Postgraduate Research UK/EU students

Your tuition fee

Your offer letter included the rate of tuition fee payable for your particular programme of study in 2020-2021. We recommend that you check your fee in advance of arriving by using the Fees Look-up tool. If your offer letter contained a provisional fee rate it is important that you check our website to know the actual fee payable for your programme. If your course is for more than one year, fees for future years of study will increase with inflation.

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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.


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). Please click on the right-hand download 'Fee Status' which gives a summary of the definition of a home student to help you decide whether you will be liable for the home or overseas rate of fee. 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.

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 2020-21 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) £9,135
12 months in Sheffield - a postgraduate course (September-August) £12,180

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.


Paying Your Tuition Fee

Sponsored Students

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

You can pay the whole fee by:

  • Credit Card (MasterCard/Visa/JCB/AMEX) or a UK Debit Card (Visa Debit/Debit MasterCard): the card can be your own or that of a parent or family member.
  • Cheque or Sterling bank draft over 2 weeks before your start date: send a cheque (from a UK bank account) or a sterling bank draft, made payable to the University of Sheffield. Write your name and Personal ID/Applicant Number on the reverse of the cheque or bank draft. Send the cheque/draft to: Finance Documentation (Tuition Fee), Fees Team, Student Administration Service, Firth Court, Western Bank, SHEFFIELD, S10 2TN, UK, together with a covering note explaining what the payment is for and for whom. The University will present the cheque or bank draft to its bank within a few days of receiving it; therefore please do not post-date the cheque.
  • Cheque or Sterling bank draft within 2 weeks of your start date: Please take this to the Income Office directly. The Income Office is based on Level 6 of the Students' Union Building and is open from 11.00am-3.00pm, Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Payment Plan 2: Payment in 2 Instalments

There is no extra charge made to students who choose to pay their fee in instalments..

Payment in 2 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 2 instalments. This enables you to pay 50% of your share of the fee from your nominated bank account as part of pre-registration and a further 50% on 1 February 2021.

You can arrange to pay, in advance, in 2 instalments by:

  • Credit Card (MasterCard/Visa/JCB/AMEX) or a UK Debit Card (Visa Debit/Debit MasterCard): the card can be your own or that of a parent or family member.
  • Direct Debit (must be a UK current bank account): The account can be your own or that of a parent or family member. You can arrange to pay in instalments. Please note that the facility to pay by Direct Debit is only available if you are arranging to pay your fee in advance and accessing the payment screens before 15th September 2020. You will not be able to arrange payment by Direct Debit if you are arranging payment on the day you register.


Additional Information

Remote Location Students

If you are an EU student and are applying as a Remote Location student then please see information about the scheme and associated costs 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 (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 (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

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. The following website provides details of the University’s policy: