How to Get Into Queen Mary University of London (QMUL)

‘How do I get into Queen Mary University’ is a question that I run into again and again! Luckily, I know exactly how to answer it. Here at The Profs, 95% of our students applying to their first and second-choice universities get in! 

QMUL looks out for completely different characteristics from many other Russell Group universities. With so many applicants, it is hard to stand out. We’ll dive into some tips on how to demonstrate the X factor in this article.

Many of our team members have worked in admissions for top-tier universities. So, if anyone has the know-how to make your application as perfect as possible, it’s us. In our experience, we’ve seen that very few students know how to write an undergraduate university application that targets Queen Mary’s unique admissions criteria. Thankfully, we offer the right support and preparation to aid you in submitting an application that stands out and maximises your chances of an offer. 

Read on for insider information from our team of admissions experts.

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Is QMUL a Russell Group university?

Queen Mary University of London is one of the 24 Russell Group universities, based in East London. QMUL is ranked 53rd on the UK league tables and in the top 150 in QS world university rankings. It is particularly well-known for its medical school, Barts, which offers prestigious and competitive Medicine courses, as well as its Dentistry courses. Queen Mary also offers a range of other courses, from Law to Liberal Arts. 

What are the QMUL entry requirements?

QMUL’s entry requirements vary depending on the course you’re applying to study and the country you’re applying from. The table below shows the UK qualifications and some of the most common international qualifications accepted by Queen Mary, and the entry requirements for each.

QualificationEntry requirements
A LevelsRange from A*AA-BBB, depending on the course.
International Baccalaureate (IB)Range from 37 points (with 18 points at Higher Level) to 30 points overall (with 5,5,5 at Higher Level) depending on the course.
French Baccalaureate15/20-13/20, depending on the course.
Abitur (Germany)Range from 1.5 overall (including 13 in two higher level(LK) subjects) to 2.0 (including 10 in two higher level(LK) subjects), depending on the course.
Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)HKDSE with 445-555* including 4-5 in at least two elective subjects related to the degree applied for.
National Board (CBSE/ISC)70%-90%, depending on the course.
Other international qualificationsCheck the full list of international qualifications accepted by Queen Mary University of London.

QMUL is a diverse university which accepts a wide range of international qualifications. It displays international qualifications on its individual course pages, so always check there before applying. For more information on how to apply to QMUL as an international student, see the university’s guide or get in touch with The Profs for one-to-one support from one of our international admissions experts.

Does QMUL give contextual offers?

Yes, Queen Mary University of London does make contextual offers based on data from its applicants. Depending on a range of socioeconomic factors, QMUL may make a standard contextual offer of one grade reduction or an enhanced contextual offer of two grade reducations. Many students won’t meet this criteria and will be made standard entry offers, but it’s still worth checking if you are eligible on the QMUL website.

Insider advice 

Find out about additional awards and scholarships:

Queen Mary University of London is known for its inclusivity, diversity, and accessibility to higher education. As a result, it offers many awards, bursaries and scholarships to help talented students achieve places on its courses. 

One example of these awards is QMUL’s Outstanding Potential Award (OPA), which is offered to selected students on a case by case basis who show great academic potential. The OPA can allow promising students to receive a lower grade offer than the standard entry requirements. If you’re selected as a candidate for this award during the university application process, you will be invited to attend an interview and, if you perform well, your conditional offer will be revised by the university. 

It’s always worth checking to find the best offers from the top universities that are most well-suited to you. Whether you’re a UK or international student, our A level tutors and IB tutors can advise you on the best courses to suit your grades and help you reach the grades required for entry. More than 95% of our applicants receive offers from their first or second choice university, so if you’re looking to maximise your chances of an offer from QMUL, reach out to our team today.  

Demonstrate cultural awareness:

QMUL’s focus on diversity, widening access and inclusivity, attracts many UK and international students from across the world. QMUL embrace their cultural diversity. Demonstrate that you align with their ethos and campus by showing cultural awareness and understanding. 

If you’re an international student, it could be worth talking about how your background has made you a good fit for this international university.

7 tips for getting into QMUL

1. Do you actually know your specific requirements?

The entry requirements for courses at QMUL differ greatly between courses – not just in terms of grades, but also the specific subjects required. For example, Economics and Finance courses not only require applicants to achieve AAA at A-level, but one of these A-levels must be in Mathematics (or Pure Maths).

Some competitive courses, including Medicine, Dentistry and Law, also require applicants to study specific subject combinations (for example, Biology or Chemistry, and a second science or Maths for Medicine) as well as achieve A*AA overall. If you want to go to QMUL, our advisors can help you work out what your already banked or predicted grades can get you. For example, if you want to study Law but don’t have or can’t make A*AA, Business with Law is a lower AAA requirement.

It’s also important to check for admissions tests that are required for your course. For example, QMUL does not require the LNAT for Law, however it does require the UCAT for both Medicine and Dentistry, which you’ll need to register and prepare for in advance.

For Medicine, QMUL will also invite you to an interview as part of the admission process. If you need help preparing for your admissions test or interview at QMUL, the Profs’ admissions consultancy is the perfect way to level up your knowledge, grow confidence in your abilities, and give yourself the best chance of success.

2. How to actually go beyond your school syllabus

When it comes to writing your personal statement, ensuring that you show a genuinely passionate and in-depth understanding of your subject goes a long way. Queen Mary University values extracurricular activities as well as good grades, so it’s important that you don’t just limit yourself to school study. Subject and industry-specific knowledge can be gained by going beyond the school syllabus and reading widely and/or gaining real-world experience.

If you want to get into top universities such as QMUL, it’s best to start expanding your reading list and furthering your passions early on. Not only will it work wonders for your personal statement, but it will also help you get ahead with your independent study skills in preparation for university-level study, which is a significant step up from school-level. Reach out to our team of tutors today who can help you start preparing ahead of time.

Note that work experience and wider reading are particularly important in an interview, where your knowledge and motivations will be put to the test. Queen Mary University of London holds traditional panel interviews for its Medicine degree course, which involve being interviewed by multiple experts from the department, so brushing up on your subject knowledge will ensure that you can have insightful conversations and give thoughtful, informed answers to your interviewers’ questions.

Insider tip 1: Don’t forget to research QMUL itself! Show interest in Queen Mary’s research strengths: Queen Mary University is renowned for its research excellence in various fields. Familiarise yourself with the university’s research strengths and mention any specific areas of research that align with your academic interests in your application. Highlight how you hope to contribute to and benefit from the university’s research community. Know your department especially, including any relevant research they’re conducting or achievements they’ve collected. Mentioning this will prove your genuine enthusiasm for your discipline at QMUL. 

Insider tip 2: Take the time to explore Queen Mary’s campus virtually or, if possible, visit open days/events in person. Familiarise yourself with the facilities, libraries, and resources available to students. Mention specific aspects of the campus or facilities that appeal to you and how they will contribute to your academic journey. Take note of any unique features or initiatives mentioned during these events and incorporate them into your application.

Read our guide to preparing for a Medicine interview for more tips or get in touch with our expert medical admissions team for more specialist support.

3. You’ve mentioned a solid 5-year plan, right?

Getting into QMUL is a great goal to have, but it’s also important to think about the long-term plan. Consider how a degree in your chosen subject from QMUL in particular will help you to achieve your future academic or career goals. For example, you may want to go on to study a Master’s or PhD, follow a specific career path, or land a graduate job at your dream company. 

Queen Mary University of London values driven and ambitious students. They boast 90% of their graduates are in work or further study within fifteen months of graduating (Graduate Outcome Survey, 2022). QMUL’s Careers and Enterprise team support their students for two years after graduation and help them get the edge they need in today’s job market. QMUL provide workshops and guidance to help graduates apply effectively for work experience and graduate jobs. Consequently, QMUL take pride in their high student employability and want to maintain it. So, mention your career aspirations in your application and be specific. If QMUL are confident that you are ambitious, career-driven and likely to get a good job after graduating, it will boost your application! 

Check out QMUL’s great careers page. It also offers useful tips on how to showcase your skills and experience effectively. You can also find career inspiration on each subject page, such as for Mathematics, where there is a list of common career paths (such as Finance, Accounting, Engineering, and Management) and companies (including J.P Morgan, Bank of England, PWC, and more) that QMUL graduates move on to.

For more support on coming up with a career plan and making the most of this in your application, get in touch with our team.

Insider tip: Queen Mary University has strong connections to various industries and actively promotes employability. Research and mention any industry partnerships, guest lectures, or career development opportunities facilitated by the university. Demonstrate how these connections and opportunities will enhance your learning experience and future career prospects. Using QMUL’s own resources and having your own career goals in mind will help you enhance your personal statement and prove to QMUL that you are motivated and committed to your academic future. 

4. Invest in your personal statement!

For many of QMUL’s competitive courses, lots of applicants will achieve the grades required for entry. For these courses, personal statements are a crucial factor in deciding who to offer places to, so it’s really important to invest plenty of time into preparing and writing your personal statement.

Use your personal statement as a chance to express what makes you unique. Describe your academic and career ambitions, detail your skills and experience, and explain why you would be an excellent candidate for your chosen course. QMUL particularly looks for students who have a clear passion for their subject area that extends beyond the bounds of the school curriculum. This can include anything from wider reading to extracurricular activities at school and work experience.

The Profs’ experienced personal statement tutors can provide further guidance on how you can write a stand-out statement that enhances your QMUL application.

Insider tip 1: QMUL prides itself on their prioritisation of social justice and improving lives. Consequently, you should include a clear mission statement in your application. What’s your positive social mission? What are your values and what is your personal idea of success? If QMUL loves your mission statement, they won’t want to turn you down e.g. QMUL might feel they’re contradicting their ethos to reject a Medicine student who dreams of one day opening a free healthcare clinic in Costa Rica.

Insider tip 2: A good referee is important. Obviously, you want them to speak highly of you, but ideally, they will highlight your skills and qualities that are relevant to your chosen degree. For this reason, as well as for the general impression of your application, it is best to choose a referee who teaches your chosen subject or within your discipline. It is also a good idea to choose a referee who knows you well enough to write you something of quality. On this note: connect with Queen Mary alumni. Reach out to Queen Mary alumni through networking platforms or alumni associations. Seek advice and insights into the application process, student life, and career opportunities. Their firsthand experiences and perspectives can provide valuable information and guidance for your application.

Note that all students applying to university for 2023, 2024 or 2025 will still be required to submit a UCAS personal statement as normal. However, from January 2025 onwards (October 2024, for Oxbridge applicants), there will be changes to the UCAS application process and students will no longer be required to write a personal statement. Instead, all applicants will answer a series of shorter, more tailored questions provided by UCAS.

5. Lay the ‘groundwork’ for Acceptance

To help further prove your commitment to these long-term goals and make your application stand out from the thousands of other Queen Mary applicants, you should look to gain relevant work experience in your field. Whether paid or unpaid, having experience working in your desired field will provide you with invaluable real-world insights that you can use throughout your application. 

Queen Mary University values practical experience and encourages applicants to showcase relevant work experience, internships, or industry placements. Highlight how these experiences have contributed to your academic and personal development, and how they align with your chosen course at Queen Mary University.

Similarly, don’t underestimate the power of extracurriculars. They can prove you are committed to your subject and passionate about it outside of academia, and shape you as a candidate. You can also show you have the characteristics that QMUL values through your extracurricular activities.

6. Don’t trip on your admissions test

If you’re required to take an admissions test, it should not be neglected. Your A level grades are not more important than your admissions test score. Those who study hard for both have a better chance of getting in!

Some courses at Queen Mary University may require applicants to take admissions tests, such as the UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT), Biomedical Admissions Test (BMAT), or Mathematics Admissions Test (MAT). 

Familiarise yourself with the specific test requirements for your chosen programme and allocate sufficient time to prepare and practice for these tests. Utilise available resources, including sample questions and practice tests, to enhance your performance.

7. Remember the purpose of your interview

Certain courses at Queen Mary University may involve interviews as part of the selection process. For example, Medicine applicants are interviewed. If your chosen programme requires an interview, familiarise yourself with the format and expectations. 

Research common interview questions related to your field of study and prepare thoughtful responses. Practise mock interviews to improve your confidence and communication skills. 

Additionally, be prepared to discuss any relevant experiences, academic projects, or personal qualities that make you a suitable candidate for the course.

Get 1-to-1 guidance from an expert admissions tutor

At the Profs, we have many admissions consultants who can guide you through the process of applying to Queen Mary University of London, as well as LSE, UCL and other top universities. We offer our students the very best tuition in the business – in fact, only 3% of tutors who apply to our network are accepted to work with us. As a result, more than 95% of our applicants receive an offer from their first or second choice universities at undergraduate level. 

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FAQs

What is the Queen Mary University of London acceptance rate?

In 2020, the undergraduate QMUL acceptance rate was 17% (based on date by UCAS). The university received 37,695 applications and granted places to 6,385 students.
With the help of The Profs’ expert Queen Mary University consultants, 95% of our students receive an offer from their first or second choice universities. Get in touch with our team to maximise your chances of getting into QMUL.

What are the most competitive courses at QMUL?

Queen Mary University of London is most well-known for its Medicine and Dentistry courses, for which it ranks tenth and second best in the UK respectively. In fact, QMUL’s medical school (known as Barts medical school) has a long history of providing top-quality medical education and was founded as England’s first official medical school (then London Hospital Medical College). Medicine and Dentistry remain among QMUL’s most prestigious and competitive courses today, with each requiring applicants to achieve A*AA at A-level (or equivalent).

QMUL also has a range of other medical and dental courses offered by its medical and dental school. These include BSc Oral Health, BSc Pharmacology and Innovative Therapeutics, and BSc Neuroscience, all of which have slightly lower entry requirements of ABB at A-level or 32 points overall including 655 in Higher Level subjects (including Higher Level Biology) in the International Baccalaureate (IB).

QMUL is also ranked as the seventh best university in the UK for Law. It offers a range of undergraduate Law courses, including a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) course, which requires A*AA at A-level, as well as LLB Law and Politics and LLB Law with Business.

How does the University of London work?

The University of London is a federal university which consists of 17 self-governing colleges which are essentially treated as separate universities. City is one of these colleges, along with other prestigious universities including King’s College London (KCL), London School of Economics (LSE), London Business School, University College London (UCL), Queen Mary University of London, and more.

Students apply to universities that are a part of the University of London separately via UCAS. You can apply to more than one of these universities as separate choices on your UCAS application.

Is QMUL a good university?

QMUL is a good UK university, ranking in the top 50 in UK league tables and top 120 in QS world university rankings. It is particularly well-known for its medical school, Barts, which offers prestigious and competitive Medicine courses, as well as its Dentistry courses.

How long does QMUL take to reply?

At postgraduate level, QMUL aims to inform you of a decision on your application within two weeks of receiving it. At undergraduate level, all decisions will be made by the UCAS deadline for universities on the 18th May 2023.

Is QMUL good for Law?

Queen Mary University of London is a good university for Law and is well-respected in the industry. It ranked as the 14th best university in the UK for Law, according to the Complete University Guide (2023).

Is QMUL prestigious?

QMUL is an established university and has an excellent reputation for its research and facilities. It is particularly well-known for its medical school, Barts, which offers prestigious and competitive Medicine and Dentistry courses.

Where is Queen Mary University?

Queen Mary University is located in Bethnal Green, east London, between Stepney Green and Mile End tube stations.

Does Queen Mary University accept BTEC?

Queen Mary University does accept level 3 BTEC qualifications for most of its programmes. Some programmes require specific subject knowledge which you may not be able to cover as part of a BTEC, and in that case, you will be required to have an additional A-Level qualification. A small number of QMUL’s courses do not accept BTEC qualifications, so make sure you check on your specific course page before applying.

Does Queen Mary University require LNAT?

Queen Mary University does not require the LNAT for its undergraduate Law programme.