
  • Diamond Science and Technology, EPSRC CDT: Students admitted by the University of Oxford are enrolled on the MSc in Diamond Science and Technology at the University of Warwick for one academic year and will be liable for fees at that university at their fee rates. Subject to meeting the progression criteria, students are then enrolled by the University of Oxford and are liable for a further nine terms of course fees at the University of Oxford.
  • Environmental Research, NERC DTP: 12 terms.
  • Future Propulsion and Power, EPSRC CDT: Students admitted by the University of Oxford are enrolled on the MRes in Gas Turbine Aerodynamics at the University of Cambridge for one academic year and are liable for fees at that University at their fee rates. Subject to meeting the progression criteria, students are then enrolled by the University of Oxford and are liable for a further nine terms of course fees at the University of Oxford.
  • Healthcare Innovation, RCUK CDT: 12 terms.
  • Health Data Science, EPSRC CDT: 12 terms.
  • Industrially Focused Mathematical Modelling, EPSRC CDT: 12 terms.
  • Inorganic Chemistry for Future Manufacturing, EPSRC CDT: 12 terms.
  • Interdisciplinary Bioscience, BBSRC DTP: 12 terms.
  • Life Sciences Interface, EPSRC DTC: 12 terms.
  • Mathematics of Random Systems: Analysis, Models and Algorithms, EPSRC CDT: 12 terms.
  • Modern Statistics and Statistical Machine Learning, EPSRC CDT: 12 terms. 
  • New and Sustainable Photovoltaics, EPSRC CDT: 12 terms.
  • Oil and Gas, EPSRC CDT: 12 terms.
  • Partial Differential Equations: Analysis and Applications, EPSRC CDT: 12 terms.
  • Renewable Energy Marine Structures, EPSRC CDT: 12 terms.
  • Science and Application of Plastic Electronic Materials, EPSRC CDT: Students admitted by the University of Oxford are enrolled on the MRes in Plastic Electronic Materials at Imperial College London for one academic year and are liable for fees at that University at their fee rates. Subject to meeting the progression criteria, students are then enrolled by the University of Oxford and are liable for a further nine terms of course fees at the University of Oxford.
  • Science and Engineering in Arts, Heritage and Archaeology, EPSRC CDT: Students admitted to this CDT are enrolled on the MRes in Science and Engineering in Arts, Heritage and Archaeology at University College London for their first year and are liable during that period for fees at that University’s fee rates. Subject to meeting the progression criteria, those students who are then enrolled by the University of Oxford are liable for a further nine terms of fees at the University of Oxford.
  • Science and Technology of Fusion Energy, EPSRC CDT: 12 terms.
  • Statistical Sciences, EPSRC and MRC CDT: Students admitted by the University of Oxford are liable for 12 terms of course fees. Students admitted by the University of Warwick are enrolled at the University of Oxford for three terms in the first academic year of their programme and are liable for three terms of course fees at the University of Oxford.
  • Sustainable Approaches to Biomedical Science, EPSRC and MRC DTC: 12 terms.
  • Synthesis for Biology and Medicine, EPSRC CDT: 12 terms.
  • Synthetic Biology, EPSRC and BBSRC CDT: 12 terms. Students admitted by the University of Oxford are liable for 12 terms of course fees. Students admitted by the University of Warwick or the University of Bristol are enrolled at the University of Oxford for three terms in the first academic year of their programme and are liable for three terms of course fees at the University of Oxford.
  • Systems Approaches to Biomedical Science, EPSRC and MRC CDT: 12 terms.
  • Systems Biology, EPSRC CDT: 12 terms.
  • Theory and Modelling in Chemical Sciences, EPSRC CDT: 12 terms. All students are enrolled on the MSc in Theoretical and Computational Chemistry for three terms, and are liable for three terms of course fees. Following this, and subject to meeting the progression criteria, students remaining at Oxford are enrolled on the Theory and Modelling in Chemical Sciences programme and are liable for a further nine terms of course fees. Those enrolled at the University of Southampton or the University of Bristol for years two to four of their programme will be liable for fees at those universities at their fee rates, and on successful completion of their programme will be awarded a PhD by the university where they have been enrolled.
  • Wind and Marine Energy Systems and Structures, EPSRC CDT: 12 terms.

DPhil, Medical Sciences Doctoral Training Centre programmes

  • Expected completion time: four years (12 terms) from admission to the programme.
  • Standard fee liability: 12 terms (four years), however, please refer to the individual course listings below as this can vary between programmes. Continuation charges may be payable beyond the standard period of fee liability.

Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Doctoral Training Partnership

  • Standard fee liability: DPhil programmes within the AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership are subject to the standard period of DPhil fee liability (see DPhil Fee Liability, above).

Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Doctoral Training Centre Programmes

  • Standard fee liability: The standard period of fee liability for programmes studied within the ESRC Doctoral Training Centre is the same as the standard fee liability for the particular award being studied for. For example, DPhil programmes within this Doctoral Training Centre are subject to the standard period of DPhil fee liability (see DPhil Fee Liability, above).

EngD

  • Expected completion time: four years (12 terms).
  • Standard fee liability: 12 terms, continuation charges may be payable beyond 12 terms (see 'What fees or charges are payable after I've reached the standard period of college fees liability?' above).

Deposits

Only a few departments have introduced such a deposit and the courses for which a deposit is charged are listed below. Please select the course you are interested in for details of the deposit that is charged.

Certain undergraduate courses in the Department for Continuing Education also charge a deposit, details of which are given on the department’s website.

The deposit usually represents between 5% and 15% of the total course fees.

If your course requires the payment of a deposit, your offer letter will include the amount of the deposit required and the deadline by which the department must receive payment, as well as instructions on how to pay the deposit. 

The deposit payment is non-refundable. However, the University will refund the deposit in the following circumstances:

  • If you withdraw your acceptance of your offer within 14 days of accepting the offer of a place
  • If you fail to meet one or more of your academic conditions, subject to the provision of evidence of relevant examination results
  • If you fail to attain the required English language scores, subject to the provision of evidence that you have attempted and failed the English language test
  • If your visa application is refused, subject to the provision of evidence that you have applied for and been refused a visa
  • If you are unable to take up your place because of unforeseen and unforeseeable personal circumstances (such as serious ill-health, bereavement, etc), subject to the provision of appropriate evidence, eg a doctor’s note.

Please note that if you have applied and have been granted a deferral of entry, your deposit payment will not be refunded.

If you have any queries relating to the deposit charged by the course you are interested in, please contact your department. You will find contact details on the relevant course pages.

Payments and refunds

You are required to pay your fees for the year no later than Week 1 in the term in which you commence study or seven days after the actual start date of your course if this is later. You should visit your college's website to check payment arrangements.

Frequently asked questions

Who do I pay fees to?

Course fees are payable to your college (check payment arrangements as these can differ from college to college) except for a small number of courses delivered by Saïd Business School and the Department for Continuing Education which collect fees direct. Fees for courses with a modular structure are usually paid direct to the department. If you are a Home/Republic of Ireland undergraduate and you have taken out a UK government tuition fee loan, this will be paid direct to the University. Your college may ask for evidence of the loan.

When do I have to pay my fees?

Course fees for the full academic year are payable no later than Week 1 in the term in which study commences. We recommend you contact your college to check payment arrangements.

How should I pay my fees?

As course fees are collected by colleges, you should visit your college's website for more information about acceptable methods of payment.

Can I pay in instalments?

Course fees are payable annually in advance.  In exceptional circumstances your college may allow you to pay by instalments. You should contact your college as soon as possible before the start of the academic year if you would like to investigate this.

What if I withdraw from my course, am I eligible for a refund?

If you withdraw from your course, you will generally be eligible for a refund of course fees for each complete term not started. If you withdraw during a term, you may be liable for fees for that term depending on the date of your withdrawal. If you withdraw before Monday of Week 4 of any term then you will not usually be liable for fees for that term. If you withdraw after Monday of Week 4 of any term, you will be liable for fees for that term. Different policies apply to certain courses delivered by Saïd Business School and the Department for Continuing Education and for courses with a modular structure. If you are thinking about withdrawing, you should talk to your college or your department to discuss your options.

What if I suspend from my course, am I eligible for a refund?

The same rules apply for suspension as for withdrawal.
If you are considering suspending your studies you should talk to your college or your department to discuss your options.

I'm a research student and I'm planning on submitting my thesis early, do I have to keep paying course fees?

If you are a research student and are planning to submit your thesis before you reach your maximum fee liability, you only need to pay fees up to and including the term in which you submit your thesis. For example, if you submit your DPhil thesis in the 8th term since starting, you will pay 8 terms of fees but not fees for the 9th term. If your thesis is referred back to you then you may be liable for a re-submission charge. Please refer to the Other charges page for more information.

I'm a research student and I'm conducting research outside Oxford, do I still have to pay course fees?

Yes, course fees are payable whether you are in Oxford or are conducting research elsewhere. Research programmes have a standard period of fee liability, more information on this is available in the fee liability section of this page.

I think I've been charged the wrong fee, what should I do?

You should contact your college in the first instance. The college will contact the relevant University departments and your fee will be investigated. If you are not satisfied with the result of the investigation, you may petition the Fees Panel. For more information on how to petition the Fees Panel, please email the Student Fees Team. Requests for refunds will not normally be considered more than one year after the fee has been paid.

What happens if I don't pay my fees?

If you don't pay your course fees, at the University’s discretion you will be suspended from your course and from access to all University facilities. You will not be allowed to sit any examinations or submit any coursework. If you are having difficulty paying your fees, we recommend you talk to your college at the earliest opportunity.

Where can I get more information?

The rules regarding payment of fees and refunds are in the Examination Regulations, Regulations on Financial Matters, Section 1, Subsection 3. You can also discuss payments and refunds with your college.