Tuition fees at London universities

Find out all you need to know about tuition fees in London with this handy guide.

University tuition fees in London vary depending on the university and course you choose to study, and your home country.

What are tuition fees?

A tuition fee is a cost applied by universities to cover your studies. These fees can vary between universities but also between courses. If you are an international student, different fees apply.

Make sure you check how much the tuition fee for your chosen course and university is before you apply.

How much are university tuition fees in London? 

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Tuition fees can vary significantly depending on your chosen university, course and level of study (postgraduate or undergraduate), as well as your home country.

Students from an EU country pay the same tuition fees as UK students. Depending on the course and university you choose, you may find tuition fees starting from £9,000 per year. The price of popular courses at top-ranking universities will be higher.

If you are an international student from outside the EU, tuition fees for undergraduate and postgraduate courses cost £13,000 on average. Students from outside the EU usually pay the overseas fee but there are some exceptions. Read detailed information on the difference between home and overseas fees at UKCISA.

Undergraduate tuition fees

Tuition fees for undergraduate courses vary depending on your chosen university and subject. Courses are usually split into three categories:

  • Classroom-based courses: primarily taught in a classroom, tuition fees for these courses range from approximately £10,000 to £16,000 per year.
  • Laboratory-based courses: taught in classrooms and laboratories, tuition fees for these courses range from £12,000 to £26,000 per year.
  • Clinically based courses: taught in classrooms, laboratories and clinical settings such as hospitals, tuition fees for these courses range from £30,000 to £37,000 per year. 

Use the course search to find the best undergraduate course for you. Tuition fees are stated on the course listings. 

Postgraduate tuition fees

Tuition fees for postgraduate courses vary across universities and subjects. Postgraduate degrees can be split into two major categories: postgraduate taught courses and postgraduate research courses.

Postgraduate taught courses
This usually refers to one-year masters courses, although some courses are two or three years long. Postgraduate taught courses are focused around lectures and seminars, with a research project at the end of the programme. They are split between three main categories:

  • Classroom-based courses: primarily taught in a classroom, tuition fees for these courses range from approximately £8,000 to £29,000.
  • Laboratory-based courses: taking place in classrooms and laboratories, the tuition fees for these courses range from £11,500 to £35,250.
  • Clinically based courses: the teaching takes place in classrooms, laboratories and clinical settings such as hospitals. Tuition fees for these courses range from £11,400 to £39,000. 

Use the course search to find the best postgraduate course for you. Tuition fees are stated on the course listings. 

Postgraduate research courses
This usually refers to doctorate degree (MPhil/PhD) courses, which are primarily based around one research project. Students may have access to lectures and seminars, but they will be assessed on the research project only. PhD courses usually take three to four years to complete. Tuition fees for PhD courses can range from £11,000 to £30,000 per year. 

Use the course search to find the best postgraduate course for you. Tuition fees are stated on the course listings. 

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Tuition fee tips

  • Some universities offer tuition fee discounts if you can pay the full fees in advance or if you progress from one course to another in the same year.
  • To be eligible for a UK Tier 4 student visa, you will also need to show that you have enough money to pay for living costs.
  • Search for a university course to find the exact cost of your tuition fees.