Part-time: Fees and Funding

How much will studying part time cost?

Fees for part-time courses will depend on the qualification you want, how many units you study within a year, and how the course is taught.


What financial support is available for undergraduate part-time students?

The funding available for part-time undergraduate, foundation and PGCE students is different to the support to which full-time students are entitled. Part-time students are not eligible for any loans or grants towards living costs.

How much tuition fee loan will I get?

The amount you may be entitled to depends on the cost of your tuition fees and not on your household income.

The tuition fee loan is paid directly to the University or college. Visit the Directgov website for more information and downloadable guides.


I am applying for a postgraduate course, can I apply for a tuition fee loan?

You do not qualify for a tuition fee loan for postgraduate study. However the Government has now introduced Loans for Master’s degrees in the UK.

They will provide up to £10,000 a year for taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. The new loan is non-means tested and paid directly to the students’ UK bank account in three instalments per academic year.

if you are already in work, a financial contribution to your course may be paid for by your employer. Ask your employer about any schemes they may offer. Check out the links below, to see alternative forms of funding.

Useful websites

The following websites provide useful information about funding part-time study for both postgraduate and undergraduate courses:

How your fees are calculated

As a part-time student, your fees will depend on how many units you study, as you will only pay for the units that you study each year. You will be charged pro-rata to the full-time fee.  The course units are designed from  'blocks of credits'.

  • Full level comprises 120 credits for undergraduate courses
  • Full level comprises 180 credits for postgraduate courses


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