Faculty of Arts and Humanities additional costs

Summary of additional costs that may be incurred as part of your study at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities.

General costs

Tuition fees do not cover normal costs of study such as:

  • core textbooks
  • printing
  • photocopying
  • report binding
  • optional field trips
  • stationary
  • thesis branding

Placements
If/when you are on placement there may be additional costs incurred for subsistence and travel.

Specific costs are detailed below.

School of Law, Criminology and Government

Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies/Police and Criminal Justice Studies

Summary of additional costs that may be incurred undertaking a Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies degree or a Police and Criminal Justice Studies degree:

General costs of study
Tuition fees do not cover normal costs of study such as: books, stationary, printing and photocopying.

Placements and work-based learning
If students go on a placement year or undertake the work-based learning module there may be additional costs incurred for subsistence and travel.

Study Abroad
Students have the opportunity to study part of their programme at a university abroad for one or two semesters at stage 2. This will incur additional costs to be covered by the student (flights, visa costs, medical insurance, etc.). Student Finance England offer means-tested travel grants as well as a reduction in tuition fees for those going for a full year of study.

Fieldtrips
There may also be costs related to fieldtrips – usually subsistence costs as travel costs will be covered.

Plymouth Institute of Education

Bachelor of Education (BEd) courses

General costs of study
Tuition fees do not cover normal costs of study such as:

  • books
  • stationary
  • printing
  • photocopying
Placements
When you are on teaching practice there may be additional costs incurred for subsistence, accommodation and travel. The university provides assistance with these costs in certain circumstances. 

Additional courses
We offer a programme of non-compulsory professional development opportunities ranging from Makaton to sports coaching. These are offered at cost to trainee teachers wishing to develop specific areas of their practice.

School of Humanities and Performing Arts

BA (Hons) Acting

  • We provide all of core texts free. The library has additional holdings of any texts you might need.
  • We avoid printing wherever possible and choose sustainable alternatives - for example, online viewing. Printed materials will be supplied when necessary.
  • All additional materials related to productions - lighting, set, etc. - is provided by us without cost to the student.
  • We use standard Office software which is available free to download for our students.
  • We provide costume for productions.
  • We provide a free bike to all first years to enable healthy transport between or different sites.
  • Theatre visits (for example to see shows at Theatre Royal) are paid for by us and free to our students.
  • We have a dedicated placements officer who obtains placements, work experience and paid work for our students. There is no charge for this service to students and many roles for which you can apply give you, the student, a small fee.

BA (Hons) Art History, BA (Hons) Fine Art and Art History and BA (Hons) Anthropology

There are no compulsory additional costs. Field trips are fully covered, mandatory readings are made available online.

BA (Hons) Directing, BA (Hons) Drama and Theatre Practice and BA (Hons) Dance

We operate a zero cost for our students at Plymouth Conservatoire – we gift them books when they start their degree and pay for any additional expenses out of our own budget.

English courses

  • Most universities do not help you with the costs of your books –but we do! Your first-year core texts will be free on all our programmes, and we give you Amazon vouchers to help towards the costs of your other books.
  • All our field trips are free or heavily subsidised, enabling all students to access them, regardless of their financial circumstances.
  • Placements are voluntary but we help you as much as we can with them.
  • There are no other statutory costs attached to our programmes.

History courses

  • Books: texts for core modules are provided free of charge for all students in first, second and third year.
  • Printing: most assignments are submitted electronically, only the final year dissertation needs to be printed and bound.
  • Software and equipment: all necessary software and IT equipment for modules such as Oral and Visual History or History Dissertations is free to use for history students.
  • Field trips: field trips are optional - local/day field trips are free for students; there is a small charge for students on residential trips (for example in 2020 the charge for our 4 day London trip will be £20 per student which covers all travel, accommodation and breakfast and relevant admissions).

BA (Hons) Music

There are costs associated with maintaining a personal instrument. There are no other additional costs.

School of Art, Design and Architecture

MArch Architecture

Anticipated cost per year (correct at time of publication).

MArch 1

Books: £50
Printing - studio projects: £35
Printing - coursework: £35
Software - Adobe Creative Cloud: £153
Site visits: £20
Study trips (travel and accommodation only): £250
Total costs per year: £543

MArch 2

Books: £50
Printing - studio projects: £35
Printing - coursework: £35
Software - Adobe Creative Cloud: £153
Site visits: £20
Study trips (travel and accommodation only): £200
Total costs per year: £493

BSc (Hons) Architectural Engineering / BSc (Hons) Building Surveying / BSc (Hons) Construction Project Management / BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying

While the cost of your tuition covers lots of things, it doesn’t cover everything. For instance this course doesn’t cover the cost of any stationary, printing, books or re-assessments which you might need. However, most of the recommended reading lists are available from the University Library and the majority of the coursework is submitted electronically using the learning portal, not incurring any printing or bounding costs. 

We supply Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) for fieldwork and lab work.

Specialist software required for the course is available in all university computers, some of them accessible 24 hours. Free educational licenses are available for personal use.

BA (Hons) Creative Media/Media Arts

The course provides an extensive range of equipment, software and facilities. Students will be expected to meet the usual study costs of books, printing and stationary. Additional costs will include field trips (approx. £350 for an international field trip in stage 2), file storage, SD cards, headphones etc.

Production costs will depend upon the students choice of medium and the subjects they choose to focus upon during their project work. For example, if a student wishes to make a documentary about a subject that requires travelling to conduct interviews, then the student would be expected to meet these costs. If a student is working in photography then they may incur printing and possibly framing costs. These costs are dependent on the students own project planning and are therefore optional. 

BA (Hons) Fine Art 

Students are expected to meet their normal study costs (books, stationery, printing art materials, etc.) however, we do supply dedicated fine art studio spaces. There may also be costs relating to residential fieldwork. These vary in cost according to the location and the length of the field trip. 

BA (Hons) Game Arts and Design

Laptop
Students are recommended to have their own game-capable laptop (£700) or desktop PC.

Software
Students are recommended to purchase their own student subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud (£17-£26 per month). All other major software packages we use offer free licenses to students.

Placements
If/when you are on placement there may be additional costs incurred for subsistence and travel - although you may also be paid for your work.

BA (Hons) Graphic Communication with Typography

There will be additional student costs for the following:

  • Books
  • Stationary and art supplies
  • Materials such as specialist papers, board, wood
  • Printing
  • Laptop with Adobe CC (optional - desktop computers with relevant software provided in studio)
  • Field trips (optional)

BA (Hons) Illustration

Approximate costs:

Year 1

Books - £0
Printing - £20
Art supplies/materials - £70
Field trips/fieldwork - £330-500 Two trips: London (£30) and Overseas (depending upon destination - changes each year)
Placement - NA

Year 2

Books - £40
Printing - £50
Art supplies/materials - £60
Field trips/fieldwork - NA
Placement - NA

Year 3

Books - £50
Printing - £70
Art supplies/materials - £60
Field trips/fieldwork - NA
Placement -  £300-400 (optional London show)

BA (Hons) Immersive Media

Tuition fees do not cover normal costs of study such as:

  •  Books
  • Stationary
  • Printing
  • Thesis branding
  • Photocopying
  • Consumable materials used in studio practice

Fieldtrips      
Travel and subsistence costs on Fieldtrips organised by the course will be your responsibility.

Placements
If/when you are on placement there may be additional costs incurred for subsistence and travel.

BA (Hons) Photography

Tuition fees do not cover normal costs of study such as:

  • books
  • printing & photocopying
  • photographic materials
  • field trips
Placements
If/when you are on placement there may be additional costs incurred for subsistence and travel.

Repeat study
If you are required to repeat a study year you will be charged a full year’s fee.


Graduation

Student ticket: free of change
Adult guest tickets: £30
Children 7-12: £15
Children 0-6: free of charge
Graduates must wear academic dress. Exact cost dependent on award. Costs on average: £45

Our decision to use Plymouth Hoe as a Graduation venue was undertaken in consultation with staff and students. It affords our graduates the opportunity to celebrate their success in a spectacular setting with the opportunity to bring a higher number of guests than previous venues would permit. As with many graduation venues, there is of course an associated cost. To help offset these, we charge guests to attend. This is consistent with many other universities, however unlike many other institutions, we do not charge graduates for their attendance. The post-event feedback we receive is that our ceremonies are thoroughly enjoyed and are good value for money. All University of Plymouth tickets include; attendance at the ceremony; full colour souvenir programme; entrance to the Post-Ceremony Reception; sparkling wine/soft drink and buffet. It's important to stress that the University makes no money whatsoever from graduation. The revenue we receive from guest ticket sales only goes part way towards offsetting the costs of the event.