It is important that you plan your finances carefully when considering coming to the UK to study. Here is all the information you need on tuition fees and our international scholarship programme.

Tuition fees

Undergraduate tuition fees
Course levelTuition fee
Bachelor's degree (BA, BSc, LLB) £10,500
BA or BSc with integrated foundation year £7,500 (year 1)
£10,500 (years 2-4)
Foundation degree (FdA, FdSc) £10,500
Premium Foundation (FdSc) £10,500
Health pre-registration programmes £15,500
Non-medical prescribing £2,875
International Foundation £8,300
Pre-sessional English (6 weeks) £1,554
Pre-sessional English (12 weeks) £3,108


Postgraduate tuition fees
Course levelBand DBand EBand FDistance
Masters (MA, MSc, MBA) £10,500 £12,000 £15,500 £8,000
PgD £7,000 £8,000 £10,333 £5,333
PgC £3,500 £4,000 £5,167 £2,667
20-credit module £1,167 £1,333 £1,722 £837
PGCE or School Direct £10,500
Research (PhD) £6,470-£19,940. Download the research fee list for more details.

Accommodation costs

Type of accommodationPrice
Catered university accommodation £80 - £115 per week (including bills)
Self-catered university accommodation £75 - £109 per week (including bills)
Room in the private sector (off campus) £70 - £100 per week (excluding bills - approx. £15 per week)

Fee Deposit Policy

Before you can get started with your course, you will be required to pay a deposit of up to £5,000 (the exact amount will be listed in your offer letter). Until we receive this deposit, you will not be issued a 'Confirmation of Acceptance'. Your offer letter will provide more information on how to pay your deposit, but we recommend paying online. Please note that the deposit is non-refundable unless your visa is refused due to exceptional circumstances.

Pay your deposit online

Alternatively you can provide a letter of sponsorship/financial guarantee. This must be on letter-headed paper and include the following information:

Pre-sessional courses

Those required to attend a pre-sessional course will need to pay the full fee, in addition to the deposit, which is part payment of the substantive programme fee. The university will not issue the unconditional offer or CAS until both the deposit and full pre-sessional fees are paid.

If a student on the 11-week pre-sessional fails to progress on academic grounds, the full deposit for the substantive programme will be repaid. If a student on either the 6-week or 11-week pre-sessional fails to progress as a result of non-attendance, poor attendance or lack of effort, the deposit for the substantive programme will not be repaid.

Deposit refunds

A refund of the deposits will only be considered where a student has been refused a visa for other than fraudulent reasons. Students may apply for a refund by sending copies of the official visa refusal notification from the British Embassy or High Commission, together with passport details. The university reserves the right to verify details with the embassy or High Commission.

Where the university decides to make a refund of the deposit, this will be refunded in pounds sterling to the person who originally made the payment. The university will transfer the deposit in the most cost-effective way but will not be liable for any bank charges involved in the money transfer. Refunds will not be made if the refusal, or a CAS withdrawal, is on the grounds of fraudulent activity by the student, or due to failure to disclose full details in the application.

Refunds will not be made if the student fails to attend at the start of the programme or withdraws after the start of the programme.

Paying your tuition fees

After you have paid your deposit or provided your sponsorship letter, you can decide to pay the fee balance in full, or you can follow our instalment plan. 

An early payment discount is available if you choose to pay your full annual tuition fee by registration and not in instalments. The early payment discount is only available to self-funded students in their first year, and excludes pre-sessional courses, partnerships and students receiving other benefits such as scholarships.

If you choose to pay in instalments you will be required to pay 75% of your total tuition fees prior to registration. The deposit you have already paid will be included.  For example: If your tuition fees are £10,000, and you’ve paid a deposit of £5000, you’ll need to pay £2,500 prior to registration to complete the 75% requirement. The remaining 25% must be paid three weeks before the end of your first term.  

Start dateDue date for payment
September 2016 75% due on registration (September), 25% due by 28 November 2016
January 2017 75% due on registration (January), 25% due by 20 March 2017

If you are enrolling onto a one semester programme or short course, the tuition fee must be paid in full prior to the start of the programme or course. If your tuition is being sponsored, then you will not be able to pay with an instalment plan.

Planning your finances

Obviously studying in a different country is a big financial investment, so you need to ensure you have everything planned when it comes to spending your money. There are many points to consider before submitting your application, such as food, accommodation and other day-to-day expenses.

We recommend that you budget at least £5,500 for an academic year in the UK. This will include your accommodation and living expenses. To help you plan effectively, we suggest using the online UNIAID International Student Calculator to set a proper budget for your academic life.

Scholarships and Bursaries

International Scholarships - undergraduate and postgraduate students

We are delighted to launch a new scholarship programme for international students in 2016. These scholarships will go to the value of 50% of tuition costs for the first year of undergraduate studies, and 50% of the tuition fee for the first year of postgraduate studies.

Scholarships are awarded on a merit basis, and all international applicants with an unconditional offer who have accepted their place are eligible to apply. 

Please note that scholarships are not available for NHS-funded courses (Nursing, Physiotherapy, Radiography, Social Work etc) or for degrees leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).  

To check whether or not your course participates in the scholarship programme, please email

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Terms and conditions

TEOS International Bursaries - postgraduate international students

The University of Cumbria has two £1,800 bursaries available for international students, from outside Europe, to study the MA Transcultural European Outdoor Studies at the University of Cumbria and its partner institutions in Norway and Germany.

Applicants must hold an offer of a place of study on the MA TEOS beginning at the University of Cumbria in September 2016. The tuition fee in year one will be discounted by £1,800 for each student awarded a bursary.

How to apply for the bursary

To apply for the bursary, please submit a 1,000 word essay describing a changing landscape in your current country of residence to Reflect on the local, national and global influences that are considered responsible for the changes you observe. Photographs or videos of the chosen landscape are welcome as part of the submission but do not affect the recommended word count.

Applications for the TEOS international bursaries are open until 10 June 2016 and will be open to anyone who has been offered a place on the programme. It is possible the programme will be offering further bursaries, including some from the European Erasmus Mundus programme. These will be announced in July 2016.

About the course

The MA Transcultural European Outdoor Studies (TEOS) is entering its sixth year attracting students from all over the world to study at three universities, providing specialist postgraduate courses in outdoor education. The partners are the University of Cumbria at its national park based campus in Ambleside, The Norwegian School of Sport Science in Oslo and Marburg University in Germany. The two-year, full-time programme, examines what can be learned about human nature relations in each country and how this, and the experience of the journey in these landscapes, are understood and practiced as educational experiences.

The course is suitable for students interested in cultural studies, human nature relations, tourism or outdoor recreation and education. Graduates have found careers in education, therapy, higher education, sports administration, tourism, environmental and social NGO’s, etc. A number have become pioneers in their own countries whilst others are establishing their own outdoor businesses and projects.

For more information: 

Terms and conditions

Applicants must hold an offer of a place to study on the MA TEOS beginning at the University of Cumbria in September 2016. The bursary is awarded for fees charged by the University of Cumbria in the first year of the programme only. The tuition fee in year one will be discounted by £1,800 for each student awarded a bursary.

  1. All scholarship applicants/recipients must be self-funding students with overseas fee status.
  2. Applicants must hold an unconditional offer for their place of study and must have accepted their offer.
  3. Applicants must have no outstanding offer conditions attached to their place of study except for the tuition fee deposit and passport photocopy.
  4. All scholarship applicants/recipients must provide evidence of funds to cover the remaining tuition fee balance and living costs, as per Home Office requirements, for one academic year in the UK. The tuition fee balance is due when the first payment is collected in year one.
  5. Bursary applicants must complete the application form and submit an essay as outlined below.
    The closing date for applications is 5:00pm (GMT) Friday 10 June 2016; scholarship applications received after this date will not be considered.
  6. Applications should be submitted by email to
  7. Scholarship applications will be considered and assessed by a Scholarship Award Panel. The panel may take into account the following aspects: academic performance, merit of personal statement, and the short essay.
  8. The Scholarship Award Panel's decision will be finalised during the month of June 2016 and applicants will be notified of the decision on their application by email by the end of June.
  9. The decision of the Scholarship Award Panel is final - the university will not provide feedback or enter into any correspondence with unsuccessful candidates regarding its decision.
  10. Successful scholarship applicants must meet any outstanding conditions (i.e. tuition fee deposit / passport photocopy) by 5.00pm (GMT) on 5 August 2016 to receive the scholarship.
  11. Scholarships can only be taken for the academic year 2016-17 and may not be deferred to any other period.
  12. Unsuccessful candidates for the TEOS scholarship will automatically be considered for a general international postgraduate scholarship.
  13. Successful candidates can still apply for an Erasmus Mundus scholarship if these are made available, however, if the candidate is successful, then the UoC scholarship will be withdrawn and offered to another candidate (see 16 below).
  14. Scholarships will not be awarded to applicants in receipt of a scholarship from any other source. By accepting the scholarship, it is expected that scholars will assist the university with internationalisation events and provide a photograph and statement to be included in our publicity

The award

  • The bursaries will not be paid in cash. Bursaries will be deducted from the first year's tuition fee on registration at the University of Cumbria.
  • Bursary recipients will be asked to provide a case study which may be used in university publications or on the website.
  • This award cannot be held in conjunction with any other university awards or discounts.

Postgrad Solutions Study Bursaries - postgraduate students

Postgrad Solutions Ltd is offering 13 bursaries across a number of subject areas. The bursaries are worth £500 each and are open to students from anywhere in the world.

To apply for a Postgrad Solutions bursary, visit their website.

Paying for your accommodation

If you choose to stay in univerisity accommodation you will be required to make a pre-payment of £250, and a pre-payment of £100 towards catering packages.  

After you have made the pre-payment(s), and the contract has been returned, the balance of your contract will be due. Instalments are not available.

Please note that you do have the option to pay for the accommodation and catering in full with the contract.

Payment must be made in pounds sterling. You will be given the option online to convert your currency when making a payment.

Pay for your accommodation

If you’re having trouble paying online or have any questions, please contact your admissions officer who can give you advice about paying by bank transfer.

Student Financial Regulations

The Student Financial Regulations describes your contractual obligations to the university regarding finance. It includes our policies about:

Please download and read the regulations before starting your course.

Download the Student Financial Regulations for 2016-17 starters (PDF)