International students

Fee deposits for overseas students

If you are an overseas fee payer who will be joining any taught postgraduate course or a foundation course listed below, you will be required to pay a deposit of £2,000 towards your university fee, in order to secure your place at Queen Mary University of London.

Pay my deposit

You will only be required to pay your deposit once your place has been confirmed, ie, after you have firmly accepted our offer and met any academic and/or English language conditions. You will receive an email request when you are required to pay this deposit. You should note that we may specify a deadline by which you are required to pay the deposit in order to retain your place.  The payment of this deposit may also assist you in applying for immigration permission under Tier 4 of the UKVI (UK Visas and Immigration) Points Based System.

You will be invited to pay your deposit by a specified deadline during the admissions process. For the majority of our programmes you will only be required to pay your deposit once your place has been confirmed, i.e. after you have met any academic and/or English language conditions. For postgraduate programmes in the following Schools and Institutes, you will be required to pay your deposit when you firmly accept a conditional offer:

School of Business and Management

Institute of Dentistry

School of Economics and Finance

School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science.

Your deposit will be deducted from your overall university fee cost (for the first year of study) and you will only be required to make arrangements to pay the balance when you enrol.

Why am I paying a deposit?

Payment of a fee deposit secures your place on the intended programme. If you do not pay a deposit by the specified deadline your offer will be declined by default and the place may be offered to another applicant.

If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK you are required to demonstrate that you are able to fund your studies when you make your visa application. Paying your fee deposit demonstrates your commitment to study at Queen Mary and we therefore require you to pay your deposit before issuing your Certificate of Acceptance for Studies (see below), in addition to meeting any academic and English language conditions.


If you are in receipt of a scholarship or your fees will be paid by a sponsor, you may be exempt from the university fee deposit. We do however require a formal letter from your sponsor confirming the arrangement.

Fee deposits may not be required for Distance Learning programmes or for programmes delivered outside the UK. Applicants will be advised of any university fee deposit requirements during the admissions process.

US Loans – if your studies are to be funded by loans from the USA, either Federal or Private, you will need to submit a separate application to Queen Mary in order to process this. You will find full details on your eligibility and the application process on our dedicated page on loans for US students.

Payment methods

  • By credit card (Mastercard and Visa only) online:

    • Go to
    • Select Option A 'Online Payments'
    • Complete your personal details (enter applicant ID in "Student ID / UCAS Number")
    • Select "Tuition Fee Deposits"
    • Make payment of £2,000.00
  • By direct bank transfer

Deposit refund policy

The policy for refunding fee deposits is published in the University Fee Regulations.

In accordance with the university fee regulations, deposits may be refunded in the following circumstances:

  • If a student has applied for immigration permission in order to study at Queen Mary but this is refused. The immigration refusal notice must be provided by the student;
  • If a student is initially refused entry clearance (immigration permission) to travel to the UK and successfully appeals, but the appeal comes through too late to start their programme at Queen Mary on time. Documentary evidence must be provided by the student;
  • If a student is not able to apply for a visa because Queen Mary is unable to issue a Certificate of Acceptance for Studies;
  • If Queen Mary does not provide the programme as advertised. If a student accepts a place on an alternative programme at Queen Mary, the deposit payment will normally be transferred to the new programme;
  • If a student was required to pay the deposit in order to accept a conditional offer and the place is not confirmed because the student fails to meet the conditions of the offer. Documentary evidence must be provided in such cases, e.g. academic transcripts or certificates and/or English language test results*.

*Failure to take an English language test between the point of firm acceptance of offer and the intended date of enrolment will not be considered satisfactory grounds for a refund. If you deferred your place to the next year of entry and you are required to take another English language test before joining the programme, you must provide an English language test certificate or other evidence that you have been unable to meet the English language requirement. In either case this evidence must be dated within six months of the start of the programme.

All deposit refund requests must be submitted in writing to: The request must be submitted within 30 days of the start date of your programme, as stated on your offer letter.

I am an overseas fee payer – when will I receive my Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)?

If you require Tier 4 Immigration permission, in order to be able to study in the UK, you will need a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS). This is a unique number which will enable UKVI officers to access information which we have provided about your course. If you are not sure whether you require immigration permission to be able to study in the UK, please refer to our immigration advice.

If your course begins in September, we will not start issuing CAS until the end of April. We will send you instructions on how to request a CAS nearer the time. Further details on this process can be found in your applicant web portal.

Once we have processed your CAS request and received confirmation that your deposit has been paid, you will be asked to verify that your personal and course details are correct via your web portal before we request a CAS from the UKVI. After you have verified this information, you will receive an email to notify you that your CAS statement is now visible in your web portal. You should receive this within 48 hours (Monday to Friday) of you verifying your CAS statement.

Fees paid and the Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)

Please note that after payment of your deposit, any subsequent payments of university fees will not be automatically reflected in the CAS. Further advance payments have to be manually updated on the CAS and as such you should allow up to ten days for this to happen. Please factor this in when applying for a visa appointment in your home country. If you are concerned that your CAS has not been updated with an advance payment made by either you or your financial sponsor, please email:, clearly stating your full name, applicant ID, programme you have applied for, amount paid and the date of payment. If you do wish to make an advance university fee payment we recommend you do this after you have secured your visa. A CAS cannot be updated once the status has changed to 'Used'.

Once you have received your CAS, we recommend that you read more about how to apply for Tier 4 student immigration permission by referring to the following pages of the Advice and Counselling website.

It is particularly important that you refer to the section headed ‘How Much Money do I need to show?’ found under the ‘Funds for your Tier 4 visa application’ section of the Advice and Counselling guidance document: Applying for Tier 4 (General) Student immigration permission. This will help you to avoid having your visa application refused because you not shown that you have sufficient funds to cover your tuition fee and maintenance costs.

Tuition Fee Regulations

University Fee Regulations 2020/21

These regulations are updated every year - you can access a list of archived and present Tuition Fee Regulations documents.


If you have any queries about fee payment please contact the Fees Office:

Tel: +44(0)20 7882 7676, +44 (0)20 7882 3685 or +44 (0)20 7882 7775
Fax: +44 (0)20 7882 3024