How to Apply and Fees

BSc Applications

First, please check that you meet the entry requirements for your chosen course. All applications need to be submitted via UCAS. The ICMA Centre UCAS codes are:

The number of courses you can apply for at all UK universities is a maximum of five courses.

You do have to pay to apply for undergraduate programmes (the money goes to UCAS and not the University). The cost of making an application is £12 for 2016 entry if you only apply to one course at a single university or college, or £23 for 2016 entry for two to five course applications

Our Admissions Team will receive an electronic copy of your application and will assess your academic record, personal statement and other achievements.

We don’t currently hold interviews with candidates. If you’d like to contact our admissions team before applying, please email or UCAS

Entry for September 2016

If you are a UK or EU student, you should aim to apply between 1 September 2015 and 15 January 2016 for admission in October 2016.

If you miss the January deadline, you are still welcome to apply but should note that some programmes may be full by this point.

If you are living outside the EU you may apply between 1 September 2015 and 30 June 2016 for admission in October 2016. However you should still try and apply by 15 January 2016 as courses may fill up by this point.

We will consider applications received after these dates, if places are still available. UCAS full dates and deadlines. 

Fees for UK/EU students

The tuition fee for new students in 2016-17 will be £9,000. Payment of this fee can be deferred, by means of a tuition fee loan, until after you have finished at university and are earning at least £21,000 (or equivalent) per year. PLEASE NOTE: All fees are set for one year only.

Fees for International Students

Band 2 £18,400 – the BSc Finance and Investment Banking and BSc Finance and Psychology fall under this band.
Band 2 courses are programmes that have a significant laboratory or ‘workshop’ content, e.g. courses within the Faculties of Science and Life Sciences.
These fees cover tuition, matriculation, examination, graduation and membership of the Students’ Union. They refer to the current academic year.

Full-Time MSc Applications

Applications for 2016 entry are open for all programmes.

The ICMA Centre operates on a rolling admissions basis, meaning that prospective students can apply for our programmes throughout the year, however we do advise to apply early in the year. We aim to return a decision within 4-6 weeks of receiving your application.

Full-time applicants can apply online.

Please note there is a one-off £30 application fee (one charge regardless of how many courses you apply for). You can pay this by credit/debit card at this link (please contact us if you require details of alternative payment methods).

Fees 2016-17

All MSc degrees (except MSc IM and FRM)   £21,900
MSc Investment Management (includes CFA Level 1 support)   £22,900
MSc Financial Risk Management    £22,900

Fees are the same for both EU and overseas students. If you are an EU/UK applicant with a minimum  2:1 or equivalent from an overseas institution for your bachelor’s degree you might be eligible for a 50% scholarshipMore information is available here

Living expenses are in addition to the above fees. Overseas full-time participants can expect to spend approximately £9,400 on additional living expenses during the course of their studies. Home/EU full-time participants can expect to spend approximately £8,000 on additional living expenses during the course of their studies.

Please note that the living expenses detailed in the paragraph above are for study at the University of Reading.

PhD Applications

Applicants should have an excellent academic background and have (or expect to have) a Masters degree, with averages at distinction level, in a course containing a significant proportion of finance.

Before applying to the programme, applicants should have a clear understanding of their intended research topic. A mandatory part of the application process is a detailed research proposal.

You can apply through the University of Reading online application system at this link.

Please make sure to select PhD in Finance

PhD applications are welcome for commencement in October 2015

Deadline for applications: June 2016

Research Proposal Guidance

All applicants to the doctoral programme are required to submit a full research proposal of approximately 1,000 words. Please refer to the list of topics we are currently seeking to supervise.Your proposal should give some indication that you know how to structure a research proposal, you can identify the main contributions to the chosen area, you know how to critically analyse the existing literature, you can define goals, objectives and methodologies, and if you need data, you are aware of the sources where you can find it. If accepted, you will be assigned a supervisor with whom you will further define your research agenda.


You should upload the following items to your online application:

  • your curriculum vitae
  • research proposal
  • copies of relevant academic transcripts

If you have any queries please contact our Admissions Team at or call +44 (0)118 378 6497.