For some courses there are additional costs. The list below is provided as a guide to additional costs that may be incurred but is not guaranteed to be exhaustive.
Many of the course texts are available to borrow from the Library but students should expect to purchase at least some of the course texts relevant to their course.
The undergraduate First Year Module Quantitative Skills II in the School of Environmental Sciences will require students to purchase MyMathLab software with or without a text book which may cost £30-£50. Prices are correct as of April 2018. Students on the Chemistry with a Foundation Year course and who do the simpler maths module combination are asked to purchase access to MyMathLab.
Foundation Year undergraduate courses across the Faculty of Science will require students to purchase textbooks which may cost up to £75 per module, depending on which modules are taken.
For the vast majority of Undergraduate and Postgraduate Taught modules in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities all required reading is available online via TALIS or in hard copy format via the UEA Library. Students may choose to purchase books and textbooks if they wish and this may sometimes be recommended (e.g. to enable annotation and facilitate seminar discussion), but they are rarely required to do so. Please note the following special cases:
- Students taking courses in Language and Communication Studies (with the exception of BA Intercultural Communication with Business Management) are sometimes required to buy textbooks, which range approximately from £15-£40 per book. These are not only books that students use intensively for their courses, but they often also contain additional digitised material (e.g. via DVD) that supplement students' learning.
- Due to copyright (especially on works of contemporary literature), English Literature modules (Undergraduate and Postgraduate) in the School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing sometimes require students to purchase books up to a cost of approximately £50. English Literature students are often recommended (rather than required) to buy books to facilitate learning and discussion, and an average cost per module would be about £20.
- Students intending to take majors or minors in degrees with English Literature or in Language and Communication Studies as part of BA Liberal Arts should also note these special cases.
Students are required to pay for these as follows:
- Physical Education degree programmes (Year 2) / Education degree programmes (Year 2)
- Medicine (on entry) and Medicine electives (Year 4)
- PGCE (Primary and Secondary)
- Pharmacy (MPharm, Pharmacy Integrated Masters and Pharmacy with a foundation year)
- Social Work (BA and MA)
- MSc Physician Associate
- BSc Adult Nursing
- BSc Mental Health Nursing
- BSc Children's Nursing
- BSc Paramedic Science
- BSc Operating Department Practice
- BSc Midwifery
- BSc and MSc Physiotherapy
- BSc and MSc Occupational Therapy
- BSc and MSc Speech and Language Therapy
- Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (non-NHS funded students)
- Doctorate in Educational Psychology
In addition, a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check may be required if particular research or internship experience necessitates this. In these cases the cost will fall to the student.
You may be asked to obtain an ID check at a Post Office. The Post Office will make a charge for this service. Additionally, if you have lived outside of the UK within the past five years, you will need to obtain a supplementary Overseas Police Checks and there may charge for this service. UEA Student Services may also charge an Overseas Professional Verification Fee.
Physical Education, Sport and Health and Education degree courses may require students to obtain a DBS. This is not mandatory before arrival as students may not choose to work with children or vulnerable adults.
Students may incur costs associated with immunisations recommended by occupational health (e.g. hepatitis B immunisation), and/or immunisations or prophylactic treatment recommended by Occupational Health services prior to undertaking an overseas elective or travel.
In some Schools students are required (at their own expense) to be student members of the relevant professional body. In other Schools students may be encouraged to become a student member of a professional body. Where this is the case the fees are the responsibility of the student.
There are also optional opportunities for Physical Education students to gain coaching qualifications for a small additional fee. These are not compulsory but may enhance future employment opportunities.
The School of International Development has an optional professional skills course which varies in price from £10 - £60.
Students taking part in field trips will normally be asked to make a contribution towards the costs of those courses which will normally be at least 50% of the cost. In some cases the cost will be confirmed once the School knows how many people will be undertaking the field trip, this allows for the best possible price for attendees.
In some cases a field trip offered as part of a compulsory module may provide an option to travel abroad. Where a student selects the option to travel abroad there will normally be additional costs involved, such as meals, flights, social activities, and accommodation.
Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Fieldtrips in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities are usually optional and costs (e.g. of theatre tickets or travel) are often supplemented or covered by your School of study (e.g. the School of History covers travel and entrance fees for trips taken as part of modules in this School). Occasionally students may be asked to make site visits within Norwich itself at their own expense. Please also note the following special cases:
- Students taking Undergraduate or Postgraduate courses in Journalism will need to travel to Broadcast House in the centre of Norwich for the majority of their teaching. Students will be required to travel within Norfolk to report on news stories on a regular basis, and they also have the option to pursue stories outside the county. Technical equipment will be provided although it is beneficial for students to have access to a working smart phone.
- Some of our Drama modules may also ask students to attend a small number of theatre performances, for which they'll have to purchase tickets. These are often discounted, and costs can vary e.g. in 2022, the cost of the theatre visit required as part of first-year module, Theatre Now, was £15.
- Undergraduate courses in Art History include several optional trips, which are part funded by the School of Art, Media, and American Studies. Most trips are in the UK (e.g. to London), however please note that for optional trips beyond the UK students may be required to fund a signification portion of the costs themselves.
- BA Liberal Arts students intending to take majors or minors in Drama or Art History should also note these special cases.
- Students taking MA The Arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas are asked to cover the cost of field trips, but they will receive a £500 bursary to assist with this.
Students attending theatre performances will normally be asked to pay for the cost of their ticket.
Faculty of Social Sciences
In the School of International Development, students may have to contribute to the cost of field trips by paying for their meals.
Faculty of Science
The following modules in the School of Environmental Sciences have an additional cost. These costs cover accommodation, food and equipment rental:
|Module Code||Module Name||Approximate Cost (correct for 2022 entry)|
Exploring the Earths Subsurface Field Course
Weather Applications Field Course
Geosciences field course to Spain
Sustainable Development Field Course
Postgraduate Research Students
Postgraduate Research students carrying out research fieldwork placements will normally be expected to cover all costs (travel, accommodation, insurance, research costs) where these are not covered by their funding sponsor.
The Faculty of Arts and Humanities has a Graduate School Grant Scheme through which students based in the Faculty can apply for support with additional study-related costs.
Postgraduate students or their funding sponsor may be charged an additional bench fee to cover the costs of experimental work, such as laboratory consumables or instrument time.
For postgraduate research students details will normally be included with the offer letter, and should be itemised so that it is clear what the estimated costs of the project are expected to be. These costs may change over time (in both directions) depending on procurement options and exchange rates, or if the direction of the research project changes. Students will be supported by their supervisory team in managing research costs of this nature.
Students on placement will normally incur additional transport costs and may also require accommodation near their placement location with the exception of MBBS Medicine students whose placement costs are covered.
School of International Development
If you are an undergraduate in the School of International Development undertaking the Development Work Placement module, and you have a work placement for 2-5 months, the School will contribute £750 for expenses. If you are a postgraduate student in the School of International Development taking the Development Work Placement the School will contribute a maximum of £630. Otherwise, students engaging on these modules might incur additional costs beyond the support available, depending on the length, nature and destination of the placement.
School of Health Sciences
For students in the School of Health Sciences, please be aware that placements are offered throughout the east of England and as a result there will be additional transport and travel costs related to attending placement (placement attendance includes a wide range of shift patterns which covers the provision of care over 24hrs per day 7 days a week) Examples of costs are given below which were correct at the time of publication (autumn 2022). Health Science students are responsible for planning their own journeys to placements and will need to check costings with local public transport and accommodation providers. Localities within the east of England are very rural with limited public transport (please see examples below).
Example of Cost (October 2022)
Norwich to Kings Lynn: £9.60 Return (up to 1 hour and 50 mins each way)
Norwich to Cambridge: £40 Return (up to 1 hour and 20 mins each way)
Budget Hotel in Great Yarmouth: £50 per night
Norwich to Bury St Edmunds: 44 miles (associated fuel and car use costs, approximately 1 hour and 15 mins)
For eligible students, placement travel and accommodation expenses support is available via the NHS Learning Support Fund, additionally, for students that meet the eligibility criteria, there is the UEA VC’s hardship fund which offers temporary, short-term interest free loans to support for placement related expenses.
Whilst students on the Paramedic Science courses are not required to obtain the C1 driving category on their UK driving licence during their programme of study, it is highly likely to be a requirement in order to secure employment at the end of the course.
Norwich Medical School
Medicine students undertaking elective placements (Year 4) are responsible for bearing any additional cost associated with this placement (e.g. pre and post travel health assessments, travel, accommodation, recommended insurance, etc.)
School of Social Work
You will be required to be able to drive a car in the UK and have access to your own car for placements for your second year.
Faculty of Arts and Humanities
For Placement years, the University favours paid placements (although some sectors in particular may advertise unpaid placements). Students on placement could incur additional transport costs and may also require accommodation near their placement location. It is quite usual for shorter placements to be unpaid, but placement hosts are to pay the Living Wage Foundation rate if they are able to.
Postgraduate Research Students
Students on the Doctorate in Educational Psychology are responsible for bearing any additional cost associated with placements (i.e. travel, accommodation and recommended insurance, etc.)
Non-NHS funded students on the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology may be responsible for bearing additional travel costs associated with placements, dependent on the placement provider they are located with. This decision is made at NHS Trust level and is outside the control of the University.
Students on both the Doctorate in Educational Psychology and the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology are expected to be able to drive as part of their placements, and to have the appropriate insurance associated with this.
School of Pharmacy
For students in the School of Pharmacy, experiential learning placements are offered throughout the entire East of England (and sometimes further afield). As a result, students will incur travel and accommodation costs related to attending these placements. Examples of costs are given below and are correct at the time of publication. There will be some occasions where the School of Pharmacy will be able to contribute to travel costs, or organise pre-paid transportation and these are clearly outlined in the School of Pharmacy Travel Policy.
Pharmacy students are responsible for planning their own journeys to placements and will need to check costings with local public transport and accommodation providers. Some areas within the East of England are particularly rural with limited public transport (please see examples below), and therefore students may be required to undergo extended journey times.
Example of Cost (February 2023):
Norwich to Kings Lynn: £9.60 Return (up to 1 hour and 50 mins each way)
Norwich to Ipswich: £18.40 Return (up to 45 mins each way)
Budget Hotel in Great Yarmouth/Gorleston: circa £50 per night
Norwich to Bury St Edmunds: 44 miles (associated fuel and car use costs,
approximately 1 hour and 15 mins)
For students that meet the eligibility criteria, there is the UEA VC’s hardship fund which offers temporary, short-term interest free loans to support for placement related expenses.
MBBS Medicine and MSc Physician Associate students will need to purchase a stethoscope.
Physical Education, Sport and Health / PGCE Physical Education students are required to purchase UEA branded kit (c. £115 for the basic kit with some additional items available if required). Professional experience costs should be considered for Education students and PE, Sport and Health students in the School of Education, for example travel expenses or uniform for placement. This is optional and dependant on personal development choices.
Where equipment is provided to students for their personal use (e.g. lab coats, safety spectacles, uniforms) then the University will normally charge for replacements if these are lost or become damaged.
Students undertaking a year abroad as part of their course will incur additional costs such as travel. There is more information on our Year Abroad students page.
Students on the Doctorate of Education who are based overseas are expected to attend one in-person study block at UEA. Any travel and accommodation costs for this block are covered by the student directly.
Every student is automatically enrolled on a free Active Campus membership for the duration of their studies which gives access to a variety of heavily subsidised programmes designed to benefit physical and mental wellbeing.
For students wishing to participate or compete in a sports club; a UEA Sport Membership (USM) costs £55 per year.
Further details of how to pay fees and information on other fees and charges are available in this document.
New students who register with the University Medical Centre should be aware that standard NHS charges apply to any medical certificates issued by the Medical Centre. They should also ensure that they check with the Medical Centre about any other potential charges that may be incurred for non-NHS items e.g. travel vaccinations.
There are also optional opportunities for Education, Physical Education, Sports Development students to gain first aid, wellbeing or coaching qualifications for a small additional fee. These are not compulsory but may enhance future employment opportunities.