Academic information – Erasmus+ ICM
Queen Mary has been welcoming study abroad students for over 30 years, so you can be sure that we will help you to integrate fully into our university and ensure that you have a first-rate student experience with us, gaining international experience, memories and skills that will stay with you for life.
Teaching and research
Queen Mary is one of the world’s top research universities and part of the Russell Group, which represents 24 of the UK’s leading universities. This means that as an Erasmus+ ICM student at Queen Mary, you will study in an environment famous for the quality of its teaching and research.
You will discuss your subject with some of the world’s leading experts: at Queen Mary, you will be taught by staff who are leaders in their field and research-active (which means that their teaching is directly influenced by the latest research in their areas of expertise). We pride ourselves on offering you excellent teaching – and doing our utmost to ensure you have an intellectually rich and personally rewarding stay at Queen Mary.
We are ranked top in London for nine subjects: economics, French, finance, German and Scandinavian studies, human and social geography, Iberian studies, materials, medicine, and physics and astronomy (NSS 2017).
Our academic programme
Here is an overview of what you can expect academically in your exchange period with us:
The academic year
Our academic year is divided into two 12-week teaching semesters:
- Autumn semester: mid-September to mid-December
- Spring semester: January to May (May examination period)*
*Please view our Key Dates page to see further information about the vacation and exam periods for both semesters.
For full details of our academic year, please see our academic calendar.
Your module choices
Undergraduate and postgraduate taught students
As an Erasmus+ student, you can only choose modules from within your host school/department at Queen Mary.
Pre-register for your modules
You will be invited to pre-register for your modules prior to your arrival at Queen Mary. We will send you full details of how to register in the Countdown newsletters you receive via email. You will be given full guidance notes of how to complete the online Module Registration process. When selecting modules, you must check that they meet the requirements of your home institution – it is your responsibility to ensure that you will receive full credit for the modules you take at Queen Mary.
We also allow you to add or drop modules when you arrive at Queen Mary during the first two weeks of term. You are strongly advised to only use the Add/Drop period to drop modules. Adding modules after teaching has started is much more difficult, especially as you will not be used to British methods of teaching and learning. The process will involve you selecting back-up modules in addition to your first-choice modules in case some modules are not available due to capacity or may not end up running.
For further information about our modules, including details of the different subject areas that you can study with us, please check our Online Module Directory. This gives you a full listing of all of our modules on offer to you.
- Please read the guidance notes included on that page, as well as the guidance notes sent to you in the Countdown newsletter.
- When searching for modules please click on your host school at Queen Mary and click ‘yes’ for associate student (designation includes Erasmus+).
- This directory is updated every April for the following academic year.
- Incoming Erasmus+ students may only select modules within the academic school owning the inter-institutional agreement under which they were nominated for the exchange.
Students that come and study in Queen Mary’s Department of Law will receive a separate undergraduate module directory via email and do not complete online module pre-registration in the same way as students joining other academic schools (however, the online module directory may be consulted for timetable information).
Postgraduate research students
- You complete a non-credit bearing exchange during your time at Queen Mary, therefore no credits are awarded;
- A host research supervisor within your academic faculty guides and monitors the progress you make on your research plan;
- You complete a reflective report at the end of your mobility period in lieu of assessments, which serves as formal recognition of your research exchange.
For further information about coming to Queen Mary as an Erasmus+ postgraduate student, please visit this Student Experience page.
Undergraduate and postgraduate taught students: Credit weighting
- At Queen Mary, our classes (or ‘modules’) are normally worth 15 credits per semester, though there are some worth 30 credits;
- You will normally gain 60 credits a semester, or a total of 120 credits for a full year;
- 60 Queen Mary credits are equivalent to 30 ECTS credits (so 120 Queen Mary credits equal 60 ECTS);
- Queen Mary credits will be translated by your home institution into their own credit system (please see the Transcripts paragraph below).
How you will be assessed
Postgraduate research students
Your exchange will be evaluated on the basis of a short reflective report (3000-4000 words) that you will write at the end of your mobility period and submit within 2 weeks of your mobility end date to both your home institution research supervisor (main) as well as your host research supervisor at Queen Mary, copying in the Global Opportunities Office (firstname.lastname@example.org). This effectively replaces an evaluation by assessments, as this is a non-credit bearing exchange.
Regarding the content of the report, you reflect on and evaluate what you set out to accomplish as laid out in the research plan established in your Learning Agreement, as well as focus on the research exchange experience as a whole, giving reflection also to the non-academic (personal) benefits. This holistic report:
- Provides your home institution with further insight into your exchange experience and benefits gained/progress made;
- Offers your Queen Mary host research supervisor the opportunity to provide feedback on their experience of supervising you;
- Does not replace any requirements of your PhD/doctoral programme or thesis in your home institution, nor is it degree-awarding; and
- Should not go into depth regarding your research topic.
For further information about coming to Queen Mary as an Erasmus+ postgraduate student, please visit this page.
Undergraduate and postgraduate taught students
Assessment methods will vary depending on your programme of study, and can include essays, problem sets, tests, presentations, projects and exams. The Queen Mary academic year is divided into two twelve-week semesters: autumn and spring.
- If you are studying with us for the autumn only will be able to finish all assessments before Christmas. In some cases, this will include a written examination but more often, you will be set additional module papers/essays.
- Students coming for the full academic year will have their autumn module exams in January, and their spring and full-year modules will be assessed in the same way and at the same time as our full-degree Queen Mary students. This may include an examination during the May exam period.
- Students coming for the spring only will also be assessed in the same way and at the same time as our full-degree Queen Mary students. This may include an examination during the May exam period.
- The May examination timetable is not usually published until the last week of the spring semester, so if your module is assessed by examination you should not make any arrangements for returning home before you know the dates of your examinations.
- The academic calendar can be found at: https://www.qmul.ac.uk/about/calendar/.
- Further details about assessment can be found at: http://www.arcs.qmul.ac.uk/students/study/module-registration/module-mark-assessment/.
Undergraduate and postgraduate students only
When you complete your programme of study with us, you will be given a transcript (a record of your studies with us).
Before your exchange
- You can select your module choices before you start your exchange programme.
- You can pre-register for modules from early June if we get your application by 01 June. We will normally confirm your module choices within a month of your pre-selection.
- Please note that module allocations are made on a first-come first-served basis. We strongly recommend that you pre-register for your modules as soon as possible.
- Once your pre-selection is confirmed, you will have to complete a learning agreement for your home institution (document will be provided by them).
During your exchange
- Ensure that any changes you wish to make are completed during the two-week Add/Drop period at the start of term.
- Any changes requested after the two-week Add/Drop period will not appear on your final transcript.
After your exchange
- Transcripts for students leaving in December are released during the second half of February once exam boards meet. Transcripts for all other students are released during the second half of July.
- Your academic transcript will list each module you have taken. Each module listing will also display a percentage mark (to one decimal place) and a module grade, which will be reported in the standard Queen Mary A–F format on your transcript.
- Undergraduate modules have a different marking scheme from postgraduate taught modules. Full information here: http://www.arcs.qmul.ac.uk/students/graduation/understanding-your-transcript/.
- An official hard copy of your Queen Mary transcript will be sent directly to your home institution (Queen Mary does not deliver electronic transcripts to associate students).
- You should check with your home institution to find out if they translate grades into their own system or record them as given by Queen Mary.
Queen Mary uses a number of mark schemes for different awards and different levels and although many of the grades are the same, there are differences between the qualifying pass marks for undergraduate and postgraduate students.
For more information about our grades, please see our detailed information on mark schemes.
Your academic support network
We know that adjusting to a period of study abroad can take time and so we make sure that you know who to talk to and where to seek advice when you need it. In addition to our Queen Mary-wide support services, you will have a dedicated Study Abroad Co-ordinator in your academic school, who will be on hand to give you any academic help and guidance you might need – and ensure that your study period with us is as successful as it can be.
Queen Mary runs a very successful peer mentoring scheme, known as the PASS (Peer Assisted Study Support) scheme. It is run by our students and gives you the chance to get advice or discuss any problems you might have with your course with more senior students. For more information, please visit the PASS page.
The Buddy Scheme is also very popular with our students. Run by our Students’ Union, the Scheme matches trained senior Queen Mary students with more junior mentees. Students are matched according to their interests, so you can get the very most from the Scheme. It’s a great way to get advice on settling in to university life and to make new friends. Find out more at: qmsu.org/buddy
Erasmus Student Network (ESN)
As an Erasmus+ ICM student, you also have the international support of the ESN, the biggest student association in Europe. The student-run Network helps its members feel at home academically and socially in their host countries through a wide range of cultural and social events that help you make friends from all over the globe, such as trips to various places within the UK, language projects, international food festivals – and parties. You can find out more about the Network at: esn.org.
The Erasmus Student Network at Queen Mary is a QMSU society and open to all students interested in or participating on any type of study abroad programme. If you wish to join Queen Mary's ESN chapter, you can contact the team via Facebook or email: email@example.com.
Expert language support
If English is not your first language, you can take advantage of the services offered by our highly regarded Language Centre, which offers a wide range of free insessional modules to help you get the very best from your studies with us and improve your academic work.
Its courses are an excellent way of improving your academic skills: many of our home students who have English as their first language also use these modules to improve their academic work. Some of the Centre’s modules are credit-bearing; other modules are non-credit bearing but will either develop your general academic skills or develop your skills in a specific subject area.
All of the Language Centre’s modules focus on English for academic purposes and include:
- writing for your discipline
- English grammar
- proofreading skills
- presentation skills
- lecture comprehension.
For more information, please visit the Language Centre.
On-campus support services
As an Erasmus+ ICM student, you will have the same access to our on-campus support services as our full-degree students. These on-campus services include our:
- Advice and Counselling Service
- Disability and Dyslexia Service
- 24-hour Campus Security Service
- St Benet’s Chaplaincy
- Multi-Faith Centre
- Student Health Centre
- Library Service
- IT Services
- Student Enquiry Centre
- Careers and Enterprise Service
- International Week: our Students’ Union runs this series of events to celebrate the world cultures of our community. Please see qmsu.org for details closer to the start of the academic year.