Tuition fees

2017 Fees

Home/EU students

The maximum fee we are permitted to charge for UK/EU undergraduate students is set by the UK Government. Fee limits for 2018/19 and beyond have not yet been confirmed but are currently £9250. We intend to charge the maximum fee allowed by the Government and to apply any inflationary increase, if relevant, for subsequent years of study.

EU student fees and Brexit
The UK Government sets the regulations for EU student fees. EU students currently pay the same as UK students for the relevant year of study. For 2017, it was agreed that EU fees will match those for UK students for the duration of the student’s enrolment on their original programme of study (course changes may not benefit from this provision). At this time, we do not know what rules will be in place on the date that the UK withdraws from the European Union.

We will confirm your fees and any changes in writing, via email, as soon as possible and publish information on our student fees page.

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 £21,000 a year. Repayment rates on loans will be at 9% of salary over £21,000. The government will meet the cost of writing off any remaining debt after 30 years.

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 you spend a full academic year on an Erasmus study abroad or work placement, or a non-Erasmus study abroad year, you will pay a reduced fee. In 2016/17 the fee is £1,385 (or 15 per cent of the maximum fee for that year). If you spend a full year on a non-Erasmus work or industrial placement (in the UK or abroad) you will also pay a reduced fee. In 2016/17 the fee is £1,850 (or 20 per cent of the maximum fee for that year).

*assuming current external funding arrangements continue

The University of Exeter will charge tuition fees for UK/EU students of £9,250 in 2017/18. This represents a rise of 2.8% and will be applied across all subjects and programmes and to both new and continuing students as of September 2017.

We can’t say for certain how much UK/EU students will pay from September 2018 but it is our intention to apply moderate annual increases subject to meeting the terms set out by Government. Our ability to do this will depend on the University being successful in achieving an “excellent” outcome in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), which is based on demonstrating its commitment to widening participation and maintaining high standards in our teaching and delivering excellent outcomes for students in student experience and employability.

All eligible students will be able to secure the money to pay the entirety of their university tuition costs through the relevant funding body and based on current legislation and government guidance, you will only start repaying the loan once you have graduated and are earning more than £21,000 per year.

The level of fees UK universities charge EU students will be one of the many items that will need to be addressed during the exit negotiations arising out of the British vote to leave the European Union. For EU applicants who apply to study here as of September 2017/18 their fee status will be determined by the agreements reached during the negotiations, therefore we cannot currently confirm what the level of these fees will be. We are working closely with UUK and the UK Government to obtain clarity on this situation as early as possible.

The Government has recently announced changes to the way higher education in England will be funded to allow universities that demonstrate the very highest standards of teaching excellence to raise their fees to further support and enhance their excellent teaching, in order to continue delivering an excellent education that prepares their students to compete for the most sought after careers.

The decision to increase our fees has not been taken lightly but follows four years in which tuition fees have been frozen, while the costs of educating students have continued to rise. The £9,000 tuition fee in England is now worth only about £8,200 in real terms, compared with its value in 2012, and continues to depreciate year on year. We need to increase our fees if we are to maintain and build upon the outstanding education we provide as one of the top 100 universities in the world, and to honour our continuing commitment to deliver a superb student experience.

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.

If you spend a full academic year on an Erasmus study abroad or work placement, or a non-Erasmus study abroad year, you will pay a reduced fee equivalent to 15 per cent of the maximum fee for that year (15% of £9,250 for 2017-18). If you spend a full year on a non-Erasmus work or industrial placement (in the UK or abroad) you will pay 20% of the full 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

International students

The tuition fees for international students starting their course in October 2018 are:

Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences (including Business, Economics, Geography, and Law): £16,900

Biosciences, Medical Sciences, Psychology and Sport Sciences: £19,700

BMBS Medicine: £33,000

Flexible Combined Honours: £17,995

Accounting & Finance / Business & Accounting: £17,500

Computer Science (including Combined Honours Computer Science & Maths) Engineering, Physics (including Combined Honours Maths & Physics), Geology, Mining: £22,500

Mathematics (including Mathematics with Accounting/Economics/Finance/Management): £20,500

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 our student fees page.

If we make you an offer of a place, we will confirm your fees in writing via email. From 2019 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. For further information about how your fee status is determined see the guidance on our Fee Status pages.

Channel Islands/Isle of Man students

Fees for residents of the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man starting their studies in 2017 are the same as the Home/EU tuition fees.

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.

Fees: do you have a question?

Visit our frequently asked questions page for further finance information.