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Funding and support

We do everything we can to help students secure funding, and administer a huge range of funding opportunities throughout the year. You can find out more about some of these in this section, but it is also worth checking school and department websites, as many studentships, prizes and bursaries are run and allocated at school and departmental level.  

See the Funding a Masters and Funding a PhD pages for more information.

If you are an international student, you may also wish to visit the international funding pages for more information.  

Costs

There are two main costs for postgraduate students: fees and living expenses.  The cost of living in London will depend on your lifestyle.  Typically, postgraduates need at least £12,000 to cover food, accommodation, travel, books and so on for a full year (ie, 52 weeks). Under UK border Agency rules, international students are expected to have £600 a month for each dependant, in addition to the £1,000 a month for themselves

Financial advice and guidance

The Advice and Counselling Service offers detailed information and advice about additional sources of funding for postgraduate students including: hardship funds and bursaries, student bank accounts and loans, part-time work and trusts and charities. We can also offer guidance about ways of saving money as a student, including reduced price travel schemes, health costs assistance and council tax exemptions or reductions. 

We particularly welcome enquiries from prospective students, and are happy to help you plan your finances well in advance of starting your course. We can often tell you about financial options that you may not have realised would be available to you. See www.welfare.qmul.ac.uk/money/

Employment opportunities

Work experience can be real asset, and many students decide to work during their time at university. As well as suitable part-time jobs, there may also be opportunities for you to take up teaching work such as supervision and personal tutoring or general administrative support in the school you are studying in. 

The Queen Mary Careers team can help you find a suitable position that fits in with your academic commitments. There are a number of jobs available on campus – everything from student ambassador work to mentoring and tutoring in local schools. See the careers page. 

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