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You will pay University Composition Fee (UCF) to your college, usually in full at the beginning of the academic year.

Fee Liability for PhD (NOTAF, CPGS)

You are liable to pay the UCF for the minimum number of terms:

  • 9 terms full time (3 years)
  • 15 terms part time (5 years)

After this time you enter a 12 month 'writing up' period and will normally be automatically exempt from payment of the UCF.  Your college accounts office is informed of your fee liability each term by the Student Registry (through the 'Fee Bill').

However, your faculty may request the continued payment of fees beyond the minimum period if:

  1. you are making substantial use of University facilities, beyond the minimum period, or
  2. your PhD course is of longer duration (applies to certain courses in Photovoltaics, Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, High Performance Structural Metallics).

Research Councils and other external sponsors

If you have extended funding beyond the minimum period your sponsor may expect to pay fees for you. These funds are usually dedicated for fees and cannot be used for other purposes. If this applies to you, either you or your award administrator should email the fees office (student.registry@admin.cam.ac.uk) to request an extension of your date of exemption to match your funding end date.

Fee Liability for MLitt, MSc

You are liable to pay the UCF for the minimum number of terms:

  • 6 terms full time (2 years)
  • 10 terms part time

Fee liability for EdD

You are liable to pay the UCF for the minimum number of terms:

  • 15 terms part time (5 years)

Other exemptions from fee liability:

  1. Intermission (suspension) of studies for ill health etc.
    You may be eligible for exemption from the payment of fees during the period of intermission
  2. Leave to Work Away from Cambridge - for overseas fieldwork etc.
    You may be eligible for exemption from fees with the approval of your department. Note this does not apply to students beginning PhD study on/after October 2010 when a 'fee for course' was implemented.