International students

Information for applicants from Norway

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 115 students from Norway 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 Norway 2 times per year, details of our next visit can be found on these pages.

Entry requirements

Undergraduate (BA, BSc, LLB etc.)

Students that have successfully completed A-Levels, the European Baccalaureate, or the International Baccalaureate will be considered for admissions 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 Norway with the following qualifications:

  • Vitnemål fra den Videregående Skole (VVO)

    Our exact requirements depend on the course that you are applying for, but students usually need to obtain a minimum mark of between 4 and 5 overall. You are likely to be asked for certain grades in relevant subjects.

    This is Queen Mary University of London equivalency table for GCE A-Levels and the VVO:

    5 overall 5 overall 4.5 overall 4.5 overall 4 overall

    Please note, actual offers may differ slightly.

    Please see the information included in the English Language Requirements section below. The English component of the VVO can potentially be accepted instead of IELTS/TOEFL/Cambridge/Pearson etc. for undergraduate courses.

  • UK foundation programme from either QMUL or certain other approved institutions

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

    For more information regarding our foundation programmes please click here.

    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 Norwegian VVO is not accepted for admission to our MBBS or BDS programmes that are delivered in London (but they are accepted for all other undergraduate programmes delivered in London).

However, the VVO is accepted for admission to our MBBS programme delivered in the Republic of Malta. Please click here for more information


Taught Degrees (MA, MSc etc.)

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 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 from Norway if they have obtained a Bachelor degree/Candidatus Magisterii/Bachelorgrad or Master degree graduates.

This is Queen Mary University of London equivalency table for UK and Norwegian 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)
Norwegian Bachelor Degree Classification B grade average with at least 75 ECTS (of 180 ECTS min overall) at grade A or above. B grade average C grade average with at least 75 ECTS (of 180 ECTS min overall) at grade B or above. C overall D overall

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 Norwegian 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

  • Please refer to the English language requirements webpage for more information regarding our English proficiency criteria.
  • 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:

Student profiles and Alumni ambassadors

Paula JensenStudent profile

BA International Relations

My experience at Queen Mary University of London has been academically challenging, but also very rewarding.

Studying International Relations at Queen Mary is unique because of its outstanding quality of research and location. The educational experience is enriched by the plurality of world views and backgrounds which stimulate and promote debates and ideas that address and reflect the world we live in. The specialized contributions of our professors to every seminar and lecture instils a critical, balanced, and considerate way of approaching world issues. Contemporary debates considering such as Trump’s presidency are often challenged in class, bridging the gap between theoretical and practical knowledge. Moreover, by being in London for a Russell Group University, there are endless opportunities for interning, volunteering, working, connecting, and researching in London city.

I found my place and home at QMUL amongst the thousands of diverse students and staff. Beyond academic study, but sometimes acting as a continuation of it, are societies led and maintained by student initiative, in which I found like-minded people. Taking an active part of Model United Nations Association and spending my third year acting as Internal Communications Manager, is an unforgettable experience which taught me skills I transferred towards my degree. My experience as course representative for International Relations, and vice-president for UNICEF society were also opportunities that positively impacted my studies and university life.

For any Norwegian students planning to complete their further education in the UK, I would advise exploring the differences between UK and Norwegian university life. In the UK, self-study is an essential part of Uni life, and you are expected to study and research independently for your degree. The academic year begins later and finishes earlier, with a demanding work-load throughout your degree and stricter examination processes. There are some academic and social differences you may find during your first year, but societies such as the Scandinavian Society or playing for a sport team helped me assimilate into London life quicker. Living in student halls was an exceptional experience that introduced me to the flatmates I have to this day. The facilities, such as the [Regents] Canal-side gives an opportunity to study indoors or outside. Draper’s Bar and Lounge and the 24-hr library kept me wanting to return to campus.

Prospective students should consider Queen Mary’s stunning and centralized campus location and cosmopolitan diversity, dedicated academic and non-academic staff support, quality of teaching and courses available. Choosing the right university and degree is an opportunity to commit to and explore your strengths as a learner and thinker. I will very gladly answer any questions about living and studying at Queen Mary University in London or about being a Norwegian student in London.

Lilli Blomberg     Student profile - NORWAY

BA Politics and International Relations  

My name is Lilli Blomberg and I am a third year Bachelor student in Politics and International Relations. I am from Norway, therefore starting at Queen Mary University of London was a big and significant step for me but also one of the best decisions I have made. I have gotten friends for life, the opportunity to live in one of the most multi-cultural cities in the world and receive an excellent academic education. I always wanted to live in London, but what made Queen Mary appeal the most to me was the fact that it was highly international as students come from 162 different countries. This made the university stand out compared to many others and I find it to be a welcoming environment.

I am a member of the United Nations Society and Queen Mary Basketball team, and it has given me the opportunity to share and learn from other cultures but also form strong professional relations with other people for the future. It is the diversity of people, but also the many opportunities presented by the university that makes Queen Mary an open and welcoming enviroment for students. I highly encourage you to apply to Queen Mary and I am more than happy to answer any questions you might have regarding studying and living in London.

Scholarships and Funding

Our current tuition fees can be checked here

A vast majority of the Norwegian students studying at QMUL finance their studies via Lånekassen. We are pleased to be listed among the universities whose students qualify for a supplementary grant.  

Undergraduate (Bachelor)
There are a number of scholarships and bursaries available for undergraduate international students. Please check our directory here.

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 here.

Postgraduate Research (PhD)
There are a number of funding opportunities for PhD students. You can check our ‘funding a PhD’ directory here.

In country representatives

Across the Pond (Study In Britain)
Across the Pond – Studier i Storbritannia
Torgbygget, Nydalsveien 33,
Postboks 4814 Nydalen, 0484 Oslo
Tel: 21 52 00 69


Visits to your country

CountryCityDateFurther informationAppointments
Norway Oslo 13 February 2019
10:00 - 18:00

Anita Walton will be attending the Ta Utdanning fair at Oslo Spektrum, Sonia Henies pl. 2, 0185 Oslo.

See here for more information:

Please contact Anita

Norway Oslo 14 February 2019
10:00 - 15:00

Anita Walton will be attending the Ta Utdanning fair at Oslo Spektrum, Sonia Henies pl. 2, 0185 Oslo.

See here for more information:

Please contact Anita

Country manager

Anita Walton
International Officer

Tel: +44(0) 20 7882 6525

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