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Information for new students

We look forward to welcoming you to the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences (SBCS) at QMUL. Here is some useful information for new undergraduate students starting September 2017.

Induction and Welcome Week

For new undergraduate students, your QMUL degree starts with Induction Week, which begins on Monday 18 September. Induction Week is compulsory for all new undergraduates; you will find out important information on how to get the most out of your degree, including how to use the library and other learning resources, how you’ll be assessed, and what support and resources are available to you during your degree.

All new undergraduates will receive their Induction Week timetable via email before the end of August 2017.

Watch our video to get some tips on starting at QMUL:

SBCS student handbook

Your undergraduate handbook contains important information on what to expect from your time at QMUL and what we expect from you. It is essential that you read this and save it for reference – it will be useful for you throughout your degree. You will receive a copy of the SBCS student handbook during Induction Week.

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Find out how to get around on campus - download our maps for our Mile End, Whitechapel and Charterhouse Square campuses.


You will receive an email from QMUL before you arrive with details on how to pre-enrol; you should follow the instructions in this email and complete pre-enrolment before you arrive. You will have a fixed slot for enrolling during Induction Week, which will be part of your Induction Week timetable. Find out more about pre-enrolment and enrolment.  

QMUL events during Induction Week

There are many university-wide events for new students that take place during Induction Week. These include academic sessions plus events run by Queen Mary Students’ Union (QMSU). QMSU organises Freshers’ Fair, where you can join over 300 societies, find out about volunteering opportunities and socialise with other students. The QMSU will get in touch with all new students before term starts.

Term dates

Term starts on Monday 18 September 2017 for new students. For the first few weeks of term you should be prepared to be at university full time. Throughout your degree you should check your timetable regularly because, unlike at school, there may be short notice changes. Term ends on Friday 15 December 2017. Find out more about term dates.

Download the QMUL app

Download the free QMUL app on your phone. Once term starts, you’ll use the QMUL app to check your timetable, read your QMUL emails, search for and renew library books and much more. 

International students

International students may want to read the international pages before arriving at QMUL. International students can book free transport from Heathrow airport to Mile End campus the weekend before Induction Week, and there are many social and cultural events organised specifically for international students. Find out more about getting the most out of QMUL as an international student

Advice and Counselling Service

As you begin your time at QMUL, you may need specialist advice or counselling for personal issues, to help you adjust, or to help you sort your finances.  Find out more about what QMUL’s Advice and Counselling Service can offer you as a student, or watch the video below.  

Students with children

If you are a parent or about to become one, you may be eligible for extra financial support depending on your circumstances. Find out what financial help you might get from student finance (UK government student support), welfare benefits or QMUL, if you meet the eligibility criteria for these different types of funding. You can also access other resources you may find useful, such as our childcare guide.

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