QMUL Summer Schools

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Teaching and assessment

QMUL is one of the world’s top research universities and a member of the elite Russell Group. As a Summer School student at QMUL, you will study in an environment famous for the quality of its teaching and research.

At QMUL, you will be taught by staff who are leaders in their field and research-active (which means that their teaching is directly influenced by the latest research). We pride ourselves on offering you excellent teaching – and doing our utmost to ensure you have an intellectually rich and personally rewarding stay with us.

How we assess you

You will be taught through a varied mix of lectures, seminars and tutorials. You will study by yourself, as well as take part in group work and discussions with academic staff and your fellow students.

Field trips

Field trips and excursions are an important part of the Summer School programme. We are very fortunate to be in London and it’s easy for you to make the most of our location. At QMUL, we want to contextualise your studies and give you ‘real-life’ insights into the wider aspects of your subject, so we’ll take you to see places and meet experts that other people don’t get to meet.


Each of your modules will consists of a minimum of 45 contact hours. Classes (usually three or four hours per day) take place on campus from Monday to Thursday at any time between 9am and 5pm.  Field trips also take place within these hours (and some can be scheduled during the evening or at weekends). You will be expected to study independently outside your class teaching hours.

Course information

To find out more about the range of courses open to you, please click here. 


Unless you have an excused absence, you need to attend all of the classes in your chosen QMUL Summer School session to pass the programme.

Assessment and grading

The UK grading system may be different to that used by your home institution. The QMUL grading system uses five letter grades (A–E) to indicate the various levels of passes. You may have heard that ‘A’ grades are harder to come by in the UK system, and this is certainly true at QMUL. ‘A’ grades are exceptional, ‘B’ is considered a good grade, ‘C’ an average grade, ‘D’ is a passing grade but must be regarded as below average, and ‘E’ is a bare pass. ‘F’ indicates a fail.

You will receive a final mark on your final transcript in mid-September 2018.

“Studying at QMUL wasn’t as big a shock as I thought it would be. It’s very similar in terms of class styles: you have a lecture and then a seminar with a smaller group of people. Even the way that assessments work and things like that were really, really similar, so for me it wasn’t too big a transition” 

Chloe Saker, University of Sydney, spring 2017

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