Undergraduate – Students from Scotland

The Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland can support undergraduate students that have to pay their own tuition fees. The scheme aims to support students who do not receive government funding towards the costs of their tuition fees following withdrawal from a previous course of study, academic repeats or because of their residence status.

For further information please consult the Carnegie Trust website.

Undergraduate – Students from England, Wales and Northern Ireland

QMU is committed to ensuring that suitably qualified candidates are not deterred from investing in their education on the grounds of ability to pay. For that reason, QMU will offer the non-repayable bursary package outlined below to all eligible students from the Rest of the UK.

QMU will use the residual household income figure calculated yearly by the Student Loans Company (SLC) when assessing a student’s bursary entitlement during each year of their studies.

The Bursary will be a cash award, enabling students to use their bursary as they wish e.g. contribution to accommodation or living costs or payment towards tuition fees.

Table: QMU Rest of UK Bursary Package

Annual Household Income (£) QMU Bursary Award (per year)

Up to £20,000









International Students

Scholarship Information for International Students


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 Fees and Charges 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.

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


Per Week



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)


Per Week



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

QMU International Scholarships (download the application form)

The University is pleased to offer a number of competitive scholarships of £3,000 each for new international students undertaking their first year of study on an undergraduate or postgraduate taught degree. 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 dates for applications are:

  • 31 March, at midnight (GMT) for first allocation September entrants
  • 30 May, at midnight (GMT) for second allocation September entrants – please note that the deadline for applications has been extended to 31 July 2020 for September 2020 entrants
  • 30 November, at midnight (GMT) for January entrants

Applications can be made by students who have made an application to study at Queen Margaret University.

Saltire Scholarships

Under Scotland's Saltire Scholarship scheme, 50 awards worth £8000 each are available for one year of study on a Masters course to students from Canada, China (including Hong Kong), India, Japan, Pakistan 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 in partnerships with Scottish Universities.

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 in our 'scholarships for international students brochure' linked at the top of this page.

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.

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: 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 www.chevening.org/.

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.

Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme (CSSS) for AY2020-2021

For 2020/21, The Institute for Global Health and Development (IGHD) in Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh is offering three awards and the following two MSc programmes are eligible for the scholarship:

MSc in Global Health
MSc in Sexual & Reproductive Health

The Shared Scholarship Scheme is a joint initiative between the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (with funding from DFID), and UK universities, to support scholarships for students from developing Commonwealth countries who would not otherwise be able to study in the United Kingdom.

All Shared Scholarship candidate applications must be made via the CSC’s online application system which is now open. All applications must be submitted by 16.00 (GMT) on 18 December 2019 at the latest.

Successful candidates will be selected on the basis of eligibility, qualifications, experience and the supporting statement of the application form.

Please note that you will also need to apply to the University and secure admissions to your programme.  You must normally have had an offer (ideally unconditional offer) on the programme by the closing date for the CSSS application – 16:00, 18 December 2019.

For any enquiries, please email IGHD@qmu.ac.uk

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.

Canadian Centennial Scholarship Fund

This scholarship makes awards of £2000-£5000 to Canadians who are enrolled on taught postgraduate programme, and at the time of application have completed at least one academic semester of study. Applicants should be able to demonstrate academic excellence, and require funds to complete their studies. Enquiries regarding this fund can be sent to scholarship@canadianscholarshipfund.co.uk.


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


Contact us

For further information, please contact international@qmu.ac.uk. Alternatively you can call us on +44 131 474 0099.

QMU also has a Student Funding Adviser who provides one-to-one information, advice and guidance on the funding that is available to QMU students, both current and prospective. You can contact the Student Funding Adviser by emailing: studentfunding@qmu.ac.uk

Funding Enquiries

The University offers a Funding Advice Service for all students.

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Funding Enquiries

Bill Stronach Student Funding Adviser
0131 474 0000