The School of Biological and Chemical Sciences


Entry requirements

You should view the relevant programme pages for specific entry requirements, however please see below for general entry requirements for programmes offered at the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences.

Only first year entry is available on all programmes.

Students who have already started on one programme in the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences and not completed this, cannot normally apply to start again on a different programme in the School.

We do not usually accept students who have already started their studies at a different institution, even for first year entry.

Please note that we maintain the right to reject applications containing any form of plagiarism.


A level/GCSE qualifications

For all SBCS programmes we ask for applicants to achieve ABB at A2 level from three subjects. For Biology, Biomedical Science, Genetics, Medical Genetics and Zoology the three subject must include Biology A2, and for Biochemistry, Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Chemistry we usually require applicants to have taken Chemistry A2. 

Points achieved from subjects taken to AS level only will not be counted. 


Non A level qualifications

Vocational Qualifications and foundation degrees

We are happy to consider non-standard qualifications such as BTEC, Access and Foundation Programmes from other universities, providing there is an appropriate emphasis on science (eg Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Physics). These qualifications are considered on a case-by-case basis and only where there is clear evidence of exceptional quality and when we are satisfied that the qualification offered is of sufficient academic rigour. In some cases this may involve an interview. More details can be found on the individual programme pages.


International Equivalents

We accept international equivalents of UK A levels, however it is important that the qualification is considered to be of the same standard as UK A levels.

Qualifications we accept include the International Baccalaureate, the Irish Leaving Certificate, Scottish qualifications, European Baccalaureate, French Baccalaureate, the German Abitur, Polish Matura. The main College website contains information on which international qualifications are recognised by Queen Mary, University of London. Please click here for details.


International students should have IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each component), or equivalent.

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