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Postgraduate Admissions


Your fee status will influence the level of fees you are charged, and also the type of financial aid available to you, and so it is important that you are correctly classified. If you are made an offer of admission to the University, your offer will state what we believe your fee status to be, based on the information you have provided in your application form, and according to the relevant UK legislation.
All students who are not classified as either Home will be classified as Overseas. Students from the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man are classed as Overseas.
If you believe that we have misclassified you please read the page on Fee Reassessment.

The Universities Minister for England announced on 23 June 2020 that EU nationals (except Irish nationals living in the UK or Ireland), and other EEA and Swiss nationals will no longer be eligible for home fee status for courses starting in academic year 2021/22 unless they are benefitting from Citizens’ Rights under the EU Withdrawal Agreement, EEA EFTA Separation Agreement or Swiss Citizens’ Rights Agreement respectively.
Students commencing their course in Lent Term 2021 or Easter Term 2021 are not affected by these changes.

Criteria for classification as Home (for students commencing their course after September 2021)

There are a number of requirements which must be met in order to be eligible for Home fees. Listed below are the two main requirements. Please note that these are not the only requirements that you will need to meet, and are liable to change in order to comply with the requirements of UK legislation. The details of this government legislation has not yet been confirmed for entry in 2021/22.

Further information on requirements for entry in 2021/22 is not yet available on the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) website.

Students must normally meet the requirements of both settled status and ordinary residence in the first instance.

1.Settled status/nationality

This means that students must be nationals of the UK or have indefinite leave to enter/remain in the UK (ie they must not be subject under immigration laws to any restriction on the period for which they may stay in the UK).

The Government have announced that EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals who wish to commence courses in England in the academic year starting from September 2021 will need to be benefitting from Citizens’ Rights under the EU Withdrawal Agreement, the EEA EFTA Separation Agreement or the Swiss Citizens’ Rights Agreement respectively to be eligible for Home fees.

Irish nationals living in the UK or Ireland whose right to study and to access benefits and services will be preserved on a reciprocal basis for UK and Irish nationals under the Common Travel Area arrangement and will also be eligible for Home fees.

2. Ordinary residence

Students must also have been ordinarily resident in the UK, for the three years prior to the relevant start date of the course for which they are applying (1st September, 1st January or 1st April), and that residence should not have been wholly or mainly for the purposes of receiving education. Being absent from the UK due to study abroad is usually considered a temporary absence and does not affect ordinary residence if the home/permanent address is within the UK. All information is subject to further government confirmation.

If you have already been admitted as a graduate or postgraduate student, and disagree with your fee status, you may request a fee reassessment from the Postgraduate Admissions Office who will consult the UKCISA guidelines before making a decision. Please see Fee Reassessment for details. Decisions on fee reassessment will be based on the evidence that you have submitted; if you have any further, or new, information please submit this as soon after the decision as possible.


This is a very general summary of the main criteria for Home fee status classification, but there are exceptions, as well as other requirements, which must be taken into account. There are also other categories of students who might also be eligible for Home fees, for example, refugees.