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Can I afford to study in the UK?

Consider first:

  • If you are considering studying in the UK, it is important to look at the costs from the very beginning, before you send in your application.
  • UKESC has a good track record of helping students to win full or partial scholarships from a variety of sources, but the majority of students have to fund all or part of the costs themselves. Scholarships go to the best students. It is important to be realistic about your chances and work out how you can finance your studies for yourself.
  • Most UK students finance their degree courses themselves from loans and pay back money they have borrowed after graduation. They see their degree as an investment.
  • Caribbean students who are determined and plan carefully can often manage to finance themselves. You should, of course, apply for any scholarships for which you are qualified.

Costs of studying at a UK university:

Your costs will be made up of your tuition fees, your living costs and your airfare. Tuition fees and living costs will vary from university to university and from course to course. The difference in tuition fees is particularly evident in sciences, where the best universities have more laboratory work and are outstandingly well resourced. The UK government will only issue study visas to applicants showing detailed evidence of having sufficient funding to pay for the first year of their studies and living in the UK. See UKVI website for further information: https://www.gov.uk/browse/visas-immigration/student-visas 

Undergraduate costs:

  • Tuition fees range from about £12000 - £20000 per year for most subjects. Medicine and other clinical subjects cost around £35000 per year for the three clinical years that follow two science years.
  • Living costs range from about £6500 - £11000 per academic year outside central London, and cover accommodation, food, local travel, some clothes, books, basic social life etc. (but note that UKVI requires you to show a specified minimum amount of living costs for your visa, see the UKVI website for details or refer to UKESC)
  • You can find details of each university’s tuition and likely living costs at their websites – try the pages for international students. (Follow the links to the universities from this website.) You should take the figures mentioned as a guide, because expectations vary greatly, but this amount should enable you to meet all your needs if you are reasonably careful.
  • If your course involves a 'sandwich year', you will be charged a significantly lower tuition fee for that year – see university website or email UKESC for details.

Postgraduate costs:

  • MA and MSc courses last one full year, making them very cost-effective compared with the two year courses in many other countries. Tuition fees usually range from about £12000 - £24000. In addition to the sciences, business courses often attract higher fees.
  • MBA degrees, especially AMBA accredited MBAs, can cost up to £24000 or even more. There are some excellent AMBA accredited MBA courses for £14000 - £16000.
  • PhD courses usually last 3 years. Tuition fees will be as for undergraduates in most cases, living costs per year will be as for postgraduates. Science PhDs can cost up to £26000 per year tuition incl. "bench fee".
  • Living costs range from about £9000 - £14000 per year outside central London. Living costs cover accommodation, food, local travel, some clothes, books, basic social life etc. You should take the figures mentioned as a guide, but this amount should enable you to meet all your needs if you are reasonably careful.
  • You can find details of each university’s tuition and recommended living costs at its website – try the pages for international students. (Follow the links to the universities from this website.) Remember that postgraduate degrees last 12 months.

For specific, individual advice you need to register with UKESC