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Cheapest universities for a postgraduate degree

Where are the cheapest postgraduate courses in the UK? Our countdown of the most affordable universities will tell you.

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A postgraduate degree lets you explore your subject to a deeper level and makes you stand out in the tough job market. It all comes at a cost though, so consider this list of the cheapest universities in the UK for taught postgraduate degrees (fees are per academic year for UK/EU students studying a full-time postgraduate taught degree, commencing their course in 2020).

10. Liverpool Hope University

Current cost: £5,200–6,000

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Alongside affordable tuition fees, Liverpool Hope University teaches a variety of exciting postgraduate courses. Designed to boost your career prospects, you can enjoy idyllic campus living while being in close proximity to a thriving cosmopolitan city.

9. University of Cumbria

Current cost: £5,040

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Make the most of what you save from the University of Cumbria’s low postgraduate tuition fees by enjoying the spectacular campus locations; you could find yourself in the distinctive and remarkable areas of Carlisle, the Lake District, Lancaster or London. All offer unique experiences to shape your business CV

8. University of the Highlands and Islands

Current cost: £5,000–5,850

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The University of the Highlands and Islands is made up of 13 colleges and research centres, along with more than 70 local learning centres. It offers many online and part-time course options, helping you fit your studies around your lifestyle and other commitments.

7. Newman University

Current cost: £5,000

newman university campus

Located in a peaceful area but close to Birmingham city centre, Newman University provides a good balance between quiet study and metropolitan excitement. Founded in 1968, today the modern campus is home to around 2,700 students.

6. Leeds Trinity University

Current cost: £4,500–6,500

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Leeds Trinity University focuses on the employability of its students. Postgraduates from the university have become published authors, award-winning journalists and pioneers in their research fields.

5. Middlesex University

Current cost: £4,350–14,000

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One of the most affordable postgraduate taught courses in the UK can be found at Middlesex University, which lies northwest of London. With courses designed in line with industry needs and packed full of practical experiences, Middlesex is a worthwhile choice for taking your career to the next level.

4. York St John University

Current cost: £4,333–18,400

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York St John University's impressive facilities include laboratories, studios, IT suites and more, giving you the support you need for a quality learning experience. As a postgraduate student, you can also take advantage of the university’s industry links and entrepreneurship opportunities.

3. Bangor University

Current cost: £4,084–9,500

Students chatting outside Bangor University

Bangor University is first among universities in Wales for affordable postgraduate taught degrees. It offers a large variety of courses that are supported by modern facilities and gold-rated teaching (Teaching Excellence Framework 2018), all at a location set between the mountains and the sea. Unsurprisingly, student satisfaction rates here are quite high.

2. Teesside University

Current cost: £3,850–9,250

Teesside University The Curve

At Teesside University in Middlesborough, you'll benefit from a recently developed £275m city-centre campus. The university also plans to invest a further £300m in student facilities over the next ten years. A variety of postgraduate options are available, from MBA to DClinPsy.

1. AECC University College

Current cost: £2,520–9,250

Glasgow School of Art campus

The most affordable postgraduate taught courses in the UK are at AECC University College, Bournemouth. AECC offers a thorough specialist health education that's enhanced by industry-standard facilities, such as digital X-ray equipment, an on-site clinic and a Human Performance Laboratory.

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