Postgraduate taught

Fees and funding

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

Please note that the prices will increase by no more than 3% each year for the duration of your studies to take into account inflationary pressures.

The fee stated for a full-time Masters will usually be the total fee for a one-year programme. Fees for part-time and modular programmes (where available) are pro-rata. 

Fee status

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  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.

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.

Frequently asked questions

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.

If you receive an offer of a place on a full-time taught postgraduate programme you will need to pay a tuition fee deposit to confirm your place.

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.

Students from other EU countries can continue to apply for places on postgraduate courses starting in autumn 2020 knowing that they will pay the same tuition fees as UK students for the duration of their courses, and can also continue to apply for student loans. This will apply even after the UK exits the EU. The University will only change its position in this regard where legally required to do so by the UK Government.

When you're studying for a Masters your tuition fee is only one part of the cost of doing a postgraduate degree: you also have to consider accommodation and living costs.

Accommodation costs

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

The National Union of Students estimates student living costs, including accommodation, to be approximately £12,000 per year outside London.

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