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 (2017) 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

Printing

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

Books

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.

PCs/laptops

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 http://appstore.liv.ac.uk/pc-finder/. 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.

Costs associated with Study Abroad

If you are participating in a Study Abroad programme you will still be entitled to all of your normal student loans – and you may be entitled to extra funding from Student Finance. If you are studying a semester abroad, your normal tuition fee will be payable. If you are studying a full year abroad, your tuition fee for that year is reduced. All students participating in Study Abroad are entitled to University of Liverpool travel insurance. For information about funding opportunities available for Study Abroad, see https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/goabroad/funding/

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

The below information highlights key additional costs which are specific to certain subjects. The costs and subsidies listed below are approximate and relate to current (2017) levels.

  • Archaeology, Evolutionary Anthropology, Archaeology of Ancient Civilisations and Egyptology

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    This relates to all Honours Select, Year One students taking Archaeology, Evolutionary Anthropology, Archaeology of Ancient Civilisations and Egyptology at 50% or more.

    Year One Compulsory Fieldwork – two weeks, Penycloddiau, North Wales.

    • Approved equipment
      You’ll need to bring a 4-inch WHS Spear and Jackson wood-handled trowel, or similar archaeological trowel. Don’t bring a gardening trowel! You can buy these here for around £10-14: http://www.pasthorizonstools.com/Archaeology_Trowels_and_Tools_s/1816.htm
    • Subsistence costs
      Students pay a subsistence contribution for food which is £100 in 2016/17

    In Year Two, for those who must complete a further two weeks of fieldwork, they are offered several options. Some options are based in the UK, and have no costs applicable and others are based abroad. For those choosing to join a site abroad, students would be expected to pay for their own flights, accommodation and subsistence and the costs vary from site to site.

  • Dentistry

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    Travel to placements

    1. BDS students go out on placements in Year Five with a small proportion in Year Four instead (for BDS Graduate Entry (GE) students this is Year Four or Year Three). The travelling costs to placements may be reimbursed depending on a number of factors (see below). Attendance at placements is one day per week for ten weeks in a CDS and a GDS clinic respectively (i.e. 20 days). Most placements are in the Merseyside, North Cheshire or Wirral areas but there are clinics in Crewe and Chester that are used. Depending on the student’s address, the furthest distance would be approximately a 100 mile round trip.
    2. Students going to placements in Year Five (Year Four BDS GE) will have their travelling costs reimbursed by NHS Bursaries IF they are in receipt of an NHS Bursary (i.e. at least the non‐means tested/means tested grant) up to the difference between the cost of their normal daily travel and the cost of their travel to the placement site. If students are not eligible for the non‐means tested/means tested grant then they will not be able to reclaim their travelling costs.
    3. Students who go to placements in Year Four (Year Three BDS GE) can claim the costs referred to in point 2 from the School of Dentistry providing they are eligible for the NHS non‐means tested/mean tested grant.
  • Diagnostic Radiography

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    Stationery and equipment

    Practical kit: £50

    Professional association fees

    Optional Society of Radiographers Student Membership (first year free then £48 per year)

    Travel to placements – clinical

    Students will complete 52.5 weeks of placement experience. All clinical placements are a daily commute, therefore additional accommodation costs are not required. Student concessions are also available from local travel companies.

    Elective placements

    At the end of Year Two students undertake a three week Elective Placement in either the UK or overseas which is self-funded.

  • Ecology and Marine Biology

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    Compulsory field courses

    Year One: The School will normally cover the cost of accommodation, subsistence and travel for the Year One field course.

    Year Three: The School will normally cover the cost of meals and accommodation for the Year Three field course. Students are usually required to cover the cost of travel to destination of around £30‐£210 depending on home location Either: (1) FSC course around £150 or (2) Overseas Trip optional supplement £0 - £2000

    Year Four (Master’s programme): The School will normally cover the cost of accommodation, subsistence and travel for the Masters field course.

  • Engineering/Electrical Engineering and Electronics

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    Stationery and equipment

    All essential safety equipment, other than boots, is provided free of charge by the department.

    Pilot Studies programmes

    Flight Training for Aerospace Engineering with Pilot Studies Students – There is a one-off up-front fee of approximately £3,500 (£3,950 for those needing to fly in larger aircraft) for the Flight Training course in Year One. In addition the students are required to purchase a study pack costing between £100 and £220 and an aircraft checklist for £6.

    Flight Test course - This course is for all Aerospace Engineering and Aerospace Engineering with Pilot Studies students in Year Two and the cost is covered by the School. There is no flight training course in Year Two.

  • Geography and Physical Geography, Geology and Geophysics

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    A basic geological field kit. Current cost £59.50 (available from http://payments.liv.ac.uk/product-catalogue/student-course-items/school-of-environmental-sciences/basic-kit) containing:

    • Compass Clinometer
    • Helmet
    • Hand Lens
    • Stereonet
    • Michel Levy Chart
    • High Viz Jacket
    • Grain size card
    • Large Clear Plastic Bag
    • Whistle

    Project/dissertation costs

    The School will provide a budget of up to £200 for field / lab based projects. Desk-based projects receive no budget from the School.

    Geography and Environmental Science programmes: Year Three optional field class

    Option A: Short Haul (Europe) one week residential field class (eg to the Algarve): Students meet full economic costs of the field class, including food, travel and accommodation (around £800)

    Option B: Long haul (N America) two week residential field class: Students meet full economic costs of the field class, including food, travel and costs of the field class, travel and accommodation (around £1,300)

    Geophysics (North America) programme

    Additional costs of Year Three in North Americaaround £1,500‐ £2,000 (costs will vary according to type of accommodation, flights etc). £600 travel bursary available from University

  • Life Sciences

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    Optional field classes

    Students in Life Sciences who are taking the field course in Uganda will need to pay for their visa, travel, accommodation and meals. In 2017 this is £1,450.

  • Medicine

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    Year One – Students will be given their lab coats for use in the Human Anatomy Resource Centre free of charge. There is a £15 charge for any replacement white lab coats.

    Year Two - Stethoscope (approximately £30 upwards) and travel costs to placements at hospital trusts within the North West area (Aintree, Arrow Park, Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen and Whiston hospitals)

    Year Three - Travel to placements. Costs will vary from student to student.

    Year Four – Three sets of scrubs are provided free to all students, however if students require an additional set then they are required to purchase this themselves at a cost of £29.95. There are also elective costs which could include placement cost to the hospital, agency costs to find the placement, travel costs to the placement, accommodation and living costs, possible Public Liability Insurance costs.

    Year Five – Travel costs to placements.

  • Nursing

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    Professional association fees

    Optional (but very strongly recommended) Royal College of Nursing or Unison Student membership (£30.00)

    Travel to placements

    Students will complete approximately 63 weeks of placement experience. All clinical placements are a daily commute, therefore additional accommodation costs are not required. Student concessions are also available from local travel companies.

    Elective placements

    Elective placements are compulsory, but they do not necessarily incur costs. Students may opt to undertake a placement overseas (in which case there will clearly be a variable cost for this), but student may also undertake their elective placement in the UK, and depending upon where the placement is, in relation to where the student is living, costs will vary.

  • Occupational Therapy

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    Stationery and equipment

    In Years Two and Three, students may be required to purchase craft items (approximately £20 per year) to use in groupwork sessions and developing a product prototype.

    Students are advised to purchase a USB pen drive to use when carrying out presentations (£10)

    In Year Two, students are required to participate in a leisure activity. Students choose their own activity but will need to consider that some activities will involve additional costs eg gym classes, craft materials, club fees although many students choose to undertake free activities.

    Professional association fees

    Optional (but strongly recommended) Royal College of Occupational Therapists, this however is optional. The cost to join is £60 per year / £5.00 per month.

    Travel to placements

    Students will complete 33 weeks of placement experience. Most clinical placements are a daily commute (students are placed within 50 miles of the University). Student concessions are also available from local travel companies.

    Additional accommodation costs apply for students wishing to complete a placement in the Isle of Man at the cost of £343 per month (placement lengths vary from 4- 8 weeks)

    Elective placements

    Elective placement (6 weeks in semester two, Year Three) is mandatory. Same travel costs will be incurred as those on a clinical placement.

    Students can choose to complete placements in the UK or abroad - these are self-funding.

    • Vaccination costs apply if going abroad to certain countries and vary from £10-£50 approx.
    • Visa fees apply in certain countries costs vary
    • To travel abroad student must be a member of professional body approximately cost £12 per month.
    • First aid course is required to complete a placement in Australia £30
    • Australian Police checks are required to complete a placement in Australia $46.90
    • Food, travel and accommodation costs up to £3,000 for a six week elective placement in Australia.
  • Orthoptics

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    Stationery and equipment

    Orthoptic equipment: £50

    Travel to placements

    This will vary due to geographical location likely to be between £40 and £200 per week of placement (Y1: 7 weeks, Y2: 11 weeks and Y3: 12 weeks).

  • Physics

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    Optional field class/school placements

    These costs are covered by the department for the optional field trip in Year Three. Also, students are reimbursed for travel costs to school placements undertaken as part of an optional module in Year Three.

  • Physiotherapy

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    Stationery and equipment

    Practical kit = £120.00

    Professional association fees

    Optional Chartered Society of Physiotherapy Student Membership (£120.00 for three years)

    Travel to placements

    Students will complete 32 weeks of placement experience. All clinical placements are a daily commute, therefore additional accommodation costs are not required. Student concessions are also available from local travel companies.

    Observation placements

    In Year One, students undertake a one week Observation Placement in the Merseyside area. All placements are a daily commute, therefore additional accommodation costs are not required. Student concessions are also available from local travel companies.

    Elective placements

    At the end of Year Two, students undertake a three week Elective Placement in either the UK or overseas which is self-funded.

  • Planning

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    Project/dissertation costs

    The School will provide a budget of up to £200 for field / lab based projects. Desk-based projects receive no budget from the School.

  • Radiotherapy

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    Professional association fees

    Optional Society of Radiographers Student Membership : 1st year free then £48 per year or £4 per month

    Travel to placements

    Students will complete 51 weeks of placement experience and may be placed at any of the three main radiotherapy sites across the North West:

    • Clatterbridge Cancer Centre in Bebington on Wirral (with a satellite centre at Aintree)
    • Christie Hospital NHS Trust in Withington, Manchester (with satellite centres at Salford and Oldham)
    • Rosemere Cancer Centre in Preston (with a short rotation to Carlisle).

    Depending on where students choose to be based when in an academic block, travel to these sites and their respective satellite centres will incur additional costs.

    For example, a student based in Liverpool who is placed at the Christie Hospital in Manchester may choose to:

    • drive the distance of 39 miles
    • commute each day at a cost of around £19 by train (student concessions may be available)
    • or alternatively the student may wish to find additional accommodation.

    Elective placements

    At the end of Year Two, students undertake a week Elective Placement in either the UK or overseas which is self-funded.

  • Veterinary Science

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    To help with your budgeting, this list has been drawn up to give an indication of additional costs you will need to meet during the programme. It is not exhaustive, and may change, but it aims to give you an indication of the level of programme-related expenditure. Pre-clinical EMS (PCEMS) and Clinical EMS (CEMS) may have costs associated with them relating to travel to placements and accommodation and subsistence but these will vary depending on the type and location of the placement.

    There will also be times when, in Years One-Three, you may be required to attend some classes at Leahurst and, in Year Four-Five, when you may be required to attend some rotations in Liverpool, which may incur some additional daily travel costs.

    Where notes are supplied, these save you buying several textbooks, and are “tailor-made” for your course. We would advise that you only buy books after you arrive at University, as there is good guidance and discounts available through the Liverpool University Veterinary Society Book Rep.

    Clothing requirements and equipment

    Much of the clothing and equipment required for the course can be used throughout the five years without replacement. Allow room for a warm jumper underneath overalls during cold weather.

    The items listed below should be available from farm or work wear suppliers (wide range of stockists – type ‘workwear’ into a search engine for suppliers).

    Clothes required

    • Green overalls (boiler-suit style) https://www.dickiesstore.co.uk/ (approx. £20)*
    • Industry (hard-wearing) standard wellingtons (green, black or blue) https://www.dickiesstore.co.uk/ (approx. £20)*
    • White lab coat “Howie” style (long sleeves) www.alexandra.co.uk/ (approx. £25) *
    • Veterinary Parlour top (waterproof with short sleeves) (approx. £20)*
    • Industrial waterproof safety boots (approx. £20)*
    • Blue or green waterproof jacket (recommended but not essential for Years One, Two and Three)
    • Blue or green waterproof trousers (recommended but not essential for Years One, Two and Three)
    • Scrub top are required for Years Four and Five. The cost is met by sponsorship (Hills) plus Institute contribution.

    Equipment required

    • Calculator Sharp EL-W531B or Casio FX83GT PLUS (£9.99)*
    • Stethoscope provided by the Institute
    • Thermometer provided by the Institute
    • Pen torch provided by the Institute

    * These items are required for the start of the course.

    Other costs

    Books and notes

    Details of recommended textbooks are available from the following link: http://libguides.liv.ac.uk/readinglists. Copies of all the recommended texts including those produced in house will be held in the library.

    You are strongly recommended not to purchase books until you arrive, when you will get advice, a discount through the Liverpool University Veterinary Society and an appreciation of what type of books you need to assist your studies. Books typically cost £25-£50 each. In the preclinical years, a number of in-house anatomy guides are provided (approx. £25.00) and in the clinical years (Four and Five) some lecture notes may be provided in hard copy at a cost of approx. £120.00

    British Veterinary Association (BVA) membership

    Annual BVA Membership will be free for the first year and £35 per year thereafter. This gives you personal accident cover during the course, as well as other benefits such as the journal “In Practice”. Membership forms will be available from the BVA during Welcome Week.

    Extra Mural Studies (EMS)

    Whilst not a programme requirement, students are required to complete EMS to be awarded the BVSc. Costs are variable, but an estimate is £2,500 over the five years of the programme, which includes costs associated with travel, accommodation and equipment.

    Conferences

    SPVS Conference in Year 4 (approximate cost £100.00). Attendance at SPVS is not a programme requirement, but a large number of students do attend and it can count towards EMS.

    Student badges

    The Institute provides students with name badges to be worn in the labs/on rotation. There is a replacement charge of £6.50.

    Clinical skills kits

    Clinical skills kits provided by the Institute in Year One, but replacement charge of £17.