At Queen Mary University of London, our mission is to create a truly inclusive environment where we support talented students regardless of their background or personal experience. We recognise that your individual educational experience and context can have an impact on the grades you achieve and your opportunity to participate in extra-curricular activities. By using contextual data, we can take this information into account to form a complete view of your attainment and potential when we assess your application to study with us.
Your eligibility for a contextual offer is made using the information provided on your UCAS application form. We review every application holistically to determine whether any of the following apply:
Our contextual admissions policy is reviewed annually in conjunction with our academic schools. By taking contextual data and information into account, the admissions selector may make one of the following decisions;
Standard Contextual Offer(One grade reduction)
Enhanced Contextual Offer
(Two grade reduction)
All subjects except Law, and Medicine, Dentistry and Oral Health1
Must score 2 points from our contextual criteria
Care Experienced or successful completion of the Realising Opportunities or Access to Queen Mary programmes
Must score 3 points from at least two of our contextual criteria or successful completion of the Realising Opportunities Programme
Medicine and Dentistry
Must score 3 points from at least two of our contextual criteria or successful completion of the Realising Opportunities or Access to Queen Mary programme
We reserve the right to add restrictions for the subject in which a grade could be dropped and some specific programmes might require exemptions.
Contextual offers can only be applied to A-Level qualifications only for home students starting the first year of a three or four year undergraduate degree.
We cannot offer grade adjustments for foundation level studies, part time studies, deferred applicants, applicants who enter through clearing or applicants who have re-taken qualifications more than once.
1BSc Oral Health (A910) is not eligible for a reduced offer.
2Excluding joint programmes
The table below is provided to help you understand whether you will receive further consideration through our contextual admissions policy.
Live in an area of disadvantage
IMD Quintile 1 or 2 using the IMD by postcode tool.
Live in an area of low participation in HE
POLAR4 Quintile 1 or 2 using the OfS Postcode tool.
Attend a state school performing below the national average or is sponsored by Queen Mary
This is currently calculated using national school performance tables.
You have been in care for at least 13 weeks during the period of their secondary education. If you are a care experienced student, we encourage you to learn more about the ways in which we support you during the admissions process and transition to university.
A refugee or asylum seeker
In addition to our contextual admissions policy, we deliver a number of access schemes to support students with the progression to Queen Mary. For more information, please follow the respective link below.
Pathways to Law
Stepping Stones (Geography)
Access to Queen Mary