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Entry requirements



Entry requirements

My predicted grades do not meet the entry requirements for the programme I want to study. Can I still apply?

We receive a high number of applications for our programmes and are unlikely to offer places to students who do not meet the stated entry requirements. However, if your predicted grades are just below our entry requirements you might still be considered.  Any offers we make will either be at the entry requirements outlined on our website, or at a higher entry requirement.

If you do not meet our entry requirements, you may want to consider applying for our foundation programme.

Do you accept National diploma/BTEC/Access course/Foundation courses?

We accept BTEC qualifications for the following programmes:

The BTEC entry requirements for these three programmes are stipulated below. We do not accept BTEC qualifications on any other programme in our School.

‘NEW’ National Extended Diploma in Applied Science

  • DDD overall (Distinction, Distinction, Distinction), including
  • DD in Units 1 (Principles and Applications of Science) and Unit 5 (Principles and Applications of Science II), including
  • Any 2 Units of 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 17 and 20 at Merit

‘NEW’ National Extended Diploma in Biomedical Science

  • DDD overall (Distinction, Distinction, Distinction), including
  • DD in Units 1 (Principles and Applications of Science) and Unit 5 (Principles and Applications of Science II), including
  • Any 2 of Optional Units Group A (8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 17, 20 and 21) at Merit

‘NEW’ National Extended Diploma in Analytical and Forensic Science or Physical Science

  • DDD overall (Distinction, Distinction, Distinction), including
  • DD in Units 1 (Principles and Applications of Science) and Unit 5 (Principles and Applications of Science II), including
  • Any 2 Units of 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 17 and 20 at Merit

Students with National Diploma/Access/Foundation qualifications: we will consider applications, from students with these qualifications, on a case-by-case basis. Where an application shows clear evidence of exceptional quality it is likely we will ask you to attend an interview to assess your knowledge on the subject.  Some of our programmes do not accept these qualifications; please see individual degree pages for more information.

Access courses must be Open College Network accredited.

I am a mature student interested in studying one of your programmes. What qualifications will I need?

We welcome applications from mature students. You will usually be required to meet the standard entry requirements for our programmes. However, if you have extensive relevant work or research experience but do not quite meet our entry requirements, you can contact our admissions team for further advice:


All applications will be considered on individual merits.

I am taking more than 3 A-levels. Will all of my A-levels be taken into account for any offer that can be made?

Any offers we make will only be based on three of your A-level subjects. These will be specified in the terms of our offer, which you will receive via UCAS track.

Do you accept applications from students who are re-sitting their A-levels?

We will usually still consider students who are re-sitting all, or components of, their A-levels to achieve higher grades.  However, where we are making you an offer, we might ask for a slightly higher overall tariff if you are taking re-sits.

Students planning to subsequently apply to medicine are encouraged to discuss policy on re-sits with any medical schools they are thinking of applying to.


What do you look for in a UCAS application?

For us, the four most important parts on your UCAS application are as follows:

  1. The grades you have already achieved
    We want to check that you have reached basic requirements in English and maths (C at GCSE or equivalent), and we will consider the grades you have achieved in relevant subjects (i.e. chemistry and/or biology and any other sciences).
  2. The grades you are predicted to achieve
    We want to check that you are predicted to meet the entry requirements for the programme you have applied for. If your predicted grades are just below our entry requirements, you might still be considered.  Any offers we make will either be at the entry requirements outlined on our website, or at a higher entry requirement.
  3. Your academic reference
    We are looking for evidence that you will be a good student. We want to know that you can interact appropriately with both your tutors and your peers, that you put a sufficient amount of effort into your studies, that you are motivated and committed to your studies, and any other positive attributes you hold as a student.
  4. Your personal statement
    Within your personal statement we are looking for evidence of enthusiasm, potential, and originality; as well as relevant experience outside of your formal studies.

I am applying from overseas. Is there anything I should know as an international applicant?

As an international applicant, you may have studied for different qualifications than those stated in our entry requirements. To find out whether we accept your qualification, and how your grades/marks translate please visit our international pages.

On the international pages you will also find information about:

  1. English language requirements
  2. How to apply
  3. Fees and funding
  4. Information about living and studying in the UK.

In recognition of the important investment that overseas students are making in their education, we are pleased to offer the International Science and Engineering Excellence Awards (ISEEA) for outstanding academic achievement.

The ISEEA have a value of £5,000 to successful international applicants, which applies to each year of your academic study if you meet certain criteria. This amount will be deducted directly from tuition fees payable to QMUL. These scholarships apply to all our undergraduate taught courses except Biomedical Sciences BSc, Neuroscience BSc and Pharmacology and Therapeutics BSc.

I would like to apply for your Biomedical Sciences BSc and go on to study medicine afterwards. Is this possible?

Many of our graduates progress onto studying medicine or dentistry and this programme has been designed with this in mind. 

The top 15 graduates on our Biomedical Sciences BSc, based on the first two years of study, are guaranteed a place to study Medicine at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, subject to successful interview and gaining an upper second class BSc. 

A high proportion of graduates from all our programmes progress onto studying medicine or dentistry. You would need to complete the three-year BSc programme, and then apply for either the four-year Graduate Entry Programme (GEP) or the five-year programme in medicine.

Will I be required to attend an interview?

Most applicants will not have to attend an interview. However, as applications are considered on a case-by-case basis, an interview might be arranged to assess your suitability for the degree programme.

Can I transfer to QMUL from my current institution?

We usually do not allow students to transfer onto our degree programmes once they have started their studies elsewhere.  

For students studying with the Open University the procedures differ slightly. For more advice contact our admissions team:
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7882 8793/3321


Where can I find out about the accommodation offered by QMUL?

Our residences team can help you find student accommodation at QMUL. They will be able to provide you with information on what accommodation we have available for students, how and when to apply, and any other questions you may have.

You can browse photos of our accommodation and Mile End campus in this Flickr album

Are any of your programmes accredited?

Our Biomedical Science BSc has been accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science.

Our Psychology BSc is accredited by the British Psychological Society and, upon successful completion, you will be eligible for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC).

All our Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Chemistry degree programmes (three and four year BSc and MSci) are accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry.

I would like to visit. How and when can I do this?

You have three options if you want to visit QMUL:

  1. QMUL open days
    Open days provide you with a chance to find out what life as a student is like at QMUL. A range of talks, tours and activities will be available on the day. To find out when we will next be opening our doors and to book your place please visit our open days page.
  2. Campus tours
    If you cannot make an open day but would like to visit the university you can book a campus tour.
  3. Departmental open days
    The School of Biological and Chemical Sciences holds subject-specific open days for students who have applied to us. We will contact you, once you have applied to us, if you are eligible to attend one of these days.
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