Payment of tuition fees
Tuition fee regulations
Like all other UK universities, Queen Mary is bound by legislation and Government regulations on fees.
Queen Mary's tuition fee regulations are outlined in this document: University Fee Regulations 2020-21 [PDF 755KB].
These regulations are updated every year, you can access a list of archived and present University Fee Regulations documents.
Invoices and payments
Queen Mary will send an invoice for the full academic year from August each year. Postgraduate Research students who start part-way through the academic year will be sent a pro-rata invoice. Fees due in any academic year are payable before enrolment. Payment can be made at any time during the year prior to enrolment. If you do not pay the required amount of fees or provide proof of sponsorship, you will not be able to enrol.
Our Advice and Counselling Service has produced a guide about how to fund your postgraduate studies that provides information and advice to Home and EU students. You can also visit our page for more information.
Students who are eligible to and elect to pay their fees by instalments should agree a payment plan with the Finance Department before attempting to enrol or re-enrol. The first instalment must be paid before the payment plan agreement. Agreements are arranged in person at the Finance Department, Room W117, Queen’s Building. There is a £50 non-refundable charge for paying by instalments. All postgraduate students must pay at least 50 per cent (50%) of the fee due before enrolment. The remaining balance is due by 31 January if commencing their studies in the autumn, or 30 April if commencing their studies in January. For payment plan options please refer to section 4 of the .
Postgraduate Loan payment options
Queen Mary’s policy for making payment of tuition fees by instalment for all postgraduate students has been 50% of fees at enrolment and 50% at the end of January with an administrative charge of £50. However for those students in receipt of a student loan through the UK Government’s Postgraduate Loan scheme there is an alternative payment schedule available. If you are a UK or EU postgraduate student and have a loan that will cover the full cost of your tuition fees, we will allow payment in 3 instalments. These payments must be aligned with receipt of your loan from the Student Loans Company.
If your loan does not cover the full cost of your tuition fees, we would normally allow the fees that will be covered by the loan to be repaid in 3 instalments and the outstanding amount to be paid in line with current policy (50% on enrolment and 50% at the end of January). Please note that any instalment agreement will attract a £50 administration fee.
Example scenario 1
For example if you have been offered a place on MSc FT Accounting and Finance (fee: £16,500) and you are not in receipt of a loan, your payment plan will be arranged as follows:
Self-funding element payment plan £8250 (£16500/2) + £50 administration fee due prior to enrolment £8250 (£16500/2) due end of January
Example scenario 2
For example if you have been offered a place on MSc FT Accounting and Finance (fee: £16,500) and are in receipt of a postgraduate loan of £10,000, your payment plan will be arranged as follows:
Total tuition fee amount: £16,500 Loan element: £10,000 Self-funding element: £6500
Self-funding element payment plan £3250 (£6500/2) due prior to enrolment + £50 administration fee due prior to enrolment £3250 (£6500/2) due end of January
Loan element payment plan £3334 (£10000/3) due first loan payment date £3333 (£10000/3) due second loan payment date £3333 (£10000/3) due third loan payment date
Example scenario 3
For example if you have been offered a place on MSc FT Geography (fee: £7950) and are in receipt of a postgraduate loan of £10,000 your payment plan will be arranged as follows:
Total tuition fee amount £7950 Loan element: £10,000 Self-funding element: £0
No self-funding payment plan
Loan element payment plan £50 administrative fee due prior to enrolment and arrangement of payment plan £2650 (£7950/3) due first loan payment date £2650 (£7950/3) due second loan payment date £2650 (£7950/3) due third loan payment date
Postgraduate Doctoral Loans payment option
Payment plans for Doctorial loans are the same as postgraduate loan above. Payment can be made in three instalment.
Total tuition fee amount £4260 Loan element: £6250 per year Self-funding element: £0
No self-funding payment plan
Loan element payment plan
£50 administrative fee due prior to enrolment and arrangement of payment plan £1420 (£4260/3) due first loan payment date £1420 (£4260/3) due second loan payment date £1420 (£4260/3) due third loan payment date Please refer to the Advice and Counselling webpage for further details
Discount for prompt payment
Self-funded Home/EU Postgraduate and International students whose tuition fees are £7,500 or higher should deduct 1% from the total fees if paying in full before enrolment. You are strongly advised to deduct this 1% discount before paying. If a scholarship has been awarded, the 1% discount will apply to the remaining balance of the tuition fee after the scholarship has been taken into account. This discount is not available to Home/EU Undergraduate students.
Failure to pay tuition fees
Please note tuition fees are a student's responsibility. If a student is not paying the fees, it is still their responsibility to inform the Fees Office of their sponsor's details. If tuition fee payments are not made on time, the student will be classed as a Debtor and their registration with Queen Mary may be terminated.
If you fail to pay the required amount of tuition fees by the due dates for payment your registration as a student of QMUL could be terminated in accordance with Ordinance C3. De-registration normally takes place in February. If you are de-registered, you will not be able to take any QMUL examinations in this academic year. If you are de-registered, it may be possible to be reinstated once the debt is cleared, however this is subject to an administrative charge (currently £250) and you will not be reinstated until at least 12 months after you have been de-registered.
Students who are unable to pay their tuition fees should immediately seek advice from the Advice and Counselling Service.
Protocol on fees
Queen Mary University of London, in common with all other UK institutions of higher education, is bound by legislation and regulations which embody the Government's policy on fees both for Home and Overseas students, including the provision that Home and European Union undergraduate students should contribute to the cost of their education through the payment of tuition fees.