RUK fee setting

Robert Gordon University's Board of Governors has today (23 September 2011) approved the university's fee structure for rest of UK (RUK) students for 2012 entry.

RGU has adopted a tiered approach with three bands of undergraduate fees reflecting the fact that some courses cost more to deliver than others, for example those involving laboratory or studio work versus classroom teaching.

The three bands are as follows:

Band 1 - All business, management and social science courses - £5,000/year
Band 2 - All art and design, architecture and built environment, computing, engineering, health and science courses - £6,750/year
Band 3 - Master of Pharmacy - £8,500/year

Many of the courses at RGU incorporate a full year paid placement as part of the curriculum, which will be charged at 50% of the headline fee. As a result the cost of four year degree courses at RGU will be as follows:

Total fee for 4 year degree  
Without placement year  
With placement year 
Band 1£20,000£17,500
Band 2£27,000£23,625
Band 3£34,000n/a - no placement incorporated into MPharm

A number of students may be able to secure entry into the 2nd year of one of our 4-year degree programmes. In this case, the student would benefit from a reduction in the total fee payable for the degree programme, equivalent to a full year's fee for the relevant fee band.

The university is also looking to establish a scheme for scholarships and bursaries eligible to all students, including RUK students, and will present plans in due course.

Professor Ferdinand von Prondzynski, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Robert Gordon University said:
"In setting our RUK bands we believe we have developed a framework that is both fair and pragmatic. By basing our charges on the cost of delivering our degrees, we are ensuring that we do not make profit from students who wish to study at RGU, while ensuring their study is not subsidised from revenues received to support Scottish and EU students. We believe that under the proposed structure, the university's position is fair and equitable to all UK students."


Notes to editor:

Interviews with Professor von Prondzynski are available on request from the Communications Office (details below).

  • The proposed fee structure is subject to Scottish Government legislation approval and annual review.
  • The MPharm course is of comparable duration to equivalent courses in England and, as an integrated masters programme, comprises 600 credits compared with the 480 norm for a four-year Scottish degree.

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