Guidance for applicants

We’re currently planning for programmes at Queen Mary to start in September.

We continue to monitor the situation and follow UK government advice. If changes are required to our programme start dates, we will communicate with you directly. 

All applicants and offer holders 

Applying for 2020 entry 

We are continuing to assess applications for 2020 entry. Information on the availability of courses for 2020 entry can be found in our course finders: 

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 September 2021. 

To hold a deferred place, you would normally need to achieve the full conditions of your offer. In addition, your deferral would need to be authorised by your academic department. We cannot guarantee that all deferral requests are approved. Where a deferral is approved, applicants are not normally permitted to defer more than once and for more than one academic year. 

If you like to discuss deferring your place, please contact the Admissions team by email or through the applicant portal. 

Supporting 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. 

Get in touch with us for undergraduate applications.

Get in touch with us for postgraduate taught applications.

Get in touch with us for postgraduate research applications.

Undergraduate applicants

UCAS - Late applications

We are still accepting new applications for the majority of undergraduate degree programmes. All applications must be made via UCAS by 30th June.

If you have not applied to all five of your choices, you can apply as normal up until 30th June.

If you have used up all five of your choices and have been unsuccessful or have declined all of your offers, you can add Queen Mary as a choice via UCAS Extra.

A-Level cancellations 

Grades for GCSE, AS and A-Level and Extended Projects (EPQ) will be determined by teachers in summer 2020, in line with strict guidance published by Ofqual. Queen Mary will accept grades awarded through the teacher assessment process described by Ofqual in this guidance. A-Level results in the UK will be released on Thursday 13 August. Further information regarding the cancellation of GCSEs, AS and A-Levels can be found on the UK Government website. 

For applicants taking their qualifications in Wales, please read the WJEC guidance

For applicants taking their qualifications in Scotland, please read the statements from SQA

For CCEA applicants in Northern Ireland, please visit the CCEA website for more information. 

Further information can also be found on the UCAS website, including guidance for international students

Vocational and technical qualifications 

The Ofqual guidance does not apply to vocational and technical qualifications, however a similar approach is currently being developed. As soon as the guidance is published, we will release further guidance for these applicants. 

International Baccalaureate (IB) 

IB Certificates and Diplomas will be awarded to each student for the May 2020 session. We will use these grades to confirm decisions on applications for September 2020 entry. 

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

Private candidates 

In some cases, Centres will be asked to make an objective judgement on private candidates that have been registered at their centre. Where this is not possible, candidates will be able to sit their exams in the Autumn term. 

Further information can be found on the UCAS website.


Applications for accommodation are open as usual. The deadline to apply for undergraduate applicants is 31st May. Please note you must have accepted your offer firmly to apply for Queen Mary accommodation. Once you have accepted your offer, you will receive further information about how to apply for accommodation. Please visit our Residential Services and Support webpages for more information on our residences.


We continue to monitor updates from both the UK government and awarding bodies across the world closely and will provide further updates about Clearing as more information becomes available. We encourage undergraduate applicants to monitor information published by UCAS

Virtual open day 

Please join us at our virtual open day in June, where you’ll have the opportunity to see our campuses, meet some of our staff, alumni and current students, and experience taster lectures. We look forward to seeing you. Reserve your space now.

Postgraduate applicants

Tuition fee deposit – payment deadline 

Applicants who hold a conditional offer for a postgraduate programme in the Schools of Business and Management, Economics and Finance, Electronic Engineering and Computer Science or the Institute of Dentistry are required to pay a tuition fee deposit in order to secure their place. 

We are aware that some of our offer holders are currently affected by travel restrictions and English language test postponements imposed in order to contain the COVID-19 outbreak. In light of this we have decided to extend the deadline for paying the fee deposit until Monday 1 June 2020. 

Tuition fee deposit – refunds 

We are currently reviewing our refund policy regarding tuition fee deposits to provide more flexibility in the current circumstances where applicants will be affected by travel and immigration issues, changes to the advertised programme of study and difficulties in meeting the conditions of entry due to cancellation of exams and closure of universities. We will provide an update as soon as possible.

Accommodation guarantee

From September 2020, we have extended our accommodation guarantee to postgraduate taught students. The deadline to apply is 30th June. Please note you must have accepted your offer firmly to apply for Queen Mary accommodation. Once you have accepted your offer, you will receive further information about how to apply for accommodation. Please visit our Residential Services and Support webpages for more information on our residences.

International applicants

English language tests 

We are aware that English language testing has been postponed in several countries for a number of weeks now, which will create delays in students being able to take a test once test centres are reopened. Queen Mary offers alternative provisions to be able to meet our English language requirements: 

  • We accept a range of different qualifications, details of which can be found on our Alternative English Language Qualification page
  • We will be accepting the new TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition. This is a test being offered temporarily with the same format and scoring as the TOEFL test. Further information can be found on the ETS website
  • Due to the current restrictions, we have also introduced additional Pre-Sessional English programmes. We now offer Pre-sessional English that is taught entirely online and Pre-sessional blended learning programmes which will allow you to study online and on campus. Please visit our dedicated webpages for further information. If you have any questions about our Pre-sessional programmes then please contact the Global Engagement office. 
  • For 2020 entry only, we will accept the Duolingo English Test for entry onto our Pre-Sessional English courses and distance learning postgraduate degree programmes. For more information, please visit our English language webpages.

If you have not yet received your IELTS certificate: 

  • For tests taken from January 2020 onwards, please provide your TRF number. We will verify your scores online.  
  • If your test was taken prior to January 2020, we will require a copy of your IELTS certificate for verification.   

Visa applications 

Many of the UK's Visa Application Centres are currently closed and not processing visa applications. Due to this, we are currently not issuing Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) statements. 

Once the Visa Applications Centres open and travel restrictions are lifted we will begin issuing CAS statements again. Further information can be found on our dedicated webpages. If you have any questions regarding your CAS please contact   

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

ATAS certificates 

Some programmes of study at postgraduate level require an ATAS certificate. If applicable, this would have been stated in your offer conditions. Due to current circumstances, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has suspended the processing of ATAS applications submitted after 6 April. Applications submitted prior to 6 April will be processed. 

The FCO has advised that they will continue processing applications as soon as possible. Further information can be found here

Medicine and Dentistry applicants

UCAT testing 

We are working closely with UCAT who currently expect testing to go ahead in 2020. However, we cannot say at this time when the test centres will be operating as normal. 

Please see the UCAT website for up-to-date information.