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Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements for each PhD project vary but, generally, we are looking for applicants with the following:

  • A first or upper second-class degree in a relevant subject area or a recognised equivalent from an accredited overseas institution or an equivalent professional qualification.

The following information may also be factored into your application:

  • A masters qualification is desirable but not always essential.
  • Relevant experience within the field may also be taken into account.

To check the entry requirements for a project please select it from the table on the postgraduate research opportunities page.

International and European qualifications

Our International Office publishes a list of countries/regions for which we have admissions information online. Please see our central QMUL pages for international students. We use UKNARIC to check the equivalency of International and European qualifications.

Alternatively, to check your eligibility please email us at

English language requirements

All students must meet Queen Mary's English language requirements. Students from outside the United Kingdom must give evidence of their English language ability by producing an English language test score.

The minimum level required for entry to our postgraduate programmes is as follows:

  • Academic IELTS (International English Language Testing Service): 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in reading, speaking and listening

Other qualifications can also be considered; please see the QMUL English Language requirements guidelines for further information.

Students that have yet to take an English proficiency test may still apply and will be made a conditional offer subject to meeting the minimum requirement for English proficiency.

English language and study skills at QMUL

QMUL offers a range of pre-sessional and in-sessional English language courses for students who have not quite reached the required standard of language ability, or for those wishing to improve their English language and study skills

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