Hands-on learning. A global reputation. Unique student projects. Relevant courses. These are some reasons why many international students have chosen to pursue engineering at
Ranked 16th in the UK, Queen Mary is a leading research-intensive Russell Group University with nine Nobel Prize winners among its former staff and students. Their Faculty of Science and Engineering hosts five Schools, where 97% of science and engineering research outputs were rated internationally excellent or world-leading.
Learning has proved to be eye-opening for graduates like Thelma Tay, who completed Queen Mary’s “I have participated in hands-on projects including redesigning a Siemens train button for COVID-19 adaptability and a simulation of a two-link planar anthropomorphic simulator,” she shares.
A Queen Mary education is a fulfilling journey from day one — thanks to a well-designed application process. “Overall, the application process for Queen Mary is straightforward and easy to navigate,” says Mohmad Azim Master, an student from India.
If this is your first time applying to a university as an international student, here’s a quick introduction that’s as easy to understand as Queen Mary’s application process:
1. Students can apply for postgraduate programmes at Queen Mary on their own or through an authorised local representative.
Queen Mary’s is a one-stop platform that contains all the information applicants need, including programme information, fees, entry requirements and application links. The university only allows for a maximum of two taught programmes or one taught and one research programme at Queen Mary per application cycle.
Once you choose your preferred course, you have two options. Click the “Apply now” button to complete the application on your own or reach out to an authorised local representative who helps international applicants to process their applications for free.
Next, you should submit the relevant documents, which include a completed application form, degree transcripts, referee details, statement of details, curriculum vitae (CV) or resume, and an English language certificate (if needed). Key dates and deadlines are clearly stated according to the programme intake for each academic year.
2. International Student Advisers provide support on applying for visas and obtaining a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies.
They provide confidential and specialist support for all Queen Mary students, applicants and offer holders. As immigration rules frequently change, advisers attend regular training to ensure they are competent in providing visa advice to international students — whether it’s helping students with interruptions to their international status or guiding them to apply for a visa.
To request a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS), remember to select the CAS and Immigration title in the applicant portal for direct applicants. Applicants should firmly accept an unconditional offer, pay any required deposit and wait for the CAS issuing window to open before they can receive this number.
3. There are specific entry requirements for postgraduate applicants from India and China.
For Indian applicants seeking entry to postgraduate programmes, Queen Mary normally considers first-class, 2:1 and 2:2 degrees from selected institutions. Offer conditions, however, can vary according to the institution a student is applying from and offers can be made on the GPA scale. That said, the University does not consider a Bachelor of Vocation for a masters entry.
For China applicants, bachelors degrees (minimum four years) from selected institutions are accepted. Again, offer conditions will vary depending on the institution students are applying from. Generally, the University does not accept applications from students studying at Affiliate Colleges.
“Your application will be reviewed by the admissions committee to determine whether you meet the programme requirements,” says Mohmad. “If successful, you’ll receive an offer of admission with any necessary conditions outlined. Once you’ve met these conditions, you can accept your place and begin your studies.”
4. On-campus support is equally impactful.
Upon arrival, you’ll have a range of different events to join during Welcome Week and beyond that introduce new students to the campus, the local area and London. The Students’ Union has official events running as part of its Welcome programme and throughout the semester, including the Welcome Fair, club nights on campus, comedy nights, and many more.
All in all, it’s a great chance for new international students to settle in their environment. “As an international student from India, starting my MSc in Advanced Robotics at Queen Mary was an exciting but nerve-wracking experience,” says Mohmad. “However, the university’s welcome events and orientation programmes helped me to connect with other students and feel at ease.”
The same applies when students reach their accommodation. Palestine-born Mohammed N. A. Herzallah felt welcomed from the first day and met students from various nationalities during induction week. “The motto of Queen Mary accommodation is ‘welcome to your new home.’ Honestly, I could not find a better word than ‘home’ to describe Queen Mary,” he says.
Herzallah lived in Aspire Point Building, then a new Queen Mary postgraduate accommodation that opened in September 2018.
“It is approximately 15 minutes away from the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Westfield Stratford Shopping Mall, Stratford Shopping Centre as well as Stratford Station,” he says. “Overall, there are many attractions in London that are designed to make students have fun while studying at Queen Mary.”
So, are you ready to start your postgraduate education in engineering at Queen Mary University of London? Visit the School of Engineering and Materials Science website to learn more.