Fees in subsequent years of study

The University will not increase the Tuition Fee you are charged during the course of an academic year. If you are studying on a programme of more than one year’s duration, the tuition fees for subsequent years of your programme are likely to increase each year.

The way in which continuing students fee rates are determined varies according to an individual’s ‘fee status’ as described below. Indicative increases in previous years are provided to assist students in planning ahead.

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Home and European Union undergraduate students

For this group of students the UK government’s regulations permit universities to increase tuition fees (up to a set maximum fee level ) and in line with increased costs incurred by the institution and in recognition of the University’s reputation and the value of the award to the student as determined in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF – see below). The current maximum fee level is £9,250. The most recent increase implemented at Lancaster was an increase of £250 (2.8%).

In order for a university to maintain its fees in line with increase in real costs incurred by the institution, the government requires universities to ‘meet the expected standards outlined in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). This ensures students are being offered the highest quality teaching and that graduates are securing strong outcomes from their courses’.

Further details on government policy in this area are available at on the government website.

In 2017-18 a fee of £9,250 will apply to students who enter the University in 2017-18 and continuing students who entered in academic year 2016-17. Further years of study for these students will be subject to annual increases as set out above.

Home/EU students who began their undergraduate studies prior to 1 September 2016 will continue to be charged a £9,000 fee for the remainder of their programme.


International undergraduate students

Tuition fee increases for undergraduate students this group are normally calculated based on increase in costs incurred by the institution and in order to ensure the fee is in keeping with the University’s reputation and the value of the award to the student. For new students entering in 2017-18 we guarantee that your tuition fees will not rise by more than 4% per annum over the standard time required to complete your programme.


Island students Non Laboratory-based Science (HEFCE Price Band C/D)

The UK Government does not consider students who usually live in the Channel Islands (CI) or Isle of Man (IoM) to be Home students for funding purposes. As such, the University receives no additional contribution towards the cost of study for some subjects (laboratory based sciences and Medicine) from the UK government’s Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).

Currently (and in keeping with established practice) the University links its fees for Island students to the additional contribution it would receive from HEFCE for a Home student studying lab-based sciences or medicine. Future rises will therefore reflect increase in real costs incurred by the institution rises for Home and EU students (see above) as well as any changes to the HEFCE funding model. For those studying laboratory based science subjects. The most recent increases for this group of students ranged between 2.4% and 2.8%.

Further independent information on Island fees can be found here.


Home or European Union postgraduate research students undertaking a PhD

For this group of students Lancaster University links its tuition fees to the indicative fee determined by Research Councils UK. The increase in this fee is currently calculated on the basis of the UK government’s assumption about inflation and is normally announced in annually in the January prior to the academic year in question. The current fee level is £4,121 and the most recent increase was £69 (1.7%).


International postgraduate research students undertaking a PhD

In relation to this group of students the University may increase tuition fees based on increases in real costs incurred by the institution and in order to ensure the fee is in keeping with the University’s reputation and the value of the award to the student. For new students entering in 2017-18 we guarantee that your tuition fees will not rise by more than 2.5% per annum over the standard time required to complete your programme.


Part-time postgraduate students

Fee increases for students in this group are normally calculated based on increased costs incurred by the institution and in order to ensure the fee is in keeping with the University’s’ reputation and the value of the award to the student . For new students entering in 2017-18 we guarantee that your course tuition fees will not normally rise by more than 4% per annum over the standard time required to complete your scheme of study.

Applicants and continuing students should aware that there may be exceptions to this where the fee charged exceeds the University’s standard fee or they elect to take individual modules rather than a structured part time qualification with a period of study. In such cases increases are informed by increases in real costs incurred by the institution and with reference to fees charged by comparator institutions.

For reference the University’s standard fees for 2017-18 are:

  • Arts & Social Sciences: Home-EU £3,625
  • Science & Technology: Home-EU £4,000