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Students face price hike from Queen's

By Dave Whelan

QUEEN'S University is set to land an extra £1.7m after slapping a dramatic price hike on thousands of postgraduate students.

Close to £500 has been added to the fee for full-time students taking taught courses, while part-time studies are also set to see an increase.

The increase will mark the second year running where prices for postgraduate taught courses have increased.

In 2011/12 both taught and PhD courses cost £3,732, since then the cost in research fees have risen slightly in line with inflation while taught fees have spiralled to £3,920 last year and now to £4,400 for this year.

The rise of almost 12% means that the hike is well above the current rate of inflation.

Approximately 3,600 students currently take taught courses at the university meaning that this year's increase of £480 each is worth £1,728,000 to Queen's.

A spokesperson for the university said that fees in the university remain favourable with other comparative universities.

"Queen's is committed to providing an outstanding postgraduate student experience, offering high quality and sustainable education," she said.

"As a result of a three year benchmarking exercise, our postgraduate taught fees have been realigned with rates across the sector.

"These remain favourable with other comparative institutions, including the Russell Group of the UK's leading research-intensive universities of which Queen's is a member, where average postgraduate taught fees are £6,000," she added.

Part-time students are set to be the hardest hit because they spread their course out over a longer period meaning that they must now pay more per module this year than they did when they first enrolled.

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