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Undergraduate Fees

All the fees outlined below are for entrants in the academic year 2016-2017 only.

PLEASE NOTE: All fees are set for one year only.

UK/EU students

The tuition fee for new UK/EU students in 2016-2017 will be £9,000.

Continuing students will pay the following tuition fees:

  • Students who started after 2012/13 will pay £9,000
  • Students who started prior to 2012/13 will pay £3,465

The tuition fee is likely to rise in line with inflation in later years, subject to government policy.

Do I have to pay upfront?

You may not have to pay for the cost of your tuition up front. Eligible students can take out a tuition loan from a Student Finance authority, which you don't have to start repaying until you are earning more than £21,000 a year. Current repayment rates on loans will be at 9% of salary over £21,000. The government will meet the cost of writing off any remaining debt after 30 years (subject to government regulations).

The University of Reading is committed to a fair and transparent policy in respect of any tuition charges made to our students.

Below is our Tuition Fees Policy, which contains all you need to know about:

  • How fees are set
  • How to pay your fees
  • The different payment methods available to you
  • Full terms and conditions
  • The consequences of non-payment of tuition fees
  • Deposits, payments and refunds
  • What to do if you wish to temporarily suspend or withdraw from your studies and the implication this may/will have on your fees

View the University of Reading Tuition Fee Policy 2016-17.

If you have any queries, please come and speak to us at the Help Desk in the Carrington Building or log a query with the Student Financial Support Team at

Can I get financial assistance in paying fees?

The University of Reading is committed to attracting and supporting the most talented students to the University, irrespective of your financial background. As part of these arrangements, eligible students are offered financial assistance in the form of a fee waiver or cash bursary via the Reading Bursary. We can also provide expert financial advice and guidance to offer the best practical help and support possible to ensure you are able to make the most of your time at Reading.

Studying/Working away from Reading

Year Abroad Fees

Some programmes include an optional or required year abroad studying at a host University, working abroad or undertaking a combination of the two. For students starting in 2016-17 and going on their year abroad in 2018-19, a discounted fee of 15% of the normal tuition fee (either at Home/EU or at International level) is payable to the University of Reading for this year abroad and no fee is paid to the host University abroad. This applies only to situations where the full year is spent abroad. Where only a part of the year is spent abroad the full tuition fee is payable to the University of Reading as normal and no fee is paid to the host University abroad.

Placement/Sandwich year Fees

Some programmes include an optional or required placement year. A discounted fee of 15% of the normal tuition fee (either at Home/EU or at International level) is payable to the University of Reading for this year (i.e. 2018-19 if starting course in 2016-17). The discounted fee only applies to situations where the full year is spent on placement. Where only a part of the year is spent on placement the full tuition fee is payable to the University of Reading as normal.

Please note: Students who enrolled on a course of study prior to 2013/14 will pay a different fee - contact the Student Helpdesk or Student Financial Support in the Carrington Building for further information.

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In 2013 the NHS funded a specific number of places on this programme and paid the tuition fees for UK or EU students accepted onto it.  At present we expect the same arrangement to continue.  UK students based in England or Wales can apply for a means-tested NHS Bursary to help with living or travel costs.  Students are also eligible for a reduced, fixed amount loan provided by the Student Loans Company

Tuition fees for international undergraduate students

Tuition fee for new international undergraduate students for 2016/17 fall under two bands:

  • Band 1: £15,300
  • Band 2: £18,400

The band system also applies to tuition fees for the continuing international students for 2016/17:

  • Band 1 (students who started before 14/15): £13,630
  • Band 1 (students who started after 14/15): £14,175 
  • Band 2 (students who started before 14/15): £16,225
  • Band 2 (students who started after 14/15): £16,995

Please note: Band 2 courses are programmes that have a significant laboratory or 'workshop' content, e.g. courses within the Faculties of Science and Life Sciences.

These fees cover tuition, matriculation, examination (not resits), graduation and membership of the Students' Union.  They refer to the current academic year.

Do I have to pay upfront?

Yes you have to pay up front. If your tuition fee is excess of £2,000 and your course runs for longer than 10 weeks you may pay in two instalments. If you have an approved sponsor we will invoice the sponsor; otherwise you will have to pay the fee yourself. Note that if your sponsor does not pay your tuition fee/or does not pay in full you are liable to pay the University the sum outstanding.

International Foundation Programme

All International Foundation Programme students pay fees of £15,300.

Tuition Fees for Year Abroad and Placements

In recent years, the University of Reading has made several adjustments to the fees charged to students for any year away from the University that forms an integral part of their degree programme. This can be a UK-based or international placement, a study abroad year at another international institution, or a year abroad as part of a Modern Languages degree programme, either as a student at a European institution, as an English Language Teaching Assistant, or as a student on a work placement.

As a result of recent developments by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Office for Fair Access, and in anticipation of government policy regarding the likely withdrawal of the Erasmus fee waiver, the University has approved a revised "year away" fee for students entering relevant degree programmes at the University in 2016/17. This "year away" fee will be 15% of the full tuition fee and is applicable for both Home/EU and International students. Thus, based on a £9,000 tuition fee for Home/EU students, this would be £1,350; however, please note that tuition fees are usually subject to annual inflation, so this amount may be slightly higher in 2017/18.

The table below summarises the approved fees to be charged by year of entry and year of placement, expressed as a percentage of the full tuition fee:

Year of entry

Year of placement





30% of full fee

25% of full fee



15% of full fee

15% of full fee

2013/14 2015/16 15% of full fee 15% of full fee
2014/15 2016/17 15% of full fee 15% of full fee

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