Tuition fees for 2018 entry

Fee information for UK, EU and international students for 2018/19.

Tuition fees are payable to Cardiff University for each year of your course (including repeat years).

The annual fee covers all tuition fees, essential course costs, registration and examinations other than the re-taking of examinations by applicants not currently registered. Charges for accommodation in University residences are additional.

Funding may be available towards the cost of your tuition fees. Visit our funding pages for more information.

UK and EU domicile undergraduate full-time tuition fee levels may increase from 2018/19 in line with the Welsh Government’s recent announcement on maximum tuition fee-levels for full-time undergraduate students.

Education Secretary, Kirsty Williams, announced that the real-terms reduction in the value of the current fee level will be addressed by linking fees to inflation. This means that tuition fees for the 2018/19 academic year and for each subsequent academic year may increase in line with Welsh Government policy.

The increase is subject to amendment of The Higher Education (Amounts) (Wales) Regulations 2015 and the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW)’s approval of a revised 2018/19 Fee and Access Plan. Following these changes, Cardiff University intends to raise tuition fees for the 2018/19 academic year from the current £9,000 to the new maximum tuition fee level for full-time UK and EU domicile students on standard undergraduate degree courses, and integrated Master's programmes.

Fees will rise in line with forecast inflation, using the RPIX measure of inflation. This is equivalent to the Retail Price Index but excludes mortgage interest payments. At the time of writing (September 2017), this means that tuition fees for the 2018/19 academic year will increase to £9,295. We understand that the necessary regulatory changes by Welsh Government to accommodate this policy will be finalised in December 2017 and we will update the fees section of our website and notify you once these changes are in place.

The University further reserves the right to increase tuition fees by inflation (RPIX) as permitted by law or Welsh Government policy in the second and subsequent years of a course. We will notify you what the increase in tuition fee will be by the end of June in the academic year before the one in which we intend to exercise that right.

Fees for students from the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man vary depending on the subject.

Band 1: Arts/humanities or classroom-based students£9,295
Band 2: Science/engineering or laboratory/studio-based students £10,850
Band 3: Clinical undergraduate courses £24,675
Students on Erasmus year abroad15% of the full-time fee

Your tuition fee will depend on the course you have chosen, the duration and level of study.

Our international undergraduate tuition fees are fixed for the majority of courses which are three years in duration. This means the price you pay in year one will be the same in years two and three, making it easier to plan and budget for your time with us.

This is subject to the following conditions:

  • repeat years: if you need to repeat an academic year, the tuition fee will continue on the same fixed rate as the previous year
  • advanced progression: if you join a programme in year two or three, the tuition fee rate will be based on the fee rate for your year of entry – not the year the programme started
  • 4-year courses (including those with a placement year): where courses run for longer than three years, any additional years of study will be charged with a fee increase that will be no more than the RPIX measure of inflation plus 2%. The RPIX rate will be taken from April preceding the commencement of the year of study. It is equivalent to the Retail Price Index but excludes mortgage interest payments.
  • Dental and Medical clinical fees: during the pre-clinical element of Dental and Medical courses the fee rate will be fixed, after which the clinical fee rate will be charged. The clinical fee rate will be set in the year prior to entry and with an annual increase that will be no more than the RPIX measure of inflation plus 2%. The RPIX rate will be taken from April preceding the commencement of the year of study. Once set the clinical fee rate will be fixed for the duration of the clinical fee period.
  • interruption of study: if you take an interruption of study then your fee rate will remain the same when you return to your studies.

Confirmation of fees

If you are offered a place on an undergraduate programme, you will be notified of the fee for your programme of study prior to your arrival at the University.

Fee status

Tuition fee status is determined by the University during the processing of applications, and we are therefore unable to confirm this in advance. If you are unsure as to your fee status, you may find it helpful to refer to guidance offered by the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA).