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Fees, funding and scholarships

Scholarship Information for International Students

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Application deadlines for International Scholarships will be published in the Scholarships section of this page.


Before making your application to the University, it is important to be aware of the costs involved in studying overseas i.e. the tuition fees and the living costs. It is essential to ensure you have organised funding prior to arriving in the UK, in particular if you are an international student from outside of the EU and you need to apply for a Tier 4 student visa. This page includes information on fees, living costs and on potential sources of funding.

Tuition fees are published within the Registry section of our website.

Cost of living

Moving to another country to live and study is a big step and you need to think about the costs involved in this move. Not only do you need to think about how you will pay for your course, but you also need to think about the general cost of living - accommodation, bills, travel, food etc.

Per Week


University Halls of Residence
(40 week lease - 2017/18)

Accommodation (including heating, electricity and internet

£104 - £120

£4,160 - £4,800




Other costs (books, clothes, phone, travel, photocopying, hobbies, etc)



University Halls of Residence
(50 week lease PG only - 2017/18)

Accommodation (including heating, electricity and internet

£104 - £120

£5,200 - £6,000




Other costs (books, clothes, phone, travel, photocopying, hobbies, etc)



Please note that the above costs are estimates and will vary depending on the individual and the choice of accommodation. You can rent a flat privately in Edinburgh - the cost will vary depending on the size of the flat and the location. You will also have to budget for the costs of travel to and from QMU. The above costs do not include tuition fees.

International students requiring a Tier 4 student visa will be expected to show that you have money for living costs for each month of your course, up to a maximum of 9 months when you apply for your visa. Thus, in total you will need to be able to show one year’s course fee plus £9,135.


International students on a Tier 4 student visa, studying full-time, are allowed to work in the UK for up to 20 hours per week during term-time as long as the work meets certain conditions and it doesn't affect their studies.

  • Students must not work for more than 20 hours a week during term time, except where a work placement is to be undertaken as a necessary part of the course of study as agreed by the education institution
  • The stamp in your passport must not say "prohibition on taking employment"
  • Students cannot engage in business, self-employment, the provision of services, or take work as a professional entertainer or sports person
  • Students should not pursue a career by filling a permanent full-time vacancy.

During the University vacation period, international students can work full-time.

Further details about the regulations on employment can be found on the UK Council for International Student Affairs or from the British Council.


There is a lot of competition for a limited amount of funding. The following information is suggested sources of funding. It must be noted that none of the following is guaranteed. Do not travel to the UK unless you are sure that you have the funds available to pay for your studies AND your living expenses, as it is extremely difficult to make funding arrangements once you have left your home country.

First stop for funding queries

1. The Ministry of Education or Education Department in your home country will have details of scholarship information for students who want to study overseas.
2. The British Council website is an excellent resource for information on funding. Alternatively visit your local British Council office.
3. The internet is a useful resource for possible sources of funding.

QMU International Scholarships

Application forms for QMU International Scholarships and Santander Scholarships can be downloaded here.

The University has a number of scholarships available for September 2017 start courses. We are pleased to offer competitive scholarships of £3,000 each for new international students undertaking their first year of study on an undergraduate or postgraduate degree in the academic year 2017-18. The scholarship is granted as a reduction of the tuition fee and is available to students who are self-funding with an international tuition fee of more than £9,000 for a single year of study only.

The closing date for the final round of applications for those starting a course in September 2017 is the 31 May 2017 at midnight (GMT).

Applications can be made by students who have received an offer of a place of study at the University.

Santander Scholarships

Queen Margaret University has limited number of Santander Scholarships will be available in 2017-18, up to the value of £5,000.

Please note that if you have already applied for a QMU Scholarship, we will also consider you for a Santander Scholarship and vice versa - there is no need to re-apply or to apply for both.

The closing date for the final round of applications is 31 May 2017 at midnight (GMT).

Applications can be made by students who have received an offer of a place of study at the University.

Saltire Scholarships

Under Scotland's Saltire Scholarships scheme, 200 awards are available for one year of study on an undergraduate, Masters or PhD course to students from Canada, China, India and the USA.

This is part of the Scottish Government's continuing support for the 'brightest and best' students to come and study in Scotland.

The deadline for submission of completed Saltire Scholarship applications is published within the link below.

Read more about Scotland's Saltire Scholarship

Full details of the Scholarships that are available to our International Students, such as how they are allocated, how to apply, and the application deadline, can be found here.

Applications can be made by students who have received an offer of a place of study at the University.

Details of the Scholarships that are available for those studying at The Institute for International Health and Development (IIHD) in Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, can be found here.

PhD Studentships

There are a number of PhD studentships available. Please see the Graduate School pages for details.

Other sources of funding

USA Federal Student Aid

Queen Margaret University is a Title IV School and is therefore authorised by the US Department of Education to certify applications (for eligible students) for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Our Federal School Code is G33494.

Please note that you need to notify QMU that you have applied for a loan as we are NOT automatically notified once you complete your FAFSA. Further information on the process for US Loans can be found here.

DfID Shared Scholarship Scheme

This is funded by the Department of International Development and is aimed at students from developing Commonwealth countries. You must be of high academic calibre, under 35, in good health and fluent in English at the time you apply. You must not be employed by your government or an international organisation or have undertaken studies lasting one year or more in a developed country. Awards are for taught postgraduate courses, and students must return home on completion of their courses. The DfID Shared Scholarship Scheme is ONLY available to students studying with the Institute for International Health and Development.

British Chevening Scholarships

What are Chevening Scholarships? Chevening Scholarships are the UK government’s global scholarship programme, funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and partner organisations. The Scholarships are awarded to outstanding scholars with leadership potential. Awards are typically for a one-year Master’s degree.

Who can apply for a Chevening Scholarship? Chevening Scholarships are for talented people who have been identified as potential future leaders across a wide range of fields; including politics, business, the media, civil society, religion, and academia. Applicants should be high calibre graduates with the personal, intellectual and interpersonal qualities necessary for leadership. Chevening Scholars come from over 110 countries worldwide (excluding the USA and the EU), and this year the Scholarships will support approximately 700 individuals. There are over 41,000 Chevening alumni around the world who together comprise an influential and highly regarded global network.

How to apply for a Chevening Scholarship: Applications for 2016/17 Scholarships will open in summer 2015. In the meantime, those interested in becoming part of the prestigious Chevening community should sign up for alerts through our country pages.

Further information: Applicants can also contact the Chevening Scholarships Secretariat at

Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan

This is funded by the Department for International Development and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. You must either be a citizen of a Commonwealth country or a British dependent territory. The scholarships are for postgraduate research or study. To find out more contact the Commonwealth Scholarship Agency in your own country.

Overseas Research Students Awards Scheme (ORSAS)

This is funded by the Department of Education and Employment. Awards are made on academic merit and research potential and meet the cost of the difference between home fees and international fees. They do not include a maintenance grant.

British Marshall Scholarships

This is funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. These are for US citizens under 26 who are graduates from US universities. The award covers fares, tuition fees, maintenance, book, thesis and travel allowances.

Fulbright Scholarships

This is again open to US graduate students wanting to study in the UK (it is not restricted by age or subject). Each year between 8 and 14 awards are offered to US citizens for the first year of Masters or PhD study in any discipline at any accredited UK university.

Goa Education Trust Scholarships

The British Council invites applications from Goan students for scholarships to study in the UK. The Goa Education Trust Scholarships aims to provide financial assistance for self-motivated dynamic young people of Goan origin or those holding Goan domicile to study or train in the UK. The scholarship caters to diverse subject areas including Management, Architecture, Education, Computing & Design, TV documentary, Music Therapy, Fashion Technology, Architectural Conservation and Human Rights, Communication Systems & Signal Processing and Innovation Technology & Law.

Other useful resources
Education UK
UKCISA: The UK Council for International Student Affairs
Scholarship Search UK


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