Paying Your Fees
There are two main costs for postgraduate students – tuition fees and living expenses. Fee levels will vary depending upon your chosen programme of study, whereas costs of living will also depend on your individual lifestyle and spending patterns.
Postgraduate tuition fees vary depending upon which subject area you are studying within, as well as your place of normal residence, nationality and mode of study. For UK and EU students, postgraduate fees at Lancaster start at £3,828 for research programmes and £5,500 for taught programmes, per year for full-time study. Fees for students from other countries differ, but many start from around £12,000 per year. To find out the tuition fee for individual degree schemes please look at Postgraduate taught fees or Postgraduate research fees.
Please note that all tuition fees are compulsory and must either be paid in full at registration or paid in instalments. Payment is due on the first day of term or 15 days from invoice date if issued after. Please note, payment of fees in advance of arrival at Lancaster can be arranged too.
For new students entering in 2016-17 we guarantee that your course tuition fees will not rise by more than 4% per annum over the standard time required to complete your scheme of study.
Fee status and funding eligibility
Postgraduate students are classified by one of three types of fee status: UK, EU or Overseas (OS). The classification you are given is based upon your country of residence and your nationality; your offer documentation will state which fee status you have been allocated. Please note your fee status affects which postgraduate funding awards you may apply for.
Self financing students
If you are self-financing your studies or have received your fees in advance you will be expected to settle your fees in full, or pay the first instalment, when you register.
If you are sponsored, proof of sponsorship must be provided, preferably in advance of registration. Invoices cannot be raised to any outside agency unless you provide a statement from your sponsor confirming their sponsorship. Such proof should be on letter headed paper and may be faxed. E-mail proof of sponsorship is not accepted. Your proof of sponsorship letter should include:
- the full details of the amount and/or duration of the funding
- the address to which the invoice should be sent
- any sponsor specific reference or order number which has to be quoted on the invoice
We issue sponsor invoices by November. Please note: without such proof of sponsorship you will be deemed personally liable for your fees and invoiced accordingly.
To help with paying your fees
We strongly recommended you open a bank account either before you reach Lancaster or immediately afterwards to facilitate the payment of your fees and accommodation charges. There are three banks situated on the University campus (Barclays, NatWest and Santander) and other banks in the city centre. Please note that UK government regulations on the procedures to be followed when opening a bank account are very strict and the University cannot always provide all of the evidence that banks require.
Once you have registered, the University can provide written evidence and confirmation that you are a student studying with us. Also if you live on campus, the Graduate College Residence Office can help you with a written statement of your university status and address. If you live off campus, the University can only certify your registration.
If you are an international student from a country where it is necessary to apply well in advance for permission to transfer money to this country, please ensure that you do so. Where there is exchange control, you will be expected to have cleared this before you start your studies at Lancaster.
The UK Government has confirmed that new postgraduate loan schemes will be introduced for students resident in England and commencing taught and research Master’s courses in the 2016/17 academic year, offering non means-tested loans of up to £10,000 per year, and commencing PhD study in 2018, offering non means-tested loans of up to £25,000 in total.
You can make online payments
You can transfer money directly into the University’s bank account. You need to contact your own bank to do this for you. The details of our bank are:
Barclays Business Centre
Manchester City Office
PO Box 357
51 Mosley Street
Branch Sort Code: 20-55-34
Account number: 40981516
Account name: Lancaster University
IBAN: GB 74 BARC 2055 3440 9815 16
Swift Code: BARC GB 22
BIC: BARC GB 22
When transferring money from your bank to our bank account, please include the following information preferably in this order:
- Fee invoice number or your Lancaster University ID number (if known)
- Your full name
- The course you will be registered for and department
If you are a self financing student you can pay your tuition fees in two equal instalments - please log into your online account to check individual due dates. Each instalment is the equivalent of half of the full annual fee. Please note any student who does not pay the first instalment at registration will forfeit the right to pay by instalments and will then be required to pay the annual fee in full.
Paying your fees when you register
If you are a self-funding student, you will receive an invoice in Term 1 for your full fee liability; it does not take into account any payment which you may have made prior to or at registration. Fees must be paid in pounds sterling on or in advance of registration (or on receipt of a fee invoice for students who commence at other times of the year). At registration you may pay with a bank debit or credit card (except Diners), travellers’ cheques in pounds sterling, a UK cheque or bank draft drawn on a UK bank account. Cheques in Euros and US dollars may be accepted without extra charges but are still susceptible to exchange rate differences.
Fees may be paid online with a bank debit card or any credit card (except Diners).
Procedures in case of fee debt
The University has rules and regulations regarding fee debt which allow for the University to suspend a student’s Computing and Library access or eventually exclude the student from the University. The regulations regarding fee debt are published in the Lancaster University Manual of Academic Regulations and Procedures.
In line with the University rules and regulations (section E8 of MARP; section 5.3 of the University Rules) Graduates who still have an outstanding debt with the University at the point of graduation will not receive their certificate and transcript until such time as their debt has been cleared.