International Student Fees for 2017/2018

Undergraduate Arts-based Programmes


Undergraduate Science-based Programmes


Undergraduate Clinical Medicine (MBChB)


Postgraduate Arts-based Programmes & Select LLM Programmes


Postgraduate Science-based Programmes


Graduate Business School MSc & Select LLM Programmes


Graduate Business School MBA Programmes

LLM with Professional Skills


MSc Finance and Investment Management/Finance and Real Estate with CFA and MSc Real Estate (International Option)


Graduate Business School MBA Energy Management


Art & Social Science based PhD 


Science based PhD 


*Please be advised that some programmes have different tuition fees from those listed above and that some programmes also have additional costs. We recommend that you check our Tuition Fees pages as well as the Undergraduate and Postgraduate prospectuses carefully as these are updated. Please note that students from EU member states pay the same fees as Home students.

International Undergraduate Scholarship

The University is delighted to offer the International Undergraduate Scholarship. This scholarship consists of a full tuition fee waiver for your fourth year of undergraduate study and is open to all international undergraduate students studying for 4 years or more at the University of Aberdeen (excluding Medicine). All international students (excluding Medicine) will be awarded this scholarship when offered a place to study, with no separate application required.

Fixed Fee Structure

Our new fixed fee structure means that new international undergraduate (excluding Medicine) and postgraduate research students commencing study from 2017/18 are charged the same tuition fee each year, for the duration of their programme of study.

Many other universities increase their fees between 5% and 9% every year. The University of Aberdeen is committed to ensuring that international students can project their costs in advance of arriving in Aberdeen. Our fixed fee structure will allow you to plan ahead and save money!

Here’s an example of how these changes could look for you:

Undergraduate Arts Degree

An international student starting our undergraduate Master of Arts in Business Management in September 2017 would pay their tuition fees as follows:

Year 1 - £14,300
Year 2 - £14,300 (no increase in fees)
Year 3 - £14,300 (no increase in fees)
Year 4 - No fees paid due to International Undergraduate Scholarship

Total cost of tuition for a four year degree is £42,900

Undergraduate Engineering Degree

An international student starting our Bachelor of Engineering in September 2017 would pay their tuition fees as follows:

Year 1 - £18,000
Year 2 - £18,000 (no increase in fees)
Year 3 - £18,000 (no increase in fees)
Year 4 - No fees paid due to International Undergraduate Scholarship.

Total cost of study for a four year degree is £54,000

Postgraduate Research Degree

An international student starting an arts-based Doctor of Philosophy Degree (PhD) in International Relations in September 2017 would pay their tuition fees as follows:

Year 1 - £14,200
Year 2 - £14,200 (no increase in fees)
Year 3 - £14,200 (no increase in fees)

Total cost of tuition for a three year research degree is £42,600

Determining Your Fee Status

When we receive your application for admission, you will provide information that will help us determine your fee status. Should we require further information, we would contact you. If you currently live overseas and you do not hold a UK or EU passport, it is likely that you will be classified as an International Fees student. UKCISA, the UK Council for International Student Affairs, formerly known as UKCOSA, can provide detailed guidance on the following areas: Immigration; Fees and Student Support; Finance and Funding; Welfare, Health and Tax benefits; Council Tax. UKCISA is happy to advise students about the fee regulations and case law that apply to them, and to provide a second opinion following an institution's assessment of a student's fee status.

Find out more about The UKCISA Guidance Note for Scotland 

UKCISA can be contacted as follows:

9-17 St Albans Place,
London, N1 0NX

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7288 4330
Fax: +44 (0) 20 7288 4360

The Student Advice Line is +44 (0) 20 7107 9922 and is open Monday to Friday from 1pm to 4pm.


Postgraduate students applying to any Masters programme within the Business School at the University of Aberdeen are required to pay a non-refundable deposit. On registration the student will pay the standard fee minus the deposit already paid. The requirement to pay the deposit will be stated as a condition on your offer letter. As part of your offer letter, you will find included a ‘Deposit Agreement Form’. You must sign and then return it along with the deposit. You must meet all academic and English language conditions and pay the deposit in order to be cleared for admission and to receive your Certificate of Acceptance.

Minimum Cost of Living

In addition to tuition fees, students will require approximately £650 - £850 per months to cover additional costs. Students requiring a visa will need to prove to the UKVI that they have enough money (£1,015 per month) to cover the cost of living. For more information on this please visit our visa page. The following table gives you an overview over the average cost of living (based on accommodation prices for a single study bedroom in 2016-2017). Other costs include entertainment, clothing, phone, local travel, and laundry. These costs are estimated and actual expenses will vary depending on your lifestyle and spending habits.

As of 6th April 2015 international students who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK have to pay an NHS health surcharge of £150 per year of study, plus £75 (any additional period of 6 months or less is charged at the rate of half the annual amount) when applying for a visa. For more information, please visit our visa information page.

 1. University Halls of Residence (Self-catered)
 (38, 40 & 50 week leases available)
 £ Monthly

 a. Accommodation (incl. heating & electricity)
 b. Food
 c. Other Costs

 £360 - £540 
 TOTAL  £620 - £800
 2. University Halls of Residence (Catered)
 (38 week lease; meals provided for 36 weeks)
 a. Accommodation (incl. breakfast, dinner, heating & electricity)
 b. Additional Food (lunches)
 c. Other Costs
 £596 - £656    
 TOTAL  £796 - £856
 3. Private Flats  
 a. Accommodation
 b. Food
 c. Energy Bills
 d. Other Costs
 £280 - £380
 TOTAL  £588 - £688

Money Advice Centre - Making Your Budget Stretch Further

The University has an independent Money Advice Centre, run in conjunction with the Students' Association. The Centre provides free and independent advice to students, including:

  • confidential one-to-one advice
  • advice on constructing a personal budget
  • personalised budget form (on any student PC)
  • guidance on loans, banking, mortgages etc
  • seminars on budgeting and money management

Working in the UK

International students who will be studying for more than 6 months are permitted to work for 20 hours per week during term-time, though this may be increased during the holiday periods. The Students' Association can help you find part-time work as well as offering other employment advice. Please note that this must not be relied upon as a means to fund your studies. Students coming to study for one semester only (less than 6 months) are usually not granted permission to work.

Extending your stay in the UK

There are specific requirements under Tier 4 for students wishing to extend their stay in the UK for the purposes of employment. You should always seek advice from one of our International Student Advisers based in The Student's Union Building before submitting a visa extension application in the UK or applying to change status, as this may not always be possible. It is important to make your appointment about 3 months in advance of your visa expiry date.

Further information and application forms are available from the Home Office's website 

Opening a UK Bank Account

If you are planning to open a UK bank account you may wish to refer to the
International Students Guide to Opening a UK Bank Account created by the British Bankers' Association. The guide will help to answer many of your questions ranging from "How do I choose which bank is best for me?" to "What is the best way to bring money with me into the UK?"