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Welcome to our new BA students joining us in September 2017!

Congratulations, and welcome to the School of History, 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 and some dates for your calendar. We will keep you notified of any changes to this information, and final details will be emailed to you closer to the time.

The School of History is based on the top 3 floors of the ArtsTwo Building.

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). You will be greeted by our Student Support Officer Charlotte Davies, and she will be happy to help you find the answers to any questions you might have. The History Office is open Monday-Friday 9:30am - 4:30pm, closed for lunch between 1pm and 2pm.

Welcome Week

Welcome Week (also called ‘Induction Week’) runs from Monday 18th to Friday 22nd September.

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 academic staff.

Here are some important dates for your calendar:

Monday 18th September

2:00pm – 3:00pm: New Student Welcome Session – ArtsTwo Lecture Theatre (Ground Floor)

At this very important information session we will welcome you as a member of The School of History, and you will learn about life in the School from key members of staff and listen to brief introductory talks on a range of topics including using the Library and using QMplus (our Virtual Learning Environment). We will also introduce you to the range of support and guidance available to you during your time at QMUL.

3:00pm - 4:00pm: Academic Advisor Meetings – Various Rooms

You will be allocated a member of teaching staff as an Academic Advisor, who will be on hand as your first port of call for support and guidance throughout your time at QMUL on a variety of issues relating to your studies and welfare. This includes research and essay-writing, career development and any personal circumstances that might be affecting your ability to work comfortably. By the end of the week prior to Welcome Week you will be contacted by your Academic Advisor via your QMUL email address. At this informal discussion session, you will be able to talk about your module choices and some of the goals you hope to achieve during your degree, as well as any long-term career plans you might like to explore.

4:15pm - 6:30pm: New Student Welcome Drinks Reception – ArtsTwo Foyer

Immediately following the Welcome Session, you are invited to an informal drinks reception where you will be able to meet other students studying History and many of the lecturers you will be taught by during your time with us.

We have a very active Student community in the School of History. You will be able to meet Students from other years who are involved in the History Society, The Undergraduate History Journal, The Public History Unit,  our Course Representatives, the PASS Mentoring Scheme and Student Ambassadors, who will each have a stall at the reception. You can find out about life at QMUL and how you can get involved in all the social and academic activities our students organise. 


Tuesday 19th September

Advisor Excursions - Various London Locations!

Your Advisor will send you details of a short trip to a London site of Historical interest. Each member of staff is taking their Advisee group to a London location that has a connection with their area of research interest, giving you the opportunity to meet fellow students and get to know your Advisor better. 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.

Other Events during Welcome Week 

There are other optional events planned for you during Welcome Week, including guided tours of Tate Modern, Tate Britain, Hampton Court Palace and an evening talk – please check back in early September for full information.

Monday 25th September

Teaching begins. Make sure you have read and understood your timetable, and know where you need to go during this crucial first week in which modules will be introduced and important documents will be distributed.


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  – Wednesday 20th September – 12pm-1pm- ArtsTwo Room 3.20

English and History Welcome –  Thursday 21st 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. Other Joint Honours programmes in the School of History will be contacted separately with more information.

Pre-enrolment and Module Registration

Pre-enrolment and Module Registration

There are quite a few new terms and names for you to get used to when you start your degree programme! Each individual subject you take at QMUL is called a ‘module’. Your degree result is calculated from the results of each of these modules over the course of your programme.

Each module is worth a certain number of ‘credits’ – usually 15 credits for a module that lasts one semester, and 30 credits for a module that lasts two semesters. You will take 120 credits worth of modules each year. The First Year is designed specifically to give you a good grounding in core research methods, writing skills and establish an excellent knowledge base. In your second and third year you will have an extremely wide variety of modules focusing on a range of issues, periods, countries and methods to choose from.

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 sends e-mail).

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 Handbook. The password is qmhistory2017. Please note you can only choose Level 4 modules. In the description of each module you will also find a recommended Reading List, so you can get started on some research and preparation before you arrive.

Once you have made your choices you will need to enter them on MySIS before you arrive. We will be in touch via email soon about this procedure.

'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 Tuesday 19th September at 10:15am.

How many modules will I choose?

Module selection will be different depending on your degree programme. We will email you soon with 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 if 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 below members of staff who work in the History Office on the 4th Floor of the ArtsTwo Building.

We are on hand for the majority of questions or issues you might need to discuss and can direct your query as appropriate. Your first point of contact for general day-to-day enquiries will be Charlotte, Shahied or Shima.

Our contact details are as follows:

 Charlotte Davies (Student Support Officer)

Room 4.14; ext 8351: email Charlotte(link sends e-mail)

 Shahied Abrahams (Admissions Officer)

Room 4.14; ext 8370: email Shahied(link sends e-mail)

What’s next?

We will be sending out further instructions on module selections as well as details of your advisor and other information before you arrive on Moving-In Weekend.

The Student Induction website also has all the information you need to get the most out of your first few weeks at Queen Mary.

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

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