Recognition of US qualifications for undergraduate entry
Students should be aware that there are some very marked differences between UK and US undergraduate degrees - not least the shorter duration and more specific subject focus of a UK degree - other differences are explained on the British Council USA website.
Holders of a High School Graduation Diploma with a GPA of 3.3 and SAT combined scores of 1800+ in the SAT-R test and scores of 600+ in the SAT-S in at least three subjects relevant to the degree subject being applied for, will be considered for direct entry to degree programmes. Applicants will also be considered with Advanced Placement Test scores of 4 or above in a minimum of two or more subjects relevant to the degree subject being applied for. A score of 26 or above in the American College Testing Program (ACT) will also be considered if accompanied by AP or SATS (as above). Please note that these are guidelines only, we will consider students based on the full range of qualifications they present.
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Holders of the International Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 30 points and marks of at least 4 or above in three higher level subjects will be considered for admission to first degree programmes.
Associate / Junior college degrees
Applicants who have successfully completed a two-year Associate / Junior college degree, with a GPA of 3.5 or above, may also be considered for admission to undergraduate degree programmes. Applicants who have completed a specialised Associate / Junior college degree may be considered for entry to the second year of a degree at Queen Mary.
US students who have completed at least two years of a US degree and are in good academic standing may be considered for transfer into the second year of an undergraduate degree.
Applicants are required to have at least 4 'Group A' Advanced Placements at grade 5. Applicants without this qualification should normally offer three A Levels at A*AA or equivalent. Equivalent qualifications we will also consider are: the International Baccalaureate (IB), with 36 points including 6, 6, 6 at Higher Level; 3 Cambridge International A Levels at A*AA, the Cambridge Pre-U at D3, D3, D3. If your qualification is not listed, please contact us.
The Department of Law has an international section that includes entry requirements that are specifically for the Departments' programmes. These pages also include our International Student Ambassadors from the USA. Please visit: US Law Information and Ambassadors.
Undergraduate Medicine and Dentistry
Medicine and Dentistry in the UK are traditionally taught as five year undergraduate degrees. Queen Mary now also offers a four year option - the Graduate Entry Programme for students who have completed a non-medical science degree.
Students must have achieved an average of 85 per cent (A) or higher in their High School Diploma, including a minimum grade B in English. Students must also have taken at least 3 Advanced Placement (AP) examinations and achieve grades of 5, 5, 4 or higher. Two of these subjects must be Biology and Chemistry.
Five-year MBBS Medicine Programme (A100)
Applicants must have taken either Advanced Placement tests (AP) or the International Baccalaureate Program (IB). AP applicants must have at least 3 Advanced Placement (AP) examinations with grades of 5, 5, 4 or higher. Two of these subjects must be Biology and Chemistry. IB students are required to achieve an overall score of 36 points with grades 6,6,5 at higher level. A score of 6 must be achieved in Chemistry or Biology at Higher Level. English should be offered at either Higher or Subsidiary level. Find out more about: entry requirements for the five year Medicine degree (A100 MB BS).
How to apply
Applications for undergraduate degrees in the UK are made through the UCAS system, information on the procedure can be found in undergraduate study, the British Council USA website also includes excellent information on making a UCAS application.
Submitting your College Board test results
Applicants sending test results to Queen Mary through College Board please note our Designated Institution (DI) code is 7902 - 'Queen Mary U London'.
Taught degrees (MSc/MA: one year)
Queen Mary welcomes around 40 US students to our postgraduate courses each year - the majority on one-year taught masters courses with a smaller number undertaking research programmes towards an MPhil or PhD.
The one-year duration of UK masters courses allied to their international reputation for quality makes them a cost-effective choice for US students. The British Council USA website includes a useful section on postgraduate study in the UK.
Holders of a bachelor degree, from an accredited institution, with a good grade point average (3.2 or above), majoring in a subject relevant to the degree being applied for (with the exception of conversion masters courses) will be considered for postgraduate study. This will normally be a postgraduate diploma or a taught masters degree (usually one year in duration).
Graduate Entry Medicine Programme (GEP - A101)
This programme provides an accelerated four year medical degree for students who have a science undergraduate degree. Your first degree must include a significant component of Biology and Chemistry with a final GPA of 3.6 or above.
For 2007 entry and beyond all students applying to the A100 (5 year) programme must have undertaken the UKCAT (Clinical Aptitude Test) at it's most recent sitting in order for their application to be considered. From 2008 this will also be the case for GEP (A101) entrants. For further details see the website see the UKCAT website.
It should be noted that there are many more applicants than available places for both these courses. Applicants for either course would be expected to give evidence of relevant work experience in order to be successful.
Applications for Graduate Medicine (A101) are made through the UCAS system, information on the procedure can be found in undergraduate study, the British Council USA website also includes excellent information on making a UCAS application. It should be noted that even though this is a graduate programme it is an undergraduate subject which means applications are made through UCAS.
One-year Master of Law programmes, LLM (M2Q1)
A GPA of 3.0 in a JD degree from an ABA recognised law school is needed for entry to the LLM.
The School of Law offers a suite of 18 LLM programmes of study, each leading to the award of a University of London LLM degree.
Special LLM Scholarship for US students
The Centre for commercial Law studies ( part of the School of Law) at Queen Mary is offering one full tuition fee only scholarship for a JD
student from one of the top 50 US law schools to study a CCLS led LLM in September 2012.
Full details including deadlines, application form, contact details and a link to the US News 2011 Law ranking can be found on the Centre for Commercial Law Studies website.
Research degree (MPhil/PhD: three years)
Holders of US masters degrees with a GPA of 3.5 or above will be considered for postgraduate research programmes leading to MPhils, MScs and PhDs.
MA Theatre and Performance
"I am a proud native of Florence, Alabama and attended Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia for undergrad where I studied Music and Creative Writing and was actively involved in theatre.
This is my third period of study in the UK. I have also completed study abroad programmes in Oxford and St Andrews in Scotland. During those periods I made several trips into London and knew it was somewhere I'd like to return to live someday.
After applying for and receiving a Marshall Scholarship, I got that chance. Marshall Scholarships finance up to forty US students each year to undergo graduate study in the UK for one to three years. The intention is that we will gain a lasting understanding of British society and strengthen the relationship between Britain and the United States.
I chose Queen Mary for myriad reasons; not the least because the Drama department here is first rate. The Theatre and Performance programme appealed to me specifically as I knew it would serve both my academic and artistic aspirations. I was also excited about the prospect of regularly venturing over to East London, a very vibrant and multicultural area of the city.
Outside of the time I spend studying, I enjoy playing basketball and going to see shows across London. Of late, I have been busy with rehearsals as I am playing the lead role in Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun as part of Queen Mary's celebration of Black History Month.
For my programme, I have class Tuesday through Thursday for about two hours each day. You will generally find in the UK that there is less class time, but you will need to undertake a lot of independent study. It takes some getting used to, but I enjoy the freedom.
I would certainly recommend studying at Queen Mary and in the UK in general. There is so much to be learned from even a short time abroad here. Although the US and UK share a common language, there are still many cultural differences, which can sometimes be shocking or frustrating. But the way to make the most of your time here is to accept those differences with an open mind and find out what you can learn from them and how they can help you grow.
For the second year of my Marshall Scholarship, I will complete another one-year masters programme. After that I hope to use both my scholarly and creative propensities to propagate the power of performance as I move forward in my career."
Queen Mary, University of London is an eligible Federal loan institution, our Federal school code is G06697.
US Federal loans and private study loans are administered by The Bursaries, Grants and Scholarships Office. Find out more details of the procedures.
The following web resources include information about financing your study:
- British Council USA
- Department of Education Federal aid website
- A Student Guide to Financial Aid from the US Department of Education
- Fulbright Scholarships
Scholarships are available to students who wish to pursue graduate study in the UK
- Marshall Scholarships
The Marshall Aid Commemorative Commission has recently established a partnership with Queen Mary. Alternatively, if students do not fit the criteria, they can also be considered for the general Marshall Scholarships scheme.
- British Council USA
- Study Abroad Alumni Scholarships
If you have studied with us during your undergraduate degree as a visiting Study Abroad student, you are entitled to a 10% reduction on your postgraduate tuition fees at Queen Mary.
In country representatives
Study Abroad Foundation
1100 West 42nd Street, Suite 216 Indianapolis, Indiana 46208 USA
Across the Pond
300 Brickstone Square
GlobaLinks Learning Abroad
12050 North Pecos Street
Tel: (1) 800 980 0033
Fax: (303) 446 5955
Visits to your country
Queens' Building, Room E09
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 3672
Fax: +44 (0)20 7882 5556