January 2021 start

Queen Mary will be delivering January starts across six of our Schools, as well as the more traditional September start. 

Blended Learning at Queen Mary

In response to the UK Government’s announcement on 4 January of new restrictions for England to reduce the spread of Covid-19, Education will now be online for most subject areas until at least mid-February.

We have developed a world-class online educational provision that means you will have frequent, close contact with our globally-leading academics in real time. You will be able to talk to them, ask them questions and discuss issues, and you will be able to get to know, and work in groups with, your fellow students. You will also have access to all the educational and other resources that you need – including, for example, online access to our libraries and wellbeing support.

We will move to a blended educational delivery of online and in-person teaching as soon as Government guidance allows.

In the meantime please be reassured our residences and campus facilities, including study space, catering outlets and student support, are open to support students already living on campus, and those who need to access them. All research facilities are also open. Staff and students can travel to and from our campuses to access these facilities, if they do not have access to adequate facilities or cannot undertake their research from where they are living.


January application, arrival and CAS deadlines

Travelling to our campus
Under the new UK Government restrictions, travelling within the UK is not advised except under special circumstances. These special circumstances include provision for students. If you do not have access to adequate facilities to study, including access to IT facilities and the internet, you can travel to join us.

Regarding our international students, we realise that some of you will already have started travelling, or will find it is too late to change your plans. If you are still able to rearrange your travel plans, you can do so and join us on campus at a later date.

If you have already arrived in the UK, or if you are a home student who has already moved to your term-time accommodation, the UK Government advises that you should remain in your accommodation rather than travel to another location.

The UK Government have recently announced new pre-departure testing requirements for all inbound passengers to England. Passengers arriving in England will be asked to provide evidence of a qualifying negative COVID-19 test, dated no longer than three days before departure. This new requirement will come into force at 04:00 GMT on Monday 18 January 2021.

Key information contained in the announcement on pre-departure testing:
• Passengers will have to present proof of their qualifying negative test result at check-in and at the UK border to show they have had a qualifying negative test.
• If a passenger arrives in England without a pre-departure negative test result they may be fined up to £500.
• Tests must comply with the UK’s standards for pre-departure testing.
• A passenger locator form must also be completed before travel

Date students need to join us on campus
As soon as Government guidance allows us to do so, we will move to a blended learning approach, which will include in-person teaching on campus. When that moment arrives, we look forward to welcoming you onto our campuses. We will keep you updated over the coming weeks.

For students who require a visa to join us and are unable to travel to us at that point, you will still be able to fully engage with your programme online. The point at which you will need to join us on campus is different depending on your programme:

• For Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) and Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) programmes across all Schools, your latest arrival date is 29 March
• For 12 month Masters programmes in our School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science, your latest arrival date is 30 May
• For 9 month accelerated Masters programmes in our School of Law and our School of Economics and Finance, your latest arrival date is also 30 May
• For 12 month Masters programmes in our School of Business and Management, School of Economics and Finance, School of Law, and School of Mathematical Sciences, your latest arrival date is 20 September
• For the International Foundation Year and Pre-Masters Programme, students can opt to study the duration of the course online. If you intend to join us on campus, your latest arrival date is 29th March

Regarding your visa, if you have already been issued a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) number or used your CAS number to apply for a visa, we will update the Home Office by 15 January with the latest arrival date for your programme. If you have any questions or want to discuss your CAS, please contact

Guidance on specific questions you may have relating to starting your studies in January 2021 can be found in our FAQs below.

Tuition Fee payment

The easiest way to pay tuition fees is online.

What you need for an online payment
• A valid email address (we will send confirmation of your payment to this address)
• A MasterCard, Visa, Delta or Maestro credit or debit card
• Your student ID or application number (this can be found on any correspondence from Queen Mary)

Instalments & bank transfers
Overseas students who would like to pay their tuition fees in instalments are required to pay 50% of their fees at enrolment and 50% at the end of April 2021 (minus any deposit payment that has already been made). There is an administrative charge of £50 for setting-up an instalment plan.

Please click here to set-up a tuition fee instalment plan.

You can also pay by bank transfer but please note that payments can take several days to clear. It is essential that you include your Queen Mary ID number when making a payment so that we can link it to your application.

Before you make a payment, read Queen Mary's Terms and Conditions.


Online enrolment for the majority of our January programmes will take place from the 18 January with teaching beginning on 25 January 2021.

The exception MSc Data Science and Artificial Intelligence. Online enrolment for this programme will take place from 4 January 2021 with teaching starting on the 11 January 2021.


For January 2021, all student enrolments will be completed online in absentia and you won't have to attend campus in order to become fully enrolled. Please ensure that you have checked your enrolment deadline. Further information for new students joining Queen Mary in January is available here.


The following questions cover topics related to starting your studies in January 2021 such as offers, exams, exams results, deferred entry, start dates, campus facilities, learning support, fees and funding, visas and immigration.

These will be updated on an ongoing basis. If you have concerns over a matter not covered below, then please feel free to contact us.

Please visit our web page with application deadline information for full information on application deadlines for all of our postgraduate programmes.

The shorter programmes are accelerated in nature; whilst the first semester is broadly the same with a slightly higher credit load than you would have on a typical Masters programme, the second semester is shorter in length and so modules will be delivered at a faster pace. Students will also be expected to start writing their dissertation alongside studying for their taught modules and to submit it by an earlier deadline than the 12 month Masters students.

This will be dependent on what level of study you are looking to enter at Queen Mary and whether the degree you are interested in is available for a January start. Please refer to the list of programmes on this page.

Each January programme is slightly different, with accelerated programmes available for some courses alongside the more traditional 12 and 13 month options.

Please refer to our coursefinder website. For further assistance please use our enquiry form.

The government has published guidance about the requirements to self-isolate on arrival in England, including the list of countries from which you can travel without the requirement to self-isolate on arrival. The guidance and exempt countries are being updated frequently, so you would be advised to keep checking this information.

In response to the UK Government’s announcement on 4 January of new restrictions for England to reduce the spread of Covid-19, Education will now be online for most subject areas until at least mid-February. As soon as Government guidance allows us to do so, we will move to a blended learning approach, which will include in-person teaching on campus. When that moment arrives, we look forward to welcoming you onto our campuses. We will keep you updated over the coming weeks.

We are delighted to say that postgraduate students joining Queen Mary in January 2021 will be guaranteed accommodation in one of our residences or one run by a partner.

Students who receive an offer of study will be emailed a link to register for accommodation upon accepting their place on the chosen degree programme and will be able to apply for accommodation via the applicant portal.

The majority of our postgraduate accommodation is en-suite single bedrooms but there are a variety of options available depending on your budget. 

Our Residential Services and Support pages have further details of the available accommodation. Should you have any questions about the accommodation guarantee, or your January 2021 application, then please contact us stating your name and application ID number.

If you have arranged to stay in our accommodation on campus and you cannot join us for the beginning of your programme, you will not be charged rent until you arrive and take up your room.

Please contact our Residences Team to confirm when you plan to take up your room.

Study space and computer labs (PC labs) will be made available with social distancing in place. The exact offer to students will be based on Government guidance which is still emerging, but it will be Covid-19 secure.

With this in mind, we are re-configuring our libraries and our study spaces to ensure that we can provide the best possible services while maintaining the social distancing and hygiene standards necessary to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our staff and students.

Yes. Please see the loans section of our Postgraduate Funding Guide for more information.

UK and EU students will be able to apply for a Masters loan. Our guidelines explain how to apply for a postgraduate loan.

We have updated our refund policy regarding tuition fee deposits to provide more flexibility in the current circumstances where applicants will be affected by travel and immigration issues, changes to the advertised programme of study and difficulties in meeting the conditions of entry due to cancellation of exams and closure of universities. 

Yes. Please visit our postgraduate funding guide for more information.

We have published relevant dates and deadlines for students wishing to join us in January.

Based on the current proposals, EU/EEA nationals who arrive in the UK before 31 December will be eligible to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme before 30 June 2021.

EU/EEA nationals who arrive in the UK after 31 December 2020 will need to apply for immigration permission to study in the UK.

You will not need to apply for a visa while studying online.

We recommend, where possible, EU/EEA nationals plan to enter the UK before 31 December 2020.

Please see our guidance for EU/EEA nationals which will be updated if the transitional period is extended.

You can find detailed information about visas and immigration here.

If your question is related to the impact of coronavirus on your immigration permission or application, please see our Covid-19 and immigration page, which will be updated as the situation develops.

We have published relevant dates and deadlines for students wishing to join us in January.

We only send out a CAS number once you have an unconditional firm offeryou have paid the required deposit (if required) and you have accepted the draft CAS statement details as correct. 

Once these conditions have been met, you should normally receive your CAS number within five working days. 

Queen Mary postgraduate scholarships awarded to students in the School of Business and Management and Law can be used for a January start. 

If you hold another scholarship offer then you should check with your funder if they are willing to sponsor you for January entry. 

A final date is still to be confirmed, but graduation ceremonies are most likely to be held in April 2022.

Graduation ceremonies will be held in December 2021 for students who successfully complete the programme.

International students who join the shorter programmes will need to apply for a Standard Visitor Visa from their home country in order to return to the UK to attend their graduation ceremony.

Because of the accelerated nature of these Masters programmes, resits will take place outside of the allotted study period and students will therefore take longer to complete the programme.