International students

Information for students from Japan

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 160 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 32 students from Japan studying at Queen Mary who are enrolled on a range of degree programmes at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Queen Mary's International Office staff visit Japan twice a year, details of our next visit can be found on these pages.

Entry requirements


Foundation courses (one year)


  • A good Kotogakko Sotsugyo Shomeisho (Upper Secondary School Leaving Certificate) with grade B/4 or above for all subjects

For information on applying to study for a foundation course at Queen Mary, please refer to English language and foundation courses.

Undergraduate degrees (three and four years)


  • UK Foundation or,
  • Undergraduate bachelor degree year 1 wfrom a recognised university in Japan or,
  • Associate Degree in a related subject with grade B or above or,
  • Three A-levels or,
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma

Please refer to the prospectus and department websites for individual subject A-level and IB requirements.

For details on the University of London External Diploma/Degree transfers.

Please note that students with an associate degree from Japan will be considered for both year 1 and year 2 entry. However, Associate Degree holders with three to five years of related work experience, may be considered for the Postgraduate Foundation Programme.

English language requirements

For information on applying to study for a undergraduate course at Queen Mary, please refer to undergraduate study.


Taught degrees (MSc/MA: one year)

Queen Mary regularly welcomes Japanese students on to postgraduate courses. 

Students that apply to one of our Master degree courses are normally expected to have achieved an Upper Second Class bachelor degree. However, some courses may require higher grades while others will accept a Lower Second Class classification. Please check the grade requirements for your chosen degree programme via the postgraduate study section of our website.

QMUL’s equivalency table for Japanese qualifications:

UK QualificationFirst Class (1st)Second Class upper (2:1)High Second Class Lower (2:2)Standard Second Class LowerThird (3rd/Pass)

Japanese Equivalent

(S, A, B, C grading scale)

S overall or 90% overall or GPA 3.70 out of 4.00 A overall or 80% overall or GPA 3.00 out of 4.00 75% overall or GPA 2.7 out of 4.00 B overall or 70% overall or GPA 2.3 out of 4.00 C overall or 60% overall or GPA 2.00 out of 4.00 or award of degree.

Japanese Equivalent

(A, B, C, D grading scale)

A overall or 90% overall or GPA 3.70 out of 4.00 B overall or 80% overall or GPA 3.00 out of 4.00 75% overall or GPA 2.7 out of 4.00 C overall or 70% overall or GPA 2.3 out of 4.00 D overall or 60% overall or GPA 2.00 out of 4.00 or award of degree.


Please note that all applications are considered on an individual basis and students may be admitted to masters programmes with a lower-level degree if they have work experience relevant their application

Applicants whose grades do not meet our minimum requirements may, in some cases, be considered for entry onto our Pre-Masters programmes

Research degree (MPhil/PhD: three years)

The usual entrance requirement for a research degree is a Master's degree from a UK university or recognised university in Japan. However many departments also accept student with the equivalent of an upper second class bachelor degree from a UK university.


  • Please refer to English language requirements for different course requirements.
  • Students who achieve slightly below these requirements may be admitted onto a pre-sessional English course at Queen Mary. Please see the Language Centre programmes for full details.

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

The above list is for guidance only and is not conclusive.   Students unsure about the acceptability of their qualifications should write to Queen Mary's International Office ( or Admissions Office (, with full details of their educational background.

Student profiles and Alumni ambassadors



Kaoru Kanai

LLM Intellectual Property Law

"I chose Queen Mary almost without any hesitation because Queen Mary had a high reputation especially in IP law and had the wide range of very attractive modules for me, which covered subjects closely related to my works and being and becoming increasingly important to global business operations.

I very much enjoyed studying at Queen Mary. The lecturers gave us high-quality and interesting classes which I miss already. They are quite eminent and busy scholars, however, they are friendly to us and supportive for our researches and future career."

Scholarships and Funding

In country representatives

Fifth Floor Davinchi Shinjuku Building
4-3-17 Shinjuku,
Tel: 0081 (0)3-5367 3315
Fax: +81 (0)3-3368-6605

2-9-19 Shibata
Tel: +81(0)6-6371-1116
Fax: +81(0)6-6371-1165

SI-UK Tokyo

SI-UK Education Council,
141-0021 Tokyo-to,
Kamiosaki 2−15−14, 3F

141-0021東京都品川区上大崎2-15-14, 3F

Tel: (+81) (0)3-5272-9143

Visits to your country

Country manager

For further information, please contact

Mr Jake Duffin
Deputy Head of International Student Recruitment


Tel +44 (0)20 7882 6522

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