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Postgraduate withdrawal policy

Fees for postgraduates registered for research degrees or taught courses with a specified period of study will be calculated on the basis of the number of months of registration during an academic year. For this purpose part of a calendar month will be counted as a full calendar month, so for example, a postgraduate student withdrawing within one calendar month of registration would be charged one-twelfth of the annual fee. If you permanently withdraw within the first two weeks of your course commencing you will not be held liable for any tuition fees for that academic year.

There are three exceptions to the above:

  1. Where fees are charged annually but a course is fully modular (e.g. PGME), fees will be charged for the number of modules a student has attended in the academic year prior to withdrawal. Students will be charged for each module they have started prior to withdrawal.
  2. Where fees are charged on a modular basis, students will be charged for the number of modules attended in the academic year prior to withdrawal. Students will be charged for a complete module for each module they have started prior to their withdrawal. N.B. Part-time MBA students at WBS will be charged using the same methodology as students on postgraduate taught courses with a specific period of study (see above).
  3. PGCE* students will be charged in line with the Undergraduate Withdrawal Policy.

*Please note that students on the PGCE Schools Direct (Salaried) course will be charged in line with the Postgraduate Withdrawal Policy.

For further advice about the implications of withdrawing on your funding please see out advice for withdrawing students page.

Returning to study

When returning to study after a period of temporary withdrawal tuition fees due will be calculated in line with the tuition fee rate for the year of return which may include an inflationary increase. For information about tuition fee rates please check our Tuition Fees pages.