Coronavirus

Applying to Queen Mary

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

Undergraduate applicants

A level appeals

If your place at Queen Mary is not confirmed because you have not met the required offer conditions and you decide to appeal one or more A level grades, you are asked to inform the Admissions Office by e-mail as soon as possible, as follows:

Medicine and Dentistry: smdadmissions@qmul.ac.uk

All other courses: clearing@qmul.ac.uk

Please remember to include your name, applicant ID number and the course you have applied for in your e-mail to us.

You must submit your A level appeal as a matter of urgency once you have your results. You should contact your school or college if you need advice about this process.

For Medicine and Dentistry courses, you must submit the outcome of your A level appeal to us by no later than 5pm on 31 August 2021. For the majority of courses the deadline is 5pm on 7 September 2021, which is the advisory deadline published by UCAS. However, we reserve the right to require that you submit the outcome of your A level appeal by no later than 5pm on 31 August for individual courses, where all places have already been filled. We will advise of the deadline when you contact us to tell us that you have submitted an appeal.

If your appeal is successful and you meet your Queen Mary offer conditions but submit your results after the specified deadline, we will normally offer you a deferred place to start in September 2022.

Queen Mary's response to the cancellation of A Level examinations, assessment of grades and receipt of results

We understand how disappointed you may feel about the cancellation of your exams. We know the enormous impact the pandemic has had on your learning and preparation for university. We are also aware that you, and your family and friends, may have been directly affected by Covid-19.

We hope the announcement about how your grades will be assessed and when you will receive your results will have resolved many outstanding concerns.

Nevertheless, we remain here to give you support and guidance over the coming months as you prepare for university. There are plenty of ways for you to access this support, which you can find on this webpage.

Then, when you receive your results in early August, please be assured that we will be as flexible as we can be to your individual circumstances.

If you have any questions or concerns, please visit our website and choose the best way for us to contact you.

Vocational and technical qualifications

We are aware that students undertaking BTECs will not receive individual unit grades in 2021. In most cases we will be able to confirm students completing BTECs provided they meet the overall grade in ther BTEC outlined in their offer.

If you have any questions or concerns, please visit our website and choose the best way for us to contact you.

International Baccalaureate (IB)

The IB Diploma is a qualification studied across several countries that have been impacted by Covid differently. We are aware that not all students will be undertaking exams but will have alternative assessments. Results will be released to students as usual on 5 July 2021 and we will use these grades to confirm decisions on applications for September 2021 entry.

Further information on the awarding of IB grades and awards can be found on the IBO website.

If you have any questions or concerns, please visit our website and choose the best way for us to contact you.

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 to undergraduate courses?

Yes, we will accept Centre Assessed Grades that you obtained in summer 2020. This applies to all qualifications, including GCSEs, EPQs and A Levels. We will routinely accept CAGs obtained in 2020 to meet our entry requirements for courses starting in September 2021 and September 2022.

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

If you have Centre Assessed Grades from summer 2020 and you 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.

 

Postgraduate applicants

Tuition fee deposit – refunds 

In response to COVID-19, we introduced additional flexibility to support postgraduate applicants applying to Queen Mary University of London in the 2021/22 academic year.  Please see our Refund policy for deposit payments 2021-22 [PDF 554KB] for more information.

International applicants

English language requirements

In response to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic we accepted the Duolingo English Test for entry in September 2020 and January 2021 only to our Pre-sessional English courses and postgraduate degree programmes that are delivered solely by distance learning. We are not accepting Duolingo for admission from September 2021 onwards. For further information on our accepted English language tests and qualifications, please visit our dedicated webpages.

Visa applications 

The Tier 4 (General) student visa was replaced by the Student route from 5th October 2020. Students can now apply for their Student Visa up to 6 months before their course start date, so CAS statements will be issued from mid-April 2021. UCAS and foundation applicants will receive a CAS request notification and instructions in their applicant portal once they are Unconditional Firm. If you have any questions regarding your CAS please contact cas-admissions@qmul.ac.uk

Students can start to prepare your Student visa supporting documents in advance, so that they are ready to apply for student immigration permission once they have received a CAS. We have published specific guidance to take into account the impact of Covid-19 on the immigration process, which will be updated once we receive further updates from UK Visas and Immigration. 

Our Advice and Counselling Service has a web page with guidance about immigration and Covid-19.

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

Graduate route (previously Post Study Work visa)

The Advice and Counselling Service has published information on eligibility for the new Graduate route if you start your course outside the UK. 

Arriving in the UK

The UK Government is operating a traffic light system for arrivals in the UK, with different conditions applied to passengers arriving from Green, Amber and Red listed countries. Queen Mary will be providing support for students joining us from Red list and Amber list countries.

Arrivals from Red List countries

The UK Government is operating a traffic light system for arrivals into the UK, with different conditions applied to passengers arriving from Green, Amber and Red listed countries. Passengers arriving from Red list countries are required to quarantine in a hotel for 10 days. This period of quarantine has a fixed cost of £1,750, which includes 10 full days of quarantine, meals and two PCR tests that individuals self-administer on days 2 and 8 of their quarantine.

To help our students joining us from Red list countries, Queen Mary will share the cost of quarantine. We will do this by deducting 50% of the cost of the quarantine (£875) from these students’ tuition fees upon their enrolment. Further details on how this process will be administered will be posted here and sent to students over the coming weeks as we move towards the pre-enrolment and enrolment period.

  • This policy applies to new and returning self-funded students entering the UK from 21 June 2021.
  • Queen Mary will deduct 50% (£875) of the cost of the managed quarantine period (£1750) from tuition fees. No other costs accrued during this period of quarantine will be refunded.
  • The £875 will be deducted from a student’s tuition fee invoice for the 2021/22 academic year. Due to the our September start invoices being issued before most students arrive in the UK, it is likely to be deducted from the second payment students make by 31 January 2022.
  • Where a student wishes to settle their fees in one single payment, a refund will be issued by the Fees Office during the autumn semester. Further guidance on claiming this refund will be published in August 2021.
  • Students will be required to show evidence of their entry to the UK (stamped visa) and quarantine (booking receipt) to be issued a refund. Further guidance on how to provide evidence will be published in August 2021.
  • Where a student is in their final year of study with Queen Mary and has entered the UK since 21 June 2021, a refund of £875 will be issued by the Fees Office. Further guidance on claiming this refund will be published in August 2021.

Arrivals from Amber List countries

Students arriving from Amber list countries and living in Queen Mary residences will be provided with support packages, such as food parcels and other essentials, for the duration of their self-isolation period.

Vaccinations

NHS England has announced that International students will be eligible for a vaccine once they have arrived in England. Students who have received their first dose before travelling to the UK can receive their second dose once they have arrived. You can find out more on our Student Health pages.

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. More information about this can be found on our Fee Status Assessment pages.

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

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.

All applicants and offer holders

Our first concern is the safety and welfare of our communities. We will continue to support our students, on and off our campuses, and are reaching out to our applicants, to reassure them about the new semester. Since government-mandated social distancing is ending, we will timetable for the new semester with full capacity. For further information on what to expect in the autumn, please visit our dedicated Coronavirus pages.

Application documents

If the Covid-19 pandemic means you are unable to obtain documents you need to support your application, we will be as flexible as possible. 

If this is the case, you are advised to contact the relevant Admissions team and discuss details of your circumstances.

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Accommodation

Applications for accommodation are now open. 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.