Clarification on funding for EU students post-Brexit

The UK Government has made an announcement giving clarity on fees for EU students. Students from other EU countries can now apply for places on postgraduate courses starting in autumn 2017 and autumn 2018 knowing that they will pay the same tuition fees as UK students for the duration of their courses, and can also apply for student loans. This will apply even after the UK exits the EU. You can read the response from Universities UK on their website. The University will only change its position in this regard where legally required to do so by the UK Government.  

Standard full-time postgraduate fees (academic year 2018-19)

The majority of tuition fees for postgraduate programmes are charged at our standard rate, however many fees are non-standard so you will need to consult individual programme pages to confirm. If you are unsure if you will pay UK/EU or international fees, fee status provides further details.

Fees are confirmed in the Autumn for students starting in the following academic year and are subject to change each year. 

Please note that following your registration tuition fees for subsequent years of study may increase to take into accouint inflationary pressures - this will not exceed 5 per cent per year of study.

Research programmes

Research programmes (MbyRes, MPhil, PhD)
  Sciences Humanities and Social Sciences
UK/EU Fees vary: £4,400 or £4,500 dependent on topic
See research topics pages for exact fee charged
International Fees vary within the range £19,800 - £23,000
See research topics pages for exact fee charged

Fees vary for some research degrees so do confirm the cost for your chosen degree by checking the Finance tab on the relevant research topic page. You may be permitted to transfer to continuation status, benefitting from reduced fees, when at the 'writing up' stage of a PhD thesis. The continuation fee rate applies until submission of your thesis for examination.

When are fees due?

Tuition fees are typically payable in two 50% instalments, normally in September (at the start of your course) and January each year. See our student finance pages for more details.

Other course costs

In addition to tuition fees and living costs, your programme of study may have other costs associated with it, such as laboratory equipment or field trips. 

Should your research be anticipated to incur additional costs then a bench fee may be chargeable; the amount of such a fee and it’s components will be detailed in your offer letter.

The fees charged for study at the University of Exeter fall broadly into three categories:

  • Home/EU
  • International
  • Islands

Will I pay the ‘Home/EU’ or ‘International’ fee?

Only certain categories of students will be charged the ‘Home/EU’ fee. Generally they are:

  • people who have permanent residence in the UK and have been resident in the UK for three years
  • European Economic Area (EEA) migrant workers and their families in the UK who have lived in the EEA for three years
  • EU nationals and their children who have lived in the EEA for three years
  • refugees (recognised by the UK government) and their families

Further information

Further information can be found on our student finance pages.

Please note that the University is unable to undertake fee assessments prior to an application for a place to study being made. If you are unsure which fee category is applicable to you after making an application you may wish to contact us so we can send you a Fee Status Questionnaire.

Please also note that if you have received an offer and you think your fee status is incorrect you have 28 days, from the date of your offer, to query your status. To query you fee status within the 28 day period please contact us at ad-feestatus@exeter.ac.uk  stating your full name, Exeter Reference number, programme for which you have been made an offer and providing details of why you think the fee classification is incorrect.

If the duration of your chosen programme of study spans more than one academic year, the tuition fees for future years are expected to rise by a modest amount to take account of inflationary pressures. You can view tuition fees for students already studying with us on our Student Finance web pages.