Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships

Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships | Masters 2022

Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships (QECS)

Applications are now open for the Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships (QECS). QECS is a unique opportunity to study a two-year Master’s degree in a low or middle-income Commonwealth country.

The scholarships are aimed at students who are committed to creating change in their communities. They are a life-changing opportunity to experience a new country and culture, to broaden horizons, and to build a global network that will last a lifetime.

Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarship Benefits/Awards

Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships award recipients will receive the following benefits:

  • Fully-funded tuition fees;
  • Living expenses allowance (stipend) for duration of award;
  • Return economy flights to their host country;
  • An arrival allowance;
  • Research support grant. Note that this grant is on request only. It is subject to approval.

Eligibility Requirements for QECS

  • Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships is open to Citizens of Commonwealth countries or those who hold refugee status in a Commonwealth country.
  • Applicants are to apply for the scholarship award in a country other than their home country. For instance, a Ghanaian should not apply to study in Ghana.
  • The scholarship is open to all regardless of age. That’s to say that there is no upper age limit to be eligible
  • Applicants must have already completed their degree and should have graduated with an equivalent of a 2:1 at the time of application.
  • Supporting documents and other requirements can be gotten from the websites of the various partner Universities. In addition to this, you will provide a copy of your final transcript and degree certificate.

How to Apply for Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships

The following are steps you must complete before submitting your application:

  1. Review the available courses and entry requirements
  2. Check QECS application guidance
  3. Check that the course you are applying for is available at your selected university
  4. Register an MyACU account if you don’t have one. Otherwise, proceed to step 6.
  5. Follow the instructions in the registration email to set up an account.
  6. Then login to MyACU account here

Note that applicants are required to submit a university application at the same time as their scholarship application, unless stated otherwise

Applicants can’t apply more than once to the same university. If applicants submit two applications for the same university, only the first application will be considered.

Partner Universities for QECS

  1. University of Dhaka
  2.  University of Eswatini
  3. Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST)
  4. The University of the West Indies
  5. The Technical University of Kenya
  6. University of Nairobi
  7. University of Malaya
  8. Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM)
  9. University of Mauritius
  10. COMSATS University Islamabad
  11. University of Rwanda
  12. The State University of Zanzibar
  13. Makerere University

1. Bangladesh: University of Dhaka

Available courses:

All Masters that are a maximum of two years.  For further information visit www.du.ac.bd

For questions about courses, please contact: oia@du.ac.bd

Click here to apply at the University of Dhaka

2. Eswatini: University of Eswatini 

Available courses:

  • MA History
  • Master of Nursing Science in Family Nurse Practice
  • MBA – Master of Business Administration
  • MEd Adult Education
  • MEd Curriculum & Teaching
  • MEd Educational Foundations & Management
  • MEd Primary
  • MSc Agricultural and Applied Economics
  • MSc Agricultural Education
  • MSc Agricultural Extension
  • MSc Animal Science
  • MSc Chemistry
  • MSc Computational Physics
  • MSc Conservation Ecology
  • MSc Consumer Science Education
  • MSc Crop Protection
  • MSc Crop Science
  • MSc Environmental Resources Management
  • MSc Food Science and Technology
  • MSc Horticulture
  • MSc Mathematics
  • MSc Midwifery
  • MSc Textiles

Entry requirements:

  • Candidates should have an undergraduate degree in a subject area that is relevant to the master’s degree they apply for.

For questions about courses, please contact: bodlamini@uniswa.sz

Click here to apply at the University of Eswatini

3. Ghana: Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST)

Available courses at KNUST

MSc, MEd, MFA, MA, MCOMM, MBA, MPA, MPH, LLM and MPHIL courses.

Entry requirements: Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent from a recognised institution in the relevant field of study.

Click here to apply at KNUST

For questions about courses, please contact:  ipo@knust.edu.gh

4. The University of the West Indies

Available courses:

Cave Hill Campus,  Barbados 

  • MA Creative Arts
  • MA History
  • MA Heritage Studies
  • MA Linguistics
  • MEd Education
  • MSc Accounting and Finance (ACCA Embedded)
  • Master Business Analytics
  • MSc Marketing
  • MSc Finance
  • MSc Finance and Investments
  • MSc International Business
  • MSc International Business and Finance
  • MSc International Business and Trade
  • MSc Management Information Systems
  • MSc Project Management
  • MSc Sport Sciences
  • MSc Tourism with Project Management
  • MPH Master  Public Health
  • MSc Gender and Development Studies
  • MSc Natural Resource Management

Mona Campus, Jamaica

  • MA Communication for Social and Behaviour Change
  • MA Heritage Studies
  • MA History
  • MSc Clinical Medical Physics
  • MPH Master of Public Health
  • MSc Medical Physics
  • MSc Natural Resource Management – Disaster Risk Management
  • Master of Science Natural Resource Management – Integrated Urban and Rural Environmental Management
  • MSc Natural Resource Management – Marine and Terrestrial Ecosystem
  • MSc Occupational and Environmental Safety and Health
  • MSc Development Studies
  • MSc National Security and Strategic Studies
  • MSc Tourism and Hospitality Management

Augustine campus, Trinidad and Tobago 

  • Master of Arts History
  • MSc Tropical Crop Protection
  • MSc Agricultural Economics
  • MSc Food Security
  • MSc Animal Science and Production
  • MSc Marketing and Agribusiness
  • MSc Value Addition for Food and Nutrition Security
  • MSc Computer Sciences
  • MSc Mathematics
  • MSc Occupational and Environmental Safety and Health
  • MSc Statistics
  • MSc Aviation Management
  • MSc Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • MSc Economics
  • MSc Management Studies
  • MSc Social Work
  • MSc Tourism Development and Management
  • Master of Applied Science Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • MSc Chemical and Process Engineering
  • MSc Chemical and Process Engineering with Management
  • MSc Chemical and Process Engineering with Environmental Engineering
  • MSc Civil Engineering
  • MSc Civil with Environmental Engineering
  • MSc Engineering Management
  • MSc Environmental Engineering
  • MSc Food Science and Technology
  • MSc Geoinformatics
  • MSc Manufacturing Engineering
  • MSc Reservoir Engineering
  • MSc Petroleum Engineering
  • MSc Production Management
  • MSc Production Engineering and Management
  • MSc Urban and Regional Planning
  • MSc Gender & Development Studies

Entry requirements can be found on the Mona, Cave Hill and Augustin campus websites.

Click here to apply at the The University of the West Indies

For questions about courses, please contact: sgsr@uwimona.edu.jm

5 a. Kenya: The Technical University of Kenya

Available courses:

  • Master Of Applied Linguistics
  • MA Entrepreneurship
  • MBA Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Construction Project Management
  • Master of Musical Arts in Composition Or Performance
  • Master Of Music in Music Education Or African Music Studies
  • MPhil Applied Parasitology
  • MPH Master Of Public Health
  • MSc Electrical And Electronics Engineering
  • MSc Applied Parasitology
  • MSc Applied Statistics
  • MSc Community Nutrition
  • MSc Computational Chemistry
  • MSc Event Management
  • MSc Forensic Biochemistry
  • MSc Hospitality Management
  • MSc Information And Knowledge Management
  • MSc International Relations
  • MSc Mathematical Statistics
  • MSc Mathematics
  • MSc Medical Laboratory Sciences
  • MSc Medical Physics
  • MSc Physics
  • MSc Tourism Management
  • MSc Land Administration
  • MTech Applied Entomology
  • MTech Applied Parasitology
  • MTech Communication And Computer Networks
  • MTech Computer Technology
  • MTech Environmental Resource Management
  • MTech Petroleum Chemical Technology
  • MTech Mechanical Engineering Technology

Entry requirements: see the website of The Technical University of Kenya

Contact: vc@tukenya.ac.ke

click here to apply at the Technical University of Kenya

5b. University of Nairobi

Available courses:

  • MA Anthropology
  • MA Communication Studies
  • MA Diplomacy
  • MA Economic Policy Management
  • MA Economics
  • MA Gender And Development Studies
  • MA International Relations
  • MA International Studies
  • MA Medical Sociology
  • MA Monitoring And Evaluation
  • MA Political Science And Public Administration
  • MA Population
  • MA Sociology (Criminology And Social Order)
  • MA Sociology (Disaster Management)
  • MA Sociology (Rural Sociology And Community Development)
  • MA Women, Leadership And Governance In Africa
  • Masters of Research And Public Policy
  • MPA Master of Public Administration
  • MSc Health Economics And Policy
  • MSc Population

Entry requirements: See The University of Nairobi website

Click here to apply at the University of Nairobi

For questions about courses, please contact: pg@uonbi.ac.ke

6a. Malaysia: University of Malaya

Available courses can be found at the University of Malaya website.

Entry requirements can be found here.

Click here to apply at the University of Malaya

For questions about courses, study@um.edu.my

6b. Malaysia: Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM)

Available courses can be found at the Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) website

Entry requirements:

Applicants should hold one of the following:

  • A bachelor’s degree in relevant field with a minimum CGPA of 2.750
  • A bachelor’s degree or equivalent with a CGPA in the range of 2.500 to CGPA 2.749, and must have a minimum of three years of working experience in a relevant field or subject to a rigorous internal assessment by the faculty or institute
  • A bachelor’s degree or equivalent with below CGPA of 2.500 and must have a minimum of five years of working experience in the relevant field

An applicant who is in the final semester of their bachelor study  may be considered for a provisional admission provided that their latest CGPA – or its equivalent – meets the postgraduate programme admission requirements.

International applicants are required to meet the UPM English requirement with a minimum score of 6.0 for IELTS or equivalent.

Clikc here to apply at the Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM)

For questions about courses, please contact: pg_admission@upm.edu.my

7. Mauritius: University of Mauritius

Available courses:

Master of Public Health (MPH) – one year full-time programme

Entry requirements:

For medically qualified applicants: MBBS, MBChB or equivalent

Successful completion of an undergraduate degree with:

  • At least a second class or 50%, whichever is applicable or;
  • A GPA not less than 2.5 out of 4 or equivalent, from a recognised higher education institution or;
  • Alternative qualifications acceptable to the University of Mauritius.

For non-medically qualified applicants:

  • An upper second class degree or equivalent or a BDS degree and two years of experience in public health, health promotion, health administration, occupational and environmental health experience, clinical research or other health- related fields or;
  • Alternative qualifications acceptable to the University of Mauritius

Suitable candidates should have a strong academic record with adequate quantitative skills and a background in medicine, health sciences, biological sciences or environmental sciences.

Click here to apply at the University of Mauritius

For questions about courses, please contact: h.jugoo@uom.ac.mu

8. Pakistan: COMSATS University Islamabad

Available courses: 

  • MSc Computer Science
  • MSc Mathematics
  • MSc Meteorology
  • MSc Physics
  • MSc Bio sciences
  • MSc Bioinformatics
  • MSc Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • MSc Molecular Genetics
  • MSc Microbiology and Immunology
  • MSc Management Sciences
  • MSc Project Management
  • MSc Computer Engineering

Entry requirements: See COMSATS University Islamabad website

Click here to apply at the COMSATS University Islamabad

For questions about courses, contact: int.admissions@comsats.edu.pk

9. Rwanda: University of Rwanda

Available courses: 

  • MA Development Studies
  • MA Genocide Studies And Prevention
  • MA Peace Studies And Conflict Transformation
  • MA Security Studies
  • MA Translation And Interpreting
  • Master In Field Epidemiology And Laboratory Management
  • Master Of Hospital And Healthcare Administration
  • Master Of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Quality Assurance And Quality Control
  • Master Of Social Sciences In Gender And Development
  • Master Of Social Sciences In Local Governance Studies
  • Masters In Business Law
  • Masters In International Climinal Justice And The Law Of Human Rights
  • MEd Biology Education
  • MEd Chemistry Education
  • MEd Curriculum and Instructions
    MEd Educational Leadership and Management
  • MEd English Education
  • MEd French Education
  • MEd Kinyarwanda Education
  • MEd Kiswahili Education
  • MEd Mathematics Education
  • MEd Physics Education
  • MEd Special Needs Education
  • MPhil Public Health
  • MSc Accounting
  • MSc Agribusiness
  • MSc Agriculture Engineering With Specialisation In Soil And Water Engineering
  • MSc Agroforestry And Soil Management
  • MSc Animal Production
  • MSc Clinical Psychology And Therapeutics
  • MSc Crop Science
  • MSc Data Science In Actuarial Science
  • MSc Data Science In Biostatistics
  • MSc Data Science In Data Minings
  • MSc Data Science In Demography
  • MSc Data Science In Econometrics
    MSc Economics
  • MSc Epidemiology
  • MSc Field Epidemilogy
  • MSc Health Informatics
  • MSc Health Supply Chain Management
  • MSc Nursing (8 Speciality Tracks: Critical Care And Trauma, Paediatric, Medical Surgical, Nephrology,
  • MSc Psychiatry
  • MSc Public Health
  • MSc Regulatory Economics and Competition Policy

Entry requirements: See The University of Rwanda website 

Click here to apply at the University of Rwanda

For questions about courses, please contact: jmutaganda@gmail.com

10. Tanzania: The State University of Zanzibar

Available courses:

  • MSc Natural Resource management and climate change
  • MSc Chemistry
  • MA Youth and Gender Development: Preference will be given to students with a background in  education, youth, and gender

Entry requirements: See the The State University of Zanzibar website

Click here to apply at the The State University of Zanzibar

For questions about courses, please contact: abdalla.ibrahim@suza.ac.tz

11. Uganda: Makerere University

Available courses:

  • MA Economic Policy Management
  • MA Gender Studies
  • Master of Public Health (Full time)
  • Master of Statistics
  • MSc Agribusiness Management
  • MSc Agricultural and applied Economics
  • MSc Civil Engineering
  • MSc Crop Science
  • MSc Food Safety and Quality Management
  • MSc Geo-Information Science and Technology
  • MSc Immunology and Clinical Microbiology
  • MSc Plant Breeding and Seed Systems
  • MSc Population and reproductive health
  • MSc Renewable Energy

Entry requirements: See Makerere University website 

Click here to apply at the Makerere University

For questions about courses, please contact: drgtmak@gmail.com

Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships Application Closing Date

Apply on or before 10 January at 16:00 UTC. Applications received after this date will not be considered.

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