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Postgraduate tuition fees for international students

The tuition fees you pay for your postgraduate course will vary depending on the subject area you are studying and the type of postgraduate study you are embarking on.

EU postgraduate fees for January 2021 entry:

  • Taught Master’s – £6,500-£12,000 for full-time study for qualifications such as MA, MSc and LLM
  • MBA – £11,000
  • Optional placement (additional fee to above) – £850.

The government offers postgraduate loans up to a value of £11,222 for January 2021 entry (non-means tested) EU students – paid in three instalments during the academic year to cover tuition fees and living costs. 

All overseas students, including those from europe, postgraduate fees for September 2021 and January 2022 entry: 

  • Taught Master’s – £12,000-£15,000 for full-time study, for qualifications such as MA, MSc and LLM
  • MBA – £15,000 
  • Optional placement (additional fee to above) – £850.

Please check our individual course pages for specific fees and any anticipated additional costs.


International students need to pay a non-refundable* £2,000 deposit to secure their place on a postgraduate course in January 2021. For September 2021 and January 2022 entry, all international students need to pay a non-refundable* £3,000 deposit to secure their place. You will need to pay your deposit by the date stated in your offer letter. The remainder of your fee will be payable on registration/enrolment. 

*There are two exceptions to the non-refundable rule on the deposit:

  • You fail to meet the academic or English requirements of your offer
  • You are refused a visa to enter the UK, provided the reason for the refusal is not a fraudulent application. 

In addition, you will be eligible for a deposit refund if you are unable to physically commence study at BU due to travel restrictions imposed either by the UK Government or the government in the country from which you are travelling to BU. If requested by us, you will be required to provide evidence of the relevant government’s travel restrictions to show you were unable to travel to BU in time to start your course.

Paying your fees and discounts

There are various ways you can pay your fees, if they are not being covered by a scholarship, and we also offer certain discounts on the cost of postgraduate study.

You can find information about the tuition fees for postgraduate research degrees in our postgraduate research fees and funding section.