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 specified 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.
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 withdraw or substantially change a programme, applicants will be entitled to a deposit refund when requested within 14 days of the notification of the withdrawal or change.
We will ask you to pay a deposit towards your course tuition fees in order to secure your place if:
- you are classed as an international/overseas applicant for tuition fee paying purposes and have been offered a place onto a postgraduate taught programme
- you are a UK/EU offer holder applying to a postgraduate taught programme in the School of Medicine, the School of Dentistry or courses in the Centre for Professional Legal Studies in our School of Law and Politics.
This applies to full-time and part-time, on campus and distance learning programmes.
You are not required to pay a deposit if:
- it is not stipulated in your offer letter*
- you are in receipt of a full tuition fee scholarship or a recognised sponsor or funding body (please note that there are exceptions to this as detailed below in exceptions to exemptions)
- you are in receipt of a full tuition fee bank or student loan
- you are studying on an approved progression programme at an approved partner institution
- you have firmly accepted an unconditional offer to study on a Cardiff University pre-sessional programme
- you are a current Cardiff University student studying on a full degree programme.
You may be asked to provide documentary evidence to exempt you from paying a deposit.
Applicants to courses in the Centre for Professional Legal Studies will be subject to a separate deposit process and information regarding this will be communicated separately by the Centre.
*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.
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.
Deposit amounts for 2019/20
- £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).
- £1,000 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 will be included in your official offer (conditional and unconditional) from us.
The School of Dentistry’s clinical programmes requires an earlier deadline to ensure 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.
In addition to the payment of the deposit, you will also be required to meet all of the academic conditions of your offer and have submitted copies of your qualification certificates for verification.
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.
In some cases you may be eligible for an exemption from the deposit.
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.
You will also be required to have paid a deposit before being able to formally enrol onto your programme.
Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies Statement
International applicants who need to obtain a Tier 4 student 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.
You can roll over your deposit for entry in the following year if a deferral application is approved. Payment of the deposit will be required in accordance with the deadlines outlined on the original offer letter.
Frequently asked questions
Postgraduate taught offer holders who are classified as international/overseas for fee paying purposes must pay a tuition fee deposit in order to secure a place of study. Further information on determining your fee status can be found on the UKCISA website. The University will determine your fee status after you submitted your application of study.
For postgraduate applicants who are in need of a visa to study in the UK, we will only issue a CAS once you have paid your deposit.
You also need to have paid a deposit before you can formally enrol onto your programme.
After you have accepted an offer of a place on a postgraduate taught programme, you will be prompted to pay your deposit.
You will be notified of how to pay and the deadline for payment in your offer letter.
You can pay online with a credit or debit card via the Online Applicant Portal. This is the preferred payment method to be used.
If you cannot pay by credit or debit card via our Online Applicant Portal, we also offer alternative payment methods.
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.
Applicants requesting a deferral will not be entitled to a deposit refund until the following year if they meet the terms of the deposit refund policy in relation to their revised start date.
Deposits carried forward for a deferred application will be non-refundable except when the criteria for the following are met: 1: refusal of a student visa, 5: ill-health; 6: applicant fails to be awarded external funding or 8: the University cancels the programme.
Your deposit will be payable in the year you make your application. Your deposit will be rolled over with your application to the next admissions cycle.
Once a deposit payment has been made there will be a 14 day cooling-off period from the date the payment was made. Should your circumstances change during these 14 days, you can request a deposit refund. After the 14 day cooling-off period, our deposit refunds policy comes into action.
The deposit is non-transferable and non-refundable except under the circumstances outlined in our Deposit Refund Policy. Refund requests must be made in accordance with our refund procedures and deadlines. Deposits will be held at least until the start date of the course applied for, or longer, at our discretion.
Refund approvals will be made in accordance with the refund procedures.
In line with UK money laundering laws any fee paid will only be refunded to the person or body who paid the fee.