Statutes and Ordinances of the University of Cambridge
pp. 149–161

In this section




1. The fee for each degree, other than degrees for which the fees are included in a University Composition Fee, is specified in the regulations for the particular degree.

2. The fee for admission to any degree by incorporation shall be £5.


3. The fee for any examination not included in a University Composition Fee shall be as specified in the regulations for the particular examination.

An unmatriculated student who takes any University examination before coming into residence shall pay a fee of £3 in respect of each such examination.


4. A fine of £5 shall be incurred by a candidate whose entry for any University Studentship, Scholarship, Exhibition, Prize, or Medal is received late, but who is nevertheless admitted to the examination or competition.

Payment of fees and fines.

5. The Registrary shall inform the several Colleges of any fees and fines that may be due in respect of their members under these regulations. Candidates for any examination who are not entered by a College shall themselves send any fee that may be due to the Registrary when sending in their names; they shall not be admitted to the examination unless the fee and any fine or fines that they may have incurred have been paid.

Remission of fees and fines.

6. The proper fee, if any, and any fine or fines that may have been incurred must be paid in respect of every candidate whose name has been entered for an examination and whose withdrawal has not been received at the Registry by the latest day prescribed for the receipt of entries. Nevertheless, the Council may in case of hardship remit the whole or part of any fee or fine incurred in connection with candidature for an examination or competition or degree. Applications for such remission must be sent to the Registrary without delay. An application made on grounds of illness should be accompanied, if possible, by a certificate signed by a medical practitioner.


7. Except where it is otherwise provided in any particular regulations all fees and fines payable under Ordinance shall be paid to the Treasurer.

University Composition Fees

Liability to pay a University Composition Fee.

1. Except as provided otherwise in the general regulations for admission as a Graduate Student, a matriculated student who is pursuing a course leading to a qualification specified in the following regulations or a Graduate Student not registered as a candidate for any qualification shall pay a University Composition Fee, at the rate specified in Regulation 10, as follows:

  1. (a)Students taking the following courses shall pay a fee for each year of the course:
  2.  The course leading to the M.B.A. Examination.
  3.  The course leading to an examination for the M.St. Degree.
  4. (b)Students undertaking research leading to the M.D. Degree shall pay a fee for the course.
  5. (c)Any other student shall pay a fee at one third of the annual fee:
  6. (i)for each term which the student has kept by residence;
  7. (ii)for each term in which the student has been in residence, or has been engaged in a course of study in the University, for twenty-one days or more;
  8. (iii)for each term allowed by the Council as a term of residence.
  9. (d)Notwithstanding sub-paragraph (c) above,
  10. (i)in the case of a student in receipt of university fee loan support from the Student Loans Company, University Composition Fee liability shall arise on certification of attendance at each liability date for the proportion of the annual amount relating to that liability date, as determined by the Student Loans Company; and
  11. (ii)in the case of a student who is a qualifying person under the Student Fees (Qualifying Courses and Persons) (England) Regulations, but not in receipt of university fee loan support from the Student Loans Company, University Composition Fee liability shall arise on attendance at each liability date for the relevant proportion of the annual amount.

2. In addition to the requirements of Regulation 1, a matriculated student pursuing a course leading to one of the following examinations or qualifications shall pay the University Composition Fee at the appropriate rate prescribed for any term or terms in which, as part of the arrangements for the course, he or she has not been in residence:

Asian and Middle Eastern Studies Tripos

Chemical Engineering Tripos

Education Tripos

Engineering Tripos

Manufacturing Engineering Tripos

Mathematical Tripos

Modern and Medieval Languages Tripos

Natural Sciences Tripos

Postgraduate Certificate in Education

Final M.B. Examination for the M.B., B.Chir. Degrees (if a student pursues his or her clinical studies in the University)

Bachelor of Theology for Ministry

Doctor of Education

Doctor of Engineering

For students commencing the following courses, or commencing a course of research or study as a Graduate Student with a view to registration for one of the following courses, on or after 1 October 2010:

Doctor of Philosophy

Master of Science

Master of Letters

Master of Philosophy

Certificate of Postgraduate Study

What the fee covers.

3. Payment of a University Composition Fee under these regulations shall entitle a matriculated student without additional fee

  1. (a)to attend any course within the University which is listed in the table of fees attached to these regulations save for the following courses which, except with the special permission of the General Board, are open only to candidates for the examinations to which they lead, that is to say
  1. (i)courses of class work or practical instruction,
  2. (ii)any other course notified as being specially restricted,
  1. provided that, if a student wishes to attend a course of instruction in any subject listed in the table of fees without subsequently taking an examination in that subject, he or she shall be permitted to do so only if accommodation is available after provision has been made for all those students for whom the course is primarily intended;
  2. (b)to be admitted or readmitted to any University examination, unless the regulations for the particular examination provide otherwise;
  3. (c)to be admitted to any primary degree or to receive any diploma or certificate which is listed in the table of fees for which he or she has become qualified;
  4. (d)to be admitted to the M.A. Degree on becoming qualified therefor.
Additional payments.

4. In addition to paying a University Composition Fee a student shall be liable to pay

  1. (a)any fines that he or she may incur under Ordinance;
  2. (b)any deposit or charge required by a Faculty Board or the Head of a Department to cover the cost of breakages, loss of equipment on loan, or abnormal supplies of material.
Other students.

5. A member of the University who is not liable to pay a University Composition Fee under Regulation 1 or 2 of these regulations and for whom no provision is made in any other regulation, but who has been given permission by the General Board to attend a course of instruction, shall pay a fee of such amount for each term or year as shall be determined by the General Board from time to time; provided that a graduate of the University who is not reading for a University examination may attend without payment any lectures announced in the Reporter by a Faculty Board with the approval of the General Board as being available to such a person.

6. A candidate who has at no time paid one of the University Composition Fees prescribed in these regulations or in any other regulations for University Composition Fees shall pay a fee of £5 for admission to each degree.

Powers of the Council.

7. The Council shall have power

  1. (a)to determine the appropriate fee for a student other than a Graduate Student in cases of doubt;
  2. (b)to reduce or remit fees in cases of hardship, provided that no student shall be entitled to a remission of part of a University Composition Fee for any term on the ground that he or she has not made use of any of the facilities provided by the University.
Powers of the Board of Graduate Studies.

8. The Board of Graduate Studies shall have power

  1. (a)to determine the appropriate fee for a Graduate Student in cases of doubt;
  2. (b)to reduce or remit fees in accordance with the general regulations for admission as a Graduate Student.

9. Overseas students shall be as defined in the Appendix to these regulations, and all students thereby excluded from that category shall be home students.

10. Subject to the provisions of Regulations 11 and 12, University Composition Fees shall be payable at the rates shown in the tables to these regulations, according to students’ status as home or overseas students and according to their subject of study and prior qualifications. A student who is dissatisfied with her or his categorization for the purposes of University Composition Fees may request a review of the decision. A request for review shall be made under the Procedure for the Review of Decisions of University Bodies established by the General Board.4

11. The Board of Graduate Studies shall have power to vary the category of a particular Graduate Student in consideration of the facilities required by the student in pursuing her or his course of study.

12. The University Composition Fees charged to Home and EU undergraduate students shall be subject to approval by Grace of the Regent House. These fees shall be subject to the following conditions:

  1. (i)the recommendation for the fees to be charged shall be accompanied by an analysis of the costs of an undergraduate education agreed by the General Board and the Council following consultation with the Colleges;
  2. (ii)the fees to be charged shall not exceed any limit prescribed by law;
  3. (iii)for such students who are undertaking a required period abroad the rate shall be half the full amount or such other amount that may be determined by the Secretary of State for this category;
  4. (iv)for such students beginning courses on or after 1 August 2009 which lead to a qualification (other than courses in Medical and Veterinary Sciences leading to the B.A. Degree or courses in Architecture or for the Postgraduate Certificate in Education) which is equivalent to, or at a lower level than, a qualification they possessed when they began their course (ELQ students) the rate shall be the fee determined by the University for ELQ students.1

TABLE OF FEES, 2019–20

Amended by Graces 1 of 10 January, 3 of 14 March, 2 of 20 June and 1 of 18 July 2018


Definition of an overseas student for the purposes of University Composition Fees

An overseas student is a person to whom the University may lawfully charge higher fees than persons not so categorized by virtue of the provisions of the Education (Fees and Awards) (England) Regulations, as they may be amended from time to time.2

Certificates of Degrees and Examinations and Matriculation

1. The Registrary shall issue a certificate free of charge to every person proceeding to a University award, but a fee shall be charged for issuing a copy of a certificate.

2. The Registrary may issue on request a degree certificate of an alternative design, bearing the arms of the University printed in colour; a fee shall be charged for such a certificate.

3. The Registrary may issue a statement of verification attesting matriculation, or the passing of any examination, or the class obtained by a candidate in a Tripos Examination or the degrees or University awards held by the candidate. A fee may be charged for each such statement.

4. In addition to statements of verification supplied under Regulation 4 of the regulations for the disclosure of examination marks, the Registrary may issue more detailed transcripts3 than the statements of verification specified in Regulation 3 above to the candidate to whom the information relates. A person who has proceeded to a degree or who has completed a course leading to a University award shall receive such a transcript relating to the examination or examinations for that degree or award free of charge; a fee shall be charged for issuing a copy of the transcript or for issuing a transcript to a person who has not proceeded to a degree or completed a course leading to an award.

5. The fees charged under Regulations 1–4 shall be determined from time to time by the General Board. A Schedule of the fees charged shall be published in the Reporter from time to time.


  1. 1. Students who have proceeded to the B.A. Degree but have been given leave to read for another Tripos ‘not for honours' are deemed to be ELQ students for the purpose of their fee liability (see Table 5).a
  2. 2. The current regulations are the Education (Fees and Awards) (England) Regulations 2007 (Statutory Instruments 2007, No. 779), as amended. The category of persons who are not overseas students is defined in Schedule 1 to these Regulations (as amended).a
  3. 3. A transcript is a formal, verifiable, and comprehensive record of an individual student's learning. It will normally include information about the nature, level, content, and status of the studies undertaken by the individual named on the original qualification document, in addition to recording the outcomes.a
  4. 4. See p. 219.a