Tuition Fees

How much will my tuition fee be?

The amount of tuition fee you will have to pay depends on whether your programme is taught or research and what subject you are studying. You can find full details of postgraduate tuition fees online:

Taught programmes

Research degrees

When do I need to pay my tuition fees

You need to ensure that you have funding available to pay your tuition fees in line with the payment requirements outlined below. Failing to pay tuition fees by the deadline can result in deregistration.

Self-funded Taught Postgraduates

You have the following options for paying your tuition fees:

  • Pay in full at or before enrolment. You may be eligible for an early payment discount of 1%, or
  • Pay 50% at or before enrolment. Sign a payment agreement to pay the remaining 50% by 31st January (for programmes starting in September), or
  • Pay 50% at or before enrolment. Sign a payment agreement to pay the remaining 50% by 30th April (for programmes starting in January)

Please note that any instalment agreement will incur a £50 administration fee.

Students who have been awarded a postgraduate loan

If you have been awarded a loan that will cover the full cost of your tuition fees, QMUL will allow you to pay in three instalments in line with the dates when you receive your loan payments.

If your loan does not cover the full cost of your tuition fees, QMUL will normally allow the fees that will be covered by the loan to be paid in three instalments (as above) and the remaining amount to be repaid in line with the policy for self-funded students (50% on enrolment and 50% at the end of January). Please note that any instalment agreement will incur a £50 administration fee.

There are some worked examples of the different payment arrangements online.

Self-funded Research students

Postgraduate students enrolling on a research degree may start their programme on the first day of the month any time throughout the academic year, in agreement with your academic school.

You have the following options for paying your tuition fees:

  • Pay in full at or before enrolment. This is the only option for students enrolling after1st February. You may be eligible for an early payment discount of 1%or
  • Pay 50% paid at or before enrolment, and sign a payment agreement to pay the remaining 50% by the last working day of the fourth month after enrolment, provided enrolment is before 1st February

Please note that any instalment agreement will incur a £50 administration fee.

What will be my tuition fee liability if I interrupt or withdraw from my programme?

Once you enrol on a programme of study, you are immediately liable to pay tuition fees. You must pay at least 50% in order to enrol. If you are unable to pay the remaining 50% by the deadline (see above), you are liable to be deregistered from the university - see the later section of this advice guide Deregistration for more information.

If you withdraw from your programme completely, or take time out from your studies (‘interrupt’) your tuition fee liability is as follows (this information is taken from the QMUL Tuition Fee Regulations 2016/17):

Taught postgraduates

  • If your interruption of study or withdrawal from studies date is before the first day of semester 2, you are liable to pay 50% of your total annual tuition fee for that academic year
  • If your interruption of study or withdrawal from studies date is on or after the first day of semester 2, you are liable to pay 100% of your total annual tuition fee for that academic year

Research students

Your tuition fee liability for the current academic year will be calculated on a pro-rata basis, based on the interruption of study or withdrawal date that is agreed with your supervisor, academic school and the Research Degrees Office (RDO). Once this date is agreed, and you have submitted your interruption form to the RDO, contact the QMUL Finance office for advice about your tuition fee liability: fees@qmul.ac.uk There is more information about how the pro-rata fee is calculated in the Tuition Fee Regulations.

If I interrupt my studies, what tuition fee will I have to pay when I resume my studies?

This information is taken from the QMUL Tuition Fee Regulations 2016-17.

Self-funded taught postgraduates

If you resume your studies at the start of semester 1, you are liable to pay 100% of the total annual tuition fee for that academic year. If you resume your studies on or after the start of semester 2, you are liable to pay 50% of the total annual tuition fee for that academic year. You will be charged the same annual rate of tuition fee as a new student starting the course, which may be a higher fee than you originally paid. However, if your interruption was due to pregnancy or disability, you will only pay an annual fee increase in line with inflation.

Self-funded research students

Your tuition fee liability for the current academic year will be calculated on a pro-rata basis, based on the date that your supervisor, academic school and the Research Degrees Office have agreed you can resume your studies. You will be charged the same annual rate of tuition fee as a new student starting the course, which may be a higher fee than you originally paid for that academic year of your course. However, if your interruption was due to pregnancy or disability, you will only pay an annual fee increase in line with inflation. Contact the QMUL Finance office for advice about your exact pro rata tuition fee liability once you know what your resumption of study date is: fees@qmul.ac.uk

Funded taught and research students

If you are going to be taking more time to complete your studies than is normally required for your programme, contact the QMUL Finance office and the organisation or QMUL department that pays your studentship, to find out if you will need to pay fees yourself for a period of study. Research students should contact the QMUL Research Degrees office.

Can I get any refund of my tuition fees if I interrupt or withdraw?

If you are interrupting your studies, any excess that you have paid during the year when you took your interruption of study will normally be retained by QMUL and put towards your fee liability in the academic year that you resume your studies in.

If you withdraw from QMUL and you have paid tuition fees in excess of your actual tuition fee liability for your period of study, you may be eligible for a partial refund of the excess amount of tuition fees paid. The refund arrangements are set out in the QMUL Tuition Fee Regulations.

Where can I find more information about tuition fees?

This web page explains when and how your tuition fees are payable, and the consequences of non-payment:

Taught Masters

PhD

The QMUL Tuition Fee Regulations

There is also information about tuition fee payments on the Advice and Counselling Service website


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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.