Deposit Refund Policy for PG Taught Programmes

The following information sets out the policy for deposits and refunds for the University of Birmingham PG Taught Programmes.

  • International students issued an offer to study a Postgraduate taught programme are required to pay a non-refundable tuition fee deposit of £2,000 to secure their place. The deposit payment will be deducted from the tuition fee at registration.
  • Deposit payments must be received by the deadline date specified in the applicant portal. Failure to pay the deposit by the required date may result in the offer being withdrawn.
  • A deposit payment is not required if a student is in receipt of a scholarship or financial guarantee and evidence has been provided.
  • The deposit is non-transferable and non-refundable except under the circumstances outlined below in sections A, B, C, D and E.
  • In line with UK money laundering laws any fee paid will only be refunded to the person or body who paid the fee.

A Your right to cancel

For the purposes of the Consumer Contracts (Information, Cancellation and Additional Charges) Regulations 2013, if this Agreement is a ‘distance contract’ or and ‘off premises contract‘, you have the right to cancel your acceptance of it within a period of 14 days after you have accepted the terms of this Agreement without giving us any reason.

To meet the cancellation deadline, it is sufficient for you to have sent your cancellation to us before the 14-day period has expired. 

B Refusal of a student visa

Refunds will be made to students who have been refused a student visa, provided the reason for refusal is not due to a fraudulent application. To request a refund, candidates must submit a copy of the visa refusal document to the University.

C University cancels programme

If the University cancels the programme for which the applicant has accepted an offer, then all fees paid will be refunded.

D Student is unable to travel for reasons outside of their control

Refunds will be made to students who are are unable to travel to the UK for reasons outside of their control (e.g. travel restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic).

E Student fails to meet conditions of the offer

If the applicant has applied for a PG taught programme, paid the tuition fee deposit and does not meet the conditions of the offer, the deposit will be refunded.

F Deferral to later session

  • F1 - If the student arrives and wishes to defer to a later session, this is treated as a failure to attend the course they have been accepted for. The deposit will be forfeited and treated as a withdrawal (see section G below). The student will then need to apply again for the later programme and pay a new deposit at the new rate for the course and will be liable for the full fees for that new programme. UK Visas and Immigration will be notified that the student is not studying at the University. This policy will only be varied if the applicant produces evidence of genuine grounds for deferral acceptable to the University; this will include the late issue of the visa.
  •  F2 - If the student has not yet arrived and notifies the Univerisy that they wish to defer to a later session, the deposit may be carried forward for one year. Should the student choose to defer for a second year the deposit will be forfeited and treated as a withdrawal (see section G below). The student will then need to apply again for the later programme and pay a new deposit at the new rate for the course and will be liable for the full fees for that new programme. UK Visas and Immigration will be notified that the student is not studying at the University.

G Failure to attend at the start of the programme, or withdrawal after enrolment

If the applicant withdraws from the programme of study at the University, they will still be required to pay their tuition fees. Deposits will not be refunded to students who enrol and then withdraw.