Coronavirus

Guidance for students

All students should be planning to join us for the beginning of Semester 1, so that they can take part in the on-campus education in their programme.

If you are joining us from overseas, there is some guidance here on the procedure and the things you will need to be aware of.

If you are overseas and are concerned that you won’t be able to travel in time for the start of your programme please do not worry. For the majority of our programmes if you can’t travel you will be able to follow your course online until such time as you are able to physically join us on campus.

Please note though that students on some of the programmes within our School of Medicine and Dentistry and School of History will be required in the UK by a specified date. These programmes and their required arrival dates are listed below. Students who are required to arrive in the UK by a certain date should contact their School or Institute if they do not believe this will be possible. In some circumstances you may be able to agree a later arrival date, however there might also be a requirement for you to defer your entry if you cannot arrive by a specific date.

School of History

  • MA History: 27 September 2021
  • MA History of Political Thought and Intellectual History: 27 September 2021

Institute of Dentistry

  • DClinDent Periodontology: 27 September 2021
  • DCLinDent Prosthodontics: 27 September 2021
  • DClinDent Paediatric Dentistry: 27 September 2021
  • DClinDent Orthodontics: 27 September 2021
  • DClinDent Oral Medicine: 27 September 2021
  • DClinDent Clinical Oral Microbiology: 27 September 2021
  • DClinDent Oral Surgery: 27 September 2021
  • DClinDent Endodontics: 27 September 2021
  • MSc Dental Technology: 27 September 2021
  • MSc Minimally Invasive Dentistry: 15 October 2021
  • MSc Dental Science for Clinical Practice: 5 November 2021

Institute of Health Sciences Education

  • MBBS: 27 September 2021
  • BDS: 27 September 2021

Please refer to the advice on visa vignette replacement provided by our Advice and Counselling Service.

The UK Government have now confirmed that EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals will no longer be eligible for home fee status, undergraduate, postgraduate and advanced learner financial support from Student Finance England for courses starting in academic year 2021/22. For more information visit our fee status assessment page.

The qualification you will receive at the end of your studies will be the same, whether you study face-to-face or by partial mixed-mode learning. 

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 students should be planning to join us for the beginning of Semester 1, so that they can take part in the on-campus education in their programme.

If you are not able to travel you will be able to follow your course online until such time as you are able to physically join us on campus. If you have applied for accommodation through Queen Mary’s Residences department and do not believe that you will be able to arrive on campus for the start of the academic year, please refer to the Residences FAQs for further guidance.

Please note though that not all School of Medicine and Dentistry and School of History students will be able to follow their course 100 per cent online. Affected students should contact their School/Institute.

If you can’t travel, we will make sure you can fully access your education from wherever you are and we will look forward to welcoming you in person as soon as your local restrictions are lifted.

To enable this, our educational offer from September will be a mix of online and on-campus education. Every programme will have some on-campus education for students to enjoy, which is likely to be a mix of seminars, small-group teaching, practical sessions and laboratory work, depending on the disciplinary area.

Please note though that not all School of Medicine and Dentistry and School of History students will be able to follow their course 100 per cent online. Affected students should contact their School/Institute.

You should continue to follow the guidance from your host institution. If you have any questions please contact goabroad@qmul.ac.uk.

For advice on the impact of Covid-19 on travel and immigration, our guidance page is regularly updated.

If you have concerns about your own immigration status in the UK, or that of a family member, please contact the Advice and Counselling Service for confidential advice.

If you are a member of staff affected by the outbreak and you have concerns about your immigration status, please contact Human Resources.

MBBS Malta applicants and offer holders can find further information here.

Current MBBS Malta students are encouraged to contact the Student Office should they have any questions.

We worked hard to put all our education online within a three week period, so that students could engage with their studies from home. We are listening to students’ feedback on their learning experience, making improvements, and ensuring that all content is covered and suitable alternative learning approaches are offered wherever possible.

In addition, all other student facilities covered by tuition fees, such as library and wellbeing services, are available online. For these reasons, in line with other universities, we do not believe any refund is appropriate.

We appreciate that for many students, engaging with studies from home can be challenging. Queen Mary is there to support you, through your School/Institute and our wellbeing services.

IT Services has launched a new appsanywhere service that lets you access Queen Mary applications and specialist software (such as Chem3D, Maple and Solidworks) on your own device and from any location with a secure, reliable network connection.

The appsanywhere service is commonly referred to as VDI (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure) access and offers a single, consolidated digital workspace, with access to specialist apps that run securely in the data centre.

Visit the IT Services website for details on how to access appsanywhere and for the full list of available apps. If you can’t find an app that you need, please discuss and raise a request with your course tutor. 

If your question is related to the impact of coronavirus on your immigration permission or application, please see our Covid-19 and immigration page, which will be updated as the situation develops.  

If you have a general question about applying for student immigration permission, please see our detailed guidance 

If you have further questions after reading through the guidance, you can contact Advice and Counselling directly 

Welfare Advisers in Advice and Counselling are the only members of staff at Queen Mary who are authorised to provide immigration advice to students.

Please see our guidance for EU/EEA nationals which will be updated as required.

For more information about student travel, see this page.

 

Before teaching starts (27 September 2021) we will be hosting a Welcome Week to introduce you to our campuses. Welcome Week starts on 20 September and there will be lots of events to introduce you to the University and your fellow students. Further information on the Welcome Week programme will be sent to students in August and September but you can also keep your eye on our New Student pages for the latest updates.

The latest deadline to enrol online is 08 October 2021 with some exceptions for Postgraduate Taught students to 15 October.

We encourage all of our students to travel to the UK as soon as it is possible for you to do so. Outside of the programmes listed below we have not set specific dates that students have to be on campus by if they are unable to arrive by Welcome Week (20th September) or the first week of the academic calendar (27th September).

Whilst the majority of our students will be able to study online for the start of their programmes and have a great experience doing so, there are huge benefits to being on campus and attending the in-person teaching that will be on offer. Outside of the classroom there are countless social and cultural opportunities that come with studying in London, some of which are outlined here.

The following programmes have specific arrival dates:

School of History

  • MA History: 27 September 2021
  • MA History of Political Thought and Intellectual History: 27 September 2021

Institute of Dentistry

  • DClinDent Periodontology: 27 September 2021
  • DCLinDent Prosthodontics: 27 September 2021
  • DClinDent Paediatric Dentistry: 27 September 2021
  • DClinDent Orthodontics: 27 September 2021
  • DClinDent Oral Medicine: 27 September 2021
  • DClinDent Clinical Oral Microbiology: 27 September 2021
  • DClinDent Oral Surgery: 27 September 2021
  • DClinDent Endodontics: 27 September 2021
  • MSc Dental Technology: 27 September 2021
  • MSc Minimally Invasive Dentistry: 15 October 2021
  • MSc Dental Science for Clinical Practice: 5 November 2021

Institute of Health Sciences Education

  • MBBS: 27 September 2021
  • BDS: 27 September 2021

If your programme of studies contains one or more elements that can only be taught in person due to regulatory, statutory, professional, or practical reasons and you are unable to attend this for any reason (including being unable to travel) you should contact your school or institute at Queen Mary to see if they would be able to make any other arrangements to accommodate your situation.

If they are unable to make an accommodation, you will have the following options:

If you have not yet started your programme

If you have not yet started your programme, you can contact the Admissions Office to request that your entry is deferred to the next intake for your programme (usually the next academic year).

If you have started your programme

If you have started your programme, please talk to your school or institute at Queen Mary about interrupting your studies until you can attend campus.

The latest date of arrival on your CAS will be 07 February 2022. If we have already issued you a CAS with an earlier latest arrival date, we will update this and send you confirmation that we have done in the next few weeks.

Please note, if your course has one or more elements that, due to regulatory, statutory, professional, or practical reasons, cannot be taught entirely online, you will need to arrange to be in the UK in time to undertake those elements irrespective of the date on your CAS. See “What if there is an element of my studies, which I must attend in person?” above.

All students, regardless of being a new or existing Queen Mary student, are encouraged to arrive on campus for the start of the academic year which for most programmes is 27th September. If you are asked to arrive before this date (for example MBBS and BDS students) you will be contacted by your School/Institute with further details.

If you are unable to travel to the UK by the 27th September (or earlier where applicable), you should make your School/Institute aware. In most cases you will be able to start the academic year via online studies until which point you are able to travel to the UK. In some cases, Schools/Institutes may discuss interrupting your studies if your arrival into the UK looks as though it is going to be significantly delayed.