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Apply for taught postgraduate programmes

You can apply online for all our taught programmes. This page takes you through the process, and outlines the information and documents you will need. 

To locate the correct online application form, first choose your programme from the taught programme finder, then click through to the programme description. Click on the relevant 'Apply now' button on the page to access the online application form. 

If you are unable to access the online form, please contact the Admissions team. The Admissions team will also be able to help with advice, or if you have any difficulty using the online application form. See our enquiries page for their contact details. 

International applicants are welcome to contact one of our authorised local representatives for assistance with making an application. They will guide you through the application process and can upload online documents, or scan and send your completed paper application form direct to Queen Mary. They do not charge for their services. You can find details of in-country representatives on your country page.

Supporting documentation

You must provide the following supporting documentation:

  • Completed application form
  • Degree transcripts. Please provide a transcript of your degree(s). If you have not yet completed your degree please provide a transcript of your results achieved to date
    • If your degree was from a UK university, please upload a transcript of your marks for each year
    • If your degree was from an overseas institution, you should supply a transcript of your marks for each year of your studies and a copy of your degree certificate together with a certified translation if the document is not in English. Please note that original documentation will be required before you enrol. International applicants are also advised to include high school transcripts
  • Please provide the contact details of two referees on your application, at least one reference must be from an academic referee who is in a position to comment on the standard of your academic work and suitability for postgraduate level study. Where appropriate, a second referee can provide comment on your professional experience.

    • Your academic referee(s) may already have provided you with a reference that you can use to support any application for study or research that you make. We call these ‘open’ references. Open references will normally only be accepted if they are written on headed paper, provided as a colour copy of the original, and provide the referee’s work contact details. If you have open references, please upload these at the time of application
    • If you do not have open reference, we will contact your referee(s) via email to supply a reference, preferably electronically. Please note, we can only accept references provided by email if it is sent from a university or company email address. References from a personal email address such as 'Yahoo' or 'Hotmail' are not acceptable.
    • Your referee(s) can also supply a paper reference in response to the reference request email your referee will receive. Paper reference forms should be endorsed by an appropriate institution/company stamp or on official institution/company letterhead, and should be provided as a scanned colour copy of the original.
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)/ Resume

This list of documents may vary slightly from course to course, so you will need to check the guidance notes and academic school website for the programme that you are applying for. 

Although not mandatory, you are encouraged to send in the following documents in support of your application: 

  • Statement of purpose 
    Your statement of purpose should explain why you want to study your chosen programme and how it will help your life and career. This should typically be one side of A4 paper.
  • IELTS/TOEFL certificate (if applicable)
    International applicants should provide evidence of English language ability: IELTS, TOEFL, or other acceptable proof. Please see the international students section for more details.

What happens after I submit my form?

All complete applications will be considered by Admissions Tutors. Providing you have included all the required documentation, we aim to inform you of a decision on your application within four weeks of receipt.

The Admissions and Recruitment Office will be happy to answer any questions you may have. See the enquiries page for contact details. If you would like more information on course content, please contact the relevant school or department.



Can I apply for more than one programme of study?
You may apply for a maximum of two taught programmes or one taught and one research programme at QMUL. If you are applying online, you will need to submit two applications. Please note: although you may apply for two programmes, under university regulations you can only study for one qualification at a time. If you receive offers for both programmes, you will be required to accept one and decline the other.

Is there a deadline for receipt of applications?
There is no fixed closing date for applications but you should remember that decisions on applications will be made as quickly as possible and popular programmes may become full so we advise applying as soon as possible. If a programme does become full we will update our website accordingly. Students seeking financial support from Research Councils or other award giving bodies are advised to apply early.

Is there an application fee?
No, the university does not charge an application fee

Is my qualification recognised?
Our International Office have a list of countries/regions for which we have published admissions information online. Please see our section on International students.
Alternatively we use UKNARIC to check the equivalency of International and European qualifications: 

What happens after I submit my form?
All complete applications will be considered by Admissions Tutors. Providing you have included all the required documentation, we aim to inform you of a decision on your application within four weeks of receipt.

Where can I find out more about English language requirements?
Please see:

Entry qualifications

Specific entry requirements for each course are detailed in each programme description on the A-Z course finder. Each application is considered on its own merits and receives full consideration from academic staff. For all postgraduate programmes, QMUL welcomes applications from candidates who wish to be considered, at least in part, on the basis of relevant experience gained either in the workplace or similar environment. It is very hard to generalise about entrance requirements across the many subjects and awards we offer, but the following guidance may prove useful.

Research degrees
The usual entrance requirement for entry to a research degree is a good second class honours degree or a masters degree from an UK university, a recognised equivalent from an accredited overseas institution or an equivalent professional qualification.

Taught masters degrees
The usual entrance requirement for entry to a taught masters degree is a good second class honours degree from a UK university (except clinical medical or dental), a recognised equivalent from an accredited overseas institution or an equivalent professional qualification.

Taught postgraduate diploma course
The usual entrance requirement for entry to a postgraduate diploma is either a first degree of approved standard, or evidence of professional or educational attainment, which is assessed by the academic selector as being of an acceptable entry standard.

Equal opportunities

QMUL welcomes students from all over the world. The College Charter states that our work shall be carried out in a spirit of tolerance, freedom of opinion, mutual concern and community service, and undertakes to avoid discrimination against any person on the grounds of religion, race, sex or politics. The university has a policy statement on Equal Opportunities in Employment, which we are actively implementing. Anti-harassment procedures have been agreed, aimed at eliminating incidents of racial or sexual harassment.

Applicants with disabilities
The university welcomes applications from students with special needs, and continues to invest money in improving facilities and accessibility. A Guide for Students with Disabilities is available from the Disability Co-ordinator and further information about our provision for students is available at:

All applications are considered on academic merit but, in order that we can offer you appropriate advice about services and facilities, it is important that you provide information about your particular needs at the application stage. Please use the section on the application form to give details of any illness, disability or learning difficulties, such as dyslexia, as well as outlining the support you feel you will need to successfully complete your course of study. When an offer is made, the College's Disability Co-ordinator may contact you to discuss your needs in more detail.

If you would like to visit the university before submitting an application, please contact the Disability Co-ordinator in the Welfare and Counselling Service. There are many organisations who are happy to advise students preparing for Higher Education but a good place to start is SKILL: The National Bureau for Students with Disabilities, 336 Brixton Road, London SW9 7AA, Tel: +44 (0)20 7274 0565 

Terms and Conditions

The offer and acceptance of a place at the College is made on the understanding that you undertake to observe the Charter, Statute, Ordinances and Regulations of the College and the rules and regulations which the College makes for students from time to time. These cover, among other things, payment of tuition fees, attendance at classes, submission of work, attendance at examinations, student discipline, complaint procedures, freedom of speech and equal opportunities policies. An up-to-date copy of the Student Guide, which describes the College's procedures, will be given to each taught course student at enrolment. Research Students will be given the Handbook for Research Students.
For more information see the Academic Registry website: 

The College will make every endeavour to deliver courses as described in the prospectus. However, changes may be necessary at times. The College reserves the right to make changes to the content or methods of delivery of courses, to discontinue or to merge courses. If a course is discontinued, the College will make every effort to provide a suitable alternative course.

Research students must complete their research, write up and submit the thesis for examination within the timescale laid down in the regulations. Students who do not submit on time will be liable to pay a late submission fee.

The College does not accept responsibility or liability for any damage to students' property, the transfer of computer viruses to students' equipment or personal injury to students caused by the misuse or unauthorised use of College equipment, or due to students not taking due care whilst on College premises or engaged in College activities.

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