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If you are a current student who has or expects to have an employment contract with the University of Cambridge, you may be eligible for the reduced staff fee.

In order to qualify, you must:

  1. Be a candidate for a research course (ie PhD, MSc, MLitt, CPGS, EdD, those MPhils examined by thesis and oral only). Course information can be found in the Statutes & Ordinances, Chapter VII. The MD course is not eligible for staff discount.

  2. Have a contract of at least 40% full time employment with the University of Cambridge from the first day of the research course (this does not include employment in one of the approved University Partner Institutes, nor ESOL, nor CUP, nor Colleges).  

  3. Have the support of your Head of Department that the reduced staff fee be charged. Where the employing department is different from the admitting department, the agreement of both Heads must be obtained.

  4. Be able to demonstrate that your research will overlap almost entirely with your paid employment (for full-time courses) or contribute directly to it (for part-time courses).

  5. Sign an undertaking that you understand and agree that if the employment contract comes to an end, then so will the reduced staff rate and that you will at that time be assessed for the remaining fees in the usual way.


Cost of Reduced Staff Fee

The reduced staff University Composition Fee is one third of either the full- or part-time Home Student UCF, for all qualifying students, irrespective of whether they are classified as UK, EU or Overseas.


Application Procedure for Current Students

  1. Complete the Staff Fee Application Form and send it to your departmental postgraduate administrator.

  2. Your department returns the form to the Student Registry informing us of your staff status (at the discretion of the department).

Please note

If you are already part-way through your course and have been employed by the University since the outset, you may be eligible for a refund of the difference between the reduced staff fee and the full University Composition Fee for any terms completed since the commencement of the scheme in January 2004.

Forms should be returned to the Student Registry either scanned by emailing or by post to Student Registry, Student Services Centre, New Museums Site, Cambridge CB2 3PT.

Students who have completed their course are not eligible for a refund.

If you are on a fixed term staff contract that was originally due to end when you were part way through your course, and the contract has subsequently been extended, please ensure your department let know so that your fee will not revert to the full amount as based on your original staff contract end date.

Information on the reduced staff fee can be found in the University’s Statutes & Ordinances, Chapter VI, section 11(e).

If you are an applicant, please visit Staff Fees page on the Graduate Admissions website.