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Queen Mary Bursaries

QMUL offers income assessed bursaries to help students with the costs of studying. You do not need to repay this money. Bursaries are paid in each academic year. They are administered by the Bursaries, Grants and Scholarships Office at QMUL (for any queries contact the Student Enquiry Centre, Ground floor, Queens’ Building, Mile End campus or email

Please note that all international students and those EU nationals who are only eligible for a tuition fee loan will not be eligible for a QMUL bursary.

Medicine and Dentistry students are eligible for the QMUL Bursary when in years where tuition fees are funded by a student loan or yourself; students in NHS funded years are not eligible for the QMUL bursary. 

Courses starting in 2019/20 or 2018/19

  • If your gross household income is less than £20,000 you will get a bursary in 2019/20 of £1,700 for the year.
  • If your household income is between £20,000 and £35,000 you will get a bursary in 2019/20 of £1000 for the year.

Courses starting in 2016/17 or 2017/18:

  • If your gross household income is £25,000 or less you will get a bursary in 2019/20 of £1,571 for the year.
  • If your household income is between £25,001 and £42,600 you will get a bursary in 2019/20 of £1,256 for the year.

How do I apply?

When you apply for Student Finance, your household income information will be passed to QMUL by Student Finance England, unless you ask them not to. QMUL will then be able to assess your eligibility for a Bursary without you needing to make a separate application.

If you do not want to take out loans but would still like to apply for the Queen Mary Bursary please see the earlier section “What if I don’t want to take out loans?

How is the bursary paid?

If you are eligible for a bursary, the Bursaries, Grants and Scholarships Office will email you to let you know in semester 1. The bursary will be paid into your bank account in two equal instalments, in February and May.

Will my bursary affect my means tested welfare benefits?

No. You will need to get a letter from the Bursaries, Grants and Scholarships Office to state that your Bursary is for course related costs. You need to show this letter to each of the offices that pay your welfare benefits. Your bursary should then be disregarded in the assessment of your means tested welfare benefits.

Unite Foundation Bursary 2019/20.

These will cover the cost of accommodation at Rahere Court

Priority will be given to students who have previously been in Local Authority care, or who are living in a Foyer or similar residential provision for young homeless adults or those with exceptional circumstances making their current home environment extremely challenging. Accommodation will be paid for 52 weeks each year.

To be eligible to apply you should:

  • Have applied to start your first full-time undergraduate degree at QMUL.
  • Intend to stay in your free allocated accommodation for the duration of your degree.
  • Have applied for Student Finance and have an assessed household income of £25,000 per annum or less.
  • Have given Student Finance England ‘consent to share’ your financial information with QMUL

The full eligibility criteria, application form, and more details are available here

If you would like any help in preparing your Unite Scholarship application, please contact a Welfare Adviser.

Queen Mary Excellence Scholarships

Queen Mary Science and Engineering Excellence Scholarships

These are available for students with the highest grades who are enrolling in the 2019/20 academic year on to certain programmes in the Faculty of Science and Engineering, covering Biological and Chemical Sciences, Materials, Engineering (including Electronic, Mechanical and Aerospace), Computer Science, Maths, Physics and Astronomy.

Excellence Scholarships are worth £3,000 a year for each year of study (subject to academic progression criteria), and are paid directly to the student – a total of up to £9,000 over the programme (or up to £12,000 for MEng/MSci students).

For more information, including detailed eligibility criteria and grade requirements, click here

Other Bursaries, Scholarships and Prizes

There are a number of university-wide and department-based awards and prizes. Some are awarded automatically when your application to study at QMUL is being considered, others require you to make an application, and others are awarded at the end of an academic year by the heads of academic schools in recognition of academic ability. For more information click here

Asylum seekers, children of asylum seekers and those holding Discretionary Leave to Remain in the UK

QMUL offers a tuition fee concession and additional financial support to those seeking asylum. These awards are for applicants applying for undergraduate programmes only, excluding programmes in the School of Medicine and Dentistry.

There are two types of award:

1) Asylum Seekers Fee Concession

QMUL offers a tuition fee concession to all asylum seekers or children of asylum seekers who meet the criteria below. While your asylum application is under consideration by the Home Office, you will be entitled to pay the ‘home’ rate of tuition fees. This fee concession will be available to all undergraduate students on all programmes, except those course offered by the School of Medicine and Dentistry that lead to qualified status as a doctor, dentist, or dental hygienist or therapist. For more information including the eligibility criteria and appliaction process click here

2) Article 26 Bursary

QMUL is offering tuition fee and maintenance support up to two undergraduate students who are asylum seekers or hold Discretionary Leave to Remain, studying on degree programmes in the Faculty of Science & Engineering or the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Successful applicants will be awarded a full tuition fee waiver and maintenance support. The non-repayable maintenance bursary will include £1,700, the equivalent of the QMUL Bursary, and the equivalent of the student loan (£7,529 for those living in a parental home or £11,672 for those living independently).

Funding will be provided for the normal duration of your course, if you need to apply for extra funding, e.g. for a course change or repeat year, your individual circumstances will be examined by the panel and a decision will be communicated to you.

For full details of awards including eligibility criteria, click here.

Law, regulations and policies can change quickly. The information on our website is given in good faith and has been carefully checked but QMUL cannot accept responsibility for any errors or omissions. QMUL is not responsible for the content or reliability of the linked websites which are provided for further information.

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