Tuition fees for Postgraduate Taught Overseas Students

Tuition fees information for Overseas Postgraduate Taught students.

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Your tuition fee

Your offer letter included the rate of tuition fee payable for your particular programme of study in 2021-2022. We recommend that you check your fee in advance of arriving by using the Fees Look-up tool:

Fees look-up

If your offer letter contains a provisional fee rate it is important that you check our website to know the actual fee payable for your programme.

The tuition fee you pay in your first year will be the same for each year of your course (if the course is longer than one year). This is only applicable if you stay on the same course. If you change course you may be subject to a higher rate in subsequent years of study.

Self-financed students are required to pay a deposit of £1000, except for some programmes of study in Dentistry where the deposit is £5000. Please contact the department for further information.  

To pay your deposit, use our online tuition fee deposit payment system.

You do not need to pay a deposit if you have a sponsor who is paying your tuition fee: see the section 'Sponsored Students' below.


Important information

Before you start your course, please ensure you read and understand the information below about your Fee Status and the Financial Declaration.

Fee Status - Home or Overseas

In common with other UK universities, the University of Sheffield will charge a differential (higher) rate of fee to those classified as being liable to pay such a fee under the terms of government legislation (Education [Fees and Awards] Regulations as amended).

If you do not meet any of the conditions listed you will be liable to pay at the overseas tuition fee rate. In all cases, fee status is subject to confirmation by the University, and will be subject to change at any point if it emerges that information you provided during the process of admission was incorrect. Once your fee status has been correctly determined, it is unlikely this will change at any point during your registration with the University for that course; this includes where you are granted Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK for settlement purposes part-way through your course.

If you think you'll qualify for 'home' fees at some point in the future, you're best advised to defer your entry until then. Check our Fee status page carefully to make sure you've understood the rules correctly.

Financial declaration

All students must complete the Financial Declaration, online, in advance:

You will be sent a link, via email, asking you to complete your pre-registration actions; this includes completing the Financial Declaration.

By completing the Financial Declaration you are confirming the source and level of your funding. This provides the University with a guarantee that you have enough money to cover your tuition fee and living costs. You will also be asked additional questions regarding any expected sponsorship, your nationality/immigration status and residential history; this information is required to determine your tuition fee status.

You will be asked to confirm that you have at least the following amounts of money available to cover living costs for you and any dependants. The monthly living costs recommended by the UK government are £1015 per calendar month outside of London. Although much depends on your personal standard of living, the figures below will give you an idea of the budget needed for your study in Sheffield.

These figures represent an estimate of the minimum amount of money you will need during the 2021–22 academic year. Students completing courses of more than one year will also be expected to have budgeted to have a similar amount (plus an inflationary increase) for future years of study. For further information about budgeting for the expected cost of study see ‘Welcome to the University of Sheffield’ which you should already have received, or use the University’s money planner.

Estimated budget:

  • 9 months in Sheffield - an undergraduate course (September-June)- £9,207
  • 12 months in Sheffield - a postgraduate course (September-August)- £12,276

The above will cover accommodation, food, books, equipment, insurance and local transport costs. Students with dependants will need to budget for additional expenses. You should budget for £680 per month for each dependant (spouse or child).

If you have any concerns about your funding, you have not yet secured the required funds or there is a risk that your funding will cease before you have completed your studies, you are requested to defer your admission until your funding is in place and secure.

If the University has any concerns about your funding and the validity of your Financial Declaration, we will ask you to provide evidence of sufficient funding before allowing you to register.

Please do not make arrangements to come to the University if your funding is not secure and confirmed. Also, please do not expect or rely on the possibility of receiving financial help from the University, as such funds are extremely limited and are not available to fund student tuition.


How to pay your tuition fee

Sponsored students

If you are being sponsored by an external organisation, see this page to find out about what you need to do:

Sponsored students

Self-funded students

You will be sent a link asking you to complete your pre-registration actions. This is where you pay your tuition fee online, in advance of the course start date. You must complete the Financial Declaration first.

Before you arrange to pay your tuition fee you must, first of all, have completed the Financial Declaration and paid your deposit of £1000 via our online tuition fee deposit payment system. Then you need to return to your pre-registration actions to complete your payment plan. If you do not pay your deposit first then you will have to pay your tuition fee in full, ie you will not be given the option to pay your tuition fee in instalments until you have paid your deposit. If you wish to pay in instalments and you have paid your deposit, the £1000 will be deducted from your first instalment.

Paying your tuition fee is an integral part of registration at the University. We advise you to arrange your fee payments in advance of your arrival. If you are unable to do this then you must arrange to pay tuition fees before you attend Registration. You will not be able to register until you have done this.

Once you have completed your online Financial Declaration (see above) you can arrange payment according to the Payment Plans set out below.

Invoices: please be aware that, unlike some other universities, we do not defer the collection of tuition fees until later in the year and we do not issue invoices to self-financed students.


Payment Plans: Self-Funded Students

Payment Plan 1 : Payment in full

The following are acceptable payment methods to pay in full:

  • Payment by credit card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express, CUP - China Union Pay)
  • Make a single payment by Bank Transfer or a range of online payment options - using our international payments WU Globalpay for students.

For more information about this, watch this short video or download this info sheet (PDF, 741kB)

For payment of fees by WU Globalpay you can track your payment here.

Payment Plan 2: Payment in two instalments

If your share of the tuition fee is £1000 or more and you are in attendance for the full academic year, you can pay your tuition fee in two instalments. Example: you will pay 50% on 1 October and 50% on 1 February.

Acceptable payment methods to pay two instalments are:

  • Direct Debit, from a UK current bank account. To allow your bank time to set this up, this payment option is only available until two weeks before the first instalment date
  • Card payment - by Visa, Mastercard, American Express

Additional information

Scholarships

Our International Students pages have details of the various types of scholarship available.

When are my payments due if my registration start date is not between August - October?

If you are registering at any other time of year (ie. not between August - October), your payment dates will be one of the following:

  • Payment in full at registration, or
  • 50% when you register and then the remaining balance four months later

What if I cannot pay or provide a sponsor letter in advance or at registration?

You should plan to pay your fee for your first year of study on the day that you register, if you have not already paid in advance.

If you have a good reason for delaying payment (eg you are still awaiting a letter from your sponsor), temporary registration will be given for up to three weeks. You must provide the missing documentation and/or payment within this three-week period.

If you are unable to do this, you must contact Student Administration Service to inform them of the delay and to seek further advice. If you fail to keep Student Administration Service informed of the position, your temporary registration will lapse and you may lose permission to use the University facilities and attend lectures. Do not assume that a sponsor will contact the University on your behalf – it is your responsibility to provide complete financial information and payment.

Will the University send a receipt for any payment made in advance?

Due to the high volume of payments received at this time of year, the University does not generally issue receipts; however, if you pay your fees online, in advance of your arrival, the card/account holder will receive an email confirming payment.

What if I cannot pay by any of the methods on this page?

Contact the Student Fees and Funding Team for advice at tuitionfees@sheffield.ac.uk.

What happens if I default on my payment?

Please make every effort to honour your agreement to pay by ensuring that there are sufficient funds in the relevant account on the instalment due dates. If you know that you will have difficulty in meeting a payment, please contact Student Administration Service well in advance of the payment date in order to discuss a possible alternative arrangement.

It is your responsibility to make contact. If a payment does not reach the University as required and you have not made contact in advance:

  • Your registration will be subject to immediate review and could be cancelled.
  • Your computer facilities could be cancelled.
  • Your registration may only be renewed once you have paid all of your fee or have made a satisfactory arrangement to pay your fee.

Please be advised that the University reserves the right to insist that payment is made in full at the start of each year of study. It is therefore in your interests to honour all payments if you wish to continue to pay in instalments in future years.

What if I decide to leave my course or take a break from studying?

If, when you are a student, you have to take leave of absence or withdraw entirely from your programme of study, you may wish to know how this would affect your tuition fees.

University tuition fee refund policy

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