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Almost all English universities to charge maximum £9,000 tuition fee – exclusive survey by

By David Jobbins, 13 August 2015

The only comprehensive survey of undergraduate and postgraduate tuition fees across the United Kingdom, released today, reveals that almost all English universities are planning to charge the full permitted £9,000 fee in the 2015–16 academic year. The survey also shows a wide variation in postgraduate and international fees.

  • The Reddin Survey of Tuition Fees covers some 137 degree-awarding institutions across the UK and relates to the 2015–16 academic year.
  • This will be the fourth year in which universities in England are permitted to charge up to £9,000 a year for undergraduate courses.

The survey shows that annual fees for home and EU students on undergraduate courses in England and Wales for 2015–16 range from £5,665 at Coventry University to a ceiling of £9,000 at all institutions except for the private University of Buckingham which charges £12,444 for each year of its two-year undergraduate courses.

  • But 113 out of 120 universities will be imposing a £9,000 fee for all undergraduate courses, with only six offering some below £7,000 while three pitch courses just below the ceiling at £8,500 a year.
  • Scottish universities continue to levy a standard £1,820 fee for all Scottish and EU undergraduates – the same as in 2014–15. But students from the rest of the UK will pay from £5,000 to £9,000 to study in Scotland, with some fees increased for the new academic year.
  • The two universities in Northern Ireland levy a fee of £3,805 for students from the province. While Queen’s fee for students from the rest of the UK is £9,000, in line with the maximum in England, the University of Ulster charges £6,200.
  • Universities in Wales also levy a fee of £9,000 on undergraduates, with the exception of Glyndŵr University (£8,500).

Overseas non-EU undergraduate fees range from £8,200 to £47,200, depending on the mix of classroom and laboratory work, with medicine at the upper end of the scale and disciplines based on classroom study such as the arts and humanities at the lower end.

  • Taught postgraduate courses range from £2,700 to £32,000 for home and EU students, and for overseas students outside the EU from £4,500 to £32,300 for clinical studies.
  • MBAs range from less than £4,000 to £48,000 for both home/EU and international students.

Dr Bernard Kingston, Chairman of, commented: "Almost all English universities are now charging the full £9,000 fee. While most offer scholarships and bursaries intended to offset the impact of higher tuition fees on access by underrepresented groups, many UK undergraduates will have to rely on student loans to cover their university education.

"The levelling up of fees means that students will be less likely to choose courses solely on cost, and should pay even more attention to their suitability for their plans and aspirations."

  • The 2015–16 fees data are available for university applicants and other interested parties to consult here.
  • Tuition fees can also be found on the individual university profiles.