Applying to Surrey

How to pay your postgraduate fees

Find out how to pay for your postgraduate course at the University of Surrey.

View our postgraduate taught programme fees and postgraduate research programme fees.

Self-funded applicants

Fee deposits and deadlines

In order to firmly accept a postgraduate offer of admission at the University of Surrey, applicants are required to pay a deposit of £2000 towards the fee. If the total fee for the year is less than £4000, applicants are required to pay at least 50% in order to register.

For the majority of programmes starting in September/October, the deadline to firmly accept your offer is 1 August. Some programmes however, operate an early deposit deadline; applicants should refer to Surrey Self-Service for specifics dates. If you pay the deposit after this deadline you will still be considered for entry, subject to places being available on the programme.

For programmes starting at any other times of the year, the deposit must be paid no less than 10 days prior to the start of the programme.

Paying the balance

Tuition fees are payable at the beginning of each academic year, however, we offer all self-funded students the opportunity to pay in instalments.

For programmes starting in September/October: after you have paid your deposit, the first instalment of 50 per cent of your tuition fee is payable ten days after the date of your invoice, coinciding with the start of Semester 1.

The second instalment – the balance of the fee – is payable on or before 31 January, coinciding with the start of Semester 2.

If you are starting a programme at any other point of the year (January/April/July), the full fee is due ten days from the date of your invoice.

Invoices will be emailed to your University email address following Registration.

If you have been accepted for the Postgraduate loan, and are having difficulties in paying your fees before your first instalment is due, please contact our student finance team at, once you are in receipt of a tuition fee invoice. 

Payment options

There are a number of ways to pay your postgraduate tuition fees.

You are liable for the full settlement of fees and will be advised of any shortfall resulting from currency fluctuations or bank transfer charges.

You are advised to pay in Sterling whenever possible. 

You can:

Payment should be made to: National Westminster Bank plc, University of Surrey branch (sort code 60-09-50).

The account to be credited is ‘The University of Surrey’, account number 58080716.

Quote the reference ‘PGFEES’, your University number and your name in full.

The University’s swift code is NWBKGB2L and its IBAN number is GB82NWBK60095058080716.

Please note that the transfer can take up to 10 working days to show in our account so you should allow time for your payment to clear.

  • Pay via an overseas bank account (bank transfer via Western Union)

Students who make payments from overseas often lose money to fluctuating exchange rates, expensive bank charges and unforeseen card charges.

Using the free service provided by Western Union Business Solutions helps eliminate these problems. It ensures your enrolment can be processed quickly and that the University receives 100 per cent of the payment you send. The exchange rate you obtain is guaranteed for 72 hours to give you time to make the payment using your internet, telephone or local bank. You will be notified as soon as your payment is received via email.

This service can be accessed via Surrey Self-Service

  • Pay via debit/credit card by telephoning the Cashiers Office, University of Surrey

The telephone number is: +44 (0)1483 68 9016.

Unfortunately, we cannot accept American Express as a form of payment.

  • Pay via cash or credit/debit card in person at the Cashiers Office, University of Surrey

The Cash office operates limited opening hours. In order to avoid delays please pay online.

Tuition fees terms and conditions

Once registered, students paying fees by instalment are expected to settle their accounts promptly as indicated on their email invoices. Please refer to the Student Fees and Funding Office’s website for further information on arrangements for payment of fees and penalties for late/non-payment.

Fees are subject to annual review and revised fees are payable by students continuing on programmes of study in subsequent years. In the event of a student failing for any reason to complete a programme of study the University is not under any obligation to return any part of the fees paid by the student, or on behalf of the student.

Learn more about our postgraduate taught fees and postgraduate research fees

Sponsored applicants

Applicants who are funded by their family are not regarded as sponsored and are required to pay their tuition fees as detailed above.

Only tuition fees should be paid to the University of Surrey - all subsistence payments should be made directly to students.

If you are being sponsored, evidence of sponsorship must be issued by an authorised officer of the official sponsoring body and must have a recent date of issue. The letter should be on company headed paper and should clearly state:

  • Your name and University number
  • The programme for which you have been offered a place
  • The level of fees that will be paid by the company
  • The address the invoice should be sent to
  • That the fees will be paid directly to the University of Surrey

Please upload evidence of sponsorship to Surrey Self-Service.

International students can only be issued with a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) once satisfactory evidence of sponsorship has been received.

If you are being sponsored by the University, either through a Research Council grant or departmental scholarship, your funding information will be sent to the Admissions Team by your department. You do not need to arrange for a letter to be sent.

Payment by sponsor

If your sponsor subsequently fails to pay fees within 30 days of an invoice being issued, the University may no longer recognise them as a sponsor and you will then be invoiced as a self-funded student. 

Your tuition fees at Surrey may be referred to as ‘composition fees’. Composition fees include tuition, registration, examination/assessment (but not re-examination/assessment) and membership of the Students’ Union.

Equivalent or Lower Qualification

The government does not currently provide funding or financial support for students who are studying a higher education qualification that is equivalent to, or at least a lower level than a qualification they have already achieved.  In November 2015, the government announced that student loans will become available for these students from 2017/18 studying STEM subjects. Students categorised as studying for an ELQ may be charged a tuition fee that is higher than the standard published rate.

For postgraduate taught programmes in specific subjects, the University of Surrey will charge a higher tuition fee for students who study on programmes leading to an equivalent or lower qualification (ELQ) than they have already been awarded. Please refer to the ELQ Policy for full details. 

Please note that from September 2016 entry, the University will no longer be charging a higher fee for ELQ students.

Refund policy

The deposit paid to the University can only be refunded for one of the following reasons:

Refusal of a student visa for overseas applicants

The University will refund the deposit, if proof of the visa rejection has been sent and the University can verify via the UKVI system that the individual has been rejected and refused entry to the UK. A £100 administrative payment which covers the administrative time as well as the cost of issuing a CAS certificate will be deducted.

The University is unable to offer the place

If the University closes a course, or indeed cannot fulfil its offer of a place, we will refund the entire deposit.

The applicant has not met the conditions of their offer

The University will refund the deposit if proof that the applicant has not met the criteria has been sent to us. A £100 administrative payment which covers the administrative time as well as the cost of issuing a CAS certificate will be deducted.

How to request a refund

A refund request form can be obtained by contacting The form must be completed and returned to within six weeks of the original start date of your course. 

Cases will be assessed on an individual basis and you will be informed of the result by email.

Should any student be found to use fraudulent documents at the time of application or at the time of applying for entry clearance, no refund will be given.

Bursaries, scholarships and financial support

We offer a number of scholarships and list sources of financial support available for postgraduate students. Learn more about our postgraduate fees and financial support.

Programme-specific scholarships and bursaries are advertised on individual programme pages.