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What kind of people apply to a Summer School?

The Queen Mary Summer School welcomes applicants from all over the word. The university has a reputation as a truly global university, ranked in the top 20 for international diversity (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2016/17) and with 44% of our students coming from overseas (December 2016). So, wherever you are from, you’ll feel at home at Queen Mary. We welcome applicants who are current undergraduates or recent graduates, we just ask that applicants have completed a minimum of two semesters at university before applying.

When is the application deadline?

25 May 2018.

Is there an application fee?

There is no fee for applying to the Queen Mary Summer School.

Can I apply if I am under 18?

Unfortunately, we do not accept students under the age of 18 to our Summer School programme. However, if you are a UK student, you may be interested in the opportunities our Widening Participation team offers.

Do you accept mature students?

Yes, we are happy to accept mature students onto our Summer School. The level of the courses is pitched at levels 5/6 of an undergraduate degree, however, it is dependent on your existing knowledge of the subject as to whether the course is appropriate for you. Please feel free to enquire if you have any questions about this. 

If I have a disability, how will I let you know?

At Queen Mary, we are committed to ensuring that all reasonable adjustments are made for all students to make the most of their studies. There is a section of our online application form where applicants are able to declare the nature of their disability, and if you have any concerns regarding accessibility or your specific needs, we encourage you to contact us in advance.


What are the entry requirements?

We welcome international qualifications and we consider each application on its individual merit. If your home institution uses the four point Grade Point Average (GPA) scale, we usually require a 3.0 GPA. If your home institution uses the letter scale, you will need a B+.

We also require evidence of your English language proficiency, based on the requirements of the course you have applied for.

See each course profile for specific entry requirements.
If you have a question about your qualifications, please contact summerschool@qmul.ac.uk.

Do I need to sit a language exam if English is not my first language, but I am fluent?

No, you will not necessarily need to sit a language exam. We accept a range of alternative documentation. Please check the English language requirements of the course you wish to apply for, and if you have any questions regarding your suitability please get in touch.

What kind of documents do you require?

As part of your online application form, we require the following:

  • your current academic transcript or your record of studies to date
  • evidence of your English Language proficiency, if your first language isn’t English
    (Please see our Entry requirements for full details)
  • a written statement explaining why you'd like to attend the Summer School
  • a copy of your passport

Can I take more than one course per session?

As our courses are designed to be intensive, you may only take one course one per session. However, students are welcome to join us for both Session One (25 June – 13 July) and Session Two (16 July – 3 August).

When will I know if I have been accepted?

Once we have received your application form along with your documents, we will make a decision within 5 working days of your application date. If you have been accepted, we will send you a written offer to the email address you provided.


When will I have to pay my fee?

You must pay your tuition fee within 10 working days of accepting your offer to guarantee your place on the course. We may withdraw your offer if we do not receive your tuition fee in full within this deadline. Please note, the deadline for our 10% ‘early bird’ discount is 28 February 2018.

How do I pay my tuition fees?

Payment is to be made online via the Queen Mary online store via credit or debit card or by bank transfer. If you choose to pay via bank transfer, please notify the Summer School Office and provide evidence of payment.

We do not accept payment of fees in cash and all payments must be made in pounds sterling, inclusive of VAT and other taxes where applicable. For more detailed information please read the Terms and Conditions.

Will the university provide accommodation?

As a student of the Queen Mary Summer School, you will be offered the opportunity to stay in accommodation on-campus for a fee of £899. 

You will be housed in the heart of the campus, in a single en-suite room within a self-catered apartment. The cost of accomodation includes: three weeks stay, including the Sunday before your course begins, bedding, towels and basic amenities, and breakfast for every morning of your stay!

Students are also welcome to make their own arrangements.

Am I able to change the course I applied for once I have been made an offer?

Yes! If you decide you would like to study a different course, we will do everything we can to accomodate you. However, we are unable to guarantee you a place on an alternative course.

What happens if my course is cancelled?

We are committed to delivering your course as closely as it was described on our website when you applied. However, in some exceptional circumstances, such as the unexpected departure of a key member of staff or lack of demand from applicants, we may have to suspend or withdraw a course. In this instance, we would notify you at the earliest possible opportunity and make every effort to offer a suitable alternative or a full refund.

Will I get a refund if I withdraw from the Summer School?

If you decide to withdraw from the Summer School, there is a cancellation period of 14 days from the date you accept your offer, whereby you are entitled to a full refund. 
After this point, the following cancellation policy applies:

  • Before 25 May 2018, students will receive a full refund of the course and accommodation fees.
  • From 26 May 2018, 50% of the course and accommodation fees will be refunded.
  • After 11 June 2018, no refund will be made.

For information about sponsored fees, please see our Terms and Conditions.

Will I need a visa to come to the Summer School?

If you are a European Economic Area (EEA) or Swiss national, you will be able to enter the UK as a student without a visa. 

If you are a national of a non-EEA country, you will require a Short-Term Study visa. If you're unsure whether you need a visa, please visit the UKVI website to find out.

If you have any questions regarding visas, please get in touch with the  who will be able to advise you further.


How will I get from the airport to campus?

You will need to arrange your own transfer from the airport to your accomodation. 

All of London's airports are easily accessible by train, tube or taxi. Here are some suggestions, but there are plenty of options for all budgets for each airport.

  • Heathrow - you can get the Heathrow Express to Paddington Station, then change for the Hammersmith & City line to Mile End. 
  • Stansted - you can get the Stansted Express to Liverpool Street Station, then change for the Central Line to Mile End.
  • Gatwick - you can get the Gatwick Express to Victoria Station, then change for the District Line to Mile End.

We will send out further information about getting around London in our predeparture information!

What will be provided in my accommodation?

If you choose to stay on-campus, you will be provided with bedding and towels. Your room will be clean when you arrive, and will be deep-cleaned (a full clean including a change of bed linen and towels). Your room will have a daily-service which will include the emptying of your bin and the restocking of your toilet paper.

In your shared kitchen, you will find a cooker, microwave, freezer, kettle, toaster, and basic crockery, cutlery and utensils. A mini-fridge will be provided in your bedroom. 

You will also have free wifi.

Who will I be sharing accommodation with?

You will be placed in a flat with fellow Summer School students, who may not necessarily be studying the same course as you. This will be a great opportunity for you to meet even more people and gain insights from students studying a variety of subjects.

Will the Summer School be catered?

The Summer School is self-catered, however we do provide breakfast each day if you choose to stay in on-campus acccomodation! For further details,.

There are plenty of places to eat on campus, as well as selection of supermarkets right on our doorstep. We will include further information on where to eat around campus in your welcome pack.


Will I be allocated a single point of contact for support?

For the duration of your stay, you will be able to contact your course leader for academic support.

For additional support, the Summer School Team will be on hand to assist!

Will I need to purchase any text books or study materials?

No! Prior to starting your course you will gain access to our virtual learning environment (QMPlus) which will contain all of your course materials.

Will I be able to access the university library?

Yes! You will have full access including borrowing rights during your time at the Summer School.

When will I have access to my timetable and course syllabus?

We will be issuing our course timetables shortly. Students who have paid their fees will receive notification via email. Access to the course syllabus and preliminary reading will be available at least three weeks prior to the beginning of the Summer Schoo

How will I be assessed?

Each of our courses is assessed differently, and may encompass written assignments, in-class tests, presentations or practical assessments. Your work will be graded according to Queen Mary's five letter grading system (A-E) to indicate different levels of passes.

For course-specific information, please read the 'Assessment' information in the right sidebar of each .


Is there an additional cost for events in the social programme?

Our optional social events may incur an extra fee. More detailed information about this will be made available closer to the date.

Which facilities will be available to me on campus?

During the summer period, the following campus facilities will be available to students:


When will I receive my transcript?

You will receive your transcript in mid-September 2018.

Will I receive credit towards my undergraduate course at my home university?

Each of our Summer School courses is worth 15 credits which translates as 3-4 credits in the US system and 7.5 ECTS in the European system. It is down to the discretion of your home institution whether they will allow the credits you earn at our Summer School to count towards your degree, and it is your responsibility to check with them before you apply for the Summer School.

Will the course credits count towards my undergraduate degree at Queen Mary?

If you are a current student at Queen Mary you will not be able to use the credits earned at the Summer School towards your degree.

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