It's more important than ever to make sure you develop skills to help you prepare for life after graduation, whether that's in work, further study or on another adventure.
At Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), we've been working to include a broader range of skills and experiences as part of our undergraduate degrees to make sure that by the time you graduate, you can stand out from the crowd and apply yourself to whatever you choose to do next.
In September 2017, we introduced the QMUL Model as part of all our undergraduate degree programmes. Our innovative new approach to degree-level study means that opportunities for you to develop a whole host of skills will be a part of your degree. Whether you'd like to develop your business and entrepreneurial skills, explore global perspectives, or understand social and ethical issues there will be new opportunities within your studies to gain valuable experience and develop new and exciting skills.
Our approach allows all our undergraduate students to continue with a focus on disciplinary experience, complemented by a personalised programme to broaden their perspective, improve networking and communication skills, and provide experience outside their subject area and outside the university
Professor Colin Bailey, President and Principal of QMUL
How does the QMUL Model work?
When you join us, you'll see we have included options within your first year that lay the foundations of these key skills. Take a look at the QMUL course finder to explore what you'll be studying this autumn.
When you move into year two and beyond, the choices will increase. Perhaps you're a budding scientist who'd like to work on a community project; a historian with dreams of running your own business; or an engineer who'd love to travel? The QMUL Model is our way of making sure you get all the opportunities you need to succeed.
How can I personalise my degree programme?
QMUL Model modules – which count towards approximately 10 per cent of your degree – are built into your curriculum either as core modules, or options. We have also developed a suite of additional, extra-curricular activities that have been designed to help you develop key skills and gain valuable experience. Working with your tutor, you’ll be able to personalise your programme to add in the activities that develop skills and offer experiences most important to you.
Opportunities will help you:
Get ready for the workplace
- apply for placements and work experience opportunities
- volunteer in the community or support advice centres
- develop management, leadership and entrepreneurship skills.
Broaden your horizons
- travel overseas and study abroad
- choose modules from other academic subjects.
Build new skills while you study
- explore languages, communication, research and writing skills
- take on consultancy or project work with local businesses, charities and other organisations
- work with other students on projects linked to the research of one of our academics.
QMUL was born from the People's Palace, a philanthropic organisation opened by Queen Victoria in 1887. The Palace gave Londoners the opportunities they needed to help them move up in the world and contribute to public good. We hold true to that commitment in our curriculum today. Whether you’ll be working with local communities or businesses, developing your own business idea or bringing a project to life, you will leave QMUL ready to make a difference to the world around you.
The QMUL Model is a progressive step to ensure all students get the chance to improve their options for future careers or study at the same time as receiving a high-quality teaching and learning experience
Sumeera Ahmad, Queen Mary Students' Union Vice President Education
What do I need to know about the QMUL Model and my degree?
What is the QMUL Model?
The QMUL Model is the Queen Mary approach to developing degrees. We've looked at our programmes and enhanced existing modules, created new modules, and integrated insights from our careers team so that all our students have opportunities to develop skills that will help broaden their experience. It was launched new for first years in September 2017 and will continue to expand every year as we add more exciting options into programmes across the university.
What does the QMUL Model involve?
QMUL Model activities will make up 10 per cent of your programme of studies each year. This is the case for each year of your programme starting with the first year (Level 4) regardless of whether you are taking a three-, four- or five-year course. The QMUL Model does not apply to Foundation Year programmes.
We have also developed a suite of extra-curricular activities that you can take alongside your main degree.
How is the QMUL Model assessed?
The QMUL Model modules have stated learning outcomes and are assessed in the same ways as other modules within your degree programme, giving credits that count towards the total number required for each year of your programme.
What will I study in the first year?
The QMUL Model is fully integrated in your first year, so please take a look at your programme's entry on the QMUL course finder for more detailed information. You will also find contact details for a member of staff in your academic School who can advise you if you have detailed questions about what you will study.
What will I study in the second and subsequent years?
You will be able to choose from a range of options in your second and subsequent years. You will work with your personal tutor to choose options that will help you to develop knowledge, experience and skills that most closely suit your interests and aspirations. The list of modules available in your second year will be published in early 2018.
When will I choose my modules?
Your first year modules are compulsory so there is no need for you to make a choice. You will be asked to choose your second year modules early in the spring of your first year.
Does the QMUL Model count towards my degree result?
Yes, the MUL Model is fully integrated in your degree programme. The Model modules are assessed and will count towards your final degree result. The amount may vary slightly by year but, overall, the QMUL Model content will contribute around 10 per cent of your credits per year.
Any extra-curricular activities you undertake will be recorded on your Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR) as a lasting record of your achievements at university.
How does study abroad count towards the QMUL Model?
Yes, if you choose to take a semester or a year studying abroad then no further QMUL Model modules will be required in that year of your degree programme. The same applies for programmes that include a year in industry.
Can I opt out of the QMUL Model?
The QMUL Model is fully integrated in all our degree programmes, so it is not possible to opt out. We believe participation in the QMUL Model will provide you with essential knowledge, experience and skills that will help you to succeed with the next step after graduation, whether that is in a career or further study.
Will the title of my degree programme change?
No, the QMUL Model does not affect the title of your degree programme.
Will the accreditation of my degree be affected?
No, the QMUL Model does not affect the accreditation, eg by professional bodies, of degree programmes (where this is in place).
Will I get a QMUL Model certificate?
You will not receive a specific QMUL Model certificate in addition to your degree certificate and transcript of results. However, you will have access to an e-portfolio tool that you can use to document relevant activities and learning and extra-curricular activities will be recorded on your Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR). You will be able to use this as a source of evidence to showcase your knowledge, skills and experience when applying to potential employers or graduate schemes.
Who do I contact if I have further questions about my programme?
Speak to a member of the team in your new academic school. To find their details, click through to the QMUL course finder and look up your programme. You’ll find the contact telephone number and email address on that page.