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UK/EU Postgraduate Tuition Fees 2012/13

Postgraduate Taught Tuition Fees


Full-time postgraduate taught tuition fees are £3,920 for the academic year 2012/13.

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.


Part-time postgraduate taught courses are priced at £21.78 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.


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


Full time postgraduate research tuition fees are £3,828 for the academic year 2012/13.

The fee will be calculated on a monthly basis, pro-rated for the academic year in which he/she starts. 


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 2012/13 onwards. The part-time research fee is £1,914.

The part-time research fee for students who first enrolled on their program prior to 2012/13 at Queen's will be £1,295.


A student who has completed his/her research and is engaged on writing up his/her thesis will be charged £257.

Tuition Fee Payment Options

Students will be required to complete the University's enrolment and registration process at the start of the academic year. This process will be undertaken via the enrolment and registration wizard.

The payment arrangements at enrolment and registration represent a significant change from previous years and are intended to further streamline the enrolment and registration process. Students should ensure that they have made the necessary payment arrangements in advance of enrolment and registration.

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

The table below provides a summary of the payment options available to postgraduate students, with the exception of International postgraduate students.

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 payments (November, December , January).

Thesis only charge cannot be paid by Direct Debit

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

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.


Pay Tuition Fees in Full at Enrolment by Credit/Debit Card, Cheque or Bank Transfer.

Pay by Credit/Debit Card

Payment can be made online via the registration wizard or through 'self-service' on the student's Qsis account, or by phoning the Fees Helpline on 02890972767. 

It should be noted that debit/credit card payments made on-line will be processed to student accounts immediately at the point of payment. 

Debit/credit card payments made in person or by telephone may take up to one working day to be processed to student accounts.During the period of enrolment and registration, this may take longer. 

The University accepts payment via: 

  • Visa Debit/Credit
  • MasterCard
  • Maestro 

The University does not accept payment via: 

  • American Express
  • Solo
  • Laser 

Pay by Cheque

Cheques should be made payable to 'Queen's University Belfast', quoting the Student Number on the back and, posted to the following address; 

Income and Student Finance
Student Guidance Centre
Queen's University Belfast
University Road

Cheques or bank drafts must be drawn in pounds sterling and the University will not accept post-dated cheques 

Pay by Bank Transfer

To pay by bank transfer, please make the payment, quoting the appropriate student number, and should be made payable to the bank account below: 

Bank Address : Ulster Bank Limited
91/93 University Road
Sort Code: 98-01-55
Account Number: 30090175
Account Name The Queen's University of Belfast Tuition Fee Account

For payments that originate outside the United Kingdom, but within the European Union, the following IBAN number should be quoted.

IBAN GB52 ULSB 9801 5530 0901 75

It is essential that the bank processing the transfer quotes the name of the student and his/her student number (also known as EmplId) on the transaction. If this information is not included, it may result in a delay in processing the payment to the student’s account. 

Students who wish to use this method of payment should complete and return the ‘Notification of Bank Transfer Payment’ form (Appendix 1), as soon as possible after the transaction has been completed at their, bank and forward it to the Income and Student Finance Office. The information on the form will assist the Income and Student Finance Office in identifying the payment.Students should retain a copy of the transfer documentation, for future reference. 

Pay by Cash

Cash cannot be accepted at the University enrolment sites, and up to a maximum of £300 at the Income and Student Finance Office.

Pay Tuition Fees by Direct Debit

Signing up to direct debit (DD) - This will require a minimum payment of 25% of the full tuition fee to be paid at enrolment, followed by 3 consecutive monthly payments, November, December and January.

In order to be eligible to sign up to the Direct Debit Scheme, a minimum payment of 25% must be made, either by credit/debit card, cheque,or bank transfer. If paying by cheque or bank transfer, the payment needs to be received, and processed no later than 12th October 2012. Please note, that it may take several working days for a cheque or bank transfer to be processed to a student's account.

The person whose bank account the direct debits are to be paid from must complete a Direct Debit Mandate form and return this to the Income and Student Finance Office for receipt no later than 12th October 2012. A new form needs to be completed for each academic year. 

If the bank account holder is NOT A STUDENT at the University, then a copy of their driver license or recent utility bill, with the account holder address, must be provided with the direct debit mandate form, to verify the identification of the account holder.  Mandates submitted without this identification will be deemed ineligible.

Initial payments and mandates received after 12th October 2012 will not be eligible to avail of the Direct Debit Scheme, and in such circumstances, the student's tuition fees will be due immediately.

For postgraduate research students, following payment of a minimum deposit of 25%, direct debit payments will be taken in three equal monthly payments, based on the enrolment date. For students enrolling between June and September, the direct debit scheme will not be available.

Direct debit payments will be collected on the last working day of each month, or within 4 working days, from November 2012 to January 2013.

The direct debit facility is only available to those students who have a UK Current Bank Account (Not a Savings Account) which is recognised by the Direct Debit Scheme.

The direct debit mandate form can be downloaded via the following link: Direct Debit Mandate


Students sponsored by any grant-awarding body or official organisation must provide a letter of commitment from their sponsor. The letter must be on official letter-headed paper and provide the following details: 

Name of Student being sponsored
Sponsor Contact Name
Address to which invoices should be sent by the University
Sponsor Telephone Number
Sponsor Email Address
Amount of Sponsorship
Duration of Sponsorship

Letters can be presented to the Income and Student Finance Office in person, by fax or by email please see below for details. 

A sponsor letter must be provided for each academic year. 

Should a sponsor fail to pay tuition fees, liability for payment of the tuition fees will revert to the student.

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 maintanence loan. A single application form is used for applying for a tuition fee loan, maintanence loan and Government maintenance grants. Students first registering in 2012/13 should complete a PN1 form ( this includes students studying on a PGCE course and a few designated PGT courses). Returning students who registered prior to 2012/13, 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 2012. A student can contact his/her local ELB (Student Awards), or Education Authority, if residing outside Northern Ireland, and ask for an application form. The student award contact numbers for each ELB are: 

Belfast Education and Library Board 028 9056 4000
South Eastern Education and Library Board 028 9056 6200
North Eastern Education and Library Board 028 2565 3333
Western Education and Library Board 028 8241 1411
Southern Education and Library Board 028 3751 2200

Students can also apply online for a fee loan via the Student Finance Northern Ireland website. 
 Student Finance ni (opens in a new window)

The ELB will send the student a Support Notification which will include details of the amount of fee loan the student has requested. Please retain this for your own records

Additional Information

Fees Helpline +44 (0)28 9097 2767
Fax +44 (0)28 9097 2856
Postgraduate Awards office +44 (0)28 9097 2585


Tuition Fee Liability for Student Withdrawals

The University policy on tuition fee liability, for all students commencing a full time degree course in September, is as follows:

  • For Students withdrawing before 1 January 2013, 25% of their tuition fees are non refundable.
  • For Students withdrawing after 1 January 2013, 50% of their tuition fees is non-refundable.
  • Students withdrawing from 01 April 2013 must pay the full fee for the year

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