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Fees, charges, and expenses

1. The University reserves the right at any time to revise its published scales of fees and charges whether in respect of new entrants or of students already on their programme.

2. The fee for any particular programme will be notified on application to the Academic Registrar.

3. Fees are fixed for the duration of undergraduate and postgraduate taught degree courses once a student starts the course. As long as the entry year on their record is 2015/16 or later. Students can suspend and repeat and fees remain the same as the year they started. The only exceptions to this are for foundation year courses and UK fees for postgraduate research degrees.

4. Fees for a session (or part of a session) are payable for the course in three instalments according to residence status. See undergraduate or postgraduate for further details on how to pay your fees. All other fees, charges and sums payable to the University are to be paid in full within seven days of the date of the invoice.

5. No person shall be awarded a degree, diploma or certificate unless they have paid the Tuition fees prescribed and due to the University (Ordinance 11.1.4; Regulations for Degrees, Diplomas, Certificates and Transcripts).

6. Students in difficulties over settling their debts to the University are urged to discuss them with Student Fees at the earliest opportunity.

Fees 2023/2024

Access details of your Tuition Fees for 2023/2024 here.

7. The fees quoted in 'Money Matters', except where otherwise stated, are sessional fees for 2023/2024, inclusive of all charges for matriculation, enrolment, tuition, examination, graduation and, where applicable, Students' Union subscription but not fees for re-examination. Enrolment with the University leads automatically to a liability for fees. A student who for any reason withdraws during the session will be entitled to a refund calculated on a pro rata basis: see Tuition Fees Refund Policy. The fees applicable to visiting students and to students pursuing programmes in the affiliated institutions are given in the appropriate sections below.

8. Fees charged to full-time overseas students cover the full cost of tuition, examinations and membership of the Students' Union and, for research students, research support expenses. The University does not normally charge additional bench fees to overseas students who pay the inclusive fee. Part-time overseas students will be charged at 50% of full-time programmes.

9. Students attending programmes but not seeking a qualification of the University will be charged fees to be determined in each case by the Academic Registrar but the following guidelines will apply:

  • a) Full-time attendance: Home or overseas full-time Tuition Fee appropriate to programme.
  • b) Part-time attendance: Home or overseas part-time Tuition Fee appropriate to the programme.

All students

10. The following fees regulations apply to all students, as appropriate.

Undergraduate programmes

  • a) Re-examination Fees: £20 per re-examination for each paper taken on a second or subsequent occasion (to a maximum of £100 for five or more re-examinations within one academic year).
  • b) An administration fee of £415 will be charged to any candidate retaking any examination papers in a centre other than the University of Southampton. This fee is in addition to any fee applicable under (a), above.
  • c) All students spending a period of study abroad as part of their programme are required to pay the standard sessional fee in respect of that period.

Postgraduate taught programmes

  • d) Re-examination fees taught programmes: £20 per re-examination for each paper taken on a second or subsequent occasion (to a maximum of £100 for five or more re-examinations within one academic year).
  • e) An administration fee of £415 will be charged to any postgraduate taught programme candidate retaking any examination papers in a centre other than the University of Southampton. This fee is in addition to any fee applicable under (c), above.

Postgraduate research programmes

  • f) Nominal transfer fee: Students who first enrolled before 1 August 2020: a single payment becomes payable if the student continues in nominal registration six months after transfer (no fee is payable if the student submits within six months of transfer) £110

    Students who first enrolled on or after 1 August 2020: a single fee becomes payable at the start of the nominal registration period. £250

  • g) Examination fee for DM (alt route):£1,600.
  • h) Fee for re-submission of thesis or submission by published works (all candidates):
    MPhil £170
    PhD £190
    DM £190
  • i) A student beginning or ending a research programme in mid-session shall pay fees pro rata for each calendar month of candidature until the 30 September next following, part of a month counting as a full month.

Higher doctorates

  • j) Examination fee for DLitt, DMus, DSc, DSc (Social Sciences), LLD (external candidates): £1000 all candidates.

Transcripts, certificates, and award letters

  • k) In accordance with the policy set out in 'Transcripts and Certificates', the agreed Scale of Fees for the academic year 2023/24 is as follows:
(i)1 certificate of attendance/registration per termNo charge
(ii)1 confirmation of award letterNo charge
(iii)1 transcript or diploma supplement (with grade or marks) provided to the student or sent to another University per yearNo charge
(iv)Subsequent certificates of attendance/registration in the same term£10.00

Additional or replacement copies of any degree documentation – charges will apply; please refer to the Awards website


11. Except in cases where special examination arrangements are in place, or Special Considerations apply, any student whose examination script is deemed illegible by the examiners may be required to pay for it to be converted to typescript for marking. This will be charged at £14 per hour.

12. If payment of Tuition Fees is not received in accordance with the Fees Policy, the Director of Finance will inform the Academic Registrar. The students concerned will be liable to termination of programme. The effective date will be determined by the amount of Tuition Fees paid on a pro rata basis. Students may also be refused examination in accordance with Regulations for Examinations and Examiners. 

13. If payment of any other debt is not received by the due date the Director of Finance may refer the total debt outstanding to the University's external debt collection agents for recovery. The student concerned will be liable for any charges arising from the referral including the referral charges and the costs of any court action.

14. Students who are expecting to progress on a programme into the next academic year but who have a Tuition Fees debt to the University outstanding on 31 July may not be permitted to sit examinations (if any) in the following September and will not be permitted to enrol for the following session while their Tuition Fees debt remains outstanding. Enrolment will only be granted upon receipt of cleared funds and the student may be requested to provide advance payment in full for Tuition Fees. The programme of such a student will thus effectively be terminated if the Tuition Fees debt remains unpaid.

15. Students who have not made full payment of Tuition fees for a programme at the University of Southampton will not be permitted to enrol for another programme at the University until cleared funds have been received by the University, and the student may be requested to provide advance payment in full for Tuition Fees for the subsequent programme.

Fees for programmes at accredited and affiliated institutions

Please refer to the individual colleges for details of tuition fees.

Other Fees and Expenses

16. The following information does not apply to students following programmes in affiliated institutions.

17. Whilst undertaking your programme you may incur costs which are in addition to the Tuition Fees and the examination and administration fees set out in these Regulations. These are costs which are also over and above your day-to-day living costs.

18. Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study. Some faculties will make a nominal charge for the provision of essential supplementary material and study guides. Please ask for current rates at the faculty/service concerned.

19. These additional costs will vary according to your programme, may be considerable and are typically incurred to purchase or pay for:

  • Books, texts and stationery.
  • Equipment (such as Lab equipment, Field Equipment, Art equipment, Recording Equipment, stethoscopes, fobwatch, Excavation equipment,)
  • Materials (such as laboratory materials, , drawing paper, fabric, thread, computer disks, sheet music)
  • Software Licenses
  • Clothing (e.g. scrubs, Protective Clothing, Lab Coats, specific shoes and trousers, uniforms)
  • Printing and Photocopying Costs (such as Printing coursework for submission, Printing and binding dissertations or theses, Academic Poster (A1) printing)
  • Field Trips/Study Trips (including accommodation s, visas for overseas trips, subsistence, travel, immunisation and vaccination)
  • Work Experience (including accommodation costs near the placement, additional insurance costs, subsistence)
  • Travel Costs to and from the University and various campus locations
  • Insurance, for travel overseas, high value instruments etc.
  • Placements (e.g. immunisation and vaccination, travel to placements and parking, accommodation near the placement, insurance)
  • Obtaining Disclosure and Barring Certificates or Clearance
  • Translation of birth certificates (for programmes abroad)
  • Conference expenses
  • Professional examinations
  • Replacing lost student ID cards
  • Other activities (e.g. visiting specialist marine stations and other institutions)
  • Costs of attending a graduation ceremony (e.g. hiring a gown for graduation)
  • Music and Performance including vocal and Instrumental Lessons, music accompanist.
  • For those students subject to immigration control, all costs associated with obtaining a visa [visa application, biometric enrolment, payment of the Immigration Health Surcharge, TB testing (if applicable), official translation of required documentation (if applicable), Police Registration on arrival in the UK (if applicable), associated travel costs]

20. The above list is not exhaustive. Students on taught programmes can gain a more detailed understanding of additional costs by looking at information about cost implications for the modules which they must take and/or could choose to take for the programme.

21. All Students are advised to read the Programme Specification in order to obtain the latest and fullest list of additional costs associated with their programme of study.

Hall fee regulations

22. Follow the link to access the University of Southampton Hall of Residence Regulations.

Fees due

23. Fee liability becomes due once a place in University of Southampton halls of Residence has been accepted.

24. Entirely at our sole discretion this Agreement may also be terminated earlier if both the Student and the University agree to this in writing. The decision of Residential Services is final. Ordinarily, early release is granted if another student of the University (identified by the Student and who is satisfactory to Residential Services) is identified to take over the vacated accommodation at which point they would become bound by these contract terms. The identified student must have:

  • accepted their offer of accommodation,
  • not already be resident elsewhere in Residential Services accommodation; and
  • not be already on the Residential Services waiting list;

25. Students will still remain liable for the Halls Fees up to and including the agreed termination date or the return of their keys whichever is the later. As a standard, a 28 day notice period will be implemented from the date the initial request is received. Students who wish to apply for early release from their halls contract should email for advice. Please note requesting early release does not mean that early release will be granted.

Residences halls fees 2023/24

26. For a detailed breakdown of all accommodation fees, go to: the Student Accommodation website.

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