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Academic information

Queen Mary has been welcoming study abroad students for over 80 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 a 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. 

Our academic programme

We have fourteen academic schools for you to choose from and 950+ modules available to our study abroad students. Here is an overview of what you can expect academically during your time with us:

Our academic year is divided into two 12-week teaching semesters:

  • Autumn semester: mid-September to mid-December
  • Spring semester: January to May/June

For full details of our academic year, please see our academic calendar.

At Queen Mary University of London, our classes (or ‘modules’) are normally worth 15 credits per semester, though there are some worth 30 credits.

You will normally take 60 credits a semester, or a total of 120 credits for a full year.

You can choose to underload (take less than four classes) or overload (take more than four classes), but you need written approval from your home university, or be on a part-time programme with us.

Queen Mary credits will be translated by your home university in to their own credit system (e.g. four credits per module for a 16-credit semester system).

Assessment methods will vary depending on your programme of study, and can include essays, problem sets, tests, presentations, projects and exams:

  • If you are studying with us for the full year or the spring semester only, you will be assessed in the same way and at the same time as our full-degree Queen Mary students. This may include an examination in January and May/June.
  • The examination timetable for May/June 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.
  • If you are only with us for the autumn semester, depending on the modules you take, you may be assessed on or before the last day of the teaching semester. Some modules' assessments will take place in the form of a virtual examination and/or assignment in January. 

After you have completed your programme of study with us, you will be given a transcript (a record of your studies with us).

  • 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
  • Your Queen Mary transcript will be transferred back to your home institution. 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.
  • From 2021/22, transcripts will be digital and available to students and their home institutions or relevant third-party providers via a safe and secure online portal. Hard copies will not be available. 
  • Transcripts for students leaving in December are released in February. Transcripts for all other students are released in July.
  • You can select your module choices before you start your exchange programme. You will normally take four modules per semester but can make up to eight choices when module registration opens.
  • You can pre-register for modules from mid-May for full-year and autumn semester students and in October for spring semester students. We will normally confirm your module choices within a month of your pre-selection.
  • Once your pre-selection is confirmed, we will ask you to send us your learning agreements.
  • 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.
  • When you register your modules, you will be able to indicate whether you need to take a particular module for your degree back home.

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 from 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.

Our Study Abroad and Exchanges Programmes put you in charge of what you study. We want to give you the broadest possible intellectual experience. To make this possible, our course system has a flexible modular structure. We offer you a range of over 950 modules to choose from over the course of the academic year.

As a student on our Study Abroad or Exchange Programme you can take modules from across the whole range of our academic schools, allowing you to specialise according to you own interests, knowing that each session will be thought-provoking, challenging and exciting in equal measure.

Exchange students from our European partners take 50% of their modules within the academic school where the exchange takes place and the rest within the same Faculty of the academic department (either Humanities and Social Sciences or Science and Engineering).

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 your Countdown newsletters (via email). You can pre-register for modules from mid-May for full-year and autumn semester students and from October for spring semester students. 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. When you register your modules, you will be able to indicate whether you need to take a particular module for your degree back home, though module registrations cannot be guaranteed.

You will be given full guidance notes on 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.

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. You can, therefore, register for five (or occasionally six) modules to start with, and drop one (or two, as appropriate) by the end of the Add/Drop period.

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 the page
  • When searching for modules please click on your host school at Queen Mary and click ‘yes’ for Associate (i.e. Study Abroad) student.
  • This directory is updated every April/May for the following academic year.


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 each of the academic schools in which you are studying, 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.

Global Opportunities Ambassadors

Our Global Opportunities Ambassadors are students and alumni who have studied abroad at Queen Mary, or who have gone abroad as part of their Queen Mary degree. They’re available to answer any questions you might have about their experience abroad and about Queen Mary. They know what it’s like to study in and experience a new country and culture, so their advice is invaluable. They're here to share their knowledge and insights with you. Take a look at their profiles here and feel free to reach out to us if you’d like to be put in touch with them.

Buddy Scheme

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. It’s a great way to get advice on settling into university life and to make new friends. Find out more at 

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