The United Kingdom is one of the top international study destinations attracting millions of students yearly, thanks to its top research, modern teaching methods and state of the art facilities, and unequalled offer of study programmes at Bachelor's, Master's or PhD level. However, the UK is not one of the most affordable international study destinations.
So if you want to have the perfect study experience abroad you need to be very careful how you plan your finances for the UK.
Don’t limit your search for study options to London because you will find plenty of affordable degree programmes in other parts of the country as well. You will notice big differences between tuition costs in England, and the regions of Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland.
Tuition fees in England
Average Master’s degree tuition fees in the United Kingdom range from 6,000 - 10,000 GBP per year, although costs can get considerably higher depending on the institution and the programme you plan to attend; fees for disciplines such as business, engineering or computer science can be considerably higher compared to fees for disciplines like education, journalism or humanities.
Usually, yearly tuition fees don’t differ very much between undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in England.
You should also be aware that non-EU students are sometimes charged double or triple the amount of tuition fees that is set for local and EU students.
- Average tuition fees for EU students: 9,500 GBP/year
- Average tuition fees for non-EU students: 17,500 GBP/year
More about tuition and student life in cities in England
Tuition fees in Scotland
International students coming from the EU who are planning to attend a Bachelor's in Scotland will not have to pay any tuition fees. Eligible students are entitled to have their tuition fees paid by the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS).
Master’s students from the EU can apply with the SAAS for a loan of 5,500 GBP for their tuition fees.
- Average tuition fees for EU students: 9,000 GBP/year
- Average tuition fees for non-EU students: 17,000 GBP/year
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Tuition fees in Wales
Welsh universities can charge tuition fees of up to 9,000 GBP/year for both undergraduate and graduate degrees.
Check the latest funding opportunities the Welsh government provides to EU students.
- Average tuition fees for EU students: 5, 000 GBP/year
- Average tuition fees for non-EU students: 13, 000 GBP/year
More about tuition and student life in cities in Wales
Tuition fees in Northern Ireland
The maximum amount EU students have to pay in Northern Ireland was set to a maximum of around 3,500 GBP yearly. However, due to the fact that the local government has reduced funding for higher education, some universities in Northern Ireland have started to charge tuition that is just a little over 4,000 GBP/year.
- Average tuition fees for EU students: 5,000 GBP/year
- Average tuition fees for non-EU students: 12,000 GBP/year
More about tuition and student life in Belfast, the largest student city in Northern Ireland.
Most affordable universities in the UK
Check the list of British universities with the most affordable tuition fees for EU students:
- The University of Hertfordshire – average tuition fees 7,000 GBP/year
- University of Westminster – average tuition fees 6,500 GBP/year
- University of Leeds – average tuition fees 7,500 GBP/year
- Northumbria University – average tuition fees 6,300 GBP/year
- Queen Margaret University – average tuition fees 8,500 GBP/year
Tuition fees at top-ranked universities
Here is a list of average tuition fees at the top ranked UK universities:
- University of Oxford – average tuition fees 11,000 GBP/year
- University of Cambridge – average tuition fees 10,000 – 13,000 GBP/year
- Imperial College London – average tuition fees 11,000 GBP/year
- University College London – average tuition fees between 11,000 and 16,000 GBP/year
- London School of Economics and Political Science – average tuition fees 14,000 and 18,000 GBP/year
How to apply right now to a university in the UK
You can now apply with Studyportals to one of our partner universities in the UK. You can apply whenever you want, and it won't cost you anything.
Check the available Masters and see which of the degrees match your background and interests. Start the application process by filling in your student profile. You will soon get contacted by one of our application counsellors who will assist you further. We’ll then apply on your behalf. Find out more about applying to a Master's degree with Studyportals.
Funding and student support at UK universities
Find scholarships, grants, student loans as well as rent subsidies and other types of support to cover your study costs in the United Kingdom.
Scotland will cover EU student tuition fees completely through SAAS agency. Some advantageous student loans only have to start being paid back after graduation, with payment plans that only require a small part of your salary every month.
Whether you want to save up for a renowned university in England, or you are considering a more affordable study option in other parts of the country, the investment in a UK higher education is well worth the effort!
If you are starting to consider doing your studies in the UK, you should also check out the UK student visa requirements based on your nationality. Here are some details for:
- Canadian students applying for the UK visa
- U.S. students applying for the UK visa
- Indian students applying for the UK visa
- Nigerian students applying for the UK visa
The UK student visa fee is 377 EUR.