How much will it cost?

Your tuition fee is only one part of the cost of doing a postgraduate degree: you also have to live somewhere and feed, clothe, clean, and entertain yourself.

Essentially this means there are three costs you need to budget for when planning for a postgraduate degree: Tuition fees + Accommodation + Living costs.

The National Union of Students estimates living costs outside London to be approximately £12,000 per year, including accommodation. This, plus your tuition, is approximately what studying for a postgraduate degree will cost you. We give this figure as a guide only; depending on your priorities and how you budget it could vary significantly in either direction.

Tuition fees

Many postgraduate programmes at Exeter follow a standard fee pattern, which can be viewed on our general postgraduate fees page, together with information about whether you will pay UK/EU or International fees. However, each programme's tuition fees are detailed in full under the Finance tab on each programme page, so we advise you to refer to the relevant programme page for the exact fee you will be charged as there is some variation. 

Tuition fee deposits
If you apply for a full-time taught postgraduate programme, when you receive an offer you will need to pay a tuition fee deposit to confirm your place. Find out more on our tuition fee deposits page.

Scholarships and funding opportunities
In order to help pay for the cost of postgraduate study, many students may find they are eligible to apply for one of the various funding awards available. In the last few years we have made available hundreds awards to students studying towards Masters degrees and PhDs. Our funding page details many of these schemes, as well assuggesting other ways to help pay for your postgraduate studies, including alternative sources of funding.


Accommodation costs will vary depending on whether you live in private or University-owned accommodation. More details regarding accommodation, including costs, are available on our accommodation page.

Living costs

Living costs are, to some extent, up to you. You will need to make choices about how you live and what your priorities are, but make sure you factor in:

  • food and toiletries
  • clothes and laundry
  • mobile / telephone / internet charges
  • Visa fees (for international students)
  • Council Tax (part-time students are eligible to pay)
  • travel costs, particularly if you want to visit home in vacations
  • books and other course materials
  • leisure, sport and entertainment
  • sundries, such as haircuts, prescriptions etc

You might find the Student Calculator useful in planning your budget; it also has an international version.

Financial support and advice

Student finance is different for everyone, and can be complicated. If you have any questions at all, please contact the Student Information Desk (SID):

I managed to win a full-fee scholarship which was specific to my program. As to living costs, I knew I wanted to do an MA from my 2nd year as an undergrad, so I was able to save money from term-time and summer jobs/internships. As well as this, I saved small amounts of my undergraduate maintenance grant that I had left each term, especially in the shorter summer terms. I also work a few hours a week for the property company which owns my building of flats, which contributes to my weekly budget.

Emma Rosen, MA Applied Security Strategy