Postgraduate Research OVERSEAS Students
Your Tuition Fee
Your offer letter included the rate of tuition fee payable for your particular programme of study in 2017-2018.
We recommend that you check your fee in advance of arriving by using the Fees Look-up tool. The tuition fee you pay in the first year will be the same for each year of the course. 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.
Tuition fees are usually payable for 2 years for a full-time MPhil and 3 years for a full-time PhD. Continuation Fees are payable thereafter. For further information see the Postgraduate Research Students portal.
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). Please click on the right-hand download 'Fee Status' which gives a definition of a home student to help you decide whether you will be liable for the home or overseas fee rate. 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 that you will qualify for 'home' fees at some point in the future, you are best advised to defer your entry until then. Check the UKCISA guidance on fee status carefully to make sure you have understood the rules correctly.
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 2017–18 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.
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, such funds are extremely limited and are not available to fund student tuition.
Paying Your Tuition Fee
For information about what you need to do if you are being sponsored by an external organisation please click here.
|Please read this if you are paying your own tuition fees||
You will be sent a link, via email, asking you to complete your pre-registration actions; this is where you arrange to pay your tuition fee, online, in advance.
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||
Full Payment discount: If your share of the tuition fee is £4,194 or more, you will be entitled to receive a 2% discount. This is deducted from your share of the fee. If you receive a scholarship or are part sponsored these will be deducted from the total fee and the discount calculated on the balance left for you to pay.
Please note the 2% discount is only available if you pay in full either on, or before your registration start date.
You can pay the whole fee (and receive a discount - see above) by:
|Payment Plan 2: Payment in 2 or 4 Instalments||
There is no extra charge made to students who choose to pay their fee in instalments but you will not be entitled to receive a discount if you choose not to pay your tuition fee in full.
Payment in 2 instalments: If your share of the tuition fee is £225 or more and you are in attendance for the full academic year, you can pay your tuition fee in 2 instalments. This enables you to pay 50% of your share of the fee from your nominated bank account on 1 October 2017 and a further 50% on 1 February 2018.
Payment in 4 instalments: If your share of the tuition fee is £9000 or more and you are in attendance for the full academic year or you are part-time or a distance learner, you can pay your tuition fee in 4 instalments. This enables you to pay 25% of your share of the fee from your nominated bank account on the day you register or 1 October 2017, 1 December 2017, 1 February 2018 and 1 April 2018.
You can arrange to pay, in advance, in either 2 or 4 instalments by:
|Scholarships||There are a number of different scholarships available; for further information please go to www.sheffield.ac.uk/ris/pgr.|
|Remote Location Students||If you are applying as a Remote Location student then please see information about the scheme and associated fees here.|
|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 (i.e. not between August - October), your payment dates will be one of the following:
|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 (e.g. 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?||
Please contact the Income Office for advice on firstname.lastname@example.org.
|What if I cannot pay by any of the methods on this page?||
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:
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. The following website provides details of the University’s policy www.sheffield.ac.uk/ssid/fees/refunds.