Fees, funding and discounts

Fees

Fees are always displayed at the top of our degree and short course pages.

You’ll also find dedicated fees sections on degree pages. These show you:

  • your payment options
  • the actual cost per term for the degree, using an example payment schedule
  • any possible fee increases.

Payment options for online degrees

Pay as you go

You do not have to pay your full online degree fee upfront. You can pay for it one term at a time, spreading the cost.

Each term, you decide how many credits you would like to take, and pay only for those credits. This gives you control over your costs each term, as well as your workload.

Pay per year

You can choose to pay for an entire year of study at the start of your degree if you like.

Paying for online short courses

Short course fees need to be paid in full before you can start learning.

Some of our short courses, including Access courses, are split into two parts: learning-only and learning-and-assessment. You can spread the cost of these courses by starting with the learning-only part, and paying for the assessment section later.

Payment methods

For degrees and short courses, you’ll pay via our online payment system. We accept payment via:

  • Visa Debit
  • Visa Credit
  • Mastercard.

Scottish Government funding for online short courses

Student loans for online study

Student loans Scotland

The Scottish Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) provides loan funding for postgraduate online students:

  • ordinarily resident in Scotland
  • taking a taught Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) or Masters degree
  • studying full-time
  • or on a part-time programme that’s no longer than twice the length of its full-time equivalent
  • or takes no more than three years to complete if there is no full-time equivalent.

Find out about SAAS funding.

Student loans England

Student Finance England provides loan funding for online Masters students:

  • under the age of 60 and living in England
  • taking a taught or research-based Masters degree
  • studying full-time
  • or on a part-time programme that’s no longer than twice the length of its full-time equivalent
  • or takes no more than three years to complete if there is no full-time equivalent.

Find out about Student Finance England funding.

Student loans Wales

Student Finance Wales provides loan and grant funding for online Masters students:

  • under the age of 60 and living in Wales
  • taking a taught or research-based Masters degree
  • studying full-time
  • or on a part-time programme that lasts up to four academic years.

Find out about Student Finance Wales funding.

Student loans Northern Ireland

Student Finance NI provides loan funding for postgraduate online students:

  • living in Northern Ireland
  • taking a PgCert, PgDip, taught or research-based Masters degree
  • studying full-time
  • or on a part-time programme that lasts up to three academic years.

Find out about Student Finance NI funding.

Other ways to fund online distance learning

Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA)

If you have a disability or learning difference and normally live in the UK, you may be eligible for DSA. It covers disability-related costs or expenses you may have while studying online. You can claim DSA in addition to your student finance loan.

The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) has created a clear and useful guide to DSA. It explains the support you can receive depending on where you live in the UK.

For more information, and help applying for DSA, see our Disability Service page.

Employer sponsorship

We are happy to accept payments from sponsors, for all or part of your fee.

Employers are often very supportive of staff undertaking further education. Their support can be invaluable when you’re learning online.

If you receive financial support from your employer, we’ll invoice them for the agreed amount before your studies start. Fees for our short courses need to be paid in full before the course starts, whether you’re being partly or fully sponsored.

Scholarships

To see what bursaries and scholarships are currently available, search our Funding Database.

Discounts available for online learning

Alumni discount – 20%

University of Aberdeen graduates receive 20% off fees for our postgraduate taught short courses, certificates, diplomas and degrees. Read full Alumni discount details.

NHS discount – 10%

NHS staff receive 10% off fees for our online:

  • postgraduate taught short courses, certificates, diplomas and degrees offered by our School of Medicine, Medical Science and Nutrition, and our School of Psychology
  • ILM leadership short courses.

Read full NHS discount details.

University of Aberdeen Community Discount – 20%

We’ve introduced a Community Discount to help local people and businesses retrain or upskill. It applies to our online postgraduate taught degrees, but not to short courses.

You’re eligible for this 20% discount if you:

  • plan to apply or have already applied for one of our online Masters degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas or Postgraduate Certificates starting in September 2022 or January 2023, and
  • are a resident of north-east Scotland, including Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire and Moray.

View full Community Discount details and apply.

University of Aberdeen staff discount – 10%

You’re entitled to 10% off the full cost of an online short course if you’re a University of Aberdeen staff member.

Read full staff discount details.

Student discounts

All our students are entitled to a University of Aberdeen student card. This gives you a range of student discounts around the city and online.

You can also access student discounts through NUS Extra and student discounts through UNiDAYS.