Postgraduate Tuition Fees NI/EU/GB/ISLAND 2016-17

Postgraduate Taught Tuition


Standard Full-time

The full-time standard postgraduate taught tuition fee, for a student commencing study in the academic year 2016-17 is £5,220.

A student is classified as full-time if the total CATS points of the courses that he/she is studying are greater than 120 CATS points.

CATS is an acronym for the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme. This is a system which gives credit for each individual course unit that is completed successfully.

There are a number of postgraduate taught courses which have non-standard fees.  Please refer to the Tuition Fee Schedule 2016-17 for further details.

Standard Part-Time

The part-time standard postgraduate taught tuition fee, for student commencing study in the acdemic year 2016-17, is £29.00 per CATS point. A student is classified as part-time if the total CATS points of the courses that he/she is studying are less than or equal to 120 CATS points.

Standard Dissertation

If the required dissertation is not submitted by 30 September of the academic year in which the student is enrolled, he/she will be required to pay the fee for a full dissertation module (60 CATS points) for the following year, at the prevailing rate.


Postgraduate Research Tuition Fees and Charges



The full-time standard postgraduate research tuition fee, for a student commencing study in the academic year 2016-17 is £4,121.

The fee will be calculated on a monthly basis, pro-rated for the academic year, based on the month a student commences study. 


Part-time research students are assessed, as such, on the basis that they are studying less than 21 hours per week, over a period of more than 18 weeks, on the course of study. 

The tuition fee is calculated at 50% of the full-time fee for students admitted from 2013-14 onwards. The part-time research fee for 2014-15 is £2,060.50.

The part-time research fee for students who first enrolled on their program prior to 2012-13 at Queen's will be £1,374.


A student who has completed research and is engaged in writing up a thesis will be charged a thesis only charge of £290.


Tuition Fee Payment Options

The options for paying tuition fees and charges, for the academic year 2016-17, are summarised in the table below. Students must ensure they have made the necessary arrangements to pay their tuition fees and charges at enrolment and regsitration. These payment options are set out in more detail at the following link: Link to payment options.  

The overarching principle, regarding the payment of tuition fees, and other associated charges, is that the student remains liable for the payment.  If the student loan or sponsorship arrangements do not subsequently provide funding, the student will be required to pay all fees and charges personally.

Please note the 25% of Tuition Fees are Non-Refundable following enrolment

Students whose personal contribution is £250 or less, will be required to pay in full on enrolment.


Options Notes
Pay tuition fees in full at enrolment

Tuition fees can be paid by cheque, credit/debit card or bank transfer.

Direct Debit

Minimum of 25% Payment at enrolment with 3 further bi-monthly payments (end of November, January and March).

Thesis only and Exam only charges cannot be paid by Direct Debit.

The Direct Debit Mandate can be downloaded via the following link Direct Debit Mandate form.

Sponsor Evidence of sponsorship or scholarship from a government or other
official organisation, must be provided at enrolment and registration.
Apply for a tuition fee loan to the SLC (Defer Fees)

Eligible Students can apply to the SLC for a tuition fee loan for specific courses designated for funding. These include PGCE, MSc Spatial Regeneration*, MArch*, MSc Urban and Rural Design*.

*Eligible students only - please refer to your Education and Library Board for further information on eligibility.

Applying for a Tuition Fee Loan from the SLC

When a full-time student has applied for a university course he/she can apply to his/her local Education and Library Board (ELB) or Education Authority for a tuition fee loan and/or maintenance loan. A single application form is used for applying for a tuition fee loan, maintenance loan and Government maintenance grants. Students first registering in 2016-17 should complete a PN1 form (this includes students studying on a PGCE course and a number of specifically designated PGT courses) Returning students who registered prior to 2016-17, should complete a PR1 form.

A student does not need to wait until a firm offer of a university place has have received. Application forms are available from March 2016. A student can contact his/ Education Authority, for further information

Belfast Region

028 9056 4000

South Eastern Region

028 9056 6200

North Eastern Region

028 2565 3333

Western Region

028 8241 1411

Southern Region

028 3751 2200

Students from Northern Ireland can also apply online for a fee loan via the Student Finance Northern Ireland website or by calling Student Finance Northern Ireland on 0845 600 0662. Monday to Friday 8.00am to 8.00pm, Saturday and Sunday 9.00am to 4.00pm. 

Students from England can apply via Student Finance England.

Students from Wales can apply via Student Finance Wales.

Tuition Fee Liability for Postgraduate Taught Student Withdrawals

The date when a student withdraws will affect the level of tuition fees which may be refunded.  Adjustments to tuition fees are calculated with reference to the date of a student's withdrawal from the University, not the last date of attendance. The table below demonstrates how tuition fees are calculated in respect of withdrawals;

Withdrawal Policy (effective from 1 August 2016)

Attendance/SLC Liability Point  Normal Effective Date Fees due to the University 
Completion of Enrolment and Registration (non-refundable)  September/October  25%
Resumption of Autumn Semester following the Vacation Period 9 January 2017  50%
 Resumption of Spring Semester following the Vacation Period  3 April 2017  100%

The dates of the University’s Semesters and Vacations are available on the website:


Part-time Postgraduate Taught Student Withdrawals

Fees for part-time students are calculated by semester.  Further details of the withdrawal and module drop policy, for part-time students, are outlined in Section 4.4.2 of the File Store for Income

Tuition Fee Liability for Postgraduate Research Student Withdrawals
The tuition fee liability for a Postgraduate Research student withdrawal, or a temporary leave of absence, is based on the official date of withdrawal in the academic year, and a refund will be issued, if appropriate.  The tuition fee is calculated for a month, if a student is deemed to be in attendance on, or after, the 5th of that month.

For further information, please refer to the Student Finance Framework 2016-17

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Additional Information


Helpline Any queries on tuition fees contact the Fees Helpline (Student Finance Office) on 028 9097 3223.
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