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2019-20 fees

This page lists both Home/EU and international fees for 2019-20.

Home/EU students

Our 2019-20 tuition fee for new UK, EU and Channel Islands students is £9,250.

International students

We assess your fee status when you apply to Essex, however you can contact us at any point throughout your studies to enquire about your fee status.

The table below shows fees payable by international undergraduate students in 2019-20.

Subject Fee
East 15 Acting School
Edge Hotel School
History
Health and Social Care
Language and Linguistics
Literature Film and Theatre Studies
Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies
School of Philosophy and Art History
Sociology
£15,000
Essex Business School
Law (including HR)
Economics
Government
Mathematical Sciences
Sport Rehabilitation Exercise Science
£15,750
Life Sciences
Psychology
£16,980
Computer Science Electronic Engineering £17,500

Study abroad and placement years

If you opt for a study abroad year as part of your course, you will pay 15% of the standard tuition fee for that year. If you opt for an industrial or clinical placement year as part of your course, you will pay 20% of the standard tuition fee for that year.

Study abroad and placement years usually take place in the third year of your course.

Home/EU students

The table below outlines our tuition fees for academic year 2019-20 for UK, EU and Channel Islands students according to the year of entry.

Year of entry Tuition fee
2012-13 through to 2016-17 £9,000
2017-18 and 2018-19 £9,250

International students

We assess your fee status when you apply to Essex, however you can contact us at any point throughout your studies to enquire about your fee status.

The table below outlines our tuition fees for academic year 2019-20 for International students according to the year of entry.

Subject Entry year 2016-17 Entry year 2017-18 Entry year 2018-19
East 15 Acting School
Edge Hotel School
History
Health and Social Care
Language and Linguistics
Literature Film and Theatre Studies
Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies
School of Philosophy and Art History
Sociology
Essex Business School
Law (including HR)
Economics
Government
Mathematical Sciences
Sport Rehabilitation Exercise Science
Computer Science Electronic Engineering
£14,160 £14,160 £14,721
Life Sciences
Psychology
£16,335 £16,335 £16,980

If your year of entry is earlier than 2016-17 and you would like to enquire about your tuition fee for 2019-20, complete our online enquiry form.

Study abroad and placement years

The table below outlines our tuition fees for academic year 2019-20 for students according to your year of entry.

Year of entry Study abroad/placement year Tuition fee
2012-13 through to 2017-18 Study abroad No fee
Placement year No fee
2018-19 onwards Study abroad
Placement year
20% of full year fee
Placement year 15% of full year fee

Where can I find details of course fees?

Course fees for postgraduate taught students for academic year 2019-20 can be found in our 2019-20 tuition fee schedule (.pdf). The reference to ‘cohort’ is your year of entry onto the course.

The tables below show full-time fees for new and degree students in 2019-20. If you are studying part-time at twice the standard duration (ie 72 months for a PhD) then you will pay half of the relevant fee each year.

PhD, MPhil, MAD and MSD

Full-time fee for 2019-20
Department/Centre Home/EU fee International fee
Life Sciences
Psychology
£4,630 £17,040
Art History
Computational Finance and Economic Agents
Computer Science and Electronic Engineering
Economics
Essex Business School
Government
Health and Social Care
History
Human Rights
ISER
Languages and Linguistics
Law
Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies
Mathematical Sciences
Philosophy
Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies
Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences
Sociology
£4,630 £14,720

There are some exceptions to the above fees, which will be published here shortly.

The following fees apply to the courses listed above:
For all subject areas and all fee status categories
Completion period (up to three terms) £250 per term
Further Completion for students first registered prior to 2008-09 (up to three terms) £500 per term
Exceptional extension to maximum period, following Completion period, for students first registered from 2008-09 £500 per term
PhD re-examination or re-submission* £200

*In addition to the re-examination fee, you will also be liable for the appropriate registration fee for the referral period. In most cases, this will be the ‘exceptional extension to maximum period’ fee (per term). However, if you originally submitted your thesis without using the maximum three terms of ‘completion period’ available to you, you will first be registered for the remainder of your ‘completion period’ term(s) followed by the ‘exceptional extension to maximum period’ for the rest of your referral period. Details of the fees for these periods of study are outlined above.

Additional expenses

Listed below are the potential additional costs that Postgraduate Research Students may have to pay in addition to the standard fee when undertaking a research degree with us.

In some Schools/Departments/Centres, please note that additional fees are charged to cover direct costs related to the project, such as bench fees and the costs of consumables. Where a research project will attract such fees, these will be detailed in the formal University offer letter. In other cases, there may some costs associated with your studies that are required in order for you to progress, alongside other costs that are not required but which you may wish to cover on a voluntary basis in order to support your studies.

All additional costs vary by department and, sometimes, by research area. Your department will be able to advise you about all possible additional costs associated with your studies.

  • Bench Fees: dependent on Department and area of research
  • Submission of theses for examinations: cost per thesis approx. £30-40 depending on length and number of colour pages
  • Printing costs for poster presentations
  • Submission of theses for re-examination: cost per thesis approx. £30-40 depending on length and number of colour pages
  • Replacement student cards
  • Most submissions to monitor progress are completed electronically but if paper copies are required then there would be a cost for this
  • Books for study not available online or in the library: would vary by course
  • Costs associated with research (ie fieldwork, incentives, meetings, access to data, recording equipment)
  • Proofreading of thesis prior to submission for examination
  • IT equipment: software/hardware
  • Conference Attendance (partially covered by Proficio)
  • Training costs (not covered by Proficio)
  • Subscription fees for online journals not available through the library
  • Membership fees for Professional Bodies or Learned Societies
  • Open Access publication charges

We welcome students for a period of visiting research study at Essex. You should be qualified to research degree level and contact the department you are interested in studying in to discuss their research profile and potential for supervision.

Tuition fees for visiting research are listed below. They include a basic level of supervision plus access to IT and library facilities.

Fees for visiting research students 2019-20
Duration Home/EU fee International fee
All departments Life Sciences, Psychology, School of Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences All other departments
Full year £2,315 £8,520 £7,360
2 terms £1,545 £5,680 £4,905
1 term £770 £2,840 £2,455
Monthly (up to 3 months) £190 £710 £615

If you are studying for one or two terms then you will register for the terms plus the vacation following the final term.

Part-time fees

Part-time fees are calculated on a pro-rata basis from the course's full-time fee.

If you take a one-year Masters on a part-time basis over two years, you'll pay half of the course's fee in your first year. In your second year you'll pay half of the full-time fee for that year, which may by different to the fee in your first year.

Annual fee changes

For full-time undergraduate students with a Home fee status, (which currently includes EU students) any fee increases during your programme of study will be limited to the annual increase in the RPI-X index. Increases in fees for full-time undergraduate students with a Home fee status remain subject to UK Government approval.

The University sets tuition fees for one academic year at a time. If your course lasts for more than one academic year, the fees due in subsequent years of study may therefore be different to the fee advertised and charged for your year of entry. For other students who started in 2017-18 and earlier, the annual fee increase will be 3% and other students starting from 2018-19 the annual fee increase will be 5%.

Tuition fee policies and how to pay

Funding your studies

There are various organisations which might be able to help you with funding.