Tuition fees for undergraduates

Studying at a UK university means you need to pay an annual fee for your tuition, which covers the costs associated with teaching, examinations, graduation, and membership of the students' union (at Birmingham this is called the Guild of Students). 

The fee you have to pay and the support available will depend on whether you are considered a Home, EU or an International student. 

Home student fees

How much is the University of Birmingham tuition fee?

For students applying for the 2017/18 academic year

The Government has announced that it will raise the cap for undergraduate fees in line with inflation.

Assuming that the relevant regulations are passed by Parliament, which is expected to happen in Autumn 2016, the University of Birmingham will increase fees to the revised amount, expected to be £9,250. The fees for your first year of study will therefore be £9250 or a lower amount as set by Parliament for the capped fee level. If the new regulations are not introduced, your fees will be £9,000.

The University will review tuition fees each year. The current expectation is that the University will increase fees for each year of study normally in line with inflation as specified by Parliament. This is likely to be the Retail Price Index (*RPIX) measure of inflation. This means your fees will rise in line with inflation for each year of study.

Student fees loans are also expected to rise in line with the fee cap, to ensure that higher education remains affordable to all.

*RPIX is a measure of inflation in the UK, equivalent to the all items in the Retail Price Index (RPI) excluding mortgage interest payment.

For students admitted between the 2012/2013 and 2016/2017 academic years (inclusive)

The Home rate of tuition fees for all full-time undergraduate courses for students admitted between the 2012/2013 and 2016/2017 academic years (inclusive) is set at £9,000 and will remain at this rate for the duration of the programme.

What support is available to help me pay my tuition fee?

Tuition Fee Loans are offered by the government via the Student Loans Company (SLC) to all Home undergraduate students, giving you the opportunity to borrow any amount up to the full cost of your tuition fees.

Learn more about how to apply for a Tuition Fee Loan.

Do I have to pay a tuition fee if I’m on a placement year as part of my course?

If you are classed as Home for tuition fee purposes and you are spending the whole of the academic year studying abroad or on an Erasmus industrial placement, then you will pay 15% of your agreed tuition fee for the placement year.

If you are classed as Home for tuition fee purposes and you are spending the whole of the academic year on a non-Erasmus industrial placement (either abroad or in the UK), then you will pay 20% of your agreed tuition fee for the placement year. 

For more information visit Study Abroad web pages.

When and how do I pay the tuition fee?

Fees are payable at the start of your programme and we offer a range of different payment options. Alternatively, you can take out a loan to help you meet the cost of tuition, which will be paid to the University by your student finance agency on your behalf. 

EU student fees

How much is the University of Birmingham tuition fee?

For students applying for the 2017/18 academic year*

Maximum tuition fees are currently set by the Government at £9,000 per academic year, which has been the tuition fee charged by the University of Birmingham. The Government has indicated that, in respect of the 2017/2018 academic year, it will increase maximum tuition fees to £9,250.

If the Government increases maximum tuition fees, then tuition fees payable for the 2017/18 academic year will be the maximum permitted. If it does not increase maximum tuition fees, then your tuition fees payable for the 2017/18 academic year will be £9,000.

For students admitted in the 2017/18 academic year and onwards, tuition fees payable for each subsequent year of your programme will increase annually by the maximum rate permitted, which the Government has indicated will be in line with the RPIX measure of inflation.

The University will, usually in September of each year, publish on this webpage the tuition fees which it will charge for the next academic year. You are advised to check the website for further details of any increases in tuition fees in future years.

For students admitted between the 2012/2013 and 2016/2017 academic years (inclusive)

The Home rate of tuition fees for all full-time undergraduate courses for students admitted between the 2012/2013 and 2016/2017 academic years (inclusive) is set at £9,000 and will remain at this rate for the duration of the programme.

*provided this continues to be permitted by UK law

Do all students have to pay a tuition fee?

All EU students are required to pay a tuition fee.

What support is available to help me pay my tuition fee?

You can apply to the Student Finance Services EU Team for a Tuition Fee Loan, which you do not need to repay until you have graduated. This will be paid directly to the University on your behalf. Please note, EU students are not eligible for a Maintenance Loan or Maintenance Grant.

Do I have to pay a tuition fee if I’m on a placement year as part of my course?

If you are classed as EU for tuition fee purposes, and you are spending the whole of the academic year studying abroad or on an Erasmus industrial placement, then you will pay 15% of your agreed tuition fee for the placement year.

If you are classed as EU for tuition fee purposes and you are spending the whole academic year on a non-Erasmus industrial placement (either abroad or in the UK), then you will pay 20 % of your agreed tuition fee for the placement year.

For more information visit Study Abroad web pages.

What fees do I have to pay if I want to study abroad for a year or a term at Birmingham?

For more information visit the Incoming Students web pages.

When and how do I pay the tuition fee?

Fees are payable at the start of your programme and we offer a range of different payment options. Alternatively, you can take out a loan to help you meet the cost of tuition.

International student fees

How much is the University of Birmingham tuition fee?

Please visit our International fees and funding web pages for a guide to International tuition fees. Confirmation of your exact tuition fee will be included with your offer letter. The fee paid in your first year will remain constant with no inflationary increase for the duration of your course, with the exception of the International Foundation Programme and clinical courses.

Do all students have to pay a tuition fee?

All international students are required to pay a tuition fee.

Do I have to pay a tuition fee if I’m on a placement year as part of my course?

International students who spend an entire year studying abroad or on an industrial placement (either abroad or in the UK) will pay 50% of their agreed tuition fee for the placement year.

For more information visit Study Abroad web pages.

What fees do I have to pay if I want to study abroad for a year or a term at Birmingham?

For more information visit the Incoming Students web pages.

When and how do I pay the tuition fee?

Fees are payable at the start of your programme and we offer a range of different payment options.