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 meet the needs of the majority of our applicants. If you are taking qualifications that are not included below, our Admissions team will be happy to help you.

For enquiries about Medicine and Dentistry, please contact:

Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8478
email: smdadmissions@qmul.ac.uk

For enquiries about all other undergraduate courses, please contact:
The Admissions Office
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 5511
Freephone (UK callers only): 0800 376 1800
email: admissions@qmul.ac.uk

Applying for Medicine or Dentistry

If you are interested in applying to study Medicine or Dentistry, please read detailed information about entry requirements, admissions policy and procedure available at: http://www.smd.qmul.ac.uk/undergraduate/courses/

Course-specific entry requirements

General information on entry requirements is listed below, but more detailed information can be found for each course on our Course Finder.

A-Level and GCSE reform in England

Queen Mary University of London recognises the significant challenge to schools and colleges presented by the reforms to A-level and GCSE which started in September 2015 and will continue until 2020. We have prepared a Statement on A-level and GCSE reform, which sets out our response.

You can download our full statement on the reform below:

AS- and A-level qualifications

For students taking three or more A-levels, all our offers will normally be expressed in terms of three A-level grades. Unless you are applying for medicine or dentistry and started your A-levels before September 2015, any AS-levels you are taking in addition to A-levels will not be considered when we decide whether to make you an offer or not.

If you are taking science A-levels in England you will normally be asked to achieve a Pass in the practical element, in addition to the overall A-level grade. This requirement will not be applied to you if you are taking science A-levels privately.

Required subjects (A-levels)

Many of our courses require particular subjects and we have specified these in our course level entry requirements in our course finder. In some cases we also specify a minimum grade. While we do not normally specify 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 course. 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: admissions@qmul.ac.uk

Excluded subjects (A-levels)

Some of our courses do not accept General Studies or Critical Thinking, and others may exclude Use of Mathematics. You can find full details of the subjects excluded for each courses in our course finder.


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.

We map GCSE letter grades to numerical grades as follows:

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

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

The 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. We welcome applications from students with an EPQ and may make you an alternative offer which includes a specific grade in the EPQ in addition to three A-level grades.

Please see our EPQ webpage for further information. 

Core Mathematics Qualifications

We welcome the introduction of the new Core Mathematics 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.

For courses that require GCSE Maths at a particular grade, we may consider the Core Maths qualification in lieu of the GCSE Maths. Where this is the case, we will specify this and the minimum grade required, in any offer of study.

International Baccalaureate (IB)

Offers to students taking the IB Diploma will normally be expressed in terms of an overall points score out of 45 and will specify the points you should achieve in three Higher Levels (HLs).  We may specify grades in particular subjects at HL and, in some cases, a minimum grade in Standard Level (SL).

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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

BTEC Level 3 Diplomas

Our entry requirements at course level state where the BTEC National Extended Diploma is accepted on its own, where an additional A-level is needed or where the qualification is not accepted at all.

See further details of the BTEC subjects accepted and grade requirements.

On an individual basis, we may also consider other National Diplomas and the National Extended Certificate in combination with relevant A-levels or equivalent qualifications. If you are taking a combination of qualifications and would like advice about whether these will be accepted, please contact our Admissions team: admissions@qmul.ac.uk.

We recognise that, for a period of two or three years, students may take either the unreformed (QCF) or the reformed (RQF) BTEC qualifications. We have decided to express our entry requirements in terms of the grades required in the new RQF BTECs that have been introduced from September 2016 onwards. However, we will consider applications from students taking either qualification in a relevant subject and will consider each application on its individual merits and specify the appropriate minimum requirements to be achieved in any offer that we make.

Access to HE Diplomas

We accept the QAA Access to HE Diploma for admission to most of our courses. We typically expect the Access course to be in a discipline relevant to the degree being applied for, and any offer of study will specify a minimum number of credits at Merit and/or Distinction in relevant modules. You can find more detailed information in our course finder.

Combined qualifications

If you are taking a combination of qualifications at level 3, we will consider your academic profile and may make offers on a case-by-case basis. You are advised to contact the Admissions team (admissions@qmul.ac.uk) before making an application so that we can give individual advice.

Outstanding Potential Award

We may make you an unconditional offer on the basis of your academic profile and predicted grades. See more information about our Outstanding Potential Award (OPA) Scheme and the degree programmes that take part.

Contextualised 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 contextualised admissions page.

Transfer and Advanced Entry

Subject to the policy of the School concerned, it may be possible for students to join undergraduate degree courses at the beginning of the second year of a three or four-year degree course or, sometimes, the beginning of the third year of a four-year course.

If you are applying for advanced entry on the basis of a post-A-level qualification, such as the BTEC HND, you should apply via UCAS in the usual way. If you wish to transfer your degree studies from another UK higher education institution, you will be considered on the basis of your original A-level or equivalent qualifications, current syllabus, academic references and results.

We normally expect you to have met the first year entry requirements for the course being applied for and to have achieved a 2.1 standard on your current degree course. Applications must be submitted via UCAS. The Admissions team is happy to advise you (admissions@qmul.ac.uk).

International qualifications

Our students come from over 162 countries and we accept a wide range of international qualifications in addition to A-levels, the International Baccalaureate and BTEC qualifications. You can find out more about how we assess the equivalence of your qualification by consulting our dedicated country/ region specific pages for international students.

English language requirements

We expect all students to have a good standard of English in order to successfully study on a course. The minimum English language requirement is GCSE grade C or 4, though the requirements for some courses may be higher. Please refer to the web pages for full details of the course English requirements and acceptable alternative qualifications.