Financial matters are a concern for all students, and careful planning is important. You will have to pay tuition fees for the programme you are undertaking and will need money to cover your living expenses.
UCL's tuition fees are set annually and cover registration, tuition and supervision for each academic year, or part of the academic year that you are enrolled. Tuition fees are subject to annual increase, which should be accounted for when you are applying for a programme.
Fees are normally quoted at the full-time rate, except where the programme is offered part-time or modular/flexible only. Fees for part-time study are normally charged at approximately half the full-time fee. Fees for flexible/modular study are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session. Most fees are quoted in UK Pounds but some are in foreign currencies.
Additional Fee Element (research programmes only)
Research programmes at UCL may be subject to an Additional Fee Element (AFE). The AFE (also known as a bench fees) is levied to cover the additional costs related to consumables, equipment and materials etc. which are not included in the tuition fee and is applied to a minority of research programmes. As each PhD project is unique in nature, the AFE is calculated on a student by student basis and is determined by your academic supervisor.
The AFE is banded into four fixed amounts: £1,000, £2,500, £5,000, £10,000 with one further band for variable sums over £10,000.
Please contact your supervisor directly for advice on whether or not your programme will incur an AFE. You will be notified of any AFE in your offer letter.
Tuition fee classification
The level of tuition fee charged will also depend on whether you are classified as a UK, EU, Overseas or Islands student. It is likely that you will already know which category you will fall but this will be confirmed if you are offered a place to study at UCL. Your fee classification plays no part in deciding whether or not to offer you a place to study at UCL.
Each student's fee classification is determined in accordance with the 2007 Education (Fees and Awards) (England) Regulations (SI No. 779) and subsequent amendments, and is based upon information that you have provided on your application.
Further details of how your tuition fee status is determined, and who to contact is you wish to query the decision on your fee classification, can be found at: www.ucl.ac.uk/current-students/money
Paying your tuition fee
For full-time and part-time students your tuition fee will normally be quoted on your offer letter. For flexible/modular students, fees will be assessed according to the number of credits selected, therefore a fee will not be quoted on your offer letter.
You must pay at least 50% of your tuition fee before or at enrolment to be fully enrolled, or provide a letter of sponsorship indicating who should be invoiced for your fee.
Students can pay in two equal instalments; the first before or at enrolment, the second by 1 February 2015. No charge is made for paying in instalments, and no more than two instalments are permitted. No discount is offered for paying in full at the start of your programme.
Specific enquiries related to fees should be directed to:
UCL Fees and Credit Control Section
+44 (0)20 7679 4125
+44 (0)20 7679 4128