Study costs

Aside from the tuition fees that you pay to the University, you may incur some additional costs in relation to your studies. Many of these costs will vary, and depend on the modules you choose as well as your own personal preferences, however we have summarised the type of costs you could expect to incur here. The costs and subsidies listed below are approximate and relate to current (2022) levels.

Stationery and equipment

Some courses may require you to purchase specific stationery which may include things such as:

  • Lab coats* (£15)
  • Medical scrubs **
  • Approved calculator (£12)
  • Safety boots/specialist footwear (£30)
  • Safety glasses*
  • Art materials/specialist stationery, for example for Architecture (students spend around £90 per year on such materials)
  • Clinical equipment **

* Provided free of charge to students in the School of Physical Sciences
** See subject specific information below


Our students submit the majority of assignments online, which means that printing costs should be minimal.


Core textbooks are available in the library. If you do wish to purchase your own books, there are several ways to keep the costs down. The Pass the Book scheme allows students to buy, sell, collect and donate a book – including hundreds of titles which have been generously provided for free by our alumni under a scheme which allows students to keep core textbooks for an agreed period. At the end of this period, the student returns the book and it is given to another student – creating a cycle of giving. In addition, Blackwell’s bookshop on campus offers second hand copies of textbooks for purchase – and you can sell your own copies back once you have finished with them.


There are over 2,000 computers available across campus for students and we offer 24 hour term time access to both the Sydney Jones and Harold Cohen libraries, and a PC finder service to help you locate computers available to use. The library also loans out laptops for four hours. Some subjects use interactive polling during lectures to enhance our students’ learning experience – so it is useful to have your own smartphone.

Compulsory field classes

Where there are compulsory field classes associated with a programme, the core costs for these will often be met by the School. Some programmes will require students to cover the costs of travel to the field class, and some may require the student to pay for their own meals. Students may also need to purchase their own outdoor clothing suitable for some field classes.

Optional field classes

Where there are optional field classes associated with a programme, students will normally be expected to meet the costs of these themselves, although there may be subsidies available. Costs will vary depending on whether the field class is in the UK, Europe or further afield.

Professional association fees

Some programmes recommend that students become members of their professional association. If that is the case, discounted student memberships are available. See subject-specific costs below.

Travel to placements

There may be costs associated with travel to placements, or for example, with travel to interviews for placements. These will vary. If students are spending a full year in industry, they can expect to be paid a salary by their employer.

Library fines

We have sought to minimise the burden of library fines while ensuring that our resources remain available for all. Consequently, fines will only be charged on our standard loan items if they are both overdue and required by someone else. In that instance, we contact students to let them know and give them time to return an item and fines are then payable at £1 per day. Different fines processes apply for short loan items and laptop loans.                  

Subject specific costs

Information on key additional costs which are specific to certain subjects can be found on individual course pages.