Universities set fees for non-Scots students

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Universities in Scotland have been setting their 2012 fees for students planning to study in Scotland from England, Northern Ireland and Wales. The rates will not become official until the outcome of a Scottish government consultation is known and the appropriate legislation delivered.

Students who are resident in Scotland do not have to pay tuition fees at Scottish universities. The SNP made a pledge before May's election that it would not introduce fees or graduate contributions for home students.

The table shows the fees being set by Scotland's universities.

Name of university Charges from 2012 (per year) Charges from 2012 (four-year course)

University of Aberdeen


The total bill for a four-year degree will be capped at £27,000 - therefore, giving one year free.

University of Abertay, Dundee


Abertay has set an annual tuition fee of £7,000, with a cap of £21,000 for honours degree courses. Abertay said it was developing a package of bursaries and scholarships which would be funded by a significant proportion of the additional fee income.

University of Dundee


Dundee will charge students £9,000 per year, capping four-year degree courses at £27,000. The university said it would also develop a range of specially-designed three-year honours degree programmes. The £27,000 cap will not apply to courses which are the same length as elsewhere in the UK, such as medicine, dentistry and architecture.

University of Edinburgh (including Edinburgh College of Art)


There will be no cap, so the total bill for four years will come in at £36,000. The university said it would offer the "most generous bursary package with the UK for those on the lowest household incomes".

Edinburgh Napier University


Fees have been fixed at £26,000 for students from the rest of the UK (RUK). Annual fees were set at £6,500 for all full-time undergraduate courses, with a typical four-year degree totalling £26,000. A new bursary scheme, exclusively for students from outside Scotland, will be launched from 2012/13.

University of Glasgow


Annual fees will be set at £6,750 for undergraduate courses. Those studying medicine, dentistry and veterinary medicine will be charged £9,000. All rest of the UK (RUK) students entering first year are to be awarded a bursary or fee waiver of £1,000, meaning four-year degree fees will be capped at £26,000.

Glasgow Caledonian University


A cap will be introduced resulting in a maximum bill of £21,000 on standard four-year degrees. The final year will effectively be free. It added that bursary fees would mean students from low-income families paying no more than £12,000 for an honours degree.

Glasgow School of Art


A degree over four years will be capped at £27,000. Those studying for a degree in Architecture and Art and Design and who enter directly in to Year 2, will pay an annual fee of £9,000 per study year. For the full four-year course, the fee will be £6,750 per year. A number of new bursaries for students from the rest of the UK aims to support students from lower income backgrounds.

Heriot-Watt University


Fees will be capped at £27,000 for four-year courses, giving students one free year.

University of the Highlands and Islands


UHI, Scotland's newest higher education institution, will charge £7,500 per year with the fourth year free. That is the equivalent of £22,500 for a standard four-year honours degree, or £5,625 per year.

Open University in Scotland


The Open University does not set charges for Rest of the UK (RUK) students. It will, however, look at its UK fees structure in the new year.

Queen Margaret University


The total cost of a degree course at Queen Margaret will be capped at £27,000, while applicants with appropriate qualifications will continue to be able to enter directly into second year for a number of courses.

Robert Gordon University

Between £5,000 and £8,500

The university has adopted a tiered approach, with three bands of undergraduate fees. The bands reflect the fact that some courses cost more to deliver than others. Many of the courses include a paid work-placement which will be charged at 50% of the headline fee. The headline cost of courses at RGU has been set at between £5,000 and £8,500 a year. The most expensive course, the Master of Pharmacy, will cost a total of £34,000.

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (formerly Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama)


Students staged a sit-in after the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS) set its tuition fees for students from outside Scotland at up to £36,000. The board of governors agreed that annual undergraduate fees be set at £9,000 for non-Scottish students. Students from the rest of the UK will pay a comparable amount to those at similar institutes in England. Fees match charges in England for three and four-year undergraduate degree courses in music and dance.

Scottish Agricultural College


The Scottish Agricultural College (SAC) has announced it will set fees of £6,750 and a degree cost of £27,000 for English, Welsh and Northern Irish students from 2012/13. Robin Parker, president of NUS Scotland, said: "The setting of £27,000 for a degree is not good news for SAC students from the rest of the UK. We know that fees price out students and make educational decisions come down to ability to pay, rather than ability to succeed.''

University of St Andrews


A standard four-year degree will cost £36,000 for non-Scottish students. The university said it currently costs £11,772 to teach one undergraduate student for a year at its institution.

University of Stirling


The total cost of a four-year degree course at Stirling will be £27,000. The university said "suitably qualified" students could also go straight into the second year of their degree course.

University of Strathclyde


Students from England, Wales and Northern Ireland will be charged £9,000 per year to take courses from 2012. However, it will cap the total cost of four-year degree courses at £27,000.

Student leaders said that setting the fees at the highest level possible proved the university was "motivated purely by profit".

University of the West of Scotland


The University of the West of Scotland has announced fees of up to £29,000 for students from the rest of the UK (RUK). Students will pay an annual fee of £7,250 throughout three and four-year degree courses. The UWS said there was no cap on the fee level as it anticipated the majority of students would be able to achieve a degree within three years. Student leaders said the fees for students from England, Northern Ireland and Wales were "truly astounding".

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