International Student Fees for 2019/2020

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


LLM with Professional Skills


Graduate Business School MBA




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.

Fixed Fee Structure

Our fixed fee structure means that new international undergraduate (excluding Medicine) and postgraduate research students commencing study from 2019/20 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 International Undergraduate Scholarship and the Fixed Fee Structure mean for students:

Undergraduate Arts Degree

An international student starting our undergraduate Master of Arts in Business Management in September 2019 would pay their tuition fees as follows:

Year 1 - £15,300
Year 2 - £15.300 (no increase in fees)
Year 3 - £15,300 (no increase in fees)
Year 4 - No fees paid due to International Undergraduate Scholarship

Total cost of tuition for a four year degree is £45,900

Undergraduate Engineering Degree

An international student starting our Bachelor of Engineering in September 2019 would pay their tuition fees as follows:

Year 1 - £19,300
Year 2 - £19,300 (no increase in fees)
Year 3 - £19,300 (no increase in fees)
Year 4 - No fees paid due to International Undergraduate Scholarship.

Total cost of study for a four year degree is £57,900

Postgraduate Research Degree

An international student starting an arts-based Doctor of Philosophy Degree (PhD) in International Relations in September 2019 would pay their tuition fees as follows:

Year 1 - £15,900
Year 2 - £15,900 (no increase in fees)
Year 3 - £15,900 (no increase in fees)

Total cost of tuition for a three year research degree is £47,700

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.

Find out more about The UKCISA Guidance Note for Scotland 

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.

Visit the UKCISA website.

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 £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.

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.