Apply for associate study

It is possible to study at Queen Mary without enrolling on a full degree programme. You will be classed as an associate (or "visiting") student for the time you are here. This page takes you through how you can apply and outlines the information and documents you will need.  

Please note that Study Abroad applications are dealt with separately.  Further information on our Study Abroad opportunities can be found here.

Programme structure

Associate study is available throughout the year, but registration will usually begin on the first working day of the month.   Some study may be aligned to module start date.

You can apply to study for up to 12 months. Credit may be awarded for some associate study options.

Entry requirements

You must be currently enrolled on a postgraduate degree programme at another university. An upper second class degree (or equivalent) is normally required. Students with a good lower second class degree (or equivalent) may be considered on an individual basis.

If your first language is not English, you must provide evidence of your English language proficiency.

  • For credit bearing study, you must meet the requirements for the School you’re applying to. You can find details on our English language requirement pages.
  • For non-credit bearing study, you must meet a minimum requirement of IELTS 5.5 with no less than 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking (or an equivalent approved test). Tests must have been taken within 2 years of your proposed start date.

Supporting documentation

You must provide the following supporting information:

  • Completed application form
  • Confirmation of student status letter from your current institution, to include dates of registration
  • Degree transcripts. Please provide a transcript of your degree(s). If you have not yet completed your degree please provide a transcript of your results achieved to date
  • If your degree was from a UK university, please upload a transcript of your marks for each year
  • If your degree was from an overseas institution, you should supply a transcript of your marks for each year of your studies and a copy of your degree certificate together with a certified translation if the document is not in English. Please note that original documentation will be required before you enrol. International applicants are also advised to include high school transcripts
  • Statement of purpose. This should explain why you want to study your chosen programme and how it will help your life and career.
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)/ Resume
  • English language test certificate (if applicable)
    International/EU applicants should provide evidence of English language ability: IELTS, TOEFL, or other acceptable proof. Please see the international students section for more details

Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS)

Students who are not EEA or Swiss nationals may require ATAS clearance to undertake certain courses. Further information on ATAS can be found on our Advice and Counselling webpages.

Fees and associated costs

Please see our University Fee Regulations.

Postgraduate Taught associate study:

Fees will vary depending on the number of modules you intend to take.   Please contact your chosen School/Institute for further details.

Postgraduate Research associate study:

Depending on your area of research, one of the following fee bandings will apply:

  • £0 per month
  • £100 per month
  • £400 per month 

You will be notified which fee banding applies to you at point of offer. 

Applying for associate study

Terms and Conditions

College Charter states that our work shall be carried out in a spirit of tolerance, freedom of opinion, mutual concern and community service, and undertakes to avoid discrimination against any person on the grounds of religion, race, sex or politics. The university has a policy statement on Equal Opportunities in Employment, which we are actively implementing. Anti-harassment procedures have been agreed, aimed at eliminating incidents of racial or sexual harassment.

We welcome applications from students with additional requirements, and continue to invest money in improving facilities and accessibility. A Guide for Students with Disabilities is available from the Disability Co-ordinator and further information about our provision for students is available at:

All applications are considered on academic merit but, in order that we can offer you appropriate advice about services and facilities, it is important that you provide information about your particular needs at the application stage. Please use the section on the application form to give details of any illness, disability or learning difficulties, such as dyslexia, as well as outlining the support you feel you will need to successfully complete your course of study. When an offer is made, the College's Disability Co-ordinator may contact you to discuss your needs in more detail.

If you would like to visit the university before submitting an application, please contact the Disability Co-ordinator in the Welfare and Counselling Service. There are many organisations who are happy to advise students preparing for Higher Education but a good place to start is SKILL:

The National Bureau for Students with Disabilities
336 Brixton Road,
London SW9 7AA
+44 (0)20 7274 0565 

General terms and conditions for prospective students

In accordance with UK government consumer law advice for providers and students Queen Mary publishes general terms and conditions for prospective students. When we make offers of admission, they are subject to the relevant terms and conditions.

Our terms and conditions can be found here.

You can download and read our Admissions Policy and all related policies on our Policy Zone.