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International Postgraduate students

Money Matters

Everything you'll need to know about your tuition fees, available bursaries, scholarships and more.

1. Funding

The International Office administers a range of fee reductions and scholarships for international students, and details of these arrangements are available from the International Students web section.

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

Full-time Postgraduate Programmes
The annual tuition fee is stated in your offer letter and this fee will remain the same for the normal duration of your studies (research applicants).  This means that there will be no increase for subsequent years. More >> for more detailed information about tuition fees please refer to the Income and Student Finance Office website.

Pharmacy (Distance Learning Courses)
The tuition fee is based on the number of CATS points to be completed during 2017/18 and is determined by the student’s country of residence at the time of taking the course, as follows.  The 2016/17 fee rate is also shown for information:

  • Resident in the UK, Republic of Ireland or other EU country - £34.50 per CATS point (£33.50 per CATS point in 2016/17)
  • Resident outside the EU - £58.00 per CATS point (£56.50 per CATS point in 2016/17)

Direct entry applicants will complete 60 CATS points during each stage. Their 2017/18 fee will be:-

  • Home/EU   £2,070 (£2,010 in 2016/17)
  • Non-EU      £3,480 (£3,390 in 2016/17)

The fee to be paid by applicants who are awarded credit for previous Postgraduate qualifications via the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS) will be calculated according to the number of points to be completed in 2017/18.

3. Financial Arrangements/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 More > > for more detailed information about the options for payment of tuition fees, and important dates regarding payment, please refer to the Student Finance Office website.

4. Voluntary Tuition Fee Deposits for Postgraduate Taught Courses - Effective from 1 August 2017

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 we provide a facility for applicants to pay a voluntary deposit towards their tuition fees. Effective from 1 August 2017, a deposit is not required before a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) for visa/immigration purposes can be issued but you do need to ensure that you have provided all the necessary documentation

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 2017 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 Pages

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 dependents 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 here.

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.

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