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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the fees? Fees are subject to change. Please check web page http://www.qmu.ac.uk/iihd/course_fees.htm for current years fee
What does the course fee include? The fee covers tuition and access to Queen Margaret central services including library and information technology services. It does not cover subsistence or accommodation. An additional fee, currently £10 per module, is charged for the course pack which contains all, or almost all, the reading material required for each module. A Graduation fee of £45 is also payable prior to Graduation.
Can the programme be done part time?

Yes. The MSc. programmes are operated as part of the modular masters programme at Queen Margaret. A number of students complete the required modules on a part time basis over two years. Alternatively, you can complete required modules over a maximum of seven years to build more slowly to the award of a masters degree.

Can I do more than one module at a time? Yes, the modules are timetabled to enable you to participate in more than one module at a time.
What experience/education do I need to participate in the course? A first degree or a professional qualification.

Although a few students join immediately on completion of a bachelor’s degree, we strongly recommend that you gain some professional experience prior to starting the Masters programme.
How long does the application process take? We aim to reply to you within 4 weeks of receiving your application.
Which masters should I take? Which is the best programme for me to participate in?

The decision needs to be yours. Factors you may wish to consider include:

  • Your future career goals
  • The trajectory of development policy and practice in your country and/or sector
  • Your personal circumstances

You might use a simple framework for problem solving (after Kepner and Tregoe, 1965):

  • What is my aim in doing this course?
  • What must I achieve? What else do I want to achieve?
  • What are the options? How do they fit with my definition of ‘musts’ and ‘wants’?
  • Potential challenges and problems?
  • How could I manage problems?
Discuss your decision making with a critical friend.
What are the career prospects once I have completed my masters? 96% of Queen Margaret graduates gain employment or further training within 6 months of graduation.. Former IIHD students work as Health advisors at SC-UK and Oxfam UK; programme officers at RTM International; Deputy Country Coordinator for Action against Hunger; Ministry of Health, Director Clinical Services, Business Coalition against AIDS; Assistance for Muslim women experiencing family violence; WHO internships. Others go on to embark on their PhD studies.
Can the course be done by distance learning? No - but an increasing number of modules can be taken by distance learning. These will be identified on our webpages when available http://www.qmu.ac.uk/iihd/short_courses1.htm
Are there any scholarships available?

Various scholarships are offered at postgraduate level, these include: international award schemes, university bursaries and grants provided by charities/trusts. Criteria and application procedures inevitably vary. In all cases, however, students are encouraged to apply for possible awards as early as possible; although applications for a few grants may be considered at any time, deadlines for most awards are invariably well in advance (ie several months beforehand).

See our Scholarships & Funding page for more information

When does the course commence? September and January
What is the content of the course?  Please refer to our webpage for information on post graduate course content
How do I apply? 

There are several ways that you can apply for one of the IIHD courses.

Applications for most courses are made direct to Queen Margaret University using our Online Application System.

Application forms can be downloaded from our web pages - http://www.qmu.ac.uk/iihd/how_to_apply.htm

If you encounter any problems with applying, please contact IIHD.

What are the English Language requirements? We require a SELT to show that you have achieved the equivalent of IELTS at 6.0 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each of reading, writing, listening and speaking. You can get full information on our how to apply page: http://www.qmu.ac.uk/iihd/how_to_apply.htm
How do I pay my fees? To pay your fees please contact our Finance department on +44 (0)131 474 0000. A discount is given for fees paid by a specific date that the Finance department can advise upon. You can arrange with the finance department to pay in three instalments. Payment methods are by electronic transfer, credit card, cash or cheque. Read more...
Where can I find accommodation?  On-campus accommodation must be arranged with our accommodation office by contacting accommodation@qmu.ac.uk or tel: +44 0845 213 0207. Please see their webpage http://www.qmu.ac.uk/services/student_accommodation.htm There are also websites offering private sector accommodation as follows: http://www.clickflatshare.co.uk/Edinburgh/ http://www.studentpad.co.uk
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What is the cost of living in Edinburgh?  The British council stipend for one month is recommended at 828 for accommodation and living expenses.  
What is the deadline for applications?  There is no formal deadline, but you should be aware of the time requirements of visa applications which vary by country. We do not accept applications where the candidate will not be able to arrive on the term start date, but if the application otherwise meets our criteria, will recommend a start at the next available course start date (January or September).
What is the recognised credit for the programme?  The Masters programme at Queen Margaret follows the SCOTCAT credit system, which awards 180 credits on completion of a Masters. Each single module on the IIHD Masters programme is worth 15 SCOTCAT credits; double modules are 30 credits. The dissertation is 60 credits.  
Can other studies from my prior postgraduate courses be accredited to the programme?  Upon application, Queen Margaret will assess the relevance and level of the prior postgraduate course to the requirements of the Masters degree being applied to. Details of grades received or other qualifications are required as well as content of the course under consideration. 
Can you support me with my visa application? 

Once you receive your offer letter which will include a Certificate of Acceptance of Studies (CAS) and indicate acceptance, these documents can then be used to apply for a visa.

IIHD can also provide you with an additional letter stating you have been accepted onto the course.

 The Recruitment and International Liaison Office (RILO) can offer further visa advice.

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