How to apply

You can apply online for all our taught programmes. This page takes you through the process, and outlines the information and documents you will need.

To locate the correct online application form, first choose your programme from the taught programme finder, then click through to the programme description. Click on the relevant 'Apply now' button on the page to access the online application form. 

If you are unable to access the online form, please contact the Admissions team. The Admissions team will also be able to help with advice, or if you have any difficulty using the online application form. See our enquiries page for their contact details. 

International applicants are welcome to contact one of our authorised local representatives for assistance with making an application. They will guide you through the application process and can upload documents online.  They do not charge for their services. You can find details of in-country representatives on your country page.

Supporting documentation

You must provide the following supporting documentation:

  • Completed application form. Please submit an online application via the postgraduate course finder.
  • Degree transcripts. Please provide a transcript for your degree study. If you have not yet completed your degree please provide a transcript of your results achieved to date.  If you have completed more than one university qualification, please provide a transcript and certificate for both.
    • If your degree was awarded by a UK university, please upload a transcript of your marks for each year
    • If your degree was awarded by 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 and EU applicants are also advised to include high school transcripts
  • Referee details.  Please provide the contact details of one or two referees on your application as required.  You should provide details of an academic referee if you are currently studying, or if you have graduated within the last five years.  Professional references may be considered if you have graduated more than five years ago.
    • Your academic referee(s) may already have provided you with a reference that you can use to support any application for study or research that you make. We call these ‘open’ references. Open references will normally only be accepted if they are written on headed paper, provided as a colour copy of the original, and provide the referee’s work contact details. If you have open references, please upload these at the time of application
    • If you do not have open reference, we will contact your referee(s) via email to supply a reference, preferably electronically. Please note, we can only accept a reference provided by email if it is sent from a university or company email address. References from a personal email address such as 'Yahoo' or 'Hotmail' are not acceptable.
    • Your referee(s) can also supply a paper reference in response to the reference request email your referee will receive. Paper reference forms should be endorsed by an appropriate institution/company stamp or on official institution/company letterhead, and should be provided as a scanned colour copy of the original.
  • Statement of purpose
    • Your statement of purpose should explain why you want to study your chosen programme and how it will help your future career aspirations. This should typically be one side of A4 paper.
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)/ Resume
  • English Language certificate (if applicable)
    • If English is not your first language, you should provide evidence of English language ability: IELTS, TOEFL, or other acceptable proof. Please see the English Language Requirements section for more details.
This list of documents may vary slightly from course to course, so you will need to check the guidance notes and academic school websiteyour proposed programme.

Entry qualifications

Specific entry requirements for each course are detailed in each programme description on the A-Z course finder. Each application is considered on its own merits and receives full consideration from academic staff. For all postgraduate programmes, QMUL welcomes applications from candidates who wish to be considered, at least in part, on the basis of relevant experience gained either in the workplace or similar environment. It is very hard to generalise about entrance requirements across the many subjects and awards we offer, but the following guidance may prove useful.

Research degrees
The usual entrance requirement for entry to a research degree is a good second class honours degree or a masters degree from an UK university, a recognised equivalent from an accredited overseas institution or an equivalent professional qualification.

Taught masters degrees
The usual entrance requirement for entry to a taught masters degree is a good second class honours degree from a UK university (except clinical medical or dental), a recognised equivalent from an accredited overseas institution or an equivalent professional qualification.

Taught postgraduate diploma course
The usual entrance requirement for entry to a postgraduate diploma is either a first degree of approved standard, or evidence of professional or educational attainment, which is assessed by the academic selector as being of an acceptable entry standard.

Calculating final transcripts for international students
We normally calculate the final overall mark of degrees using the weighted average method.  This means that we will take in to account the credit value of all modules (from all years) that have been credited.  For module marks that use a range, we will use the mid-point of the range for our final average calculation. 

Equal opportunities

QMUL welcomes students from all over the world. The 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.

Applicants with disabilities
The university welcomes applications from students with special needs, and continues 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, Tel: +44 (0)20 7274 0565 

Terms and Conditions

General terms and conditions for prospective students

In accordance with UK government consumer law advice for providers and students QMUL 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.

Admissions Policy

You can download and read our Admissions Policy here.  

You can find the following policies also relevant to admissions in our Policy Zone.

Admissions References Policy

English Language Policy

Accreditation of Prior Learning Policy

Criminal Conviction Policy

Admissions Student Immigration Policy

Admissions Appeals and Complaints Policy

Admissions Policy for Degree Apprenticeships

Student Transfer Policy

Contract with Queen Mary University of London

The acceptance of your postgraduate offer marks the beginning of a contract between you and Queen Mary University of London.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

You may apply for a maximum of two taught programmes or one taught and one research programme at Queen Mary per application cycle. 

Please note that you can only study for one qualification at a time, so if you receive offers for both programmes you will be required to accept one and decline the other.

Application deadlines are typically published on the individual programme webpage. For postgraduate programmes, you should also check the key dates and deadlines listed here.

Decisions on applications will be made as quickly as possible and popular programmes may become full, so we advise applying as soon as possible. If a programme does become full we will update our webpages accordingly. Students seeking financial support from Research Councils or other award giving bodies are advised to apply early.

No, the university does not charge an application fee.

Information on the comparability of international qualifications can be found in the Entry Requirements section under the listings for each programme in the course finder.

Alternatively, we use UK NARIC to check the equivalency of international and European qualifications.

For more information on the eligibility of your qualification, please contact Postgraduate Admissions

You may be able to transfer credit from previous study into a postgraduate degree at Queen Mary where this is relevant to your chosen course and at the relevant academic level. You can find further details in our Accreditation of Prior Learning Policy. For further advice please e-mail Postgraduate Admissions, providing details about your previous study and a transcript confirming award of the credits.  

You can still apply even if you haven't yet received your final transcript or your Certificate of English proficiency. You will receive a conditional offer which will state what qualifications and grades you will need to achieve in order to meet our entry requirements. Once you have received evidence of obtaining your qualifications you can upload them to our MySIS Applicant portal after which you will receive an unconditional offer once all conditions have been met.
Some postgraduate programmes may require applicants to have submitted their Reference letters before a decision has been made.