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Welcome to our new BA students joining us in September 2018!

  Congratulations, and welcome to the School of History at Queen Mary University of London! We very much hope you will enjoy your studies with us and we look forward to welcoming you in person soon.

This page contains some key information about what to expect over the next few weeks, an introduction to some important tasks you will need to complete before you arrive and some dates for your calendar. We will keep you notified of any changes to this information.

The School of History is based in the ArtsTwo Building, which many of you will have visited previously.

To visit us in person with any queries during Welcome Week, come to the History Office on the 4th floor, Room 4.14 (immediately to your left as you come out of the lift). The History Office is open Monday-Friday 9:30am - 4:30pm and closed for lunch between 1pm and 2pm.

Welcome Week

Welcome Week runs from Monday 17th to Friday 21st September 2018, with some further activities during the first week of teaching.

During this week, a range of activities and meetings have been arranged that will help you get to know the campus and its facilities, and give you opportunities to meet your fellow students and members of staff.

The latest full welcome week schedule for the School of History is below. 

Whilst you should consult the full schedule, the following sessions are of particular importance to new first year students:

Monday 17th September

2:00pm – 6:00pm: First Year Students - Welcome – ArtsTwo Lecture Theatre (Ground Floor)

This introductory talk will serve as a welcome to all new School of History students and tackle the biggest concerns raised by you, as new students before your arrival. The talk will be delivered by School of History staff and current students. The talk will be followed by a meeting with your academic advisor before a welcome reception with food and drinks where you will be able to meet our current staff, students and student societies. 

Students are expected to attend, including joint honours students. If this is not possible, a smaller mop-up session will run on Friday 22nd September. 

Tuesday 19th September

Advisor Excursions - Various London Locations!

These trips provide an informal opportunity to further socialise with fellow new students in your advising group as your advisor takes you to a London location of historical interest. Academic advisors will inform you as to the exact details of the trip when you meet them on Monday 17th September. The trip will take place on Tuesday morning, and will be off-campus, requiring use of London's public transport, so make sure you have an Oyster Card or contactless payment card with you.

Other Events during Welcome Week 

There are also other events to watch out for during Welcome Week, including Student Union Events, Library Tours and a Public History Unit Lecture. As well as the following:

Joint Honours Students

If you are a First Year Joint Honours student taking History and Politics or English and History you should also note the times of these welcome meetings specifically for you:

History and Politics Welcome  – Thursday 20th September – 10am-11am- Bancroft 3.11

English and History Welcome –  Thursday 20th September – 12pm-1pm- ArtsTwo Room 2.17

These meetings will give you the opportunity to meet fellow Joint Honours students, find out about points of contact in both Schools, learn about differences between the two schools and to ask staff any questions you might have about life as a Joint Honours student. 

Monday 25th September

This is the week that teaching begins. Make sure you have read and understood your timetable (to be circulated closer to the start of term), and know where you need to go during this crucial first week in which modules will be introduced and important documents will be distributed.

Pre-enrolment and Module Registration

Pre-enrolment and Module Registration

There are quite a few new terms for you to get used to when you start your degree programme! View a list of these terms on the QM website.

You will be contacted by our Academic Registry (the department who hold all our student records) regarding your ‘pre-enrolment’. This sets up all your basic information before you arrive to make the enrolment process smooth and easy, and is done on-line through the student record system called ‘MySIS’. 

You should get to know MySIS quickly as you will need it for a variety of tasks throughout your degree including selecting your modules and receiving your results. For queries, you should visit the Student Enquiry Centre's Information Page for info and who to contact. If you have a query about enrolment, please email

Once you have done this, the next stage will be for you to choose the modules that you will study with us in your First Year. You can view our Module Directory. This page requires a password, which you should recive by email shortly. Please note you can only choose Level 4 modules in your first year. In the description of each module you will also find a module handbook, so you can get started on some preparation before you arrive.

Once you have made your choices you will need to enter them on MySIS before you arrive. Out taught programmes team will be in touch soon, if they have not been already.

'Enrolment' is the formal process which begins your official status as an Undergraduate Student with us. You will be contacted by our Academic Registry with details. Many of you will be able to enrol during Moving-In Weekend, and this is the best thing to do, but History students who are unable to do so will also be able to enrol during the specific History session on Wednesday 19th September at 9:45am.

How many modules will I choose?

Module selection will be different depending on your degree programme. The email from our taught programmes team will include details on how to make your choices. Each module counts for credits towards your degree, and you take modules amounting to a total of 120 credits each year. A module that runs for one semester is worth 15 credits, while a module that runs for the full year is worth 30 credits.

If you are a Joint Honours student you will take 60 credits of History modules rather than 120, and 60 credits in your other School. You will need to carefully check the information given by your other School or Department, and get in touch with our Taught Programme Team should you have any queries.

It is very important to make sure that your module load is balanced across the two semesters (60 credits in the Autumn and 60 credits in the Spring).

You will still be able to discuss your choices when you meet with your advisor in Welcome Week and may be able to change modules subject to remaining spaces.

Who to contact?

If you have any questions do please get in touch with any of the members of staff who work in the History Office on the 4th Floor of the ArtsTwo Building. There details can be found here.

We are on hand for the majority of questions or issues you might need to discuss and can direct your query as appropriate. 

What’s next?

Please make your module selection as soon as possible. Other than that, the Queen Mary Student Induction website also has all the information you need to get the most out of your first few weeks with us.

We look forward to meeting you very soon and hope you enjoy the rest of the Summer!

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