Information for students from USA
There are currently over 115 students from the USA at Queen Mary studying for a taught postgraduate degree. The majority are studying on a one-year taught masters courses with a smaller number undertaking research programmes towards an MPhil or PhD. US students are enrolled on a range of postgraduate courses, including those in the Schools of Law, Politics & International Relations, Economics and Finance, Business and Film Studies.
Courses within the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Queen Mary are amongst the most popular for students based in the USA, please visit the USA Humanities and Social Sciences page for further information.
US Students should be aware that there are some very marked differences between UK and US postgraduate degrees - not least the shorter duration; taught master's courses generally last for one year and consist of two elements. You'll complete a number of modules (attending lectures and seminars, writing essays and taking examinations) and produce a dissertation from original research.
It is important to note that qualifying degrees in Medicine and Law are taught at undergraduate level.,
The one-year duration of UK masters courses allied to their international reputation for quality makes them a cost-effective choice for US students. The British Council USA website includes a useful section on postgraduate study in the UK.
Universities in the UK offer you a world-class education and are respected by US and international employers and academics. On a postgraduate course at Queen Mary you will benefit from excellent teaching and facilities. You will also be based in one of the world’s truly global cities.
Taught degrees (MSc/MA: one year)
Holders of a bachelor degree, from an accredited institution, with a good grade point average (3.2 or above), majoring in a subject relevant to the degree being applied for (with the exception of conversion masters courses) will be considered for postgraduate study. This will normally be a postgraduate diploma or a taught master’s degree (usually one year in duration).
Information on the comparability of international qualifications can be found on the Entry Requirements section under the listings for each programme in the course finder. Please note this information is only intended as a guide as the final decision on equivalency of overseas qualifications will be made by the Admissions Office at Queen Mary.
Graduate Entry Medicine Programme (GEP - A101)
This programme provides an accelerated four year medical degree for students who have a science undergraduate degree. Your first degree must include a significant component of Biology and Chemistry with a final GPA of 3.6 or above.
For 2007 entry and beyond all students applying to the A100 (5 year) programme must have undertaken the UKCAT (Clinical Aptitude Test) at it's most recent sitting in order for their application to be considered. From 2008 this will also be the case for GEP (A101) entrants. For further details see the website see the UKCAT website.
It should be noted that there are many more applicants than available places for both these courses. Applicants for either course would be expected to give evidence of relevant work experience in order to be successful.
Applications for Graduate Medicine (A101) are made through the UCAS system, information on the procedure can be found in undergraduate study; the British Council USA website also includes excellent information on making a UCAS application. It should be noted that even though this is a graduate programme it is an undergraduate subject which means applications are made through UCAS.
Research degree (MPhil/PhD: three years)
Holders of US masters degrees with a GPA of 3.5 or above will be considered for postgraduate research programmes leading to MPhils, MScs and PhDs.
Please find full details on how to apply for PhD on the Research Degree pages.
The above list is for guidance only and is not conclusive. Students unsure about the acceptability of their qualifications should write to Queen Mary's International Office(email@example.com) or Admissions Office (firstname.lastname@example.org), with full details of their educational background.
Student profiles and Alumni ambassadors
USA Student Ambassador
MA English Studies: English Literature
My name is Audrey, I'm pursuing my degree in English Literature, and decided there was no better place than London to earn said degree. Originally I am from Nebraska, USA, and am thoroughly enjoying the learning curve that comes with moving from a land of cornfields to a city with a crown. Disclaimer: The posts on this blog are my own and do not represent those of Queen Mary, University of London or the London Universities International Partnership.
MA Theatre and Performance
"I am a proud native of Florence, Alabama and attended Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia for undergrad where I studied Music and Creative Writing and was actively involved in theatre.
This is my third period of study in the UK. I have also completed study abroad programmes in Oxford and St Andrews in Scotland. During those periods I made several trips into London and knew it was somewhere I'd like to return to live someday.
After applying for and receiving a Marshall Scholarship, I got that chance. Marshall Scholarships finance up to forty US students each year to undergo graduate study in the UK for one to three years. The intention is that we will gain a lasting understanding of British society and strengthen the relationship between Britain and the United States.
I chose Queen Mary for myriad reasons; not the least because the Drama department here is first rate. The Theatre and Performance programme appealed to me specifically as I knew it would serve both my academic and artistic aspirations. I was also excited about the prospect of regularly venturing over to East London, a very vibrant and multicultural area of the city.
Outside of the time I spend studying, I enjoy playing basketball and going to see shows across London. Of late, I have been busy with rehearsals as I am playing the lead role in Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun as part of Queen Mary's celebration of Black History Month.
For my programme, I have class Tuesday through Thursday for about two hours each day. You will generally find in the UK that there is less class time, but you will need to undertake a lot of independent study. It takes some getting used to, but I enjoy the freedom.
I would certainly recommend studying at Queen Mary and in the UK in general. There is so much to be learned from even a short time abroad here. Although the US and UK share a common language, there are still many cultural differences, which can sometimes be shocking or frustrating. But the way to make the most of your time here is to accept those differences with an open mind and find out what you can learn from them and how they can help you grow.
For the second year of my Marshall Scholarship, I will complete another one-year masters programme. After that I hope to use both my scholarly and creative propensities to propagate the power of performance as I move forward in my career."
Racquel Quema, M.D.
Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Dermatology
‘I am a Family Medicine physician with a special interest in dermatology since residency training, a challenge due to limited dermatology training in US primary care residencies. Post-residency, I was considering my options for further education when I learned about Queen Mary’s dermatology programme.
I ultimately decided to apply to Queen Mary due to its excellent ranking in quality of education, the impressive reputation of Barts and the London School of Medicine, and the incredible flexibility of learning deliveries offered. The part-time programme allowed me to study while continuing to work and enabled me to apply new knowledge learned from class to my clinical cases immediately.
I am amazed how this programme significantly changed my clinical practice in the span of one year. In addition, I was tasked to create a primary care dermatology clinic in my workplace, even before finals! I have very much enjoyed my experience and found the faculty at the Department of Dermatology very knowledgeable, practical, warm and supportive.’
MA Theatre and Performance
‘As a former study abroad student at Queen Mary, I was eager to re-join the well respected and top rated Drama department. Having lived here before, I was able to quickly jump in without much of a culture shock. My MA programme is small and throughout the programme we’ve all become a mini-family. It’s so refreshing to be around like-minded people whilst simultaneously having very different research interests. My classes are rigorous and challenging which have really expanded, stretched and encouraged me to grow as both a practitioner and scholar. I’ve been able to organically develop my dissertation research and follow my own interests freely. The support on campus is also fantastic; anytime I’ve had problems, someone has always helped me out – from the International Office to the Advice and Counselling Office to Admissions and Fees.
As an arts student, London really is a fantastic city to live in. I see anywhere from 2-3 shows, performances, galleries and/or installations a week (I would see more if time permitted) as there is always something going on. Queen Mary’s campus is tightly knit and easy to navigate and I also really love living in the East End. I’ve found that the east offers an eclectic range of shops, restaurants, architecture and history. It is so easy to get around here via tube, bus or (what I prefer) walking. Added bonus, it’s not over-run with tourists like central London. I’ve loved my time at QM.’
Victoria Rose Solomon
MSc Medical Electronics and Physics
‘I did my undergraduate degree at Princeton University before applying for and receiving a Marshall Scholarship to study Medical Electronics and Physics at Queen Mary. Marshall Scholarships finance up to forty US students each year to undergo graduate study in the UK for one to three years.
Queen Mary was my first choice because of the fascinating research being conducted in my department. I knew the department specialised in my area of interest: the development of medical technology to assist people with disabilities and chronic diseases. Since arriving at QM, I have also been impressed by the teaching faculty. In one of my classes, the faculty member wrote the core textbook. As the class is small (6-7 students), I have been able to interact extensively with the faculty and ask more detailed questions about the class and contents of the core text.
US students will find that the teaching style in the UK is very different. For example, you will most likely have less class time but will be expected to undertake more personal study. There are also often fewer problem sets/assessments, which sometimes results in less feedback from faculty. The upshot is that this leaves you more time to read on your own or to explore London.
I love living in London and spend my free time exploring neighbourhoods and other areas of London. It is also so close to continental Europe that I have enjoyed visiting other countries as well. I have also been amazed by the diversity here; you get to meet students from all over the world.’
Scholarships and Funding
Queen Mary Scholarships
Queen Mary University of London is proud to offer scholarships to some of our most outstanding studetns and applicants. Full details of available opportunites can be found on the scholarships page.
Federal Loans for US Students
Many students do use US federal loans to fund their degrees at Queen Mary University of London. US Federal loans and private study loans are administered by The Bursaries, Grants and Scholarships Office. Find out more details of the procedures. It is important to read this information carefully and please get in touch with the or Registry with any questions.
Queen Mary, University of London is an eligible Federal loan institution, our Federal school code is G06697
The following web resources include information about financing your study:
- British Council USA
- Department of Education Federal aid website
- A Student Guide to Financial Aid from the US Department of Education
- Go Grad - Paying For Your Master’s Degree
- Fulbright Scholarships
Scholarships are available to students who wish to pursue graduate study in the UK
- Marshall Scholarships
The Marshall Aid Commemorative Commission has recently established a partnership with Queen Mary. Alternatively, if students do not fit the criteria, they can also be considered for the general Marshall Scholarships scheme.
- British Council USA
- Study Abroad Alumni Scholarships
If you have studied with us during your undergraduate degree as a visiting Study Abroad student, we offer scholarships to students who are returning to Queen Mary for the postgraduate degrees. You can find further details here.
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You can apply online for all our taught programmes. This page takes you through the process, and outlines the information and documents you will need.
To locate the correct online application form, first choose your programme from the A-Z course finder, and then click through to the programme description. Click 'Apply online' on the right hand side of the page to access the online form.
You must provide the following supporting documentation:
- Completed application form
- Degree transcripts. Please provide a transcript of your degree(s). If you have not yet completed your degree please provide a transcript of your results achieved to date
- If your degree was from a UK university-please upload a transcript of your marks for each year
- If your degree was from an overseas institution, you should supply a transcript of your marks for each year of your studies and a copy of your degree certificate together with a certified translation if the document is not in English. Please note that original documentation will be required before you enrol. International applicants are also advised to include high school transcripts
- Two references. Please provide two references from your previous academic institution (on headed paper). If you have left university it is acceptable to provide one academic and one employer reference. Please note: if you are applying online you must have your references ready before you start the process as you have to upload at least one reference before submitting your application. If you make a paper-based application you should submit your references with your application.
- Curriculum Vitae (CV)/ Resume
This list of documents may vary slightly from course to course, so you will need to check the guidance notes and academic school website for the programme that you are applying for.
Although not mandatory, you are encouraged to send in the following documents in support of your application:
- Statement of purpose
Your statement of purpose should explain why you want to study your chosen programme and how it will help your life and career. This should typically be one side of A4 paper.
- IELTS/TOEFL certificate (if applicable)
Applicants who studied in the USA do not need to provide evidence of proficiency in English.
International applicants should provide evidence of English language ability: IELTS, TOEFL, or other acceptable proof. Please see the international students section for more details.
What happens after I submit my form?
All complete applications will be considered by Admissions Tutors. Providing you have included all the required documentation, we aim to inform you of a decision on your application within four weeks of receipt.