Undergraduate Study

Tuition fees and funding

Fees for 2020 entry

The fee for UK/EU undergraduate students starting courses in autumn 2020 is £9,250. This is the maximum fee allowed by the UK government.

This figure may be subject to small increments set by the government each year, and could be subject to change should government policy alter.

The only exceptions to the standard £9,250 fee are:

  • BMBS Medicine: The standard tuition fee is applied per year for years one to four. In year five the tuition fees will be paid by the NHS*
  • Year Abroad / In Industry: if, as part of your four-year degree programme, you spend a full academic year studying abroad you will pay a reduced fee of £1,385 (or approximately 15 per cent of the maximum fee for that year). If you spend a full year on a work placement (in the UK or abroad) you will pay a reduced fee of £1,850 (or 20 per cent of the maximum fee for that year)

*assuming current external funding arrangements continue

The tuition fees for international students starting their course in autumn 2020 are:

BMBS Medicine £35,750
Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences (including Law) £18,500
Accounting & Finance, Business & Management, and Economics £18,200
Engineering, Physics (including Combined Honours Maths & Physics), Geology, Mining, Biosciences, Geography, Medical Sciences (including Nursing), Psychology and Sport Sciences £22,950
Flexible Combined Honours £19,500
Mathematics and Computer Science (including Mathematics with Accounting/Economics/Finance/Management) £20,950 

Please note that the prices listed above are subject to change as we work to ensure an outstanding student experience. Our current policy is to increase tuition fees in each year of study. We will confirm our fees and any changes that will apply during your course on this web page. 

If we make you an offer of a place, we will confirm your fees in writing via email. From 2020 entry, your fee as a continuing student may increase by up to 5% in each subsequent year of study to take into account inflationary pressures.

Please refer to the international students section for full details of international student tuition fees and guide to living costs. Emergency financial assistance is available for international students via the Fund for International Student Hardship (FISH). Details can be found by following the link to the International Students section of the Student Finance website

Information about how your fee status is determined scan be found below.

Fee status

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 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 to determine your fee status.

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 your fee status within the 28 day period please contact us at ad-feestatus@exeter.ac.uk  stating your full name, Exeter Reference number (or UCAS personal ID), programme for which you have been made an offer and providing details of why you think the fee classification is incorrect.

Channel Islands/Isle of Man students

Students from the Islands are subject to different funding arrangements to mainland UK students. For information on support available to you for tuition fees and living costs you should contact your island education offices.

Please visit our Student Finance webpage for Channel Islands students for more information.

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. Where possible, we've outlined these costs on specific course pages.

Frequently asked questions

On 19 February 2018, the Prime Minister, Theresa May, announced that there would be a “wide-ranging review into post-18 education” led by Philip Augar. The review was to look at how future students will contribute to the cost of their studies, including “the level, terms and duration of their contribution.” The review was published on 30 May 2019.

Key recommendations of the Augar review include:

  • Decreasing undergraduate tuition fees to £7,500 per year
  • Lowering the threshold at which student loans are paid back
  • Extending the time student loans are paid back from 30 to 40 years
  • Reintroducing maintenance grants of up £3,000

Until any recommendations are acted upon, tuition fees, repayment plans, and other student finance arrangements will remain the same.

The key thing to understand is that nothing is decided upon yet: the Augar review only makes recommendations, and it is up to government and parliament to turn these into policy. With the current uncertain state of British politics, we cannot predict when, how, or even if this will happen.

In the meantime you can read up on the Augar review yourself:

We recommend keeping an eye on the media and student forums over the coming months in order to stay up to date with the situation.

You will not have to pay for the cost of your tuition up front. You can take out a tuition loan which you don’t have to start repaying until you are earning more than £25,000* a year. Repayment rates on loans will be at 9% of salary over £25,000*. The government will meet the cost of writing off any remaining debt after 30 years.

*subject to confirmation from Government

We are committed to attracting and supporting the most talented students to the University of Exeter, irrespective of your financial background. As part of these arrangements, we will be offering financial assistance in the form of reduced fees and bursaries to encourage more applications from students from disadvantaged backgrounds. We also provide expert financial advice and guidance to offer the best practical help and support possible to ensure you are able to make the most of your time at Exeter.

Find out more about financial support.

  • BMBS Medicine: The standard tuition fee is applied per year for years one to four. In year five the tuition fees will be paid by the NHS*
  • Year Abroad: if, as part of your four-year degree programme, you spend a full academic year studying abroad you will pay a reduced fee of £1,385 (or approximately 15 per cent of the maximum fee for that year). If you spend a full year on a work placement (in the UK or abroad) you will pay a reduced fee of £1,850 (or 20 per cent of the maximum fee for that year)

*assuming current external funding arrangements continue

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Funding from tuition fees will continue to be invested in the things that matter to students, to maintain our exceptional student experience and reputation as one of the best higher education institutions in the UK and worldwide. We are committed to ensuring that if you have the potential to thrive at the University of Exeter, you will be able to study here irrespective of your background and financial circumstances. We continue to work with the Students’ Guild and FXU to ensure we have the right support in place to give you the best possible opportunities to achieve outstanding academic results and to secure graduate level employment.

Our investment in student facilities in recent years has included £145 million in learning spaces, research facilities, a students’ services centre and refurbished library facilities; £130 million in student residences; and £20 million in improving our sports parks. We have also continued to invest in recruiting additional world-leading academic staff to deliver truly exceptional education and research. At our Penryn Campus we are investing in the Penryn Heart Project, a Postgraduate Centre and a new Sports and Family Centre.

We will continue to work closely with the Students’ Guild and FXU in order to identify the future areas of investment based on student feedback. Each year both students’ unions are involved in the University’s budgeting processes to ensure that student priorities are recognised in our business and investment plans: for example, in the last year we have delivered improved Muslim prayer space and increased investment in the student wellbeing service as a direct result of our discussions with student representatives.

Year Abroad

£1,385, or approximately 15 per cent of the maximum fee for that year.

Year in Industry

£1,850, or approximately 20 per cent of the maximum fee for that year. 

Semester Abroad

If you are studying abroad for a semseter or other portion of time less than a full year, you will pay the full year fee.

There is more information about our tuition fees and the financial support available to students on our Student Finance website.

If you have any specific questions, please contact sid@exeter.ac.uk