Tuition fee refunds

Students can claim for a refund if they withdraw from study at the University before completion of their programme but after paying some or all of their tuition fees. Either the student or their sponsor (parent/guardian) can make a claim, after the University has received a written notification of withdrawal to the school/department or faculty office.

Refund payments

Refunds will be made to the fee payer in all instances. Refunds will be made based on amounts received for the programme. For illustrative purposes in policy below, refund calculations assume full fees paid at time of any refund application made.

Refunds for undergraduates

Students are entitled to a full refund if a claim is made within the first two weeks of the start of the programme. Thereafter, any claim for a refund will be based on which term the student is in. Term 1 runs up to the Christmas vacation, Term 2 runs from the Christmas vacation to the Easter vacation, and Term 3 runs from the Easter vacation to the summer vacation. This applies to all undergraduates, including those who have applied for a Student Finance tuition fee loan.

Refunds for postgraduates

Refunds for postgraduate taught and research students are calculated on a monthly basis based on the fee-paying year (1 October* to 30 September). This will align with Undergraduate refund policy. You will be entitled to a full refund if a claim is made within the first two weeks of the start of the programme, unless you have outstanding University debts. If you withdraw mid-way through a month, you will be charged for the whole month's fees. Please refer to the Tuition Fee Refund policy below for more information. Refunds for students sponsored by research councils are based on the relevant research council rules.

* Where the start of term falls in September, students will not be charged for an additional month's fees. The start of the fee-paying/teaching year in 2019 is 30 September.

Tuition fee refund policy for 2019

The University has adopted a revised Tuition Fee Refund Policy, which is in line with standard practice across the HE sector and in line with SLC (Student Loan Company) funding, which will ensure that withdrawing students are not charged tuition fees in excess of the tuition fee loan available to them.

In order to ensure clear communications the new policy will take effect from September 2019.

In the intervening period, the University will ensure that home undergraduate students are not charged tuition fees in excess of the tuition fee loan available to them.

Please read the Tuition Fee Refund Policy for September 2019.