Postgraduate Application Next Steps

Applied to Queen's?

We look forward to welcoming you this September. Please follow these important next steps to secure your place at Queen’s.

10% off tuition fees if you pay in full by 15 September 2020.

Step 1

Accepting your offer

We simply just need to know if you intend to take up your place, even if you haven’t met the conditions of your offer yet.

To accept or decline an offer of a place, you should reply online following the links through the Postgraduate Applicant Portal. This should be completed as soon as possible, ideally within 14 days from receipt of your offer letter.

If you cannot accept your offer through the application portal, email International Admissions ( with your Name and Application number.

If you have a conditional offer:

If your offer of a place is conditional upon the completion of a degree or other qualification (such as an English language examination), please remember to upload a scanned copy of your official examination results by logging on to the online application portal.

Guidance notes for International Applicants 

Step 2

Upgrade your status from conditional to unconditional offer holder

If you are a conditional offer holder, your place is still here for you.  Please upload scanned copies of your final transcript and degree award certificate, along with your English language qualification (if appropriate) to the My Applications section of the application portal.  Where applicable, confirmation of your qualifications must be officially translated into English.  This will enable us to process the required documentation in preparation for your enrolment and send you information details for your visa application.

Please submit your results even if you have not exactly met the condition(s) of your offer, as it may be possible to exercise some flexibility if places are available.

If you cannot upload documentation through the application portal, email these to International Admissions ( with your Name and Application number.

Step 3

Pay your deposit

Self-funding international applicants holding unconditional offers for one-year postgraduate taught courses will be required to pay the standard £2,500 tuition fee deposit before a CAS can be issued.

Please note that if payment of a deposit is a formal condition of your offer in order to secure your place on a postgraduate course, payment will be required in order to uprate your offer to unconditional.

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 ‘Studying at Queen’s: Study Visa Options’.

Find out more about deposits

Step 4

Obtain your Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) to get a VISA

CAS details will be required for visa applications and will only be issued by the University to those who have accepted unconditional offers and paid the relevant deposits (Postgraduate Taught Programmes). You must also complete the UKVI CAS Assessment Form. This form will ask you to confirm if you have previously studied in the UK and you should include scanned copies of any previous UK Visa permission stamps. This form must be returned to  before a CAS can be issued.

CAS details will not be issued earlier than six months before the start of your degree programme.

Find out more about Visas and Immigration 

Step 5

Get a tuition fee discount

A 10% reduction is available to new international students beginning a full-time course in the academic year 2020-21 who hold an unconditional offer by 15 September 2020 and pay 90% of gross tuition fees by the stipulated deadline.

Find out more about tuition fee discounts.

Step 6

Is English not your native language?

Students must be able to demonstrate their competence in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language before the University can issue a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) for visa purposes.

Please view the Coursefinder for details of the English Language requirements for entry to individual degree programmes.

English Language Courses

INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English Language courses, which may assist students to meet the required standard of English language to be eligible for entry to degree programmes at the University. These include:

English for University Study

Pre-sessional English

Other tests/qualifications may be accepted as equivalent to the qualifications listed above. If you have a query about the acceptability of an English Language qualification, please contact the Admissions and Access Service at

Find out more on English Language Requirements

Pre-Sessional English

Information on deadlines, fees and accommodation if you're doing a pre-sessional English course this summer.

Find out more about the Pre-sessional English programme offered in a duration of 8 or 12 weeks here.

Start dates
Mon 15 Jun 2020–Fri 04 Sep 2020 (12 weeks)
Mon 13 Jul 2020–Fri 04 Sep 2020 (8 weeks)

Course length
8 or 12 weeks

Class hours
20 hours per week

Age requirement
17 years and above

Academic entry requirements
You must hold an offer of a place on a degree programme at Queen’s University Belfast

Find out more about Pre-Sessional English on the INTO website.

Step 7

Useful Queen’s Contacts

International Admissions: Guidance on your applications and offers

CAS Requests or Queries:

International Student Support: Visa Assistance and Settling on Campus


Queen's Student Finance: Tuition Fees, payments and typical living costs


INTO Queen's: International Foundation, Graduate Diplomas and English Language Programmes


Useful documents

For Postgraduate International applicants who have received an offer of admission:

When you get here

Welcome and Orientation

Get your university life off to a great start by viewing useful information about travelling to the UK, arriving in Belfast and taking advantage of the events and services offered during International Welcome and Orientation week.

The Postgraduate Welcome and Induction Programme will also begin with a dedicated week of social events known as PG Welcome Week.

A list of events for 2020 will be provided on the Graduate School website later in the year.