Money Matters

1. Funding

The International Office administers a range of fee reductions and scholarships for international students, and details of these arrangements are available on the website:

For details of possible funding opportunities please contact the Graduate School or visit the website

Funding scholarships, not administered by the Graduate School, may be offered by individual Schools in the University.  It is therefore recommended that applicants check the relevant School website for details.  

more > > for School Contact details see Useful Contacts at Queen's.

2. Tuition Fees

Postgraduate Taught and Research Programmes

Information about the tuition fees payable is included in your offer letter. The tuition fees for the academic year 2016/17 are set out on the Fees and Finance section of the University website. 

Distance Learning Programmes

The tuition fees for distance learning programmes for the academic year 2016/17 are set out on the Fees and Finance section of the University website.

3. Payment of Fees

International students will be required to fulfil certain financial arrangements to the satisfaction of the University before being able to complete their Registration as a student of the University.

For more detailed information about the options for payment of tuition fees please refer to Tuition Fee Payment Options.

4. Mandatory Tuition Fee Deposits for Postgraduate Taught Courses

If you have met all the course entry requirements and you have received an unconditional offer of a place to study on a one-year postgraduate taught course, you should note that international applicants are required to pay a deposit towards their tuition fees before a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) for visa/immigration purposes can be issued.

After you pay a deposit towards your fees, you will be issued with a receipt which you should present with your documents when you apply for your student entry visa to the UK.  This information will also be included in your CAS statement – see leaflet enclosed with your offer letter.

The arrangements for deposits for 2016 are as follows:-

  • the minimum deposit level is £2,500, however you can make a higher payment if you wish;
  • the deposit can be paid by bank draft in pounds sterling, drawn on a UK bank, Bank Transfer or Credit Card;
  • you should complete the Deposit Payment form, and return it by email to the Student Finance Office ( at the University together with your bank draft and a copy of your offer letter; 
  • the Student Finance Office will process your payment and send you a receipt; 
  • the deposit will normally only be refunded if you fail to obtain entry clearance from the UK immigration authorities to enter the UK as a student to undertake study at Queen’s University.  You must provide documentary evidence of your failure to obtain entry clearance.

Details regarding fees can be obtained from the Student Finance Office.

International applicants who are in receipt of a full tuition fee scholarship are not required to pay the mandatory tuition fee deposit (evidence of the scholarship must be provided to the Admissions and Access service).

Contact details - see Useful Contacts at Queen's.

5. Additional Course Costs

For some courses students may be required to purchase specialist equipment or attend field courses and any costs involved will be additional to the tuition fees indicated in your admissions letter.

6. Cost of Living

It is estimated that you will require approximately £8,500 to £9,500 (excluding tuition fees) to cover the cost of living expenses e.g. rent, heating, food etc for one calendar year.   However, this sum of money does not take account of funds necessary to support any dependants who may accompany you whilst you are studying. The overall cost of attendance will vary depending on your lifestyle. Further information about the cost of living in Belfast can be found at

Note – please refer to the leaflet – Visas and the Points Based System – to check the minimum amount of money you are required to have in place when applying for your student visa – see Useful Contacts at Queen's.  

7. Students' Union

Help and advice with any aspect of Student Finance can be sought from Connie Craig, Students’ Union Financial Adviser -

Guidance and advice on general money management such as how to live on a budget or how best to deal with your student debt, can be obtained from Debbie Forsey, Students’ Union Money Management Adviser -

Connie, Debbie and Students’ Union Education and Welfare Adviser, Brian are based in the Students’ Union Advice Centre on the 2nd floor of the Students’ Union building.