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Tuition Fees 

The information on the following pages is designed to give an overview of the fee structure for students pursuing a Postgraduate course in either 2014/5, 2015/6 or 2016/17.

It is important that all NEW and RETURNING students check the level of Tuition Fees they are liable to pay for the relevant academic year.  The fees listed here are for students who will be commencing their course in either 2014/5 or 2015/6; continuing students should contact the Finance Office to check the fee rate.

Tuition fees are payable to Cardiff University for each year of your course (including repeat years). For an approximate total cost therefore, fees should be multiplied by the number of years of study (please note that fees for future years may be subject to increase).  For further fee information please see the appropriate link on the right.

How Will My Tuition Fees be Paid?

It is the responsibility of all students to make sure that their tuition fees are paid punctually or that sufficient funding (i.e. grants & loans) is in place. Provision must be made either in advance of or as part of online registration. Failure to do so will result in Senate Regulation: Procedure for payment of Tuition Fees and Other Monies. All students must read D.23 and D.24 of the Financial  Procedures Handbook (including Procedures in the Event of Non-Payment of Tuition Fee) to be fully aware of their financial obligations.

Financial Procedures

The instalment dates and amounts due will be displayed as part of on-line registration. It is the responsibility of all students to print this data and make provision for prompt payment of all Fees. Details of on-line registration and your password will be sent to you at a later date.

Direct Debit (preferred payment method), please note if your course start date is not September/October you will not be able to pay by this method.

Payment can be made by Direct Debit in three instalments (as long as the total amount due exceeds £300). Please note, if you are enrolling to complete a module the 3 instalment payment plan is not applicable. The direct debit will be collected as follows:


November 17th 2015, January 22nd 2016 and April 22nd 2016.

You will also need to make sure that the bank details are from a valid UK bank/building society account which allows Direct Debits. Please note that Direct Debits must be set up at least a month prior to the first collection date.

If you choose this payment method you will complete a Direct Debit mandate as part of your on-line registration. 

The following payment options are also available to all Postgraduate Students. The due dates are as follows:


1st instalment - As part of, or prior to online registration

2nd instalment - January 22nd 2016

3rd instalment - April 22nd 2016

Please note, if you are enrolling at the University to sit a module the option of 3 instalments isn't applicable.

Calendar Year Students: Payment can be made in full at the start of their academic year or in three instalments, one third at the start of their academic year, followed by payment of one third of the fee after 90 days and 180 days of the start.

Credit/Debit Cards

Payment can be made using all major credit/debit cards (with the exception of American Express) either in full or three instalments. You will be able to submit your card details as part of your on-line registration.  Once payment of the 1st instalment has been made, future payments can be made via the SIMS Online page.

Cheque/ Bank Draft

Payment can be made by cheque or bank draft either in full or in three instalments. All cheques should have the student name and number written on the reverse and be made payable to “Cardiff University”. Please note that this payment method is not part of on-line registration and cheques must be received no later than 7 working days prior to registering on-line. If cheques are being sent via an overseas agent to the International Office you will need to allow extra time for the cheque to reach us. Cheques should otherwise be posted to the Finance Office.

Online Bank Transfer

Via our StudentPay website to make overseas bank transfers

  • Pay fees online using the currency of your choice
  • Commission free - no extra bank charges for 37 currencies
  • Please note in some cases you may have to make either a Euro or USD transfer if your local currency option is not available, so you may have to pay an international fee and there could be a higher charge for this transfer
  • Secure and easy to use via Western Union Business Solutions
  • Easy way to make a payment through your local bank.  Once logged in to StudentPay you will get printed instructions on how to make the transfer through your local bank
  • Please note to finalise your funds transfer to Cardiff University you will need to complete the transfer via Internet Banking or present the bank transfer details to your local bank within 72 hours
  • An email will be sent from Western Union Business Solutions once they receive the payment to confirm receipt of funds

Bank Transfer

Payment can also be made by direct bank transfer to the University bank account either in full or in three instalments. The student name and student number must be quoted so that we are able to easily identify who the payment is for. This process is not available as part of on-line registration and we must advise that payments be received no later than 7 working days prior to registering on-line. You would be advised to get a paper receipt/proof of transcript if choosing to pay by this method. This will make it easier for us to locate your payment in the event of any problem occurring.

Cardiff University Bank Details


If you are being funded by a third party it is imperative that you get a sponsorship letter to us no later than 7 working days before you register on-line. Failure to do so will mean you will not be able to complete your on-line registration.  An official sponsorship letter must be provided for each year of study.

All sponsorship letters should be sent to the Finance Office.

In the event of sponsors not paying fees when due, the student becomes personally responsible for paying the full fee.  If a student is in receipt of part-sponsorship, unless the sponsor decrees otherwise, the sponsored part of the fee will be deducted and the student is liable for the balance which is payable in three instalments.  Partial funding cannot be used to delay payment of the first instalment.

Professional and Career Development Loans

We are a Professional and Career Development Loans registered Learning Provider, registration number 8655. A Professional and Career Development Loan is a commercial bank loan that you can use to help pay for work-related learning. For further information on financial assistance to support your learning, please visit the GOV.UK website or contact the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900. If you are making an application there is a section which will need completing by the Finance Office. Please contact Miss V Sujanska for more details on (029) 20874962.  Students receiving PCDLs are liable to pay their share of fees in accordance with the methods of payment detailed above.

US Loans

Students coming to Cardiff from the United States may choose to take out loans for all or part of their tuition fees. Full details of how to go about applying for funding can be found on the International Office web page. Please note that application forms need to be submitted by August 1st 2014 for 2014/5 and by August 1st 2015 for 2015/6.

Important Withdrawal Information

Students are advised to speak to a member of staff in the Fees Office (029 20874167) to discuss the implications of withdrawal on their tuition fees.  Students may also want to discuss other aspects of their withdrawal with a member of the Money and Advice Team (029 20874844).  All students are given a two week grace period from the start of their course when no tuition fees are charged.  Following the two week grace period students will be charged , less any non-refundable deposit, on a pro- rata basis on the number of weeks in attendance (based on a 50 week academic year), and an appropriate refund made if necessary.  There are occasions where specific courses will have different rules on the refund of fees.  In these exceptions, and where the regulations on the refund of tuition fees differ from those outlined above the new rules will be clearly notified to students prior to starting the course.

Foreign Exchange letters and Canadian Tax Certificates (International Students)

The Finance Office is able to arrange letters to assist with the transfer of funds. However, due to the high volume of demand at this time of year you must allow at least three working days for the letter to be produced. Letters being sent Overseas will then be sent standard class mail so you would be advised to request any documents you need as early as possible. To request Foreign Exchange letters please e-mail

If you require a Canadian Tax Certificate please email

Important Notes

  • In the case of partial sponsorship, this will be deducted from the full tuition fees chargeable for the relevant academic session. The remaining balance payable by the student will then be divided into three equal instalments. Partial funding cannot be used to delay payment of the first instalment.
  • In the case of withdrawal students will be charged (less any non-refundable deposit) on a pro-rata basis on the number of weeks in attendance from the start of the course.
  • Failure to pay Tuition Fees by the due date will result in Senate Regulations being enforced and may lead to your registration being cancelled.
  • The Finance Office may contact you from time to time via e-mail and you should read your e-mails at least once a week as per INSRV Regulation 5.3.1.
  • Sponsored students must provide an official sponsorship letter for each year of study.
  • Full details of the University’s Financial Regulations, including Refund Policy and Procedures in the Event of Non-Payment of Tuition Fees are detailed in section D.23-D.24 of the Financial Procedures Handbook.
  • Financial Procedures