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Tiny handful of English universities charges tuition fees below £9,000 – exclusive survey by TheCompleteUniversityGuide.co.uk

David Jobbins, Thursday 18 August 2016

The only comprehensive survey of undergraduate and postgraduate tuition fees across the United Kingdom, released today, reveals that all but four universities in England are planning to charge home and EU students the full permitted £9,000 fee for undergraduate courses in the 2016–17 academic year, two fewer than in the last academic year.

  • The Reddin Survey of Tuition Fees covers some 140 degree-awarding institutions across the UK and relates to the 2016–17 academic year – the fifth 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 2016–17 range from £5,500 for some courses at the University of Chichester to a ceiling of £9,000 at all institutions except for the private University of Buckingham which charges an unchanged £12,444 for each year of its two-year undergraduate courses.
  • But 111 out of 115 universities in England will be imposing a £9,000 fee for all undergraduate courses, with four exceptions applying a range of fees up to the maximum. They are:

University

Fee range £

University of Chichester

5,500–9,000

London Metropolitan University

6,500–9,000

Buckinghamshire New University

6,750–9,000

University of Sunderland

8,750–9,000

  • Universities in Wales also levy a fee of £9,000 on undergraduates (but the Welsh government pays £5,100 of this for Welsh students), with Glyndŵr University falling into line after charging £8,500 last year. 

Scottish universities continue to levy a standard £1,820 fee for all first-time Scottish and EU undergraduates – the same as in 2015–16.

  • But students from the rest of the UK will pay £9,000 to study at ten of the 16 Scottish institutions, with fees at the others ranging from £6,750 to £8,000.

The two universities in Northern Ireland levy a fee of £3,925 for students from the province.

  • While the Queen’s University Belfast fee for students from the rest of the UK is £9,000, in line with the maximum in England, the University of Ulster fee is reduced to £6,000 from £6,200 last year.

Universities in Wales also levy a fee of £9,000 on undergraduates.

  • Glyndŵr University falls into line after charging £8,500 last year.
  • The Welsh government pays £5,100 of the tuition fee for Welsh students.

Overseas non-EU undergraduate fees range from £9,700 to £49,600, 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 £3,400 to £37,500 for home and EU students, and for overseas students outside the EU from £8,925 to £42,050 (for clinical studies).

MBAs range from slightly more than £4,000 to a maximum of £50,200 for both home/EU and international students.

  • The £9,000 ceiling has remained unchanged since it was introduced in 2012, but the Government has indicated a 2.8% maximum increase for 2017–18, subject to Parliamentary approval and therefore subject to adjustment. A number of universities have already indicated what fee that would mean in hard cash.
  • Separate legislation currently before Parliament – the Higher Education and Research Bill – aims to give universities that meet specified teaching standards greater flexibility to set fees.

Dr Bernard Kingston, Chairman of TheCompleteUniversityGuide.co.uk, commented: "With almost all English universities now charging the full £9,000 fee, the competitive market is no longer based on fees, but on other factors such as student satisfaction, employment prospects and facilities.

"However, these fees will be paid by the cohort of students immediately affected by the withdrawal of maintenance grants and their replacement with loans. This means that scholarships and bursaries intended to offset the impact of higher tuition fees on access by underrepresented groups will play an even more important part.

"There is now a greater than ever need for students to have access to multiple sources so that they can reach a balanced decision in the light of the best possible information."