Capping of international student fees policy

1.   Introduction 

1.1   This policy applies to all international students including undergraduates (UG), postgraduate taught (PGT) and postgraduate research (PGR) with the exception of Medicine and Dentistry undergraduates whose fees are not capped at the point of entry and where annual fee increases will apply. 

1.2   For undergraduate and postgraduate taught students your tuition fee will remain unchanged for all years of study on the same programme and will be based on the fee level that applied in the academic year you started your programme at Plymouth University (not at a Partner college or other institution if you transferred to us later on), subject to criteria explained in the scenarios below.  If you are unsure whether a non-standard fee applies to your programme please contact the Tuition Fees team at tuitionfees@plymouith.ac.uk.

1.3   For research degree students, whilst your tuition fees remain unchanged for the normal duration of your programme of studies and will be based on the fee level that applied in the academic year you started your programme at Plymouth University, extension years will be charged at the prevailing rate for that academic year.

2. Fees

2.1   To enable you to calculate which tuition fee may apply please see the appropriate table below.

Undergraduate tuition fee(standard fees only)

Year started​ Tuition fee​
2010/2011   £8,925
2011/2012   £9,104
2012/2013   £10,500​
2013/2014   £10,750
2014/2015   £11,500
2015/2016 Classroom based £12,250
2015/2016 Laboratory based £12,500
2016/2017 Classroom based £12,250
2016/2017 Laboratory based £12,500
2017/2018 Classroom based £12,250
2017/2018 Laboratory based £12,500  

Undergraduate 'placement' year fee

Year started​ ​Tuition fee​
2010/2011 £655
2011/2012 £670
2012/2013 £700​
2013/2014 £750
2014/2015 £900
2015/2016 £900
2016/2017 £900
2017/2018 £900 

Undergraduate part time per 10 credits (standard fees only)

Year started​ Tuition fee​
2010/2011   £744
2011/2012   £760
2012/2013   £875​
2013/2014   £900
2014/2015   £950
2015/2016 Classroom based £1,025
2015/2016 Laboratory based £1,045
2016/2017 Classroom based £1,025
2016/2017 Laboratory based £1,045
2017/2018 Classroom based £1,025
2017/2018 Laboratory based £1,045  

Postgraduate taught​ (standard fees only)

Year started​ Tuition fee​
2011/2012   £10,400
2012/2013   £11,500
2013/2014   £11,750
2014/2015   £12,250
2015/2016 Classroom based £13,250
2015/2016 Laboratory based £13,500
2016/2017 Classroom based £13,250
2016/2017 Laboratory based £13,500

Postgraduate taught part time per 10 credits​ (standard fees only)

Year started​ Tuition fee​
2010/2011   £565
2011/2012   £575
2012/2013   £640​
2013/2014   £650
2014/2015   £680
2015/2016 Classroom based £750
2015/2016 Laboratory based £750
2016/2017 Classroom based £750
2016/2017 Laboratory based £750

Postgraduate research(standard fees only)

Year started​ Tuition fee​
2010/2011 Low band £10,250
2010/2011 High band £12,750
2011/2012 Low band £10,500​
2011/2012 High band £13,000
2012/2013 Low band £10,750
2012/2013 High band £13,300
2013/2014 Low band £11,020
2013/2014 High band £13,640
2014/2015 Low band £11,300
2014/2015 High band £14,000
2015/2016 Low band £12,500
2015/2016 High band £14,950
2016/2017 Low band   tbc
2016/2017 High band tbc

3.   Application of the policy

3.1   The table below summarises how the policy should be applied:

Number​  Scenarios  Guidance
Interruptions If you interrupt your studies after being deemed to have attempted any modules and will be repeating as a second or third attempt in the following Academic Year, please note that your fee cap will be incremented by one year in accordance with number 2 (Repeats) below.​ 

2 Repeats 1st (same) attempt: the fee level is capped at the year you started your programme. 2nd and 3rd attempts: if due to academic failure then the fee cap is incremented by one academic year. 

3 Withdrawals The normal Plymouth University withdrawal policy* will apply. If you subsequently enrol again your tuition fee will be capped at the new fee level in your year of re-enrolment.

4 Transfers In all cases the fee you would otherwise have paid on your original programme will continue to be payable unless your new programme is subject to a different fee scale (for example, transferring from a classroom based to a laboratory based programme). International students progressing from Management, Government and Law Foundation (Year Zero) will pay the appropriate fee for their new programme according to their year of entry. Please note that this will be a different amount to the original programme.

5 Deferrals If you defer your studies before you enrol, your tuition fees are capped at the year you enrol and not the year you applied to the University.​ 

6 Referrals If you are referred you will complete summer exam sittings. Provided you are successful you will progress to the next year of your studies with the same capped fee as before. If unsuccessful, please refer to point 2 above (Repeats). 

7 Fast track If you enter directly to stage 2 your fees are capped at that point. This may result in you paying different fees to other international students who have commenced the same programme at Stage 1.​

8 Placements If you undertake a placement year the fee is charged is that which applied when you started your programme unless you have since incurred an incremental increase.

* Withdrawal policy.

See below for examples of where a fee is incremented by one academic year.

Student A repeats stage 1 as a second attempt:

Stage 1

Academic year Undergraduate  Postgraduate taught
2012/13 £10,500 £11,500​

Stage 1 second attempt

Academic year Undergraduate  Postgraduate taught
2013/14 £10,750  ​£11,750

Stage 2

Academic year Undergraduate  Postgraduate taught
2014/15 £10,750  ​£11,750

Stage 3

Academic year Undergraduate  Postgraduate taught
2015/16 £10,750  ​£11,750

Student B repeats stage 2 as a second attempt:

Stage 1

Academic year Undergraduate  Postgraduate taught
2012/13 £10,500 £11,500​

Stage 2 

Academic year Undergraduate  Postgraduate taught
2013/14 £10,500 ​£11,500

Stage 2 second attempt

Academic year Undergraduate  Postgraduate taught
2014/15 £10,750  ​£11,750

Stage 3

Academic year Undergraduate  Postgraduate taught
2015/16 £10,750  ​£11,750

Student C repeats stage 3 as a second attempt:

Stage 1

Academic year Undergraduate  Postgraduate taught
2012/13 £10,500 £11,500​

Stage 2 

Academic year Undergraduate  Postgraduate taught
2013/14 £10,500 ​£11,500

Stage 3 

Academic year Undergraduate  Postgraduate taught
2014/15 £10,500 ​£11,500

Stage 3 second attempt

Academic year Undergraduate  Postgraduate taught
2015/16 £10,750  ​£11,750