International students

Information for students from Italy

Queen Mary University of London has a long history of welcoming students from around the world. Over the years, many thousands of international students have graduated from the university and gone on to pursue successful careers. Today, we are home to students from more than 162 different countries and over 45% of our student body come from outside of the UK. This diversity contributes to a lively and welcoming community which should make you feel comfortable and at home.

We are one of the largest colleges of the University of London and one of the few with fully integrated teaching, research and residential facilities. Our setting provides our students with the benefits of both a large campus environment, and the countless academic and social opportunities provided by London.

There are currently 250 students from Italy studying at Queen Mary who are enrolled on a range of degree programmes at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.


Brexit update:

The UK government has guaranteed that EU students starting a degree in 2019-20 will continue to be eligible for ‘home fee status’ for the duration of their studies in England and Wales.

It means that:

  • EU students will pay the same fees as UK students for all levels of study.
  • EU students will be able to apply for funding support for the duration of their studies at Queen Mary.

Further information can be found on the UK Department of Education’s website.

Entry requirements

Undergraduate (BA, BSc, BEng, LLB etc.)

Students that have successfully completed A-Levels, the European Baccalaureate, or the International Baccalaureate can be considered for admission to our undergraduate degrees.

Please check the grade requirements for your chosen degree programme via the undergraduate study section of our website.

We also consider students from Italy with the following qualifications:

  • Diploma di Esame di Stato

This is QMUL’s equivalency table for GCE A-Levels and the Diploma di Esame di Stato:






95 overall

90 overall

88 overall

85 overall

80 overall

Please note, actual offers may differ slightly.

Please see the information included in the English Language Requirements section below.

  • UK foundation programme from QMUL or certain other approved institutions

Students whose grades do not meet our minimum requirements may be considered for entry onto our Foundation Programmes.

If you are currently studying another UK foundation programme elsewhere and would like to progress to one of our Bachelor degrees, please get in touch via the contact details at the bottom of the page.

Undergraduate Medicine and Dentistry admissions

For detailed Medicine and Dentistry entry requirements and instructions on how to apply, please refer to the School of Medicine and Dentistry website.

Please note, the Esame di Stato is not accepted for admission to our MBBS or BDS programmes that are delivered in London (but it is accepted for all other undergraduate programmes delivered in London). However, the Esame di Stato is accepted for our MBBS programme delivered in the Republic of Malta.


Taught degrees (MA, MSc, LLM etc.)

Students that apply to one of our Master degree courses are normally expected to have achieved a UK Upper Second Class bachelor degree, however some courses will also accept a Lower Second Class classification.

Please check the grade requirements for your chosen degree programme via the postgraduate study section of our website.

We are also pleased to also consider students if they have obtained an Italian Laurea/Bachelor degree, Laurea Specialistica, or Laurea Magistrale/Master degree.

This is QMUL’s equivalency table for UK and Italian Laurea/Bachelor degree classifications:

UK Bachelor Degree Classification

First Class (1st)

Upper Second Class Hons (2:1)

High –Lower Second Class Hons (2:2)

Standard – Lower Second Class Hons (2:2)

Third Class Hons (3rd)

Italian Laurea/Bachelor Degree Classification






Please note, actual offers may differ slightly.

Please see the link included below under the English Language Requirements section. Students are considered on an individual basis, but some Italian degrees that are taught in English can potentially be accepted as proof of English proficiency, and can be accepted instead of IELTS/TOEFL/Cambridge/Pearson etc.

Research degrees (MPhil/PhD)

Competitive applications to our postgraduate research degree programmes will include high overall grades achieved in their Master degree.

For more information regarding our research specialisms and opportunities, please see our dedicated webpages.

English language requirements

  1. Please refer to the  English language requirements webpage for more information regarding our English proficiency criteria.
  2. Students that fall slightly below the published requirements may be offered a place on one of our pre-sessional English courses.

How to apply

For further information on how to apply, please refer to these links:

  1. Undergraduate
  2. Postgraduate
  3. Foundation Programmes:

Student profiles and Alumni ambassadors

Laura Zanchi


Before joining Queen Mary I was working in a law firm as an associated qualified lawyer. I chose to study an LLM here because of its high ranking for arbitration and commercial comparative studies. There is a lot of support available for students at Queen Mary. I received help with organising a pre-sessional English course before the programme started right through to the exams at the end of the LLM.

Being a postgraduate student in London is amazing. I have really enjoyed both studying and having fun in London and it is a life experience that I fully recommend!

Francesca Vivarelli

MEng Design and Innovation

I chose Design & Innovation because of my passion for art, architecture and design as well as my interest for scientific subjects such as mathematics and physics. I picked Queen Mary because it is the only UK institution that offers this kind of engineering and design degree and I was attracted by London’s cosmopolitan cultural environment. During my time at Queen Mary I have had the opportunity to talk to professionals in the field and create a large network of contacts as well as receiving lots of advice. It is a really friendly environment to study in and the most important thing is that students' requests are always taken into account.

Queen Mary's campus feels really safe and hospitable and the halls of residence are really close to the teaching buildings. Victoria Park is a few minutes from the campus and was a really pleasant surprise and probably one of the nicest parks in London. Shoreditch and Brick Lane are also close by and are really "trendy" areas where lots of students hang out and have fun. I couldn't live anywhere else as a student!

Minnerva Vanni

English and European Law LLB

I chose QM because of the good reputation for the Law Faculty and because of its well organised open day. I have always wanted to study law but Queen Mary offered me the chance to have a year abroad to expand my knowledge of European Law. This is exactly what I was hoping for the most.

Everyone who comes to study at Queen Mary is very open minded and comes from different backgrounds and countries. All teachers are extremely competent in their field and very good at teaching. They teach their subject because they love it and this enthusiasm is easily noticeable.

London is the best city to live in when you are young and want to have fun. There is such a wide choice of restaurants, bars, clubs and events taking place that it is impossible not to find something to do!

Ilaria Mariani

BA Russian and Germany

When I arrived in the UK Queen Mary helped me settle in London and enabled me to meet other students. There were lots of social events, such as freshers week and I was able to make friends with a wide range of people. I chose Queen Mary due to the location and because the course is perfect for me. My degree allows me to travel while I work and languages have always been a passion of mine. The teachers are very supportive and small class sizes give a very personal and informal atmosphere. University grants you a lot more independence and lets you grow into your own person.

The advantage of having a campus is that you feel much more a part of university and have a sense of stability. Mile End is a less expensive area of London and it is located not too far from the city centre. There are places close by, such as Shoreditch, which have a very vibrant night life.

Vito Racanelli

LLM in Comparative and International Dispute Resolution

Before joining Queen Mary I worked in Italy as a trainee lawyer for a law firm that specialized in domestic litigation. I decided to undertake postgraduate study in dispute resolution (international arbitration) to explore my strengths, interests and aspirations related to this field of practice.

I chose to study in the UK because of its long-standing tradition for excellence in postgraduate education. The School of International Arbitration (SIA) at Queen Mary is at the forefront of recent developments in the area of international and domestic arbitration.

The academic members of the SIA, such as Professor Loukas Mistelis and Dr Stravros Brekoulakis, are experts in their field and have always been approachable and create a supportive learning environment. Their support and feedback throughout the LLM have been invaluable and whilst being a student at SIA I have begun advising a company about institutional arbitration agreements drafting and review. During my studies I have also had the opportunity to study issues related to Italian Arbitration Law and enjoyed the balanced combination of legal theory and practice through small group tutorials and active discussions during seminars.

A highlight of my time at Queen Mary was the opportunity to take part with five other  students in the 4th Frankfurt Investment Arbitration Moot Court, which is an international competition focusing on investment protection law and its dispute resolution mechanisms. The moot aided me to use my studies in a practical sense and supported my professional development and advocacy skills. 

London is one of the best cities for being a postgraduate student. It is not just a matter of choosing the most appropriate postgraduate course, but rather the opportunity to experience a truly international city that is able to offer an almost infinite range of opportunities in terms of networking, social and cultural events.

Danny Gurizzan

Senior Status LLB

I had already studied an undergraduate degree but decided to I wanted to be a lawyer so applied for the LLB Senior Status at Queen Mary due to the Law school’s prestigious reputation and London location. Arriving from overseas can be daunting however the university did all it could to help support students such as me, especially helping me find accommodation.  The staff couldn’t be more helpful and welcoming; academics and lecturers were always available and willing to help me.  The standard of teaching is extremely high and exceeded my expectations; it is a very exciting place to be studying.

My transition into university life was fairly easy, especially as I joined the Queen Mary Football Club where I made a really great group of friends.  Getting involved in clubs and societies run by the Students’ Union is a great way to meet new people and try new things.  There are amazing experiences to be had if you take advantage of all the opportunities that Queen Mary provides.

Anna Varone

BEng Medical Engineering

The major advantage of studying in the UK is that there is a focus on the practical side of study which has helped me apply my knowledge and be prepared for a future career in engineering. Whilst studying at Queen Mary I have had the opportunity to visit some of the leading companies in the UK such as Ford, Nissan, Astrium, APS (Antibody Production Services) and many more. These visits are a great opportunity to get a feel of what an engineering career is like and help you choose which field you would like to work in.

Queen Mary is now part of the Russell Group which includes the best universities in the UK. This means that student’s receive the highest level of teaching and attend an institution that is renowned for academic excellence in research. Being part of the Russell Group also means that my degree will be accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) which will help with future career progression.

As a student in London you have the opportunity to meet people from all over the world. The variety of cultures is just one of the many things that London has to offer. There are numerous cultural events in central London and I took part in the Chinese New Year celebrations at Trafalgar Square which involved traditional dances, fireworks and stunning live performances. One of the best things about London is the public museums and galleries, such as the British Museum, Tate Modern and Victoria Albert, which are free to enter.

Queen Mary is situated in East London and is close to the Olympic Park. East London has become a vibrant area with lots of pretty markets like Columbia Road Flower Market, which is held every Sunday on a street with traditional Victorian shops. In Whitechapel there is the most famous area of the East End, Brick Lane, which is the capital of curry due to its high concentration of Indian restaurants!

London is one of the most vibrant cities in the world and there it contains everything that a student is looking for! From free entry to museums and galleries to the most amazing clubs in town! London is a city of history and culture and no matter how well you know it there is always something new to discover.

Scholarships and Funding

Please check our current tuition fees.

Undergraduate (Bachelor)

There are a number of sources of funding available for undergraduate students from the EU.

Many undergraduate students from the EU make use of the tuition fee loan scheme made available via Student Finance England. You may also find the ‘Student finance calculator’ useful for your financial planning.

Postgraduate Taught (Master)

There are a number of sources of funding available for postgraduate international students, and you can check our scholarship and bursaries directory.

Many postgraduate students from the EU make use of the loan scheme and you can find further details, including eligibility criteria, on this website. There is also a useful summary available on our website.

Postgraduate Research (PhD)

There are a number of funding opportunities for PhD students from the EU. You can check our ‘funding a PhD’ directory.  

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