Undergraduate

Taster Events

COVID-19 update

Following the ongoing UK Government advice concerning COVID-19 (coronavirus), we are temporarily halting taster events across the University. If you have a booking you should not come to campus, and your tour will not be running.

We are currently working on alternative arrangements and will be in contact with everyone whose booking has been postponed as soon as more information is available. For general information about Queen Mary's response to coronavirus, please see qmul.ac.uk/coronavirus.

Our Taster Courses

Students who want to know more about a specific course or discipline might find it useful to attend a subject Taster Course before they apply.

01/04/20 - Comparative Literature

Comparative Literature

Wednesday 1 April 2020, 12.30pm-4pm

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Course Description

Are you interested in studying literature from around the world? In how texts, myths and ideas travel across time and space? If so, Comparative Literature is the degree for you! 

Comparative Literature recognises that we live in an increasingly globalized world, where cultural forms can better be understood if we think about them globally. Only in departments of Comparative Literature is it possible to do a course on the novel that ranges from the eighteenth to the twenty-first centuries, and includes examples from England, France, Spain, Russia, India, China, Argentina and Nigeria.

On this taster course, you’ll explore questions that comparatists are interested in: for example – how has the idea of the hero changed since the time of Homer? What cultural and historical shifts made it possible for our heroes to change from Odysseus, the cunning, triumphant and virile protagonist of Homer’s epic, to the hero of Joyce’s Ulysses, an ordinary middle-aged man whose wife cheats on him? 

You will also get a chance to meet our students, who’ll tell you what it’s like to study and live in London’s vibrant East End and hear about the careers that our graduates have gone on to pursue.

Refreshments will be provided.

Course Requirements

Years 11, 12 and 13 welcome. Open to all students studying, or planning to study, at least one essay based A-level in a humanities or social sciences subject (excl. General Studies). IB and Pre-U students are also very welcome.

Subject Areas

Literature, Languages, Cultural Studies.

Suggested alternatives

Arts, Film and Photography, Literature, History, Creative Arts and Visual Cultures, Languages, Cultural Studies.

16/04/20 - BSc Global Health Taster Day

BSc Global Health Taster Day

Thursday 16 April 2020, 10.30am-1.30pm

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Course Description

Our Global Health BSc is designed to give graduates a deep understanding of public health across disciplines. From pandemic diseases like ebola or HIV to the spread of drug-resistant bacteria and access to medicines in poor countries, global health issues are complex and multifaceted.

Come to our Taster session to hear more about the course and experience what it would be like to be a student of the BSc Global Health.

Course Requirements

This taster course is open to year 12 students and anyone who is thinking of starting their undergraduate studies in September 2020.

Subject Areas

Anthropology , Biological Sciences , Government and Politics , Health , Healthcare

 

15/04/20 - Geography and Environmental Science Taster Day

Geography and Environmental Science Taster Day

Wednesday 15 April 2020, 10.30am-3.15pm

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Course Description

Join the Queen Mary School of Geography for the day and get a taste of student life at our vibrant east London campus. You will have the opportunity to take part in three sessions during the day, each focused on a different aspect of the Geography you can study here at Queen Mary. In-between the tasters you can chat with current students and tour the campus.

Human Geography- The hustle economy:

How to make a living in urban Africa. Africa is urbanising faster than any other region in the world. However, observers continue to associate ‘authentic’ African life with the rural village, rather than the cosmopolitan metropolis. This talk explores how young men and women make a living in Kampala, Uganda – one of the fastestgrowing cities on the continent – by co-creating dynamic urban cultures and economies.

Physical Geography & Environmental Science - A tour of Earth's cryosphere:

An icy biome in a warming world. The cryosphere consists of Earth’s frozen realm. This talk gives a brief tour of Earth’s glaciers and ice sheets, sea ice, and permafrost, and explores how these systems are responding to recent climate change.

Course Requirements

Open to year 12 students, who may be interested in studying Physical Geography, Human Geography or Environmental Science at University.

Subject Areas

Geography.

 

 

17/04/20 - Alternatives to Medicine

Alternatives to Medicine

Friday 17 April 2020, 9.45am - 4.30pm

This event is now full. 

Course Description

Taster day for Year 12 students interested in a medically related subject. The day will provide an overview of medically related programmes offered by the Schools of Engineering and Materials Science and Biological and Chemical Sciences. The day will include a subject talk, taster lectures and hands on activities to provide a taste of subjects on offer.

Course Requirements

This taster day is for Year 12 students interested in a medically related subject. Students must be studying at least 2 of the following A Level Subjects; Maths, Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Subject Areas

Biomedical Sciences, Biomedical Engineering, Biomaterials for Biomedical Science, Dental Materials, Biology, Biochemistry, Neuroscience, Pharmaceutical Chemistry.

20/04/20 - Materials Science

Materials Science 

Monday 20 April 2020, 10.00am - 4.30pm

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Course Description

If you enjoy Chemistry and Physics you will probably enjoy our Materials Science Taster day. The day will include a taster lecture and hands on activities to provide a taste of subjects on offer.

Course Requirements

This taster day is for Year 12 students. Students must be studying at least 2 of the following A Level Subjects; Maths, Chemistry and Physics.

Subject Areas

Materials Science and Engineering

22/04/20 - Materials Science and Engineering

Materials Science and Engineering

Wednesday 22 April 2020, 10.00am - 4.30pm

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Course Description

Taster day for Year 12 students interested in engineering and studying A Level Maths and Chemistry or Physics. This taster day will cover a range of engineering topics broadly covering all programmes offered by SEMS. The day will include a taster lecture and hands on activities to provide a taste of subjects on offer.

Course Requirements

This taster course is open to year 12 students. Students must be studying two from Maths/Chemistry/Physics at A level.

Subject Areas

Aerospace Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Materials Science, Mechanical Engineering, Robotics Engineering

22/04/20 - Physics and Astronomy

Physics and Astronomy

Wednesday 22 April 2020, 10.00am - 3.00pm

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Course Description

The School of Physics and Astronomy is proud to have played a role in some of the most exciting discoveries of the past 100 years, including discovery of the W, Z and Higgs bosons, and fundamental work on the development of string theory.

Come to our Taster Day where you'll have the opportunity to talk to current students and academic staff, sample some Physics taster lectures and tour our laboratory and rooftop observatory!

Lunch will be provided.

Course Requirements

This taster course is open to year 12 students and anyone who is thinking of starting their undergraduate studies in September 2020.

Subject Areas

Mathematics and Physics.

 

22/04/20 - Economics and Finance Taster Day

Economics and Finance Taster Day

Wednesday 22 April 2020, 10am-4pm

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Course Description

Attending a taster day is a great opportunity to see what an Economics and Finance degree is really like and gain an insight into student life at Queen Mary, which was ranked 3rd for Economics in London in the Complete Universities Guide 2020.

This Economics Taster Day will give you the opportunity to examine the importance of economics ideas in understanding, interpreting and assessing many of the events that happen around us that directly or indirectly affect our life.  Through a set of engaging research talks, economic games and teaching activities you will discover the importance of economics as a scientific subject and learn some key economics concepts and theories in an interactive and fun way.

A session in our Bloomberg Trading Room will show you how economics relates to finance and will help you learn the fundamentals of trading. A talk by our careers team will introduce you to the various careers you can pursue with an economics degree.

By the end of the day you will have a better understanding of what it means to study economics and of the wide range opportunities that an Economics and Finance degree from Queen Mary University London can offer you.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Course Requirements

This taster course is open to year 12 students. Students must be studying A-level Maths.

Subject Areas

Economics, Finance, Mathematics and Statistics.

 

 

24/04/20 - Women in Engineering

Women in Engineering

Friday 24 April 2020, 10.00am - 4.30pm

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Course Description

Taster day for Year 12 female students interested in engineering and studying A Level Maths and Chemistry or Physics. The day will include a talk from an alum now working in industry, a taster lecture and hands on activities to provide a taste of subjects on offer.

We will require an application form for this taster day.

Max capacity is 40.

There will be some overlap between our taster days so please only apply to either this day or the engineering and materials science day

Course Requirements

This taster course is open to year 12 female students interested in engineering and studying A Level Maths and Chemistry or Physics. Students must be studying Maths and either Chemistry or Physics at A level.

Subject Areas

Aerospace Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Materials Science, Mechanical Engineering, Robotics Engineering

29/04/20 - Physics and Astronomy

Physics and Astronomy

Wednesday 29 April 2020, 10.00am - 3.00pm

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Course Description

The School of Physics and Astronomy is proud to have played a role in some of the most exciting discoveries of the past 100 years, including discovery of the W, Z and Higgs bosons, and fundamental work on the development of string theory.

Come to our Taster Day where you'll have the opportunity to talk to current students and academic staff, sample some Physics taster lectures and tour our laboratory and rooftop observatory!

Lunch will be provided.

Course Requirements

This taster course is open to year 12 students and anyone who is thinking of starting their undergraduate studies in September 2020.

Subject Areas

Mathematics and Physics.

 

06/05/20 - English Language and Linguistics

English Language and Linguistics

Wednesday 6 May 2020, 9.30am - 2.30pm

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Course Description

What is going on in Linguistics at Queen Mary?

Find out about our latest research projects, take a tour of our Linguistics Laboratory and participate in lecture about Digital Culture.

You will get a chance to meet our students, find out about degree combinations and explore modules on offer.

Sign up to find out more!

Refreshments will be provided.

Course Requirements

Years 11, 12 and 13 welcome. Open to all students. Students studying English Language, English Literature, Modern Languages, Psychology, Sociology or STEM subjects will find this taster particularly interesting. IB and Pre-U students are also very welcome.

Subject Areas

Linguistics, English Language.

13/05/20 - Modern Languages and Cultures

Modern Languages and Cultures

Wednesday 13 May 2020, 9.30am - 4pm

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Course Description

If you are interested in studying French, Spanish, German, Russian, Catalan or Portuguese, this is the taster course for you!

You will experience our exciting method of teaching languages through the study of culture. Our students develop their language skills by exploring literature, film, cultural and political history and life in countries where that language is spoken.

We will complement this with sessions on employability prospects, as well as stories from our students about their year abroad.

At Queen Mary, you can combine up to three languages (depending on your previous experience of language learning) and this taster day will give you a flavour of the opportunities we offer.

Students with no language qualifications can also pick up a language from scratch (ab initio) and are equally welcome to attend, as are native and heritage speakers of the languages listed above.

Alongside our BA in Modern Languages, we will also provide information on our joint honours programmes with Business, Comparative Literature, Linguistics, Film and Politics.

Sign up now to find out how you can learn languages, understand cultures and see the world differently at Queen Mary.

Refreshments will be provided.

Course Requirements

This taster course is open to year 11, year 12 and year 13 students or anyone who is considering starting their undergraduate studies in September 2019 or 2020.

Suitable for anyone interested in studying a language at university, including those without a formal language qualification, native and heritage speakers.

Subject Areas

Arts, Business and Management, Cinematics, TV, Film and Photography, English Language and Literature, Government and Politics, History, Humanities, International Relations, Linguistics, Media, Creative Arts and Visual Cultures, Modern European Languages and Cultural Studies, Modern Languages, World Languages and Cultural Studies.

23/06/20 - School of History Taster Day

School of History Taster Day

Tuesday 23 June 2020 (Timing and schedule TBC here)

Booking goes live in the coming months, but students can register their interest and receive a notification when booking goes live at: https://qmhistory.wufoo.com/forms/m8ymi7150eppi/ 

Course Description

The School of History at Queen Mary offers a series of Taster Days open to Year 12 (lower-sixth) students from all over the UK. If you are thinking of applying to university, Taster Days are a great opportunity to experience a day as a university student, learn more about the courses we offer, explore our Mile End campus, and get advice on preparing your UCAS application. Queen Mary was recently named as one of the top 25 history departments in the UK in the Guardian University Guide, 2019. Come and see for yourself what we have to offer!

Course Requirements

These taster days are open to year 12 students, who may be interested in studying history at University.

Subject Areas

History.

24/06/20 - School of History Taster Day

School of History Taster Day

Wednesday 24 June 2020 (Timing and schedule TBC here)

Booking goes live in the coming months, but students can register their interest and receive a notification when booking goes live at: https://qmhistory.wufoo.com/forms/m8ymi7150eppi/ 

Course Description

The School of History at Queen Mary offers a series of Taster Days open to Year 12 (lower-sixth) students from all over the UK. If you are thinking of applying to university, Taster Days are a great opportunity to experience a day as a university student, learn more about the courses we offer, explore our Mile End campus, and get advice on preparing your UCAS application. Queen Mary was recently named as one of the top 25 history departments in the UK in the Guardian University Guide, 2019. Come and see for yourself what we have to offer!

Course Requirements

These taster days are open to year 12 students, who may be interested in studying history at University.

Subject Areas

History.

25/06/20 - School of History Taster Day

School of History Taster Day

Thursday 25 June 2020 (Timing and schedule TBC here)

Booking goes live in the coming months, but students can register their interest and receive a notification when booking goes live at: https://qmhistory.wufoo.com/forms/m8ymi7150eppi/ 

Course Description

The School of History at Queen Mary offers a series of Taster Days open to Year 12 (lower-sixth) students from all over the UK. If you are thinking of applying to university, Taster Days are a great opportunity to experience a day as a university student, learn more about the courses we offer, explore our Mile End campus, and get advice on preparing your UCAS application. Queen Mary was recently named as one of the top 25 history departments in the UK in the Guardian University Guide, 2019. Come and see for yourself what we have to offer!

Course Requirements

These taster days are open to year 12 students, who may be interested in studying history at University.

Subject Areas

History.

01/07/20 - Economics and Finance Festival

Economics and Finance Festival

Wednesday 1 July 2020, 10am-3pm

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Course Description

The annual QMUL Economics Festival an exciting event open to teachers and students. It is an opportunity for teachers to engage with their passion for the subject, while students can discover what economics is all about and experience first-hand what it's like to study economics and finance at university.

The this festival will include short lectures and interactive activities, competitions and games, tours of the facilities we have here as well as a BBQ lunch and refreshments.

By the end of the day you will have a better understanding of economics and of the wide range opportunities that an Economics and Finance degree from Queen Mary University London can offer you.

Course Requirements

This festival is open to year 11 and year 12 students as well as teachers and their classes who would be interested in studying Economics. Students must be studying or signed up to study A-level Maths.

Subject Areas

Economics, Finance, Mathematics and Statistics.

 

 

15/07/20 - Girls in Maths Taster Day

Girls Maths Taster Day

Wednesday 15 July 2020, 12:30pm - 4:30pm

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Course Description

We're inviting female students to come along and discover what studying a Maths degree at university is really like! Attending a taster day is a great opportunity to 'try out' a Maths degree and gain an insight into student life at Queen Mary. You will have the opportunity to attend two taster lectures on interesting areas of maths in addition to finding out about the careers available to maths graduates and enjoying a tour of our beautiful campus.

You will be able to engage with female undergraduate students and academic lecturers to have all of your questions about studying at Queen Mary answered. Queen Mary University of London is one of the UK's leading research universities, committed to improving social justice and achieving the previously unthinkable. A Russell Group university based in east London, we teach across the full disciplinary spectrum. With staff and students from over 160 nationalities, we are one of the most diverse higher education institutions in the world.

Course Requirements

This taster course is open to current A Level Maths students and students about to enter A level Maths

Subject Areas

Mathematics and Statistics.

09/09/20 - Girls in Maths Taster Day

Girls Maths Taster Day

Wednesday 9 September 2020, 12:30pm - 4:30pm

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Course Description

We're inviting female students to come along and discover what studying a Maths degree at university is really like! Attending a taster day is a great opportunity to 'try out' a Maths degree and gain an insight into student life at Queen Mary. You will have the opportunity to attend two taster lectures on interesting areas of maths in addition to finding out about the careers available to maths graduates and enjoying a tour of our beautiful campus.

You will be able to engage with female undergraduate students and academic lecturers to have all of your questions about studying at Queen Mary answered. Queen Mary University of London is one of the UK's leading research universities, committed to improving social justice and achieving the previously unthinkable. A Russell Group university based in east London, we teach across the full disciplinary spectrum. With staff and students from over 160 nationalities, we are one of the most diverse higher education institutions in the world.

Course Requirements

This taster course is open to current A Level Maths students and students about to enter A level Maths

Subject Areas

Mathematics and Statistics.