The university provides helpful advice on how postgraduate fees should be paid.
Overseas students from outside the European Economic Area on a tier 4 study visa require a work permit to work more than 20 hours per week in the UK during term time. Our university's experience is that full time postgraduate students, who work more than 10 hours a week, seriously risk failing their programme of postgraduate study.
The main sources available to support study for MSc degrees in Computer Science or Information Technology in 2017-2018 with us are:
Professional and Career Development Loans are also available to persons with an unrestricted right to stay and work in the UK. UK Armed forces personnel can get financial support for postgraduate study with us through the MoD Enhanced Learning Credits Scheme.
In 2017-2018 Heriot-Watt University will charge the following tuition fees in the School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences in GBP pounds per year for study for an MSc or Postgraduate Diploma in Computer Science or IT subjects delivered by lectures on the Edinburgh campus.
Study on the Edinburgh campus for the Graduate Diploma in Information Technology (a postgraduate foundation programme for overseas students wishing entry to our MSc programmes) in 2017/18 costs £17570.
At our Dubai campus in the United Arab Emirates studying full time for the
Heriot Watt University uses guidelines to determine whether an Edinburgh campus student pays the overseas rate of fees or the lower UK/EU rate. Students in doubt about their fees status can fill in a form and have their fees status explicitly determined. UKCISA explains these eligibility issues here.
Fees can be paid in various ways and even in instalments. Details on paying fees can be found here.
The university estimates the costs of maintenance for a postgraduate student in Edinburgh for the full year 2017/2018 as £8500.
Details on start dates and fees for English programmes at Heriot-Watt university for those who intend also to take an MSc programme starting in September 2017 can be found here .
The Scottish Office Education Department (SOED) through the Students Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) have introduced a new Scottish Postgraduate Loans Scheme for 2017/18 to lend up to £10000 to pay the fees and living expenses of postgraduate study in Scotland. It is distinct from the English Postgraduate Loans Scheme which covers postgraduate study at any UK university including Heriot-Watt by English residents. The Scottish scheme loans up to £5500 in fees and £4500 in maintenance for study on eligible PG programmes of study. This is paid in 1 year for full-time study and over 2 years for part-time study.
2017/18 MSc applicants to us seeking a loan from the SOED have to register with SAAS and then submit an application for funding. Eligibility and funding issues are explained online for full-time and part-time applicants. Submitted applications are assessed for eligibility before applicants can receive a loan. A loan for fees up to £5500 (£2250 part-time) is paid directly to the university. A loan of up to £4500 for full-time living costs is paid direct to a student's bank account. Part-time students cannot get loans for their maintenance expenses. Students are liable to start repaying the loan with interest when their study ends.
Students are eligible if they
Being ordinarily resident in Scotland for the last 3 years and being resident in Scotland at the start of the PG programme qualifies an applicant for the scheme. Long-term UK nationals, EU nationals, EEA nationals, UK Home Office recognised refugees and others also qualify.
The 2017/18 postgraduate funding guide details eligibility, level of support and other relevant issues. After students have checked that they satisfy the eligibility conditions, they should register and submit a loan application. They need to support their application with an unconditional offer of a place on one of our MSc programmes. SAAS informs applicants directly if their application for a loan is accepted.
Heriot-Watt University receives 6 bursaries per year to award to MSc students on the basis of overall merit and promise. Candidates will be from a Scottish background and usually have a 1st class degree. The Carnegie Cameron award covers the full cost of university fees. Fill in the scholarship application form and return it to us by 1st May 2017.
British Chevening Scholarships are funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and administered by the British Council. They are offered to overseas students in over 150 countries and enable talented graduates and young professionals to become familiar with the UK and gain skills which will benefit their countries. The Chevening programme currently provides around 2,300 new scholarships each year for postgraduate studies or research at UK Institutions of Higher Education. Applicants should be professionals who have IELTS 6.5 (minimum 5.5 in all 4 areas) and 2+ years working experience who want to do a one year full-time MSc programme. Applicants are expected to apply for a Chevening award by mid November when planning university entry in the following September. Choice of university is made after shortlisted applicants are interviewed in November and scholarships are awarded in December or January.
Commonwealth scholarships are open to Commonwealth citizens and British protected persons permanently resident in any Commonwealth country other than the United Kingdom for postgraduate study. Candidates should hold an upper second class degree or equivalent. Nominations from agencies must be received in London by 31 December in the year preceding the award being taken up.
These scholarships are available for all full-time MSc programmes. These awards assist students from developing Commonwealth countries to come to the UK for a one-year taught Masters degree when they would otherwise be financially unable to do so. The award has an upper age limit of 35 with preference given to applicants under 30 years of age. Government employees are ineligible. Awards made under this programme must be relevant to the economic, scientific and social development of the applicants' home country. The scheme is administered by the Association of Commonwealth Universities and applicants must have or expect to attain the equivalent of a UK 1st class or upper 2nd class honours degree.
The Scholarships cover:
Applicants should apply through their School of study by mid April.
The University has entered a partnership with CONACYT to offer scholarships for Mexican students who undertake their studies in science, engineering and technology at Heriot-Watt. The scholarships, which cover tuition fees and living costs, are administered through CONACYT.
Saltire Scholarships worth £4000 each towards the cost of tuition fees are available for MSc study at Scottish universities by citizens of Canada, China, India, Pakistan or USA. Saltire applicants must study 1 year full-time MSc programmes in life sciences, technology, creative industries, financial services, renewable and clean energy. Obtain a conditional or unconditional offer of a place from us on one of our 1 year full-time MSc programmes in Computing or IT at the Edinburgh campus and then fill in the application form and submit it before the end of May.
One bank in Britain - Cooperative Bank - provides career development loans on behalf of the Employment Department which can be used to pay for an MSc programme with us. These loans, ranging from £300 to a maximum of £10000, are available to persons satisfying all the following conditions
Living expenses, books, equipment and either 80% or 100% of fees may be financed out of such loans. No interest or principal repayments are made until one month after the programme ends. Read consumer advice before obtaining further details from the Cooperative Bank or from
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UKCISA, the UK Council for International Student Affairs, provides a good statement of eligibility issues for various forms of fees and financial support while studying at universities in scotland. UK government advice about funding for postgraduate study is also available.
Computer Science Office Room 1.24 Earl Mountbatten Building, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh EH14 4AS, Scotland
For information about postgraduate programmes, telephone +44 (0)131 451 8444 or