School of Biological and Chemical Sciences

Information for new students

We look forward to welcoming you to the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences (SBCS) at Queen Mary. Here is some useful information for new students starting September 2018.

Induction and Welcome Week

For new undergraduate, postgraduate and foundation year students, your Queen Mary degree starts with Induction Week, which begins on Monday 17 September. Induction Week is compulsory for all new undergraduates; you will find out important information on how to get the most out of your degree, including how to use the library and other learning resources, how you’ll be assessed, and what support and resources are available to you during your degree.

All new students will receive their Induction Week timetable via email before the end of August 2018.

Watch our video to get some tips on starting at Queen Mary:

SBCS student handbook

Your handbook contains important information on what to expect from your time at Queen Mary and what we expect from you. It is essential that you read this and save it for reference – it will be useful for you throughout your degree. You will receive a copy of the SBCS student handbook during Induction Week.

Download our campus maps

Find out how to get around on campus - download our maps for our Mile End, Whitechapel and Charterhouse Square campuses.


You will receive an email from Queen Mary before you arrive with details on how to pre-enrol; you should follow the instructions in this email and complete pre-enrolment before you arrive. You will have a fixed slot for enrolling during Induction Week, which will be part of your Induction Week timetable. Find out more about pre-enrolment and enrolment.  

Queen Mary events during Induction Week

There are many university-wide events for new students that take place during Induction Week. These include academic sessions plus events run by Queen Mary Students’ Union (QMSU). QMSU organises Freshers’ Fair, where you can join over 300 societies, find out about volunteering opportunities and socialise with other students. The QMSU will get in touch with all new students before term starts.

Term dates

Term starts on Monday 17 September 2018 for new students. For the first few weeks of term you should be prepared to be at university full time. Throughout your degree you should check your timetable regularly because, unlike at school, there may be short notice changes. Term one ends on Friday 14 December 2018. Find out more about term dates.

Download the QMUL app

Download the free Queen Mary app on your phone. Once term starts, you’ll use the Queen Mary app to check your timetable, read your QMUL emails, search for and renew library books and much more. 

International students

International students may want to read the international pages before arriving at Queen Mary. International students can book free transport from Heathrow airport to Mile End campus the weekend before Induction Week, and there are many social and cultural events organised specifically for international students. Find out more about getting the most out of Queen Mary as an international student.

Induction Timetables 2018/19

Undergraduate Timetables:

Postgraduate Timetables:

For students studying Aquatic Ecology by Research, Bioinformatics, Chemical Research, Ecological and Evolutionary Genomics, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Freshwater and Marine Ecology, please download the induction schedule below:

For students studying Plant and Fungal Taxonomy, Diversity and Conservation please download the induction schedule and reading list below and directions to Jodrell Gate, which you will need when visiting Kew for the first time.

Undergraduate Student Handbooks

Biochemistry students: Biochemistry Student Handbook [PDF 256KB]

Biology, Genetics, Medical Genetics and Zoology students: Biological Sciences Student Handbook [PDF 358KB]

Biomedical Sciences students: Biomedical Science Student Handbook [PDF 292KB]

Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Chemistry students: Chemistry & Pharmaceutical Chemistry [PDF 373KB]

Neuroscience students: Neuroscience Student Handbook [PDF 263KB]

Pharmacology and Innovative Therapeutics students: Pharmacology & Innovative Therapeutics Student Handbook [PDF 268KB]

Psychology students: Psychology Student Handbook [PDF 173KB]

Postgraduate Student Handbook 2018/19

The handbook below is for all postgraduate students at SBCS.

Reading Lists 2018/19

New students are encouraged to make a start on the recommended reading materials for their course prior to the beginning of the academic year.

Undergraduate Reading Lists

Incoming Students Guide to University

These useful guides have been created by our academic team to help with your transition to university:

For Biology, Genetics, Medical Genetics and Zoology students: Biological Sciences Incoming Student Guide to University [PDF 364KB]

For Biomedical Sciences, Neuroscience and Pharmacology and Innovative Therapeutics students: Biomedical Sciences Incoming Student Guide to University [PDF 338KB]

For Psychology students: Psychology Incoming Student Guide to University [PDF 366KB]

Advice and Counselling Service

As you begin your time at Queen Mary, you may need specialist advice or counselling for personal issues, to help you adjust, or to help you sort your finances.  Find out more about what Queen Mary’s Advice and Counselling Service can offer you as a student, or watch the video below.  

Students with children

If you are a parent or about to become one, you may be eligible for extra financial support depending on your circumstances. Find out what financial help you might get from student finance (UK government student support), welfare benefits or Queen Mary, if you meet the eligibility criteria for these different types of funding. You can also access other resources you may find useful, such as our childcare guide.