Self-fee payer

1. How much am I required to pay for tuition fees?

You can find out exactly how much you'll need to pay by visiting our tuition fees pages

2. If I study on a part-time basis how do I calculate my fees?

If you are an undergraduate or postgraduate taught student you will be charged only for the modules you undertake each academic year as agreed with your faculty. Each module attracts a specific number of credits and the fees are calculated for each 10 credits you undertake. Please bear in mind that the underlying per 10 credit fee tariff normally increases each academic year during your period of study.

To find out the amount charged per 10 credits please visit our tuition fees pages.

If you are a postgraduate research student, you can also find out the part-time fee rate at the link above.

3. I am an international student. How do I know which courses are classroom-based and which are lab-based?

Please contact your faculty or the tuition fees team at tuitionfees@plymouth.ac.uk to check if your course is classroom or lab-based. 

4. What date should I pay my fees by?

If it is not possible for you to pay in full on enrolment, you may choose to spread payment of your tuition fees. The deadlines for payments depend on the start date of your programme:

  • For those programmes commencing between September and December at least 50 per cent should be paid by 29 September 2017 or on the date you enrol, whichever is later. Any remaining fees should be paid by no later than 12 January 2018.
  • For those programmes commencing between January and March, at least 50 per cent should be paid by 12 January 2018 or on the date you enrol, whichever is later. Any remaining fees should be paid by no later than 20 April 2018.
  • For those programmes commencing between April and July at least 50 per cent should be paid by 20 April 2018 or on the date you enrol, whichever is later. Any remaining fees should be paid by no later than 27 July 2018.

5. I will be receiving a Postgraduate Loan from Student Finance and want to use the funds to pay my tuition fee, what do I need to do?

Please ensure your payments to the University are made by the following deadlines which are aligned to the dates by which you should receive your loan instalments from Student Finance.

  • For those programmes commencing between September and December, 33 per cent to be paid by 27 October 2017, 33 per cent to be paid by 2 February 2018 and the remaining 34 per cent to be paid by the 27 April 2018.
  • For those programmes commencing between January and March, 33 per cent to be paid by 2 February 2018, 33 per cent to be paid by 27 April 2018 and the remaining 34 per cent to be paid by the 27 July 2018.
  • For those commencing between April and July, 33 per cent to be paid by 27 April 2018, 33 per cent to be paid by 31 August 2018 and the remaining 34 per cent to be paid by 30 November 2018.

6. Can I pay in instalments?

See question 4 (or question 5 for students receiving the postgraduate Loan from Student Finance).

7. How do I make a payment?

  • Web payment – enter your credit/debit card details and other information as required via our epayments site.
  • For European and international students wishing to pay from another country in a different currency and potentially avoid international bank transfer fees please use our international wire transfer. This requires a bank transfer to be sent via our agents, Western Union.    
  • Bank transfer - payments can be sent to the University’s bank account:

Bank: HSBC, 4 Old Town St, Plymouth, PL1 1DD
Sort Code:  40-36-22 (for UK transfers)
Account No. 61485946
IBAN: GB94HBUK40362261485946
BIC/SWIFT: HBUKGB4B  
Account name: University of Plymouth

Please ensure that you quote your University student reference number with each payment.

If you experience difficulties using any of these methods or have any questions, please contact the tuition fees team at tuitionfees@plymouth.ac.uk or +44 1752 588130.

8. How do I request a receipt for payment of my tuition fees?

These are only issued in exceptional circumstances, but should you require a receipt please email the tuition fees team at tuitionfees@plymouth.ac.uk to request a receipt for your fees. Please include your student reference number, the name of your programme of study and the academic year you need a receipt for.

10. What happens if I do not pay my fees?

Please refer to our student debt policy to see the University policy regarding non-payment of tuition fees. 

11. I am a new applicant and I am not sure if I am classified as a Home/EU student, or as an International Student?

Please see our fee assessment questionnaire for assistance.

13. I think my tuition fees are wrong – who should I contact?

If you believe that your tuition fees have been incorrectly calculated, please contact the tuition fees team in the first instance, by email at tuitionfees@plymouth.ac.uk or by telephone +44 1752 588130. We will investigate this for you and query this with your faculty as necessary.

14. I think I may have overpaid my tuition fees. Who should I contact?

Please contact the tuition fees team in the first instance, by email at tuitionfees@plymouth.ac.uk or by telephone +44 1752 588130. We will investigate this for you and process a refund for you as necessary.

15. I am a postgraduate student who studied for my undergraduate degree at Plymouth University; am I eligible for an alumni discount on my tuition fees?

Full details and eligibility criteria can be found viewing our funding for staff and alumni page.

16. What financial assistance is available for postgraduate students?

Student Finance offer a Postgraduate Loan towards the costs of postgraduate study.

  • If your course started before 1 August 2017 you can get up to £10,000 for your whole course. If you’re studying for 2, 3 or 4 academic years, you’ll get the first half of the loan in your first year and the rest in your second year.
  • If your course starts on or after 1 August 2017 you can get up to £10,280 for your whole course. If you’re studying for 2, 3 or 4 academic years, the loan will be divided equally across each year of your course.

For further information on eligibility and how to apply visit https://www.gov.uk/postgraduate-loan/overview
Most students on PGCE programmes can receive undergraduate student funding, contact Student Finance for more information.

Some UK students on postgraduate programmes opt to take out Professional Career Development Loans to fund their masters study.

Other options include employer sponsorship or bursaries (if you are studying eligible courses – visit the NHS Business Services Authority for more information).

17. What financial assistance is available for international students?

International students at undergraduate level usually pay their own fees sometimes funded through taking out loans in their home countries. Another route is sponsorship by a Government or Embassy body.  

A scholarship is available for all qualifying international students – please view our undergraduate international scholarships information.

At postgraduate level, scholarships may be available – please view our postgraduate scholarships for international students information. Alternatively, sponsorship from your Embassy may be available.

18. I am thinking of withdrawing/interrupting my studies, how does this affect my tuition fee? 

The University will apply its policy on tuition fees payable by students who withdraw or interrupt their studies. Please note: if you wish to interrupt or withdraw from your programme, you must do more than simply stop attending. You must advise your Faculty Office by submitting a withdrawal or interrupt study form. For the policy and form please view our debt advice page.

Did you find what you were looking for? If you can’t find the answer to your query in the information provided here, please get in touch. We’ll be happy to help. Email us at tuitionfees@plymouth.ac.uk or call us on +44 1752 588130.