Programme costs

Please note: This information is relevant for students entering from 2012/13 onwards only.

This page aims to outline the additional costs, over and above the tuition fee, that undergraduate students will experience whilst studying for an Engineering programme.

This information is based on advice from students studying in 2011/12 and has been reviewed by student representatives for the course on an annual basis. This page is intended to be a useful resource to prospective and new students, therefore please do feed through any further suggestions through your departmental SSLC.


The use of protective shoes is necessary for field work, and can cost approximately £15. All protective equipment is provided by the College, e.g. helmets, fluorescent vests, googles and gloves.


There are generally sufficient copies of core textbooks within the library, and we do not consider it necessary for any to be purchased. You may wish to purchase other books personally, such as ‘The Manual for British Standards’ (£40) as these books will remain useful throughout your Engineering career. 

Other expenses

Any expenses that you experience from field trips (e.g. travel, parking or subsistence), or components purchased for projects, which are core to the programme can be claimed back from the College.

Industrial placement

Should you opt to take the Commercial and Industrial Experience (CANDI) module (EMP3001), then you may accrue commuting and refreshment expenses. This will be dependent on where you live during this time and therefore the costs are estimated to be anything from £700 to £1,100 for the eight week period. However, students typically receive a salary for this placement, or have their expenses fully covered by their placement employer. The costs that a student may incur can vary dependent on the location of the placement and the agreement reached with the employer.


“(the salary) covered all the extra costs incurred by doing an industrial placement. All costs such as accommodation and relocation were easily taken care of by this salary”

2011/12 third year industrial placement student

Study abroad

The exact costs of studying abroad for a semester or a year are dependent on which country you chose, and the type of experience you wish to have whilst there.  Additional costs for undertaking this option may include:

  • Return air fare
  • Living costs such as internet connection fees, phone calls, mobile phone contracts, or laptop fees
  • Purchase of essential equipment that you are unable to take with you
  • Extra activities you wish to undertake such as sightseeing or cultural trips
  • Health or insurance cover: personal liability insurance is often compulsory
  • Visa fees for non EU countries: there is often a processing fee, and you may need evidence of sufficient funds in your bank account to cover your living costs whilst in the country to satisfy immigration officials
  • Additional course fees such as language courses and student cards

Further information regarding study abroad can be found on the University Study Abroad page.