School of Languages, Linguistics and Film

Insessional Programmes

English language and Study Skills modules are your passport to greater academic achievement in your course of study at Queen Mary.

We offer a wide range of in-sessional modules which can help you to maximise your performance at university and improve the quality of your academic assignments. If you are an international student, and English is not your first language, then these modules are suitable for you. Home students who have English as their first language also find they benefit from the academic skills that these modules develop.  

Some modules are credit-bearing and may be offered as part of your programme diet; other modules are non-credit bearing and either develop your general academic skills or develop your skills in relation to a specific degree programme or school. All modules focus on English for academic purposes and include: writing for your discipline, English grammar, proofreading skills, presentation skills and lecture comprehension.

NEW Employability Modules for 2020

Inter-Cultural Communication for the Global Workplace and Professional Writing for the Global Workplace

Non-credit bearing

To register for Non-Credit bearing Modules

Log into MySIS, choose the In-sessional Course Bookings from the menu, and follow the instructions.

All these courses are entirely free to the student and there are no extra costs for materials. The maximum class size is 30, but the average is 16. Most classes last two hours and are once a week, except for Credit-Bearing modules (EAL4750 and EAL4760), which meet twice weekly for 2 hours on each occasion. The minimum age to enrol on In-sessional modules is 17 years on the 1st of September of the year of enrolment.

In-sessional modules start in Teaching Week 2 of Semester 1, on 30th September 2019 - and continue till 13th December 2019. In Semester 2, the modules start in Teaching Week 2 on 27th January 2020 - and continue till 9th April 2020.

We observe a Reading Week in Teaching Week 7 and do not teach during this week. Enrolment starts for Semester 1 in Teaching week 1, from 23rd September, and for Semester 2 from December 2nd to Friday 31st January


To register for Credit Bearing Modules,

Please check your programme diet, consult your academic advisor and/or your Erasmus/Study Abroad co-ordinator. 



We offer  a number of School specific courses

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  • I feel I've learnt a lot about how to logically structure and give an understandable presentation. At the end, today I have just applied all the useful information discussed during the sessions, and I think I can now perform much better than before. 

    Maria Rizza, 2018

  • It was very useful for our personal knowledge, but also because now I can apply what I have learned to other courses (especially coursework). The course was extremely useful especially for people who, like me, come from abroad and have problems adapting to a new kind of grammar and its rules.

    Jacopo Lange, 2012

  • The course was very interactive and we received individual feedback which was very helpful. We covered a lot of aspects regarding presentation skills which have helped me to become more confident presenting in front of large audiences. For me as a PhD student it is an invaluable skill since I want to present my research at conferences.

    Jasmin, 2018

  • I recommend the Insessional Courses for all postgraduate students! Plan your experiments, so that you have time to attend these courses, for they will enhance your output, build your confidence in writing up and presenting your research work. Apart from the skills acquired, the Insessional courses gave me the opportunity to network and share ideas with students from other disciplines at Queen Mary.

    Isatou - 2018

  • I found the presentation module really helpful and would definitely recommend it. Before I took the module, I had a tendency to rush presentations. At the end of the module, not only did I slow my presentations down, I found that I actually enjoyed making presentations-the weekly presentations get you comfortable with making presentations in no time!

    Abbie, 2018