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Entry requirements

Queen Mary University of London is committed to recruiting students of the highest intrinsic talent and potential, and we have a long-standing commitment to widening participation and fair access. Every application to Queen Mary is considered on its individual merits.

Our Admissions Tutors are happy to consider a wide range of academic, vocational and professional qualifications, as well as work and other appropriate experiences and skills. Some of the more standard entry qualifications are listed below, however if you feel your circumstances are somewhat unusual or non-standard you are welcome to discuss your application with the Admissions Office.

You can find out more about our admissions process and selection criteria by consulting our Policy Zone page or by downloading our Policy document:

Admissions Policy [PDF 46 KB]
Admissions Policy for students under 18s [PDF 330 KB]

Course-specific entry requirements

General information on entry requirements is listed below, but more detailed information can be found for each course via our course finder.

A-Level and GCSE reform in England

Queen Mary University of London recognises the significant challenge to schools and colleges presented by the reforms to A-level and GCSE which are being introduced from September 2015 onwards.

While we have not yet determined our entry requirements for 2017 entry, when the first cohort of students who have taken new linear A-levels 2015 will join us, we have started the process of considering any changes we may make. You can download our full statement on the reform below:

A-Level and GCSE Reform in England
A-Level and GCSE Reform in England [PDF 106 KB]

AS- and A-level qualifications

We consider applicants with A-levels for all of our undergraduate courses. An offer will normally be made based on results from three A-levels. AS-levels may be taken into account in the offer making decision, but will not normally be part of the actual offer, with the exception of Medicine and Dentistry where an offer may also specify an AS grade. Please see our detailed course information for specific grade and subject requirements.

General Studies and Critical Thinking

General Studies is not normally accepted as part of the standard A-levels offer. Critical Thinking is only accepted as part of the standard A-level offer by some courses. Please see the detailed entry requirements on the course finder.

GCE/A-levels in applied subjects

We welcome applications from candidates offering the six-unit Applied A-level and the A-level Double Award. All schools will accept a single Applied A-level in lieu of one GCE A2-level, while some schools have decided that they will accept two or more Applied A-levels provided that programme requirements are satisfied (for example, GCE A2 Mathematics is required for entry to mathematics degree programmes). See the entry requirements for the relevant course you are interested in for more detailed information.

A* grade

The A* grade is recognised as showing commitment, interest and skill beyond the A-level syllabus. Please check the entry requirements for the course you are interested in applying to for details on whether the A* will be included as part of the conditional offer.

Key Skills

Although most academic schools at Queen Mary will not require the achievement of Key Skills as a condition of entry, it is clear that Key Skills form a useful addition to a candidate's portfolio of achievement and our Admissions Tutors will take note of achievement in Key Skills when considering an application.

Scottish Highers/Advanced Highers SQA Highers

Passes in five Highers at grades BBCCC are the minimum required. Where appropriate, a specific grade in a particular subject(s) may be required.

Advanced Highers

These are fully recognised and applications based on combinations of Highers and Advanced Highers are welcome, although a particular subject passed at both Higher and Advanced Higher counts as one subject.

Students studying the Scottish Advanced Highers are expected to achieve a minimum of three passes. Specific grades required will vary by school.

Advanced Placement (AP) & SAT Examinations

AP and SAT examinations are not accepted alone.

Students would also need to present a High School Graduation Diploma with a GPA of 3.3 or higher.

PLUS the following:

  • SAT Knowledge and Skills Topics (Also known as SAT-R) with combined scores of 1800+ OR ACT 26
  • Two or three Advanced Placement (AP) tests depending on the degree you are applying for with a score of 4 or higher, or three SAT subject tests with a 600 minimum in each test
  • The number of subject tests and scores accepted varies by academic department. For further information please visit our USA Advice Page.

    Queen Mary University of London accepts SAT and AP scores directly via Collegeboard. Please see our code below:

    Collegeboard Code: 7902 - 'Queen Mary U London'.

    Irish Leaving Certificate

    Irish applicants require passes in at least five subjects at honours level in the Irish Leaving Certificate. Specific grade and subject requirements will vary by school.

    International and European Baccalaureates

    The International and European Baccalaureates satisfy the entrance requirements for all degree programmes. Specific grades, subjects and levels are listed under the entry requirements for each course.

    The French Baccalaureate is an acceptable entry qualification for most degree programmes. See the entry requirements for each course or contact the Admissions Office for further advice on typical offers.

    Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma

    We consider applicants offering the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma but would usually require two A-levels to be included within this. The core element is usually acceptable in place of a grade A at A-level.

    Access and foundation programmes

    Mature students or those with non-traditional backgrounds will be considered on the basis of a wide range of qualifications and experience, but by far the most common entry qualifications are Access and Foundation courses.

    Most schools will consider the Access to HE Diploma with a specific minimum number of credits and a Merit and/or Distinction in a relevant subject. Additional written work may also be required.

    14-19 Diplomas

    The 14-19 Diplomas are an acceptable qualification for entry on to a few of our degree programmes.

    The Extended Project

    We welcome applications from students taking the Extended Project either as part of their diploma programme, or from A-level students who may also choose to offer the Extended Project, as being a useful indicator of potential when selecting applicants for our programmes. Alternative offers, including a specific grade in the Extended Project, may be made by individual schools.

    Cambridge Pre-U

    We welcome applications from candidates offering Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects as well as the 214 Essential information Cambridge Pre-U Diploma. Offers will typically be based upon three principal subjects or a combination of principal subjects and A-levels.

    Entry requirements for European and international students

    See our country-specific entry requirements for details.

    English language requirements

    If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence of a recognised English language qualification. For more details, see our page on English language requirements.

    Disabled applicants

    Applicants with disabilities and specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia can access support from the our Disability and Dyslexia Service (DDS).

    To ensure that you have access to appropriate support from the start of your life as a student here at Queen Mary, we would encourage you to make contact with the service at or on +44 (0)20 7882 2756.

    For more information on the support provided by DDS, please visit

    Mature students

    If you are aged 21 or over at the start of your programme of study, you will find yourself in good company. You may be one of many applicants who, for a variety of reasons, did not become involved in higher education after leaving school, but now feel able to follow a degree course. We believe the maturity, commitment and experience of mature students are valuable assets to the College. Our policy of encouraging and supporting applications from mature candidates is illustrated by the fact that 11 per cent of our students are aged 21 or over on entry. Departments are happy to consider (often via interview) a wide range of qualifications and previous experience when assessing an individual's ability to benefit from studying at Queen Mary. If you would like more information about applying to Queen Mary as a mature student or advice about related entry requirements, please contact the Admissions Office.


    For further information and advice on entry requirements please contact either:

    The Admissions Office
    Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 5511
    Freephone (UK callers only): 0800 376 1800
    Fax: +44 (0)20 7882 5588

    The School of Medicine and Dentistry Admissions
    Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8478

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