Deposits for postgraduate taught programmes
Find out if you need to pay a deposit towards your tuition fees in order to secure your place of study.
Deposits are required to secure a place on the majority of postgraduate programmes. This is to demonstrate your commitment to studying at Cardiff University and to prevent other applicants from being disadvantaged by places being held where there is no intention of study. Where a deposit is required, details will be given in your formal offer letter. This applies to full-time and part-time, on campus, blended, and distance-learning programmes.
Deposits paid will form part of your tuition fee payments and will show in your tuition fee balance on enrolment.
All deposits are subject to anti-money laundering law in the UK and are subject to a 14-day cooling-off period. After the 14-day cooling-off period, all deposits are non-refundable unless they meet the terms of the Cardiff University deposit refund policy.
Should the University substantially change a programme, applicants will be entitled to a deposit refund when requested within 14 days of the notification of the change.
You are not required to pay a deposit if:
- you are in receipt of a full tuition fee scholarship from Cardiff University or a recognised sponsor or funding body (please note that there are exceptions to this as detailed in the exceptions to exemptions section)
- you are in receipt of a full tuition fee bank, student, or US Federal loan
- you are a resident of Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Indonesia, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, or USA, at the point of an offer, and can provide evidence that you have applied for external funding
- you are studying on an approved progression programme at an approved partner institution, such as the pre-Master's programme at the International Study Centre in Cardiff
- you are a current Cardiff University student studying on a full degree programme
- you are a current Cardiff University student studying on the Graduate Diploma Law (full-time) and are progressing to another programme in the Law School
- it is not stipulated in your offer letter. Where a tuition fee deposit is not stipulated in your offer, you may still choose to pay a deposit (particularly if you require a visa to study in the UK) as this money will be paid towards your tuition fees and will demonstrate your commitment to UK study as well as reducing the amount of available funds you are required to show in your bank account for visa purposes.
You may be asked to provide documentary evidence to exempt you from paying a deposit.
Requests for an exemption must be received before the deposit payment deadline. Requests must be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org and must include evidence with the request.
Exceptions to exemptions
Applicants to the School of Dentistry's clinical programmes (MSc Implantology, MScD Orthodontics, Master of Clinical Dentistry (Endodontology), Master of Clinical Dentistry (Prosthodontics), Postgraduate Diploma Implant Dentistry) who are current enrolled Cardiff University students, or applicants who are in receipt of a full tuition fee scholarship will still be required to pay the deposit and will not be eligible for an exemption under this category. This is so that the School, in conjunction with the Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, is able to identify and select appropriate clinical cases to support the delivery of the clinical training.
Applicants to the BTC programme in the Law School who are current enrolled Cardiff University students, or applicants who are in receipt of a full tuition fee scholarship will still be required to pay the deposit and will not be eligible for an exemption under this category. This is so that the School is able to assess the likely commitment to taking up the offered place and to prevent other applicants from being disadvantaged by places being held when there is no intention to study, due to the limited numbers of places available.
Deposit amounts for 2023/24 entry
- £5,000 for clinical programmes (MSc Clinical Dermatology, MSc Implantology, MScD Orthodontics, Master of Clinical Dentistry (Endodontology), Master of Clinical Dentistry (Prosthodontics), Postgraduate Diploma Implant Dentistry)
- £500 for Graduate Diploma Law (full-time) and LLM Canon Law (part-time)
- £2,000 for all other postgraduate taught programmes.
You will receive confirmation of your deposit amount and information about how to make your payment in your offer letter.
Deposit payment deadline
Details of the deposit deadline and how to pay will be included in your official offer (conditional and unconditional) from us.
In addition to the payment of the deposit, you will also be required to meet all of the conditions of your offer and have submitted copies of any documents we have requested, in order to enrol on your chosen programme.
Your offer may be withdrawn if the deposit is not paid by the deadline specified in your offer letter.
It may be possible to retain your place even if you miss the deposit payment deadline. However, we are not obliged to honour the place for offer holders who fail to meet the deposit deadline.
If you are in need of a visa to study in the UK, you will only receive a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) once the deposit payment has been received and all conditions of the offer have been met. The CAS statement will include both tuition fees due and any advance payments, including deposit, received at the date of issue.
If you are unable to pay the deposit by the deadline stated in your offer, you may request an extension via the Online Applicant Portal not earlier than 2 weeks before the deadline. If places are still available on your chosen programme of study, your request for an extension will normally be granted. However, the duration of the extension will be dependent on the demand for places and the programme start date. If you make a request for an extension earlier than 2 weeks before the deadline, it will normally be refused.
Deposit payment cooling-off period
Upon paying your deposit payment there will be a 14-day cooling-off period from the date the payment was made. During the 14-day cooling-off period you may request a deposit refund by contacting us at email@example.com upon receipt of which your deposit will be returned within 30 working days minus any bank or transfer charges that were charged by the payment service you used.
If you enrol within the 14-day cooling-off period, the cooling-off period will cease at the point of enrolment, at which point the deposit refund policy for withdrawal after enrolment will apply. If you withdraw from the University more than two weeks after enrolment, you will (as per the standard Cardiff University Tuition Fee policy) be charged a pro rata tuition fee based on number of weeks enrolled, and the deposit payment will be accepted as payment against this pro rata amount, assuming the amount is more than the deposit amount paid.
Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies Statement
International applicants who need to obtain a Student Route visa will be emailed their Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) statement only when the deposit, or exemption, and, all academic or non-academic conditions of the offer have been satisfied. The statement will include both tuition fees due and any advance payments, including deposit, received at the date of issue.
Where a deposit has been paid and a deferral request has been approved, the deposit will automatically be carried over to the next cycle in order to secure the place on the programme.
Where a deposit has not been paid, you will normally received an updated deadline in your new offer letter, and the deposit amount to be paid may also increase.
Applicants requesting a refund following a deferral must meet the terms of the deposit refund policy in relation to their revised start date.
It is not possible to both defer a place and receive a deposit refund.