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School of Languages, Linguistics and Film

General information

A synopsis of nine cover pages of Language module guides


Thank you for your interest in studying a Language module at Queen Mary. Below you will find the answers to the most frequently asked questions.

In order to register for Semester 2 2022/23 non-credit bearing modules, please complete our online application form. Classes start in the week of 23 January, and the final application deadline is Friday 3 February 2023. Applications submitted in December and early January will be reviewed from Monday 9 January 2023.

If you have a query not covered here, please contact us using the details below.

Anyone at Queen Mary or from the local community who wishes to learn a language can take a Language module. You can start learning a new language or continue with a language you’ve studied before.

If you’re a Queen Mary student, you can take a language module for credit if this fits with your programme regulations and is approved by your home school. Language modules are either 15 or 30 credits.  

If you are unable to take the module for credit, you can take a language module as extracurricular alongside your main programme.  If you take a language not for credit, you need to pay the tuition fee, or apply to your home school for funding. 

If you’re a member of staff or from the local community, you can take a language module (non-credit bearing) and pay the fee. 

Modules take place either in Semester 1, Semester 2 or both semesters. 

A standard module is 2 hours per week and takes place in both semesters. It is not possible to take a standard module for only one semester. 

An intensive module is 4 hours per week and it is possible to study in either Semester 1, Semester 2 or both semesters. Certain levels only run in a particular semester, please see the individual language page for further information. 

We offer a friendly and professional service together with excellent facilities. Our well-qualified and experienced staff will help you achieve a high level of communication in your chosen language, in both every day and professional situations, and for all levels from beginners (A1) to advanced level (C1) (depending on language chosen).

Our classes are small and usually have a maximum of 20 students in a group. This means classes are highly interactive and students have the opportunity for regular practice and personal engagement with the tutor and other students.

In 2022-23, Language modules are taught in-person, on the Mile End campus. Taught sessions are supplemented by activities on the Virtual Learning Environment (QMplus) that you will complete in your own time.

Students receive a Certificate of Completion (which shows the grade and the CEFR-level) if they meet the following criteria:

  • Attend at least 65% of the taught sessions
  • Take and pass the module assessment  

Students receive a Certificate of Attendance if they have attended at least 65% of the taught sessions but not taken the assessment.

See the Tuition Fees page.

Some Schools can fund places on Non-Credit Bearing language modules for their students and staff. Please contact your home school administration team to see if this is an option for you. 

Refund policy: Please note that fees are not refundable in any circumstances unless we close the class you are attending and we cannot provide you with a suitable alternative.  

A number of language modules are being offered for semester 2 (January - April 2023), which can be taken for credit or not for credit. Registrations for those is open until 3rd February, but teaching starts in the week of 23rd January.

Whether you register for a credit-bearing or a non-credit bearing module, make sure the module you register for is the correct level for you. If you are a complete beginner (i.e., you have never studied the language before), please go straight to online registration. If you have studied the language before, please select your level or take a diagnostic test to ascertain your language level before you complete the online application form. 

You can find the day/times when modules take place on the pages for individual languages. Please check that your timetable allows you to take the module.

Complete our online application form


If you are unsure about your level of study, you can apply for the level which you think is suitable and talk to the tutor at the first class. They may suggest a change of class either straight away or after a few weeks, and they will discuss this with you. Non-credit bearing students will be sent a change form to complete and credit bearing students will need to change on MySIS. 

As a non-credit bearing student, you can cancel the module at any time but please note you will only receive a refund if your class has been cancelled and you are not offered a suitable alternative.  

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