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International students

Queen Mary University of London is home to over 4,000 international students from over 150 countries, making it one of the world’s most diverse universities. Life sciences is the fastest growing discipline within the institution and one which currently has 27 International students, primarily studying biomedical sciences.

With high student satisfaction rates, access to cutting edge research facilities and a campus lifestyle in the world’s leading international student city, Queen Mary provides the ideal environment for achieving academic success in the life sciences.

Alongside your academic studies international students can take advantage of free in-sessional English language tuition, as well as being able to learn an additional language such as Mandarin, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish or French.

Accommodation is available near to your lecture theatres and laboratories during the first year of study and, upon enrolment, overseas students become automatic members of QM International – our umbrella society for International students.

The study of life sciences impacts on all areas of our society and Queen Mary’s interdisciplinary approach to teaching and researching this broad discipline is reflected in the number of Schools involved in our degree programmes. Staff from our Schools of Medicine, Biological Sciences, Geography, Law and Politics could all well be a part of your future degree.

For further information on studying at Queen Mary in London as an international student please visit our international pages where you can find information about scholarships, our country-specific admissions advice and details of when a Queen Mary staff member will next be visiting your home country.

Joint programme with Nanchang

Following the success of the Joint Programme run in collaboration with the Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, Queen Mary and Nanchang University launched a jointly delivered Biomedical Sciences/Clinical Biomedicine programme in September 2013 which has now enjoyed two successful intakes.

Nanchang University is one of China’s “Key Universities” under the 211 project, and also incorporates the country’s largest medical college, originally founded in 1921, with which Queen Mary’s School of Biological and Chemical Sciences (SBCS) has developed the Joint Programme. One of SBCS’s most successful undergraduate programmes is the degree in Biomedical Sciences, which is renowned for its high standards of teaching and academic rigour. This closely overlaps with the proposed new programme with Nanchang University, and will combine the best elements of the Chinese and UK teaching styles, producing graduates who will help to meet the demand of China’s economy for internationally recognised expertise.

Students on the programme will graduate with two degrees – a Biomedical Sciences BSc from Queen Mary and a degree in Clinical Biomedicine from Nanchang University. Graduates will be fully qualified to practise medicine in China, and to develop careers in clinical research in universities, hospitals and industry. Half of the course is taught by Nanchang University professors, and half by ‘Flying Faculty’ professors from Queen Mary’s SBCS and the School of Medicine and Dentistry (SMD) who will travel to and from Nanchang to deliver classes face-to-face.

New medical school in Malta

In March 2015 Queen Mary launched a new Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) in Gozo and Malta as a result of an invitation from the Maltese Government to establish a new medical school to assist healthcare development in the country.

The programme will be taught and delivered by staff from Queen Mary’s SMD and will closely match Queen Mary’s long-standing programme in London; entry requirements and selection criteria will be similar, with each student sharing a core curriculum, including early in-depth clinical experience, problem-based learning, practical sessions in laboratories, and opportunities to study intercalated undergraduate degrees through Queen Mary and in London. The programme will be delivered over five years. Students will take the same assessments at the same time as MBBS students in London. On successful completion, students will be awarded an MBBS from Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary.  

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