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International students

Information for International students within the UK

Queen Mary has a long history of welcoming students from around the world. Over the years, many thousands of international students have graduated from the college and gone on to pursue successful careers. Today, we are home to students from more than 162 different countries. This diversity contributes to a lively and welcoming community which should make you feel comfortable and at home.

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 gives you the benefits both of a large campus environment and of the countless academic and social opportunities of London.

Almost 45% of the international students that start degrees at Queen Mary, University of London have previous experience of studying in the UK. Usually this is through A Levels or International Baccalaureate, Foundation programmes, English Language courses or for some postgraduate students, their bachelor's degrees.

Entry requirements


Our entry criteria for undergraduate programmes vary from degree to degree and range between BBB-A*AA (120–168 UCAS points – 2018 entry) for A Level and 26-38 points for IB. Most degrees have subject pre-requisites which can be found on the departmental pages of the website or in the undergraduate prospectus.

Queen Mary will consider all applications from students studying foundation programmes on an individual basis. We do have individual progression agreements in place with a number of foundation course providers, but no specific criteria that will apply to all institutions that offer international foundation programmes.

If you are studying for a BTEC national diploma or another qualification you are advised to contact the Admissions office before applying to discuss your options.

All foundation students need to support their applications with an English Language qualification. We accept both IELTS and the Trinity College examination.

If you are currently studying at an English Language school in the UK you would need to provide evidence of academic qualifications obtained in your home country. These qualifications must be equivalent to A-Level otherwise you may be asked to study a foundation programme before starting your undergraduate degree.

Prospective undergraduates should apply through UCAS.


Taught degrees (MSc/MA: one year)

Applicants who have achieved upper second class honours, or equivalent, will be considered for our masters degree courses, as appropriate. Applications for postgraduate courses are made directly to the institution.

Queen Mary also offers a Pre-Masters programme for students with lower grades or who those who require further English language study.

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 to the degree applied for.


Research degrees (MPhil/PhD: three years)

Applicants for PhD study should preferably hold a masters degree with high marks. You will need to supplement your application with a 500-word research proposal; more information can be found on the postgraduate website and the departmental pages.
The above list is for guidance only and is not conclusive.  Students unsure about the acceptability of their qualifications should write, for advice, to Queen Mary's International Office or Admissions Office, with full details of their educational background.

For details on English Language requirements please see English Language Requirements below.

English language requirements

  1. Please refer to English language and foundation courses for different course requirements.
  2. Students with Bachelors or Masters degree in the UK will not require IELTS or an alternative qualification.
  3. Students who achieve slightly below these requirements may be admitted onto a pre-sessional English course at Queen Mary. Please see the Entry Level Guidelines for English Language for full details.

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

  1. Undergraduate study
  2. Postgraduate study
  3. English language and foundation courses

Foundation partners

Queen Mary currently has progression agreements with the following foundation centres. This means that providing you meet the specified entry criteria your foundation will be recognised as a suitable pathway for one of our degree programmes.

  1. INTO
  2. Cambridge Education Group
  3. David Game
  4. University Foundation Programme
  5. Bosworth College
  6. Kaplan International College London
  7. Bellerbys College

We regularly visit these colleges to speak to prospective students who are interested in applying to Queen Mary. Please contact our Admissions office or the Global Engagement Office for information about entry requirements.

Student profiles and Alumni ambassadors

Ahmed Delali
MSc Chemical Research


I graduated from Queen Mary, University of London with a Masters degree in Chemical Research.


Science has always interested me and I found the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences at Queen Mary University a very satisfying place to study chemistry - my favourite subject. The modern building and the welcome environment made me more comfortable to use and learn about many research facilities in the department.

I am very thankful to my supervisor Dr Peter Wyatt from the Chemistry department. I have been very fortunate to have had a really talented chemistry teacher.

The friendly environment in the Chemistry department is very encouraging to progress and make you feel that you are member of the science family. I have had excellent opportunities to be exposed to research and laboratory-based environments throughout my academic years and my career as a Chemist. Through these experiences, not only have I equipped myself with research methods as well as problem-solving and analysing skills, I have also had a chance to expand a network with experts in relevant fields. I have also gained the understanding of the ethics and conduct rules in different laboratories in addition to the invaluable skills to manage, lead and collaborate effectively with people. These increasing experiences have built my confidence in working independently as Laboratory Assistant. I am currently working at Cambridge Education Group as a Laboratory Technician and Art.

Scholarships and Funding

There are a number of scholarships and funding options available for international students wishing to pursue their studies at Queen Mary including our International Science and Engineering Excellence Awards, International Mathematical Sciences Excellence Awards, School of Law scholarships and School of Economics and Finance scholarships.

Information about alternative funding options, can be found within our scholarships and funding section.

In country representatives

Queen Mary has appointed 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.


3rd Floor
211-213 Regent Street
London W1B 4NF
Phone: 020-7287-7040

UKuni EdTech / InterGreat Education

29 Threadneedle St,
London EC2R 8AY, UK
Phone: (+44)-(0)203 856 8181

Cannongate House,
64 Cannon Street, London, UK
Phone: 02037577200

1st Floor St James Building,
89 Oxford Street,
Manchester, M1 6FQ
Tel:0333 772 2000

Visits to your country

Campus tours take place most afternoons at 2pm, if you are interested in visiting the campus, please click here.

We also have undergraduate and postgraduate open days twice a year. More information can be found here.  

Country manager


Dr Robert Duncan

Regional Manager - UK International, Hong Kong, Vietnam and Thailand
Tel:  +44(0) 20 7882 6521

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