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Entry requirements

Queen Mary is committed to recruiting students of the highest academic calibre. Admission is based on academic merit and on the proven ability of the applicant to achieve success on their chosen programme of study.

Every application to Queen Mary is considered on its individual merits. Our Admissions Tutors are happy to consider a very wide range of academic, vocational and professional qualifications, as well as work and other appropriate experiences and skills. If you feel your circumstances are somewhat unusual or non-standard and you would like to discuss your application before submitting it, please contact the Admissions Office. Staff deal with many thousands of enquiries each year and it is very unlikely they will not have come across your circumstances before - so just ask!

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

Admissions Policy [PDF 60 KB]

General guidelines regarding the acceptability of various popular qualifications are listed below. The information given here is general and describes the minimum entry requirements generally accepted by Queen Mary. Subject and grade requirements vary considerably between academic subject areas and individual degree programmes; for more detailed information about entry requirements to specific degrees at Queen Mary, please refer to the relevant programme entry.

UCAS points tariff

The table below outlines the typical A level grades and UCAS entry tariff points we generally accept for each subject area. Our typical entry tariff is 320-340 points (A-level grades ABB-AAB or equivalent). Please see individual course descriptions for details. Alternatively, staff in the Admissions Office will be happy to advise you. Note that in the table below, "IB" stands for International Baccalaureate.

SubjectTypical offerAdditional informationExcluded subjects
Biological Sciences

ABB (320 points)
IB: 34 points overall

ABB for B990 Biomedical Sciences and C800 Psychology
ABB for C100 Biology, C300 Zoology and C700 Biochemistry
ABB for C400 Genetics
General Studies
Business ManagementABB (320 points)
IB: 34 points overall
We encourage A-level and IB routes as entry qualifications for our degree courseGeneral Studies, Critical Thinking
Chemical SciencesABB (320 points)
IB: 34 points overall
 General Studies
Comparative LiteratureABB-BBB (320-300 points)
IB: 34-32 points overall
 General Studies, Critical Thinking
DesignAAA-AAB
IB: 36-34 points overall
Typical offer will be AAB for BEng programmes and AAA for MEng programmesGeneral Studies, Critical Thinking
DramaAAB-ABB (340-320 points)
IB: 34 points
 General Studies, Critical Thinking
EconomicsAAA including Maths (360 points)
IB: 36 points overall
The School encourages entrants who are predicted to achieve good to excellent A-level grades (at or near AAA or equivalents) to apply.General Studies, Critical Thinking, Use of Maths
Electronic Engineering and Computer ScienceAAB-BBB (340-300 points)
IB: 32-34 points overall
Typical offer is BBB for all three-year programmes with the exception of GG41 which is AAB
Typical offer is ABB for all four-year programmes
General Studies, Critical Thinking
EngineeringAAA-AAB
IB: 36-34 points overall
Typical offer will be AAB for BEng programmes and AAA for MEng programmesGeneral Studies, Critical Thinking
EnglishAAB-ABB (340-320 points)
IB: 34 points
 General Studies, Critical Thinking
Film StudiesABB-BBB (320-300 points)
IB: 34-32 points overall
 General Studies, Critical Thinking
GeographyAAB-BBB (340-300 points)
IB: 34-30 points overall
Typical offer will be ABBGeneral Studies
HistoryABB (320 points)
IB: 34 points
 General Studies, Critical Thinking
LanguagesABB-BBB (320-300 points)
IB: 34-32 points overall
 General Studies, Critical Thinking
LawA* AA (380 points)
IB: 36 points overall
 General Studies, Critical Thinking
LinguisticsABB-BBB (320-300 points)
IB: 34-32 points overall
 General Studies, Critical Thinking
MaterialsAAA-AAB
IB: 36-34 points overall
Typical offer will be AAB for BEng programmes and AAA for MEng programmesGeneral Studies, Critical Thinking
Mathematical SciencesAAB (340 points)
IB: 34 points overall
 General Studies, Critical Thinking
Medicine and DentistryMinimum AAAb +UKCAT
IB: 38 points overall
For more information see our School of Medicine and Dentistry website.General Studies, Critical Thinking
PhysicsAAB-ABB (340-320 points)
IB: 34-30 points overall
Typical offer will be ABB for three-year programmes and AAB for four-year programmesGeneral Studies
Politics and International RelationsABB (320 points)
IB: 34 points overall
 General Studies, Critical Thinking
PsychologyABB (320 points)
IB: 34 points overall
 General Studies

Other qualifications


Vocational qualifications

The College welcomes applications from candidates offering the new Vocational Certificate of Education, VCE, AS and A2-levels. All departments will accept a single VCE A2-level in lieu of one GCE A2 level while some departments have decided that they will accept two or more VCE A2-levels provided that course requirements are satisfied (for example, GCE A2 Mathematics is required for entry to Mathematics degree programmes).

Double VCE awards will generally be accepted instead of two GCE A2-levels, but again you should check departmental entries for specific course requirements.

A National BTEC Diploma or Certificate (pre September 2002), awarded with at least three full merits in the final year, satisfies the requirements for admission to related degree programmes, as does the award of an Advanced GNVQ obtained with merit. Applicants taking new BTEC National Certificate or Diploma courses will be considered. Applicants would usually need to have obtained an overall double grade of MM for the National Certificate or MMP for the National Diploma to satisfy entrance requirements.

Key skills

Although most departments 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 certainly take note of achievement in key skills when considering an application.

Scottish applicants

Applicants will be considered on the basis of SCE Higher level and/or Advanced Higher. Passes in five Highers at grades BCCCC are the minimum required. Passes in Advanced Higher subjects carry the same tariff points score as

Advanced GCE/VCE subjects and also satisfy course requirements where appropriate. The award of a SCOTVEC Diploma or Certificate satisfies the requirements for admission to related degree programmes.

Irish applicants

You would require passes in five subjects at honours level in the Irish Leaving Certificate. Although the minimum offer is BCCCC, offers from most departments will typically be higher. Applicants with NCEA certificates and diplomas satisfy entrance requirements for related degree programmes: an overall average of 60- 65 per cent would be the usual level of offer.

The Baccalaureates

The International, European and Welsh Baccalaureates satisfy the entrance requirements for all degree programmes. The French Baccalaureate is an acceptable entry qualification for most degree programmes.

Contact the Admissions and Recruitment Office for further advice on typical offers.

Access and foundation programmes (Mature, non-traditional applicants)

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. Kite-marked or Open College Network validated courses satisfy entry requirements. However, applications from students on courses not currently validated will be considered on an individual basis.

English language requirements

All tuition and examinations at the College are in English. Good English is essential for success in a course of study and for research. If your first language is not English you must be able to provide evidence that you have an acceptable English language qualification.

Please see our Entry Level Guidelines for English Language.

Disabled applicants

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

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

For more information on the support provided by DDS, please visit www.dds.qmul.ac.uk

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.

Contact

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
email: admissions@qmul.ac.uk

The School of Medicine and Dentistry
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8478
email: smdadmissions@qmul.ac.uk

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