International students

Information for applicants from Russia

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 Russia 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 Russia 2 times per year, details of our next visit can be found on these pages.


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 in the undergraduate study section.

The Russian Attestat o Srednem Obshchem Obrazovanii (Certificate of Secondary Education) is not currently accepted for entry to any of our bachelor degree programmes. However, applicants that have completed the Attestat can be considered for entry to one of our International Foundation Programmes. These provide opportunities for students to progress to linked bachelor degree programme one year later, providing that the foundation programme is satisfactorily passed.

Find out more about our foundation programmes.

We generally expect a minimum Attestat score of 4/5 overall, with 4/5 in relevant subjects.

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

We also accept some other UK foundation programmes provided by certain other approved institutions. If you are currently studying another UK foundation programme elsewhere and would like to progress to a Bachelor degrees at QMUL, 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 Attestat is not accepted for admission to our MBBS or BDS programmes delivered either in London or Malta. However, the Attestat is considered for entry to our Certificate in Clinical Foundation Studies, which is provided in Malta. Visit the School of Medicine and Dentistry website for more information about studying medicine in 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.

We are also pleased to also consider students if they have obtained a Russian Bakalavr/Bachelor degree, Specialist Diploma, or a Magistr/Master degree.

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

UK Bachelor Degree ClassificationRussian Bachelor Degree Classification
First Class (1st) 5/5
Upper Second Class Hons (2:1) 4/5
High – Lower Second Class Hons (2:2) 3.8/5
Standard – Lower Second Class Hons (2:2) 3.5/5
Third Class Hons (3rd) 3/5

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 Russian 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.

Find out more about our research specialisms and opportunities.

English Language Requirements

Please refer to the English language requirements page 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

Alumni ambassador

Olga Solodkina

Olga Solodkina

Email Olga

Hello! My name is Olga and I was a student from Russia studying International Relations. My personal experience at Queen Mary has been very rewarding and enjoyable.

I have always wanted to study International Relations and QM seemed as a good place to start exploring this field. One of the most important things about Queen Mary is the outstanding knowledge and quality of the academic staff. The staff of the School of Politics and International Relations has an excellent reputation in research and they are always there to help you if you have any questions or problems.

The course has definitely equipped me further in understanding of International Relations and also instilled in me a different way of thinking about many issues that I previously took for granted. Indeed it has been a very interesting intellectual journey and one that I recommend everyone to undertake.

For any Russian students it is important to know that education in the UK slightly differs from what one can expect to find in Russian universities, as it involves a lot of self-study and the examination process is not the same as in Russia. However, these differences are explained at the beginning of the first academic year and university regulations are very easy to follow.

Queen Mary is one of the universities that can be proud of its rich and diverse environment. The student community is very welcoming so it is not long before any student will feel at home. For me it was a tremendous learning experience to study with people from a wide range of cultural backgrounds and different personalities, especially when studying Politics or International Relations. Not only it is a wonderful opportunity to discover something new about yourself but also to make lifelong friends.


What our students say

Oxana Romanchuk

MPA Public administration

Devoting  my professional career to working with entrepreneurs, I sought an academic programme that would encourage me both to think critically about the policy environment for small businesses in Russia and to gain a broader appreciation of issues in public policy on developing entrepreneurship at a global level. Queen Mary has a strong reputation for teaching public administratiom in a style that is grounded in both theory and practice.  Being a Chevening Scholar, I appreciate this Scholarship Programme as well as Queen Mary University of London for providing access to the excellent education in the UK. I have already experienced that this education helps me to expand my international network, so the Queen Mary’s diversity and energy of a global city pushed me to start to work on creating the Queen Mary’s Commonwealth of Independent States Business Society in order to promote understanding of the business and political aspects of Commonwealth of Independent States in the multinational environment of Queen Mary. After completion of my study, I hope to continue to create connections between Russia and the UK, contributing to building trust, cooperation, and mutual understanding between the two countries. 

Daria Patenko

MSc Management and Organisational Innovation


I have always dreamed of studying in the UK, as I’ve always been passionate about London, no doubt I chose Queen Mary, University of London. With a cosmopolitan-like campus, along with great facilities to assist students in their studies and with Central London being at a doorstep, studying my MSc degree at Queen Mary has been a wonderful experience.

Studying MSc in Management and Organisational Innovation has been very exciting and challenging. Doing my Masters here was a great opportunity to learn a lot and to meet new people from different backgrounds and cultures. The social life provided by the University is absolutely amazing, postgraduate students would always find what to do in their free time. I definitely would look back with pride and pleasure on what I got out of studying here.


To hear what other students have to say about Queen Mary, click over to the What our Students Say page.


Ekaterina Kitanina

MSc in Law and Finance
Associate, Hannes Snellman, Russia – Full Time Student and Bursary Winner


"I started my professional career in one of the major international law firms, Baker & McKenzie that I joined as an Intern. After completing my Master degree in Civil Law at the Faculty of Law of Moscow State University summa cum laude I was promoted for a position of a Trainee and then a Junior Associate. Then I upgraded my knowledge, completing a PhD degree in Business Law at the Faculty of Law of State University – Higher School of Economics, which led me to develop my professional career. So I joined Hannes Snellman, a Nordic firm with a strong foothold in Russia, as an Associate.

I have been practicing in the sphere of corporate and commercial legal issues but as my background was purely legal, I felt that in order to understand the core concepts underlying any M&A transaction I need to have basic knowledge of economic aspects. So I decided to apply for a degree relating to financial and banking services – either LLM in Banking and Finance or MSc Law and Finance course. Although I had been offered places by almost all top law schools, I made the best choice by selecting Queen Mary. First of all, after careful selection of the proposed programmes I decided to develop fully my economic knowledge to supplement the legal one, so made a choice in favour of MSc Law and Finance programme. Secondly, Queen Mary University of London is well-known for providing not only excellent research opportunities but also for delivering business concepts and approaches which is so valuable nowadays.

The MSc Law and Finance programme allow the students to choose the modules to be attended depending on the practical needs for the future profession. There are 3 specialisations – 1) Banking and Financial Services, 2) Law and Financial Regulation, 3) Law and Corporate Finance, so there is an opportunity to select between them according to the career path chosen. I really enjoyed my time here, as I had the opportunity to meet outstanding people and get a truly international experience."


Scholarships and Funding

Please check our current tuition fees.

Undergraduate (Bachelor)

There are a number of scholarships and bursaries available for undergraduate international students.

Postgraduate Taught (Master)

There are a number of sources of funding available for postgraduate international students.

Find more information regarding the Chevening Scholarships and Chevening Partner-Awards.

Postgraduate Research (PhD)

There are a number of funding opportunities for PhD students.

Global Education Programme

We are pleased to confirm that QMUL is included among the leading universities that are recognised by the Global Education Programme funding scheme. Please click here for more information.

In country representatives

Queen Mary staff visit Russia at least 2 or 3 times per academic year but we also have several representatives in country to help prospective students submit applications to the College, apply for study visas, look at flights and accommodation and provide other services required by our students before they enrol at Queen Mary.

Please see below for details (in alphabetical order) of our representatives in Russia.  Please feel free to make contact with any of them for assistance with your application to the College.  Listed below are the Head offices of the representatives but they may also have branch offices in other regions of the country

Tverskaya 22a, building 3, 3rd floor
Tel: +7 495 708 4242
Email: Svetlana Ryabova

Students International - Moscow Office
Schipok Str 20, office 306-308
115054, Moscow,
Tel: +7 495 956 1576

Students International – St Petersburg Office
Chapygina Str 6, business-centre "TV-Polis" office 400
197376, St Petersburg
Tel: +7 812 332 1438

Visits to your country

Country manager

Anita Walton

International Officer
Marketing and Communications
Queen Mary University of London
Mile End Road
London E1 4NS

Tel: +44(0) 20 7882 6525

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