Students in England are being promised the optionof "accelerated" two-year degree courses, saving 20% on tuition fees compared with a three-year course.
Universities Minister Sam Gyimah has confirmedplans for universities to be able to charge higher feesfor shorter, more intensive courses.
It would mean paying about 5,500 pounds less thanfor a three-year course -- which would mean about 11,000 pounds per year.
The proposals for this plan were put forward by the government last year -- but making ithappen will depend on Parliament lifting the fee cap above 9,250 pounds.
The Department for Education says if approved, such courses could operate from next year.
The government wants to encourage more flexible ways of studying - in particular as a wayof reversing the decline in the numbers of mature students taking degrees.
Condensing a full degree into two years is seen as being more appealing to people whoworking or with family commitments.
A fast-track degree, with two 45-week years of teaching, would allow students to borrow less infees and to save on a year's living costs and accommodation.