Tuition fees vary from degree to degree and can be found in the Undergraduate and Postgraduate online prospectus for each degree (please note that students from EU member states pay the same fees as Home students). More detailed information on tuition fees and payments can be found here.
Fixed Fee Structure
Our fixed fee structure means that new international undergraduate (excluding Medicine) and postgraduate research students commencing study from 2020/21 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 are some examples of what the Fixed Fee Structure mean for students:
Undergraduate Arts Degree
An international student starting our undergraduate Master of Arts in Business Management in September 2020 would pay their tuition fees as follows:
Year 1 - £17,200
Year 2 - £17,200 (no increase in fees)
Year 3 - £17,200 (no increase in fees)
Year 4 - £17,200 (no increase in fees)
Total cost of tuition for a four year degree is £68,800.
Undergraduate Engineering Degree
An international student starting our Bachelor of Engineering in September 2020 would pay their tuition fees as follows:
Year 1 - £19,700
Year 2 - £19,700 (no increase in fees)
Year 3 - £19,700 (no increase in fees)
Year 4 - £19,700
Total cost of study for a four year degree is £78,800.
Postgraduate Research Degree
An international student starting an arts-based Doctor of Philosophy Degree (PhD) in International Relations in September 2020 would pay their tuition fees as follows:
Year 1 - £16,500
Year 2 - £16,500 (no increase in fees)
Year 3 - £16,500 (no increase in fees)
Total cost of tuition for a three year research degree is £49,500.
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, 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.
UKCISA can be contacted as follows:
The Student Advice Line is +44 (0) 20 7788 9214 and is open Monday to Friday from 1pm to 4pm.
Minimum Cost of Living
In addition to tuition fees, students will require money to cover their living costs including accommodation, food, books, entertainment, clothing, phone bills, local travel, and laundry. These expenses will vary depending on your lifestyle and spending habits. In keeping with UKVI rules, we recommend that students budget £1,015 per month to cover their living costs. For more information on this please visit our visa page.
International students who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK also have to pay the NHS health surcharge of £300 per year of study, plus £150 (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.
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.