International students

Information for students from Kazakhstan

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 31 students from Kazakhstan at Queen Mary studying a variety of degree programmes at undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD levels including: Biological and Chemical Sciences, Computer Science, Aerospace Engineering, Economics and Finance, Business and Management, Marketing, Public Administration, Law, Chemistry, Mathematics, Politics and International Relations, Film, Media and Arts Technology, Cancer research, Foundation and Pre-Masters.

Queen Mary's International Office staff visit Kazakhstan once per year, details of our next visit can be found on these pages.

Entry requirements

Recognition of Kazakh qualifications for entry to our Foundation programme

Students holding an overall grade 4 from Attestat (Certificate of Completed Secondary Education) will be admitted to a Queen Mary Foundation Programme.
Students will also be required to have achieved appropriate grades from a SELT test. See Entry Level Guidelines for English Language for further details.

For information on applying to study for a foundation course at Queen Mary, please refer to Foundation programmes

Recognition of Kazakh qualifications for Undergraduate entry


We are pleased to consider students who have completed Queen Mary recognised foundation course or at least 1 year of university from an approved institution.

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

For details on the University of London External Diploma/Degree transfers, please click here. 

For information on applying to study for an undergraduate course at Queen Mary, please refer to Undergraduate study

English Requirements

Please see  for full details.

Entry to Pre-Masters

Overall minimum average of 60% or 3 from a Bachelors degree from a recognised university and IELTS 6.0 (5.5 in writing).
For information on applying to study for a Pre-Masters course at Queen Mary, please refer to Pre-Masters study

Recognition of Kazakh qualifications for Graduate entry 

Master's degrees (all one year)


Entry to Masters degrees at Queen Mary varies depending on the subject area and usually requires Diplom Bakalavra/Diplom Specialista from a recognised university.

This is QMUL’s equivalency table for UK and Kazakhstan Bachelor degree classifications:

UK Bachelor
Degree Classification
First Class (1st)Second Class upper (2:1)High Second Class Lower (2:2)Standard Second Class LowerThird (3rd/Pass)
Kazakhstan Bachelor degree classification GPA of 3.7/4 or 4.5/5 0r 4.0/4.33 3.4/4 or 4.25/5 or 3.7/4.33 3.2/4 or 4.0/5 or 3.5/4.33 3.0/4 or 3.75/5 or 3.25/4.33 2.8/4 or 3.5/5 or 3.0/4.33

English Requirements

Please see the Entry Level Guidelines for English Language for full details.

For information on applying to study for a postgraduate programme at Queen Mary, please refer to Postgraduate study.

Research degree (MPhil/PhD: 3 years)


The usual entrance requirement for a research degree is a Magistr from a recognised university in Kazakhstan.
For information on applying to study for a Research degree at Queen Mary, please refer to Doctorate College website.

English Requirements

Please see the Entry Level Guidelines for English Language for full details.

Student profiles and Alumni ambassadors

Alumni ambassador

Anel Kudebayeva

Anel Kudebayeva

Email Anel

As a recipient of the International Bolashak Scholarship of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, I came to study to London four years ago. After completing my one-year foundation course at Queen Mary, I decided to pursue my degree programme here as well. The high-quality teaching standards and excellent facilities were among the many reasons for staying.

Studying Computer Engineering at Queen Mary has given me vast knowledge in a range of software and hardware related modules, which in turn has provided me with a wide range of opportunities.

Throughout my degree I have managed to not only devote my time to studies, but also enjoy my social life and student experience. A great variety of our student clubs and societies have helped me to engage myself in a number of volunteering and sports activities. Being a Course representative in my department for two years and a Student Organiser/mentor for Peer Assisted Study Support (PASS) has improved my interpersonal and transferable skills, has helped me to establish friendly relationships with a lot of interesting people, and improve my course.

To sum up, studying at Queen Mary has been one of the most fascinating and memorable periods in my life. I have made friends for life and learnt lessons that will help me to build my future.


Scholarships and Funding

Queen Mary is a host institution for a number of Chevening Scholarship holders each year.  See here for further details on the Chevening awards:

Self-funded Kazakh students are also eligible to receive our International Science and Engineering Excellence awards.  Further details about these awards can be found here 

In country representatives

The British Council provides comprehensive advice on many aspects of study in the UK. Their website includes information on application procedures - including a sample UCAS form, guidance for completing the on-line UCAS application, funding etc.


British Council
97 Zholdasbekov Street
“Samal-2″, “Samal Towers”
Block A-2, 11th floor
050051, Almaty
T +7 (727) 244 41 44 

Visits to your country

Country manager

Anita Walton is the Country Manager for Kazakhstan and is happy to help any of our prospective Kazakh students with any questions they might have about the university.

Anita Walton
International Officer
Tel +44 (0)20 7882 6525

Please let me know if you need any other information.

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