International students

Information for students from South Africa

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 20 students from South Africa 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 South Africa once per year, details of our next visit can be found on these pages.

Entry requirements

Recognition of South African Qualifications for Undergraduate Entry


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 South Africa with the following qualifications:

  • National Senior Certificate (Higher Level subjects)

Our exact requirements depend on the course that you are applying for, but students usually need to obtain grades between 76666 and 77776 . You are likely to be asked for certain grades in relevant subjects and Life Orientation is not included in our offers.

This is QMUL’s equivalency table for GCE A-Levels and the National Senior Certificate:

National Senior Certificate 77776 77766 77666 76666 66666

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 National Senior Certificate is not accepted for admission to either our London MBBS or BDS programmes.


Students that have studied English as part of the South Africa (SA National Senior Cert SANSC) IEB or Govt Board qualification may not be required to take IELTS. 

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

Recognition of South African Qualifications for Graduate Entry

Master's 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.

Applicants from South Africa are typically required to have a Bachelor Honours Degree (Baccalaureus Honores / Baccalaureus Cum Honoribus).

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

UK Bachelor Degree ClassificationSouth African Bachelor Degree Classification
First Class (1st) 75-100%
Upper Second Class Hons (2:1) 70-74%
High – Lower Second Class Hons (2:2) 65%
Standard – Lower Second Class Hons (2:2) 60%
Third Class Hons (3rd) 50%

Research degree (MPhil/PhD: 3 years)


  • A Masters and Bachelors degree from a recognised university are usually required for entry to PhD programmes at Queen Mary, University of London.


If a first degree is taught for at least 2 years fully in English, and no more than 5 years have passed since the student was taught in English, the Admissions office can consider the degree for English language acceptability. These degrees will be considered on a case by case basis. Students will need to supply academic transcript and confirmation letter from central university administration confirming the course is taught and examined in English for at least 2 years.

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

Useful contacts

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
Ground Floor
Forum 1, Braampark
33 Hoofd Street
Braamtontein, Johannesburg 2001
Tel: +27 (11) 718 4300
Fax: +27 (11) 718 4400

Cape Town
British Council
3rd Floor
Associated Magazines House
21 St John’s Road
Cape Town 8000
Tel: +27 (21) 460 6660
Fax:+27 (21) 460 6691

Customer Service Centre
Tel: +27 (0)11 718 4300
Fax:+27 (0)11 718 4400

Student profiles and Alumni ambassadors

Schael Igwe, LLB Law

South African student profile

“I am from Cape Town/Stellenbosch. I completed high school at Wynberg Girls’ High School in Cape Town 2014. I then went on to enrol at Stellenbosch University in January 2015 for a semester, before enrolling at Queen Mary University of London in September of the same year.

There is a great sense of community and spirit in the student body of Queen Mary, the atmosphere really does make the school body feel like a family. It is this, along with the world class academic education that we are provided with, that make Queen Mary most enjoyable for me. Queen Mary is excellent in offering the complete holistic academic and university experience. There are constantly extra-curricular activities or opportunities available, relating to your studies and you are bound to find a society that pertains to your interests outside of your course.

This has been my experience as a QMUL law student thus far. I have been exposed to many practical opportunities that will undoubtedly assist me in future. The coursework itself, has been exciting and challenging, and each module allows to extend your mind and ultimately shape your legal thinking, which has been wonderful”.



Scholarships and Funding

Financing your studies

Queen Mary offers various scholarships to encourage excellent students to study with us. Please see our International Scholarships page for more information.

In country representatives

Visits to your country

Country manager

Mr Jake Duffin


Tel: +44 (0) 20 7882 6522

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