Tuition Fees & Payments
The RCA is a small, entirely postgraduate institution that provides a high-quality and unique educational experience. We do everything to ensure that our students have access to world-leading academics and practitioners along with cutting-edge facilities, materials and equipment.
A degree from the RCA is highly valued in the professional world and we offer an experience that we believe provides value for money. Before applying, you should ensure you have planned how you will fund your studies.
We receive a subsidy from the UK Government for UK and EU students, which enables us to charge a reduced fee. To qualify for the UK or EU rate of tuition fees you’ll need to meet certain conditions related to your nationality, visa status and residency. To find out more about how fee status is assessed, visit the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA).
Please see the webpages for your preferred programme of study for tuition fees.
New students are all required to pay a non-refundable deposit in order to secure their place. The deposit is offset against your tuition fees for the first year of study. You will be asked to pay the deposit once you accept your place at the RCA.
Please see the table below which shows the deposit amounts to be paid per degree programme and for UK/EU/Overseas students.
UK/EU Students Deposit
MA, MRes, MPhil and PhD: £500
Graduate Diploma: £2,000
Overseas Students Deposit
MA, MRes, MPhil and PhD: £2,000
Graduate Diploma: £2,000
Paying Your Tuition Fees
For MA, MRes, MPhil and PhD programmes, tuition fees are due on the first day of the academic year. 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 at registration in January or July. You will receive an invoice prior to the programme starting, which includes a deduction of your deposit payment.
You can pay tuition fees before the start of term by debit or credit card, WorldPay, direct bank transfer or cheque. Note that we can only accept Sterling cheques drawn on a UK bank account. Otherwise, you can pay at registration using the same payment methods outlined above, or by cheque.
Paying in Instalments
For MA, MRes, MPhil and PhD programmes only, we also provide an option for you to pay in two equal instalments:
- one at registration
- one at the start of the second term in January
If you choose this option, as a UK/EU student you must make at least one of the payments via WorldPay or bank transfer. Overseas students can pay both instalments using any payment method.
Graduate Diploma Art & Design students must pay the full tuition fee in one instalment at registration.
Home, EU and Overseas students who have completed a Graduate Diploma at the College and progress immediately onto an RCA Master's programme will be eligible for a £1,000 discount on tuition fees for a 45 week MA or MRes, £1,000 per year for a two-year MA and £1,500 for a 15-month MA.
The UK Government has confirmed that EU students applying to English universities in autumn 2020 will continue to benefit from the current system of postgraduate loans. That means that EU students should continue to pay the same fees as UK students, for the duration of any Programme in the 2020/21 academic year.
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