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Academic information

Queen Mary University of London 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 exchange 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: late January to June (May-June 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

As a European exchange student you come through a subject specific exchange and can therefore 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. 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. 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.

Add/Drop period

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. 

Module directory

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 exchange students).
  • This directory is updated around May each year for September start.
  • Incoming Erasmus+/SEMP exchange 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 School of Languages, Linguistics and Film will receive a separate module directly via email, however still follow the online registration.

Students that come to study in our 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.

How you will be assessed

Undergraduate and postgraduate taught (PGT) 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.
  • Visit QMUL's academic calendar 
  • Find out more about assessment 

Transcripts

When you complete your programme of study with us, you will be given a transcript of your academic record.

Transcripts for students leaving in December are released during 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. 

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.

Grades

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.

The UK grading system may be different to that used by your home institution – they are responsible for converting the grades you receive from Queen Mary. The Queen Mary grading system uses five letter grades (A–E) and you will receive a final mark on your final transcript. 

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 Erasmus+ 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.

Peer Mentoring

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.

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+ student, you will have the same access to our on-campus support services as our full-degree students. These on-campus services include our:

 

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