Tuition fees

Find out how much our tuition fees are for undergraduate, Masters and PhD degrees, what your fees cover, and ways to pay.

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For courses starting in 2021

  • Undergraduate tuition fees

    To see your fees, find your undergraduate course and check the Fees and scholarships section.

    Remember to check your fee status if you're unsure which level of fee you will pay.

    Please read our tuition fees terms and conditions.

    You must accept our financial guarantee to register online as a student.

    Fee increases

    Note that Home and Channel Islands fees may be subject to an increase on an annual basis as the Government reviews the fee levels.

    International fees are subject to an annual increase of 3%.

    Additional costs

    Check any additional costs you may have to pay.

    Loans and funding

    You can also search for undergraduate loans and funding.

  • Masters tuition fees

    To see your fees, find your Masters course and check the Fees and scholarships section.

    Remember to check your fee status if you're unsure which level of fee you will pay.

    Please read our tuition fees terms and conditions.

    You must accept our financial guarantee to register online as a student.

    Fee increases

    If you study part time over two years, you’ll be charged 50% of the equivalent full-time fee in each year of study.

    Your second year fee – if you continue your studies without a break – will be subject to a 3% increase (subject to rounding).

    Additional costs

    Check any additional costs you may have to pay.

    Tuition fee deposits for international Masters students

    If you are a self-funded international student starting a Masters course, you are required to pay a tuition fee deposit. Find out more.

    Loans and funding

    You can also search for Masters loans and funding.

  • PhD tuition fees

    Home students: £4,500 per year for full-time students. Note that your fees may be subject to an increase on an annual basis.

    Channel Islands and Isle of Man students: £4,500 per year for full-time students. Note that your fees may be subject to an increase on an annual basis.

    International students: £18,500 (non-lab) and £22,500 (lab) per year

    Fee increases

    Home PhD student fees are set at the level recommended by United Kingdom Research and Innovation (UKRI) annually, rising in line with inflation.

    International fees are subject to an annual increase of 3%.

    Please read our tuition fees terms and conditions.

    You must accept our financial guarantee to register online as a student.

    You can also search for loans and funding to see how you can pay for your fees, and check your fee status.

    Additional costs

    Check any additional costs you may have to pay.

    Postgraduate Research Distant students

    If you spend part of your registration as a Postgraduate Research Distant student, you pay full fees for the periods at Sussex and 65% of the full fee for periods as a distant student.

    Postgraduate Research Fieldwork

    If you are on approved fieldwork and you're absent from the University, you may be charged 65% of the full fee for the fieldwork period.

    Reduced fieldwork fees are at the discretion of the relevant Director of Doctoral Studies.

    If you have funding through a grant-awarding authority, check if your award includes fieldwork travelling expenses.

For courses starting in 2020

  • Undergraduate tuition fees

    To see standard fees for undergraduate courses starting in 2020, take a look at our fees schedule.

    Remember to check your fee status if you're unsure which level of fee you will pay.

    Please read our tuition fees terms and conditions.

    You must accept our financial guarantee to register online as a student.

    Fee increases

    Note that UK/EU and Channel Islands fees may be subject to an increase on an annual basis as the Government reviews the fee levels.

    Overseas fees are subject to an annual increase of 3%.

    Additional costs

    Check any additional costs you may have to pay.

    Loans and funding

    You can also search for undergraduate loans and funding.

  • Masters tuition fees

    To see your fees, find your Masters course and check the Fees and scholarships section.

    If your course is not showing with a 2020 start date, you can still see standard fees for Masters courses starting in 2020 on our fees schedule.

    Remember to check your fee status if you're unsure which level of fee you will pay.

    Please read our tuition fees terms and conditions.

    You must accept our financial guarantee to register online as a student.

    Fee increases

    If you study part time over two years, you’ll be charged 50% of the equivalent full-time fee in each year of study.

    Your second year fee – if you continue your studies without a break – will be subject to a 3% increase (subject to rounding).

    Additional costs

    Check any additional costs you may have to pay.

    Tuition fee deposits for international Masters students

    If you are a self-funded international student starting a Masters course in September 2020, you are required to pay a tuition fee deposit. Find out more.

    Loans and funding

    You can also search for Masters loans and funding.

  • PhD tuition fees

    UK/EU students: £4,407 per year for full-time students

    If your course is not showing with a 2020 start date, you can still see standard fees for PhD degrees starting in 2020 on our fees schedule.

    Channel Islands and Isle of Man students: £4,407 per year for full-time students

    International students: £18,500 (non-lab) and £22,500 (lab) per year

    Fee increases

    UK/EU PhD student fees are set at the level recommended by United Kingdom Research and Innovation (UKRI) annually, rising in line with inflation.

    Overseas fees are subject to an annual increase of 3%.

    Please read our tuition fees terms and conditions.

    You must accept our financial guarantee to register online as a student.

    You can also search for loans and funding to see how you can pay for your fees, and check your fee status.

    Additional costs

    Check any additional costs you may have to pay.

    Postgraduate Research Distant students

    If you spend part of your registration as a Postgraduate Research distant student, you pay full fees for the periods at Sussex and 65% of the full fee for periods as a distant student.

    Postgraduate Research Fieldwork

    If you are on approved PGR fieldwork and you're absent from the University, you may be charged 65% of the full fee for the fieldwork period.

    Reduced fieldwork fees are at the discretion of the relevant Director of Doctoral Studies.

    If you have funding through a grant-awarding authority, check if your award includes fieldwork travelling expenses.

EU students

If you're starting in the academic year 2020, you're still eligible for student loans and grants, and you'll pay fees at same rate as UK students.

If you're starting in the academic year 2021, find out about how EU student tuition fees are changing.

Your fee status

You pay different fees depending on your fee status category. Check if you qualify as a home, EU, Islands or International student for paying fees.

Returning students

Check how much you'll pay in fees as a returning undergraduate, Masters or PhD student.

Terms and conditions

See our terms and conditions and find out how your tuition fees are spent.

Fees from previous years

Check tuition fees for 2015 to 2020 entry.

What your fees cover

Your tuition fees cover your education costs, including teaching and exams. Your fees don't cover:

Additional costs

The table below lists additional charges that some students may need to pay during their course.

Fee itemAmount (2020/21)Amount (2021/22)
Undergraduate late registration fee £55 £60
Undergraduate final year resit fee £275 £280
Postgraduate late registration fee £55 £60
Postgraduate taught continuation fee £275 £280
Postgraduate History China Exchange (teaching block 2 only) £1,550 £1,600
Postgraduate visiting research student placement fee £570 £575
PhD pre-submission fee 3 months: £125
6 months: £250
9 months: £375
12 months: £500
3 months: £130
6 months: £260
9 months: £390
12 months: £520
Additional costs e.g. course / field trips check your course check your course

Student Union membership is free.

Placement and study abroad fees

If you're an undergraduate student starting in 2020/21 or 2021/22, you pay:

  • 20% of your tuition fees during your placement year if the placement is for a year
  • the normal tuition fee if the placement is for less than a year.

These fees are subject to Government policy changes and you should buy insurance if you do a placement abroad.

You also pay different fees if you do a study abroad year. Check how much you'll pay if you do a study abroad year

How to pay your fees

If you are an undergraduate student and you:

  • have a student loan, this is paid directly to Sussex
  • don't have student loans, you pay your fees in full, or in two or three instalments.

If you're a Masters or PhD student, you must either pay your fees in full at the beginning of each academic year or in instalments if you're self funding. 

You can pay your fees:

  • online when you register or through your Sussex Direct account
  • on the phone by calling the Student Accounts Office
  • through Western Union if you make an international payment.

If you have a Sussex scholarship with a fee waiver or money off your fees, this appears in your Sussex Direct account. 

You may need to take extra evidence to the Student Accounts Office if you:

  • are sponsored
  • can’t see your student loan payments in your student account
  • have a career development loan. 

Other fees

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