Undergraduate

Entry requirements

Queen Mary University of London is committed to recruiting students of the highest intrinsic talent and potential, and we have a long-standing commitment to widening participation and fair access. Every application to Queen Mary is considered on its individual merits.

The following information is designed to give you a general overview of the qualifications we accept.  If you are taking qualifications that are not included below, please contact our Admissions Office who will be happy to advise you.

Medicine and Dentistry
course enquiries

+44 (0)20 7882 8478
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All other undergraduate
course enquiries

+44 (0)20 7882 5511
admissions@qmul.ac.uk

Applying for Medicine or Dentistry

If you are interested in applying to study Medicine or Dentistry at Queen Mary, please see the detailed information about our entry requirements, admissions policy and procedures available on our dedicated webpages for the Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry.

Combined qualifications

We understand that many students are now taking a combination of qualifications at Level 3.  We will always consider your full academic profile and make offers on a case-by-case basis depending on the combination of qualifications you are taking.

We encourage you to contact our Admissions Office before making your application so we can offer you advice based on your individual circumstances.

Contextual Admissions

We consider every application on its individual merits and may take into consideration your individual educational experience and context. For more information on how academic schools and courses use this information as part of the admissions process, please refer to our Contextual Admissions page.

Required subjects

Many of our programmes have subject requirements, details of which are within the entry requirements of the relevant Course Finder entry.  In some cases, a minimum grade will be required.

Preferred subjects

We recommend that you consult the Russell Group Informed Choices publication to help you assess the suitability of the subjects you are taking for your chosen programme.  If you have any concerns about the suitability of your A-Level subject profile, our Admissions team is happy to advise you before making an application.

Outstanding Potential Award (OPA)

For some of our courses we may offer applicants the chance to receive an Outstanding Potential Award (OPA).  After assessing your academic profile and predicted grades we may invite you to an interview.  If successful, we may make you an unconditional offer.

For further information please see our page on the Outstanding Potential Award including details of the degree programmes that are part of this scheme.

Transfer and advanced entry

For certain courses, it is possible to transfer to Year 2 or to Year 3 of a four-year programme. It is not possible to transfer to the final year of any degree programme. 

For information on how to apply, our entry requirements, and which Schools consider transfers, please see our page on Transfer and Advanced Entry.

UK qualifications

A-Levels

For students taking three or more A-levels, all our offers are normally expressed in terms of three A-Level grades.

Science Practical Exams

If you are taking Science A-levels (Biology, Chemistry or Physics) with an Awarding Body in England you will normally be asked to achieve a Pass in the practical endorsement, in addition to the overall A-level grade.  

This requirement will not apply if you are taking science A-levels privately.

Excluded subjects

Most of our courses do not accept A-levels in General Studies or Critical Thinking, and others may exclude Use of Mathematics.  

AS-Levels

We do not take into consideration AS grades when making a decision on your application.  The only exception to this is if you are applying for Medicine or Dentistry and started your A-levels before September 2015. 

Access to Higher Education Diplomas

We consider applications from applicants taking Access qualifications for most of our Undergraduate programmes.  Full details of specific entry requirements can be found on each Course Finder entry.

We typically ask for a minimum number of overall credits as well as specifying a number of credits that you must achieve at either Merit and/ or Distinction.

BTEC (Level 3)

We have a dedicated page that lists our BTEC requirements by course.  We have listed our requirements in terms of the grades required in reformed RQF BTEC Qualifications (introduced from September 2016 onwards). 

Some of our courses still accept applications from applicants with unreformed QCF BTEC qualifications as well as combinations of BTEC and A-Level qualifications.  If you require further information about the suitability of your qualifications before applying please contact our Admissions Office.

Cambridge Pre-U

We welcome applications from applicants studying the Cambridge Pre-U in Principle Subjects.  We will consider applicants taking this alongside other suitable Level 3 qualifications.

We map Cambridge Pre-U grades to A-Levels as follows:

A-LevelPrincipal Subject Grade
A* D2
A D3
B M2
C M3

Please note the Cambridge Pre-U Short Course qualification is not suitable for entry.

If you have any concerns about the suitability of your qualification profile, please contact our Admissions Office before making your application.

Core Maths (Level 3)

We welcome the introduction of the new Core Maths qualifications and believe they will be beneficial to students wishing to study Social Science subjects that may involve the use of applied mathematical skills, such as Business Management, Geography, and Politics.

We may consider the Core Maths qualification in lieu of the GCSE Mathematics requirement for your chosen course.  Please list Core Maths as one of the qualifications you are taking when you apply through UCAS.

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

We welcome applications from students taking an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) alongside their A-levels.  An EPQ enables you to explore a topic in depth and to develop academic skills that will provide a strong foundation to support your transition to university.

Alternative offer making

Once we receive your application and full details of the qualifications you are taking, we may make you an alternative offer which includes a specific grade in the EPQ in addition to three A-level grades.

For further information, please see our Extended Project Qualification webpage.

GCSEs

We normally expect you to have achieved grades A*–C or 9–4 in at least five subjects, including English.  Some courses have specific higher requirements and you can find further details in our Course Finder.

EnglandNorthern IrelandWales 
9, 8 A* A*
7 A A
6, 5 B, C* B
4 C C

Irish Leaving Certificate

We welcome applications from students studying the Irish Leaving Certificate.

Our exact requirements depend on the course you are applying for.  Applicants will typically be required to pass a minimum of five subjects at Higher level with particular grades in subjects relevant to the course being applied for.  Please use our Course Finder to see the A-Level requirements for your chosen course.

A-LevelIrish Leaving Certificate (2017 onwards)
A*AA Five subject passes at Higher level with grades H1, H1, H1, H2, H2
AAA Five subject passes at Higher level with grades H1, H1, H2, H2, H2
AAB Five subject passes at Higher level with grades H1, H1, H2, H2, H3
ABB Five subject passes at Higher level with grades H1, H2, H2, H3, H3
BBB Five subject passes at Higher level with grades H2, H2, H2, H3, H3

Scottish Highers and Advanced Highers

We recognise Scottish Higher qualifications and generally require one Advanced Higher alongside four Highers for entry to our Undergraduate Programmes.  For course specific entry requirements, please contact our Admissions Office directly.

Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate

We recognise the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate as an appropriate Level 3 qualification for entry to the majority of our Undergraduate degree courses*.

Generally, this Certificate can be accepted in lieu of one A-Level and offers will specify a grade to achieve in the Skills Challenge.  Specific A-Level subject requirements will still apply.  Please see our Course Finder for details of the A-Level requirements of your chosen course.

 

*Please note our School of Law will not include the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate in the conditions of any offers of study.  However, we may consider the qualification when we receive your final results (if you slightly miss the conditions specified in your offer).

Non-country specific qualifications 

European Baccalaureate

We welcome applications from students studying the European Baccalaureate qualification. We will typically ask for an overall percentage plus any subject specific requirements (depending on the course you are applying to).  Please see our Course Finder for the A-Level requirements for your chosen course.

A-LevelEuropean Baccalaureate Overall Score
A*AA 85%
AAA 82%
AAB 80%
ABB 77%
BBB 75%

 

A-LevelEuropean Baccalaureate Subject Score
A 8
B 7.5
C 7

International Baccalaureate (IB)

We welcome applications from students studying the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma.  We will typically ask for an overall score (out of 45) and specify grades in three subjects taken at Higher Level (HL).  In some cases, we may also specify a minimum grade in Standard Level (SL) subjects.

This table shows how we generally map our IB requirements to A-Levels.  There are a handful of exceptions to the equivalences.  Course specific IB requirements are published on each Course Finder entry.

A-LevelOverall ScoreHigher Level Requirements
A*AA 37  18 points
AAA 36 6,6,6
AAB 34 6,6,5
ABB 32 6,5,5
BBB 30 5,5,5

 

IB Mathematics 

We are aware of the update to the IB Mathematics curriculum, where the following routes will be offered at HL and SL from 2019:

Mathematics: Analysis and approaches - designed for students who enjoy developing their mathematics to become fluent in the construction of mathematical arguments and develop strong skills in mathematical thinking. They will explore real and abstract applications, sometimes with technology, and will enjoy the thrill of mathematical problem solving and generalization.

Mathematics: Applications and interpretation - for students who are interested in developing their mathematics for describing our world, modelling and solving practical problems using the power of technology. Students who take Mathematics: Applications and interpretation will be those who enjoy mathematics best when seen in a practical context.

Our Schools will accept either one or both of the reformed Mathematics routes at Higher Level.

 

IB Career-related Diploma (IBCP)

We may consider applicants taking the IBCP but strongly advise you to contact our Admissions Office with details of the course you wish to apply to and the combination of qualifications you are taking.

International Qualifications

International qualifications

Our students come from over 162 countries and we accept a wide range of international qualifications.  Please see our dedicated pages for international students where you can find our international entry requirements listed by your country or region. 

English language requirements

We expect all students to have a good standard of English in order to successfully study on a course.  Our minimum English language requirement at GCSE is grade C or 4 although many of our courses have higher requirements. 

Please see our English Language requirements pages for full details, including the alternative English language qualifications we accept.

International Foundation Programmes

International Foundation Programmes (IFP) are considered on a case by case basis.  We recommend you contact our Admissions Team with details of the programme you are taking before making your application.