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2020-21 fees for returning students

This page lists fees for returning students continuing on a course of study in 2020-21. If you'll be starting a new course at Essex for the first time in 2020-21, please refer to our course specific pages.

Students returning for a second or subsequent year of study will be notified of their tuition fees for the next year of study as part of the arrangements for Registration.

Annual fee changes

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 each year.
  • For continuing international undergraduate students who started in 2017-18 or earlier, your fees will increase by 3% for each academic year of study.
  • For continuing international undergraduate students who started in 2018-19 or 2019-20, your fees will increase by 5% for each academic year of study.

The table below show fees for returning Home/EU students continuing an undergraduate degree in 2020-21.

Home/EU students
First registered year (including repeat year students) Full-time undergraduate course
2019-20 £9,250
2018-19 £9,250
2017-18 or earlier £9,000

International students
First registered year (including repeat year students) Full-time undergraduate course Lab based courses in Biological Sciences, Psychology, SRES and Health and Social Care
2019-20 or earlier £13,750 £15,860

Courses with an integrated Study Abroad or Placement year

Home/EU and International students
First registered year (including repeat year students) Study Abroad year Placement Year
2018-19 and 2019-20 15% of the standard fee for that year 20% of the standard fee for that year
2017-18 or earlier No fee No fee

Annual fee changes

For continuing postgraduate taught students who started in 2017-18 or earlier, your fees will increase by 3% for each academic year of study.

For continuing postgraduate taught students who started in 2018-19 or 2019-20, your fees will increase by 5% for each academic year of study.

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 due to the annual fee changes as explained above.

Annual fee changes

For continuing postgraduate taught students who started in 2017-18 or earlier, your fees will increase by 3% for each academic year of study.

For continuing postgraduate taught students who started in 2018-19 or 2019-20, your fees will increase by 5% for each academic year of study.


Completion and extension fees
For all subject areas and all fee status categories
Completion (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
Extension fee for Doctorate in Clinical Psychology Part-time fees per term
PhD re-examination or re-submission £145

Tuition fee policies and how to pay

Funding your studies

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