Deposit payments and refunds

You must pay a deposit to secure your place on some of our postgraduate courses. This page has been revised to incorporate information from our previous Terms of postgraduate offers page.

Payment of deposits

For some of our courses you will need to pay a deposit to secure your place. We will let you know in the offer letter if a deposit is required and you will be given a deadline date when this is due to be paid.

Any deposit that you pay will be credited to your fee account at Lancaster University and will be deducted from the total fee payable at registration. Interest is not paid.

If we do not receive a valid deposit payment to the value in pound sterling (GBP) stated in the offer by the deadline date, we will not be able to guarantee you a place on your chosen course of study.

Pay online by debit or credit card

The easiest and fastest way to pay your deposit is by debit or credit card when you accept your place on the University's Postgraduate Applications Portal. Please remember to ensure that you have a sufficient funds or credit limit on your card to pay the deposit before using this method.

Other ways to pay

Payments can be made via the University's Postgraduate Application Portal and the following payment methods are available:

  • UK bank transfer
  • Debit or credit card
  • International bank transfer/card/E-wallets

Please see the Application Portal for further details and advice.


Always use a University approved payment pathway and beware of third parties offering to pay your fees on your behalf at a discounted rate. If you are concerned, please seek the advice of the University via the Admissions Office or ASK.

Tuition fee deposit refunds

The tuition fee deposit is not normally refundable. However, a refund may be permitted in the circumstances described below. Documentary evidence must to be provided before a refund request will be considered.

Deposit refunds for postgraduate academic courses

We may refund a deposit if:

  • You are refused necessary entry clearance (visa) to enter the United Kingdom for a Lancaster University course.
  • You do not meet one or more academic conditions set in the offer (after a reasonable attempt has been made, the attempt must have been made after the date of the offer).
  • You are unable to attend the University because of exceptional or mitigating circumstances, for example, in the event of serious illness.

If you wish to request a refund of a tuition fee deposit for a postgraduate academic course you will need to provide documentary evidence to support this and you must request a refund by email or in writing no later than 30 days after the start date of your course, as detailed in your offer.

Any deposit refund is at the discretion of the University.

Deposit refunds for pre-sessional English language courses

We no longer require a deposit for our pre-sessional courses. Please contact us directly by email if you have a deposit outstanding.

Contact the admissions team

If you need to contact us, then you can email our Admissions Office or telephone us on +44 (0)1524 592032.