Here you will find answers to coronavirus FAQs specifically for applicants and offer holders.

You will find details of some of the steps we are taking to help ensure a safe and fulfilling student experience for you at this time. We cover the combination of on campus and online teaching and learning that we are offering in the current academic year,  campus facilities, our plans for welcome activities and student support, and the health and safety measures that we are taking. For a quick overview of our approach, see our animated video at 

If you need more help, please contact our Admissions team.

If you are joining us in semester two  and are at risk of not being able to arrange travel to enable you to join us before your first in-person class, please don’t worry. You will be able to start your studies remotely when face to face teaching starts and then join us face to face when you can. Indeed, at the start of our autumn semester, a number of students had to join us late. Please note though that pre-registration health students need to able to attend face to face from 25 January in order to complete mandatory pre-placement practical sessions.  If you have any particular concerns, please email our admissions team (

You might like to note that we keep our student and staff community updated as regards the position with coronavirus on our coronavirus updates web page.


Last updated: 11 January 2021

Where can I find information on the University's plans for teaching this academic year?

I am starting my course in January (ie semester two). What will teaching be like during that semester?

Anticipating a continued requirement for social distancing and other COVID-19 health and safety restrictions for the next six months, we are maintaining our current blended approach to learning and teaching into semester two (the semester that begins in January).  We have also been adapting our planned delivery in line with changing coronavirus restrictions, following Scottish Government advice. See our updates to students and staff for information.

Our blended approach involves a mix of on-campus and online activity. The actual number of hours you will be timetabled for, and the balance of that mix, will vary by programme and level of study, and for some programmes from week to week. It will also depend on Scottish Government guidance.

As well as reflecting government advice, the  variation in hours across programmes and levels of study is to take account of students' different levels of familiarity with the University's approach to learning and teaching, its support systems, and the requirements of individual programmes.

Digital learning opportunities (such as recorded online lectures and online live discussion) will be provided to compensate for any reduction in standard levels of timetabled on campus learning.

Students can access lectures recorded online at a time that suits them. The removal of lectures from the face to face timetable also frees up space and time for the other elements of teaching, such as seminars and tutorials, where students will gain more benefit from face to face interaction.

We can confirm that those courses which have been postponed from semester one to start in semester two are starting in semester two.  The semester two timetable will also accommodate some delayed activity from semester one.

As with semester one, we will not be holding on-campus written examinations at the end of semester two. 

In line with government guidance, we are implementing a staggered return of undergraduate students in semester two.  Details are as per the published timetable, which is subject to change. The timing of resumption of face to face classes  will depend on your programme requirements, including, for example, the need for practical sessions and any essential pre-placement practical sessions, and your level of study.



I am an international student starting in January and may need to quarantine? How will the University handle that and how will I be supported?

We appreciate that it might be unlikely that you will be able to arrive in time to have completed your self-isolation prior to the commencement of  your in-person teaching. However, please be reassured that if that’s the case, you will be able to start your studies remotely when teaching starts and then join us face to face when you self-isolation is over. Indeed, at the start of our autumn semester, a number of students were in that situation. Please note though that pre-registration health students need to able to attend face to face from 25 January in order to complete mandatory pre-placement practical sessions.

International students in this situation who are not going to live on campus should refer to Scottish Government guidance. 

Throughout the induction period, and any time that students may have to quarantine, staff in our International Office are available to provide any support and guidance that may be needed. They will be running regular drop-in sessions. There are also face to face appointments available for students not quarantining. Further details regarding the drop-in sessions, including the timing and how to attend, will be sent to each international student’s email address on a weekly basis. For students joining in semster two, details of dedicated weekly online drop in sessions can be found on our website.

Our Wellbeing and Counselling team will also be available for more general support as required and appointments can be booked and delivered online.

The Scottish Government website gives advice on international travel restrictions at this time and our international team will be pleased to help international students with travel related questions (

I am a prospective international student who wants to meet with someone from your recruitment team in my country. What advice have you for me?

Where we have had to cancel events or visits to overseas countries due to travel restrictions, we would be very happy to engage online through Skype, email or telephone. You can arrange to chat with us by emailing

I am an international applicant. If I need to start my course online, can I still take advantage of the Graduate Route visa?

The UK government has announced that students on Tier 4 visas commencing their studies in the 2020-21 academic year will be eligible for the new Graduate Route visa (formerly known as the post-study work visa) even if their courses is delivered initially through distance or blended learning.

Students starting their studies under these new conditions will still be eligible to apply for the new Graduate Route visa so long as they intend to transition to face-to-face learning as soon as circumstances allow and they arrive in the UK by 6 April 2021.

Find out more about the Graduate Route Visa, or get in touch with us at


What if I am having difficulty making arrangements to be tested for my English language (IELTS)?

For applicants who need to be tested for their English language (IELTS or equivalent) we are aware that most test centres are currently closed. We know that test providers have stated their intention to offer additional testing slots when they reopen, but where it is not possible for you to sit an English Language Test in order to meet the conditions of your offer, the University will review your circumstances nearer to the start date of your programme. If you have any concerns, please contact the Admissions team.

I am due to start at the University and I am having difficulties obtaining my visa. What should I do?

For new students or those concerned about obtaining or renewing their visas, you should contact the International Team

What support is available to students in these unusual times?

As QMU is a small university, with a strong community focus, students joining us can rest assured that they will receive strong personalised support, and we appreciate this support is needed more than ever at this time. Each student is assigned a personal academic tutor, and we offer a full range of support services ranging from effective learning to wellbeing, and from the library to careers. All services have been available online throughout the pandemic and will also be offered face to face whenever appropriate.

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If I am unable to attend the campus when my course is due to start, will I be able to study remotely?

Yes (but see note below about pre-reg health students). Students who wish to begin their programme in January, but are unable to physically join us on campus during the semester  (e.g. because of issues related to health, self-isolation, or caring responsibilities for others self isolating etc.) will be able to undertake their studies online. If you are in this situation, please contact Registry at

 Pre-registration health students need to be able to attend on campus  from 25 Jan at the latest to ensure they  receive their mandatory pre-placement face to face practical sessions. If you have further questions about this, please email

If I need to study remotely, will I be disadvantaged because I am unable to attend any on-campus learning activities?

No. We are putting steps in place to ensure that students unable to attend on-campus learning activities have the opportunity to engage in equivalent learning online. The nature of this activity will necessarily vary by programme, but it is likely to include, amongst other things, the ability to join on-campus group discussion activity virtually through our virtual learning environment (the Hub).

If I need to study remotely, will I still be able access Student Services support (finance, wellbeing, counselling, careers etc.)?

Yes. The University has continued to offer students remote access to its range of Student Services support since the lockdown started and will continue to do so for those students unable to come on to the campus when the campus reopens. You can use Student Central to view the resources, book online appointments and view current job vacancies. More detailed information on accessing specific Student Services support remotely is available within the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) FAQs for students.

What other learning resources will I have access to if I need to study remotely?

Our Library (LRC) resources and our Effective Learning Service (ELS) are both accessible remotely. The ELS will continue to offer advice and guidance on writing assignments and developing academic skills to students who need to study remotely.

I have an Independent Learning Plan (ILP), will that be modified to take account of any adjustments to the delivery of learning and teaching in semester one?

Yes. Where necessary, ILPs will be modified to take account of any necessary adjustments to learning and teaching activities in semester one, including for those students who are unable to come on to campus. Students with ILPs will be contacted by Students Services regarding this in due course.

What does physical distancing mean for the campus and how is it being implemented?

Timetable planning is central to managing physical distancing on campus as it helps us manage the number of people on campus at any one time for taught, self-development and organised social activities.

We are fortunate in that our modern, airy campus is well suited to enabling physical distancing.

The specific physical distancing measures that we take will be in accordance with Scottish Government guidance and based on a full risk assessment.

Measures will include access control, one way routing, staggered starts to timetabled classes, breaks to enable cleaning etc.

Also factored into our planning is off-campus activity in terms of staff and student travel.

More information on physical distancing and campus life.

Are we considering the car parking requirements of those for those who wish to avoid public transport?

Through our timetable planning, we are spreading out activity across the day to spread the load on the car park and other facilities and thus maximise the availability of parking space.

What health protection measures are in place on campus?

We have a range of campus adaptations in place based on a full University-wide COVID risk assessment.

Specific measures will depend on government guidance at the time, but, for example, we have installed a thermal camera at the main entrance to monitor the temperature of people arriving on campus, we have one way systems, and sanitiser stations. Seating arrangements have been changed. We have also made adjustments to our ventilation systems to optimise air flow.

You can find out more on our Campus Life, Physical Distancing and Hygiene page.

How are you enabling social interaction for students on campus, and are students encouraged to spend time on campus?

We are, of course, acutely conscious that student life is about much more than study. We also know that we must live up to our reputation for providing a friendly learning community, and are determined to do so.

While any requirements for physical distancing are changing the way we operate our on-campus Students’ Union, sports facilities and social spaces, we will do everything possible to maximise the facilities available to students, providing services online where appropriate.

More information on your student experience this academic year.

Are we prepared for any increase in COVID-19 infections?

Our plans are designed to be flexible so that we can react promptly to any second wave or cluster of COVID cases.

Rest assured  that we have been planning, and continue to plan, for any developments, liaising with Health Protection Scotland, other Edinburgh institutions and council officials. This will help mitigate the impact of any developments on our campus operations and University life, helping us to ensure that we can consistently provide our students with the education and support that they need and deserve.


I am an EU student with a course starting in January 2021. Will I need a visa to study in Scotland?

EU students commencing study in January 2021 will be required to have a Student Route visa. You will also need to pay a fee called an Immigration Health Surcharge. This gives you access to the UK’s National Health Service. If you are an Irish national, see separate FAQ. Funding arrangements will remain the same as previously for students starting their course in academic year 2020/21, ie EU students will continue to be eligible for home fees at UG and PG level if commencing their course in January 2021. EU postgraduate students will also be able to access the tuition fee element of the Student Awards Agency for Scotland’s postgraduate loan, subject to the normal eligibility criteria, if starting at this time. (Ministers have confirmed that as a result of Brexit, higher education students from the EU attending university will no longer qualify for tuition fee support beyond AY2020-21.)

If you are already in the UK, or if you arrive in the UK before 31 December 2020, there’s very little that will change as long as you register for the EU Settlement Scheme. You should apply as soon as possible after you’ve arrived in the UK, and the deadline for applying is 30 June 2021.

If you are already living in the UK and have applied to the EU Settlement Scheme (or for pre-settled status), please let us know so we can update your record. If you are intending to move to the UK and apply to the EU Settlement Scheme before 31st December, please also let us know (at, so that we can add this to your record.

For more information on Brexit, including visa information, see our Brexit webpage.

I am an Irish national whose course is starting in January 2021. Will I need a visa to study in Scotland?

Irish nationals living in the UK and Ireland whose right to study and to access benefits and services will be preserved on a reciprocal basis for UK and Irish nationals under the Common Travel Area arrangement. So Irish students starting in January 2021 will not require a visa to travel or study in Scotland. Future arrangements for Irish students for the academic year 2021-22 under the Common Travel Area will be published in due course as this is subject to on-going discussion with the Scottish, UK and Irish Governments.


I am a pre-registration health student starting in January. If I can’t join in classes at the start of semester due to self-isolation, what is the latest date when I can join the course in order to ensure I receive my mandatory pre-placement practical sessions?  

You would need to be able to attend face to face sessions from 25 January. If you have further questions, please email for advice.


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