Fees in subsequent years of study

How are your tuition fees likely to increase if your course lasts for more that one year?

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 set out below. Indicative increases in previous years are provided to assist students in planning ahead.

Further information which may assist you in understanding your fee status can be found on the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) website.

  • Home and European Union undergraduate students

    For this group of students the UK government regulates fee levels The current maximum fee level is £9,250. This is the rate levied at Lancaster. The most recent increase implemented was from £9,000 to £9,250 (2.8%). This occurred in 2017/18. The fees for this category of student have not increased since that date.

    Further information on government policy in this area are available from the UK Office for Students.

    A fee of £9,250 will apply to students entering the University in 2020/21. Further years of study for these students will be potentially subject to annual increases as set out above.

    Home/EU undergraduate 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.

  • 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 UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). 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 (2019/20) fee level is £4,327, an increase of 1.6% on the fee for the previous year of £4,260. Further information is available on the UKRI website.

  • 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 2020-21 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.

  • International undergraduate students

    Tuition fee increases for undergraduate students in this group are normally calculated on the basis of inflation and the real cost increases incurred by the University, 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 2020-21 we guarantee that your tuition fees will not rise by more than 4% per annum over the standard time required to complete your programme.

  • Undergraduate Island students

    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 relevant UK government agency (The Office for Students). Currently the university links its fees for Island students to standard fee for Home-EU undergraduates plus an additional amount for students studying lab-based sciences or medicine to cover the funding the university would normally receive from OfS for a Home student. Future rises will therefore reflect rises for undergraduate Home and EU students (see above) and any changes made to the Office for Students funding model.

  • Part-time postgraduate taught students

    Fee increases for students in this group are normally calculated based on the 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 2020-21 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 defined 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 part-time postgraduate taught fees for 2020-21 are:

    SubjectHome/EUOverseas
    Arts and Social Sciences £4,460 £9,400
    Science and Technology £5,225 £11,275