What are the fees?

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. A Graduation fee is also payable prior to Graduation.

Can the programme be studied 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 master's 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 Master's programme.

How long does the application process take?        

  • We aim to reply to you within 4 weeks of receiving your completed application.

Which masters course 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 master's?     

  • A very high percentage of Queen Margaret graduates gain employment or further training within 6 months of graduation. Former IGHD 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.

Are there any scholarships available?        

  • Various scholarships are offered at postgraduate level, these include: international award schemes, university scholarships and grants provided by charities/trusts. Criteria and application procedures 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 Fees and Funding page for more information

When does the course commence?

  • September and January

What is the content of the course?            

How do I apply?        

  • All applications for taught postgraduate courses should be made online through our website. To apply online click the apply now button on your chosen course information page. Please contact IGHD if you have an enquiry about applying for any other IGHD courses.

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.

How do I pay my fees?     

  • To pay your fees please contact our Finance department on +44 (0)131 474 0000. For more information on payment methods or options regarding payment by instalments please see our Fees and Funding page.

Where can I find accommodation? 

  • You can apply for your place in the Halls of Residence when you receive your CONDITIONAL or UNCONDITIONAL offer. Places are allocated on a first come first served basis. Please see our Accommodation pages for more information.

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 Master's programme at Queen Margaret follows the SCOTCAT (Scottish Credit Accumulation and Transfer) credit system, which awards 180 credits on completion of a Masters. Each single module on the IGHD Master's 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 Master's 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?     

Our Recruitment and International Office can also offer further visa advice international@qmu.ac.uk