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Graduate Diploma in Humanities and Social Sciences

Entry Year: 2019

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Graduate Diploma in Humanities and Social Sciences GradDip

Key information

Degree
GradDip
Duration
1 years
Start
September 2019
UCAS code
Y2QA
Institution code
Q50
Entry Requirements
Full entry requirements
UK/EU fees
£15,550
International fees
£15,550
Funding information
Paying your fees

Graduate Diploma in Humanities and Social Sciences January Start GradDip

Key information

Degree
GradDip
Duration
1 years
Start
January 2020
UCAS code
Y2QC
Institution code
Q50
Entry Requirements
Full entry requirements
UK/EU fees
£15,550
International fees
£15,550
Funding information
Paying your fees
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Overview

Get the skills and experience you need for a postgraduate degree in the humanities and social sciences, designed for international and EU students.

Are you changing disciplines? Need to improve your level of English? Don't otherwise meet the academic entry requirements for direct entry to a master's degree? Our Graduate Diploma in Humanities and Social Sciences offers non-UK students a one-year pathway to postgraduate study at Queen Mary and other UK institutions.

Running from either September to June or January to July, this highly intensive diploma is primarily aimed at those wanting to study business and management, politics and international relations, global development, linguistics or film.

You'll take two compulsory modules along with two other modules of your choice, which will be determined by the subjects you want to study at Masters Level after completing your diploma. You'll develop solid knowledge in your chosen academic field, and improve your ability to use academic English effectively at postgraduate level.

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Structure

Start your Graduate Diploma in Humanities and Social Sciences in either September or January. You’ll choose your modules based on which postgraduate degree you want to study after your diploma.

Year 1

Academic English and research skills modules (compulsory for all students)

  • English Language and Study Skills
  • Independent Research Project
  • Research Methods

You choose the other modules depending on which Master's degree you want to take after the Graduate Diploma.

Business and management

Compulsory

  • Introduction to Business and Management
  • Contemporary Issues in Business and Management

Plus one of the following pairs:

  • Introduction to Politics and International Relations I and II
  • Introduction to Hollywood Cinema and Alternative to Hollywood cinema
  • French 1a and 1b*
  • Japanese 1a and 1b*
  • Spanish 1a and 1b*

 

Global Development

Compulsory

  • Introduction to Politics and International Relations I and II

Plus one of the following pairs (depending on the intended Masters pathway):

  • Introduction to Business and Management and Contemporary Issues in Business and Management 

or 

  • Introduction to Hollywood Cinema and Alternatives to Hollywood Cinema
  • French 1a and 1b*
  • Japanese 1a and 1b*
  • Spanish 1a and 1b*

 

Comparative Literature, Linguistics, or Language Teaching

Choose two from the following pairs:

  • Introduction to Hollywood Cinema and Alternatives to Hollywood Cinema
  • Introduction to Politics and International Relations I and II
  • Introduction to Business and Management and Contemporary Issues in Business and Management
  • French 1a and 1b*
  • Japanese 1a and 1b*
  • Spanish 1a and 1b*

 

Film

Compulsory

  • Introduction to Hollywood Cinema
  • Alternatives to Classical Hollywood Cinema

Plus one of the following pairs:

  • Introduction to Politics and International Relations I and II
  • Introduction to Business and Management and Comtemporary Issues in Business and Management
  • French 1a and 1b*
  • Japanese 1a and 1b*
  • Spanish 1a and 1b*

 

Politics and International Relations

  • Introduction to Politics and International Relations I and II

Plus one of the following pairs:

  • Introduction to Business and Management and Comtemporary Issues in Business and Management
  • French 1a and 1b*
  • Japanese 1a and 1b*
  • Spanish 1a and 1b*

 

* Languages are only available to September start students

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Testimonial

The most impressive feature is diversity, students from different countries, different cultures. This can broaden my horizon and worldview. Moreover, the teachers are very professional and dedicated, the courses are practical and useful for the following Masters programme.

Teaching

Teaching and learning

Academic subjects are taught in lectures and seminars. Lectures can contain up to 50 students, but seminars will be divided into smaller groups of up to 18 students. English language and study skills modules are taught in groups averaging 16 students.

You will attend classes for up to 20 hours per week: 12 hours of English Language and Study Skills and up to eight hours of academic subjects. You will also be expected to undertake independent study.

Assessment

Assessment typically includes a combination of coursework (portfolios, individual and group presentations, written assignments, in-class tests, research projects and seminars) and/or examinations in May or June.

To progress onto Masters programmes at Queen Mary you will need to achieve minimum grades in individual modules.

Resources and facilities

The School offers excellent on-campus resources to aid your studies, including:

  • multimedia digital labs for language learning
  • the Queen Mary library
  • online resources to help you develop your academic English, specially developed for Queen Mary students.

Entry requirements

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Degree

  • At least a pass in a full first degree that is equivalent to a UK undergraduate degree
  • We will consider most degree subjects
  • We expect applicants to have passed all final year modules. Awards with failed modules in the final year of academic study will be considered on a case by case basis at the discretion of the academic department

Diploma of Higher Education

  • A UK Diploma of Higher Education (Level 5) with at least 55% overall, or the overseas equivalent
  • We will consider most subjects areas
  • We expect applicants to have passed all final year modules. Awards with failed modules in the final year of academic study will be considered on a case by case basis at the discretion of the academic department

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Degree

  • At least a pass in a full first degree that is equivalent to a UK undergraduate degree
  • We will consider most degree subjects
  • We expect applicants to have passed all final year modules. Awards with failed modules in the final year of academic study will be considered on a case by case basis at the discretion of the academic department

Diploma of Higher Education

  • A UK Diploma of Higher Education (Level 5) with at least 55% overall, or the overseas equivalent
  • We will consider most subjects areas
  • We expect applicants to have passed all final year modules. Awards with failed modules in the final year of academic study will be considered on a case by case basis at the discretion of the academic department

Non-UK students

We accept a wide range of European and international qualifications. Please visit International Admissions for full details.

English language

We require IELTS 6.0 overall (minimum 5.5 in all other elements). Find out more about our English language entry requirements, including the types of test we accept and the scores needed for entry to the programme.

You may also be able to meet the English language requirement for your programme by joining a summer pre-sessional programme before starting your degree.

Funding

Deposit

Once you have met the conditions of your offer, you will need to pay a deposit of £2,000 towards your tuition fees. This deposit will help in applying for your Tier 4 (General) student visa.

Find out more about deposits and read our refund policy.

If your fees are being paid by a government sponsor we do not require a deposit; however, we will need a formal letter from your sponsor confirming the arrangement.

Support from Queen Mary

We offer specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

Take a look at our Student Advice Guides which cover ways to finance your degree, including:

  • additional sources of funding
  • planning your budget and cutting costs
  • part-time and vacation work
  • money for lone parents.

Careers

Students who achieve the required grades in the diploma are guaranteed a place on a relevant postgraduate degree at Queen Mary. The diploma will also help you to access postgraduate study at other leading UK institutions.

Recent students have gone on to earn postgraduate degrees in:

Business and management

  • MSc Accounting & Finance (joint programme with School of Finance & Economics)
  • MSc International Business & Politics (joint programme with School of Business Management)
  • MSc Accounting & Management
  • MSc Business Analytics
  • MA Heritage Management
  • MSc International Business
  • MSc International Financial Management
  • MSc International Human Resources Management
  • MSc Management
  • Msc Entrepreneurship and Innovation 
  • MSc Marketing
  • MA Creative Industries and Arts Organisation

 

Global Development

  • MA Global Development
  • MSc Development and International Business
  • MA Development and Global Health

 

Languages, lingustics and film

  • MA Applied Linguistics for English Language Teaching
  • MA Comparative Literature 
  • MA Film Studies 
  • MA Linguistics

 

Politics and International Relations 

  • MSc International Business & Politics (joint programme with School of Business Management)
  • MSc International Public Policy
  • MA International Relations
  • MSc Public Policy 

Career support

The Queen Mary careers team can offer:

  • specialist advice on choosing a career path
  • support with finding work experience, internships and graduate jobs
  • feedback on CVs, cover letters and application forms
  • interview coaching.

Learn more about career support and development at Queen Mary.

About the School

The School of Languages, Linguistics and Film is friendly and collaborative, bringing a vibrant range of disciplines together. We teach and research on subjects from practical filmmaking to postmodern literature, and from experimental neurolinguistics to Brazilian Portuguese.

This year, Russian and French students have produced plays in their language, linguistics students have presented their research at conferences and film students have directed, shot and edited many short films.

Our work engages the local community through workshops, research projects and public events. We are visited by poets, novelists and outside experts, and we make the most of our location, forging strong links with London’s cultural institutions.

In the 2017 National Student Survey, French and Hispanic Studies received overall satisfaction ratings of 100 per cent – top in the UK. Satisfaction among linguistics students was at 92 per cent. German was ranked first in London and Hispanic Studies and Russian in the top five by the Complete University Guide 2018.

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