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Applying to Queen Mary

Find out how we've adapted our application processes in light of coronavirus.

All applicants and offer holders

Application documents

In the current circumstances, we will be as flexible as possible when applicants cannot obtain documents such as transcripts or references in support of their application. 

If this is the case, you are advised to contact Admissions via the applicant portal. Please provide details of the circumstances.

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Undergraduate applicants

My education was disrupted by Covid-19 last year. Will you take this into account when considering my application?

We are aware of the significant impact Covid-19 has had on students who are mid-way through their A levels and other qualifications. We also know that students’ final year of A levels or equivalent may be affected by various restrictions, including limited face-to-face teaching and the need for you or your teachers to self-isolate for periods of time. We will be as flexible as possible in taking this into account and will make adjustments to our admissions process if needed later in the academic year, for example, if exams you are due to take next summer are affected.

Will Queen Mary have fewer places because many applicants deferred from 2020 to 2021?

There has been a very small increase in deferral from 2020 entry to 2021 entry nationally and we have only filled a small number of 2021 entry places with students who first applied for September 2020 entry. We do not expect any of our applicants for September 2021 entry to be disadvantaged because of applicants holding places deferred from 2020 entry.

Will Queen Mary accept Centre Assessed Grades from summer 2020 for entry in Spetember 2021?

Yes, we will accept Centre Assessed Grades that you obtained in summer 2020 for entry in September 2021.

Policy on accepting A Level grades from exams taken in autumn 2020

If you have Centre Assessed Grades from summer 2020 and you have decided to sit your A levels in October 2020, we will treat these grades as the first sit and not as a resit. We will be as flexible as possible and consider your complete academic profile when deciding whether to make you an offer, as we recognise that Covid-19 has had a significant impact on students currently taking their A levels.

The Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry has a specific policy about autumn 2020 series A levels. If you are applying for Medicine or Dentistry, you are advised to e-mail smdadmissions@qmul.ac.uk.

Resitting A Levels in Summer 2021

If your Centre Assessed Grades meet our entry requirements, we can consider you for an unconditional offer for September 2021 entry. Depending on the course you are interested in, we may also make you an offer if you have fallen marginally short of our entry requirements, for example, by one grade. If you are holding an unconditional offer for September 2021 entry and you decide to sit your exams in summer 2021, your unconditional offer will stand regardless of the grades you obtain.

Private A Level candidates

If you were a private A Level candidate in Summer 2020, you will need to sit your A levels in autumn 2020 or summer 2021 in order to be considered for September 2021 entry.

EU, EEA and Swiss National applicants

In accordance with UK Government policy, you will be classified as an overseas student and will be charged overseas fees, unless you have settled status in the UK, i.e. you are an EU, EEA or Swiss national who benefits from Citizens’ Rights under the EU Withdrawal Agreement. This also does not apply to Irish nationals living in the UK and Ireland, who will be eligible for UK fee status (subject to meeting all relevant eligibility criteria). The Admissions Office will assess your fee status during the admissions process, but we are still waiting for detailed guidance from the Government on how these new rules will apply to you and there may be some delay in assessing your fee status as a result.

Postgraduate applicants

Tuition fee deposit – refunds 

We have reviewed and updated our refund policy regarding tuition fee deposits to provide more flexibility in the current circumstances where applicants may be affected by travel and immigration issues, changes to the advertised programme of study and faced with difficulties in meeting the conditions of entry due to cancellation of exams and closure of universities. Please read our Deposit Refund Policy for further information. 

Accommodation

Applications for accommodation are open as usual. Please note you must have accepted your offer firmly to apply for Queen Mary accommodation. Once you have accepted your offer, you will be able to apply for accommodation via the tile in your applicant portal. Please visit our Residential Services and Support webpages for more information on our residences and information on how to apply.

If you are concerned that you may not be able to travel to join us at the beginning of the term, please contact residential services.

Deferred entry

We are preparing to welcome you to our campuses in September 2020. However, if you’re unable to take your place this year, you may be able to defer your entry until January 2021 or September 2021. 

To hold a deferred place, you would normally need to achieve the academic conditions of your offer (English language conditions may still apply in a deferred offer). If you have not been able to complete your qualification in time to join your course in September 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, we will consider your request to defer to January 2021 or September 2021. All deferral requests need to be authorised by your academic department. We will be as flexible as we can, but we are not able to guarantee that we can offer you a deferred place in some competitive subjects. Where a deferral is approved, applicants are not normally permitted to defer more than once and for more than one academic year

Please note that from September 2021, EU, EEA and Swiss national students will be required to pay international fees. Further information can be found on our Advice and Counselling webpages

If you would prefer to start your course in January 2021 or September 2021 and would like to discuss deferring your place, please contact Admissions via the applicant portal to discuss this by no later than 20 October 2020.

International applicants

English language tests 

Queen Mary has increased the range of tests that we accept and advise you to check our English language requirements web pages for international students. In light of the ongoing global impact of coronavirus, we will exercise discretion, where possible, to accept English language tests and qualifications that expire up to 6 months before the planned start of your programme for September 2020 and January 2021 entry only. Please note that this does not apply to the one-year International Foundation Year pathways, where UKVI regulations require an in-date SELT to be provided. We are monitoring the situation constantly and will make further adjustments to our policy to support you to meet the conditions of your offer, as far as we possibly can. For specific advice, please email the Global Engagement Office.

Visa applications 

Our Advice and Counselling Service has a web page with guidance about immigration and Covid-19. As soon as there are any updates about applying for Tier 4 from overseas, we will update this section of the guidance

You can start to prepare your Tier 4 supporting documents in advance, so that you are ready to apply as soon as Visa Application Centres open again. We have published specific guidance for students in this situation, which will be updated when we receive further updates from UK Visas and Immigration.

We have now begun issuing CAS statements. Please note you must hold an Unconditional Firm offer with us before you can apply for your CAS statement. If you have any questions regarding your CAS please contact cas-admissions@qmul.ac.uk.   

For up-to-date advice on services in each country, please visit the relevant website: 

Students who may be eligible for a Graduate Route (GIR/post study) visa, while the Government has reaffirmed its commitment to the Graduate Route, it must be agreed by the UK Parliament before it becomes part of the UK Immigration Rules. 

The UK Government has confirmed that if you start your course by distance or blended learning, you will still be eligible to switch to the Graduate Route if you are in the UK by 6 April 2021 and complete your final semester in the UK. You must also meet all other requirements of the route.

The information that we have about this route can be found on the Advice and Counselling Service website and this page will be updated as soon as we receive further information. 

ATAS certificates 

Some programmes of study at postgraduate level require an ATAS certificate. If applicable, this would have been stated in your offer conditions. The UK Government resumed processing these from 1 June. Further information can be found here

Arriving in the UK

The UK Government has published guidance for visitors and residents entering the UK.

  • All arriving passengers will be required to provide contact and travel information.
  •  From 8 June, there will be new rules for entering or returning to the UK. You will need to provide your journey and contact details when you travel to the UK, and you will not be allowed to leave the place you’re staying in for the first 14 days you’re in the UK, except in very limited situations (known as ‘self-isolation). Read the guidance on entering the UK from 8 June for more information. These requirements will be reviewed by the UK Government every three weeks.
  •  The UK Government will also require all those entering the UK, who are not on an approved list of exemptions, to self-isolate in their accommodation for fourteen days from arrival into the UK. Self-isolating for 14 days means that people should as far as possible not leave the place they are staying for 14 days, (e.g. they may leave in an emergency, for medical treatment, to buy food ((if this cannot be brought to them)); to attend a funeral of a close relative). They should not have visitors, including friends and family, unless they are providing essential care. Again, all requirements for entering the UK will be reviewed by the UK Government every three weeks.
  • Everyone entering the UK will also be strongly advised to download and use the NHS contact tracing app once live. This should be downloaded on arrival.

All visitors must follow these guidelines. Penalty notices will be issued if visitors refuse. Further information on the guidance published can be found on the UK Government website.

EU students

From September 2021, the UK Government has announced that EU, EEA and Swiss national students will be required to pay international fees. The current EU fee status rules will apply to students joining up until August 2021.

Please see our guidance for EU/EEA nationals which will be updated on an ongoing basis.

Travel restrictions

We are planning for the possibility that we will have a number of our international students unable to start their programmes in person in September, and they will be able to join midway through the first semester or after the first semester has been completed instead. 

Students will be sent further guidance on this throughout the summer in the weekly bulletin. 

Recognition for part-studied online degrees

Many countries are making concessions around partial online delivery of teaching in light of the coronavirus pandemic. Please visit the Global Engagement Office channel to speak with one of our Regional Managers about the situation in your country.

Medicine and Dentistry applicants

UCAT testing 

UCAT have announced that 2020 testing will take place between 3 August and 1 October with a new at-home option. The School of Medicine and Dentistry Admissions team will accept the at-home UCAT test for admissions. Registration opened for bookings on 1 July. Further information can be found on the UCAT website.