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Additional costs and optional extras

Our students benefit from outstanding modern learning facilities, as well as developing their subject knowledge and skills from the insights and expertise of our academic staff. We aim to keep any additional costs of study to a minimum. However, below are the items where students may incur additional costs.

Library books

Each course module usually specifies a limited number of core text books as essential reading and most students choose to purchase their own set of core text books each year. Costs vary between courses and further information is available in the University’s bookshop. A good supply of these essential text books are available in our libraries.  You can easily borrow or access these books directly whilst studying in the library. There may also be a supply of second-hand books available for purchase from previous year students.

Field trips

With the exception of those students studying the courses noted below, all essential field trip costs will be included in your course fees. Some courses may also offer a number of optional field trips which do incur additional costs.

Courses where there may be a charge for mandatory Field Trips:

  • BSc (Hons) Wildlife Conservation
  • FdSc Wildlife Conservation / Wildlife Conservation: Countryside Management
  • BSc (Hons) Environmental Science
  • BSc (Hons) Wildlife Conservation and Management (final year top-up)
  • BSc (Hons) Ecology and Conservation
  • BSc (Hons) Geography (Physical)
  • BSc (Hons) Geography
  • MGeog Geography.


If you're undertaking a placement year, you'll need to budget for accommodation and any travel costs you may incur whilst on placement. Many of our placement students do earn a salary whilst on placement which can help to cover these living costs.

Art, Design and Built Environment courses

Some courses include project work that requires you to develop and produce a collection of 2D and 3D work. To support this work, we provide £100 credit for each year for use at the University art shop, School workshops and specialist print facilities (up to a maximum of three years and for courses that involve significant design and creative work). You'll be expected to provide the materials for use in your individual major projects - costs will vary depending on the materials selected.

Print and copy costs

The University allocates an annual printing and copying allowance of £20 depending on the course you are studying. For more details about costs for additional print and copying required over and above the annual allowance please see the Printing, photocopying and scanning information on the Library website.

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