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Deposit payments

Deposits are required when you accept your offer and are offset against the tuition fees for the first year of study. Please see below for deposit amounts to be paid per degree programme. Your offer letter will state whether you have been assessed as a Home, Overseas or EU student for fees purposes.

Home Students Deposit

  • MA, MRes, MPhil and PhD: £500
  • Graduate Diploma: £2,000

Overseas and EU Students Deposit

  • MA, MRes, MPhil and PhD: £2,000
  • Graduate Diploma: £2,000

When fees are due

For MA, MRes, MPhil and PhD programmes, tuition fees are due in advance of registration in September. Students are sent an invoice prior to the programme starting, which includes a deduction of the deposit payment for first year students.

For the Graduate Diploma, fees are due in advance of January or July. You will receive an invoice prior to the programme starting, which includes a deduction of your deposit payment.

Payment in advance

Fees may be paid using debit or credit cards (the College does not accept Diners Club cards), via WorldPay, by direct bank transfer or cheque (Sterling cheques drawn on an UK bank account only). Full details will be included in your tuition fee invoice.

Payment by instalments

For MA, MRes, MPhil and PhD programmes we also provide an option for you to pay in two equal instalments:

  • one in advance of registration
  • one at the start of the second term in January

Graduate Diploma Art & Design students must pay the full tuition fee in one instalment in advance of registration.

Home students

One half of the fee payable in advance of Registration (for first-year students the deposit will count towards the first instalment) by any payment method plus one payment via WorldPay or bank transfer at the start of term in January. This option is not available to Graduate Diploma students.

Overseas and EU students

One half of the fee payable in advance of Registration (for first-year students the deposit will count towards the first instalment) plus one payment by any payment method at the start of term in January. This option is not available to Graduate Diploma students.

Progression discount

For 2021/22 entry, the College offers a discount on fees if you progress from one RCA programme to another. To qualify for this discount, you need to have been awarded a Graduate Diploma, MA or MRes degree from the RCA, and be registering for a degree offered by the College within three years of the date of award of your previous degree.

Full time students claiming a progression discount are entitled to a fee reduction of £1,000 per year, for the following maximum periods:

  • Students registering to an MA programme: two years
  • Students registering to an MRes programme: one year
  • Students registering to a postgraduate research programme: three years

Part-time students claiming a progression discount are entitled to a fee reduction of £500 per year for the following maximum periods:

  • Students registering to an MA programme: four years
  • Students registering to an MRes programme: two years
  • Students registering to a postgraduate research programme: six years

If you change from full-time registration to part-time, or vice versa, then the remaining period of entitlement shall be calculated on a pro-rata basis. If you take a leave of absence during their study, then the period of leave shall not be included in the calculation of any entitlement to the progression discount.

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