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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Do you offer degrees part-time?

Yes, all our masters degrees are available are part-time. Please note if you plan to work whilst studying its important you allow sufficient time to cope with out-of-class requirements, such as preparing for seminars and assessment. All teaching takes place between 9am-6pm at the Mile End campus.

Do you offer degrees via Distance Learning?

Yes, a number of our programmes are offered via Distance Learning. Distance Learning is useful if you do not – or cannot – live in London for the duration of your degree. It is also useful if you have a demanding job and do not enjoy the flexibility to regularly take time off in the daytime to attend classes.

Distance Learning modules are taught online. Students primarily communicate with – and are supervised by - lecturers via electronic media through, for example, scheduled online seminars (“webinars”). As well as planned access to lecturers, students also enjoy full access to the electronic library resources of QMUL and the University of London.

Do you offer shorter versions of your programmes?

We also offer shorter versions of most of our programmes that will give you a Postgraduate Diploma or a Postgraduate Certificate.

Postgraduate Diploma students take four modules over two semesters (full time) or four semesters (part time). They do not complete a dissertation.

Postgraduate Certificate students complete two modules over one semester (full time), again there is no dissertation.

How many days a week will I have to be attend?

Core modules usually include a weekly one hour lecture and one hour seminar and these are usually held on the same day. Your option module(s) also follow the above format, so it is likely you will have to be in for two days a week if you are full time.

As a part-time student you can expect to be in one day a week; the structure is usually as follows:

Academic Year 1

  • Semester 1, September-December, core module
  • Semester 2, January-March, one option module

Academic Year 2

  • Semester 1, September-December, one option module
  • Semester 2, January-March, one option module

You will choose your dissertation topic in the second year, and work on the dissertation over the final summer.

MRes students take two core modules (one of which is taught over two semesters), one option module and complete the dissertation.

Core modules and some optional modules have exams as part of their assessment.

All teaching takes place between 9am and 6pm at the Mile End campus (unless otherwise stated).

How long is the programme?

If taken full-time, all our masters degrees take one academic year and if taken part-time it is over two academic years. Semester 1 runs from September to December, semester 2 from January to March. If there are exams for any of your modules these will be scheduled between late April and June and you will submit a dissertation in late August (if you are a part time student you will submit your dissertation in late August of your second year.

What are the entry requirements?

A 2:1, or equivalent if you are an international student, in an undergraduate degree in a related subject from a recognised university. If you are an international student you can check the degree entry requirements online.

What is the programme fee?

Information about fees for Home (UK/EU) and international students is available at http://www.qmul.ac.uk/postgraduate/tuitionfees/index.html. Our masters degrees fall under the category “Humanities and the Social Sciences”.

Please note the different fee for MA/MRes in International Relations and MSc International Business and Politics. Please also note these figures are a guide for the year of entry stated, fees increase annually and your offer email will confirm whether you have been assessed as a home or international student for fees purposes.

I submitted my application, how can I find out if I have been made an offer?

If you submitted a complete application, you will usually receive a decision from the Admissions Office within 4-6 weeks. Please check the email account provided in your application to see if you have already received notification from us. You can also check the status of your application by contacting the Admissions Office by email: SPIRpgadm@qmul.ac.uk or by telephone - +44 020 7882 5511. Please quote your application ID number.

Do you offer accommodation on campus?

Applicants who firmly accept their offer to study at QMUL can make applications for accommodation usually from mid-March onwards. You can find further details on postgraduate accommodation online. 

When do I need to enrol?

Firstly, you need to accept your offer online (see the instructions in your offer email), then in mid-August or earlier, if you have met the conditions of your offer, you will be sent an email and instructions about completing initial enrolment online. Enrolling in person at Queen Mary takes place in September . If you are distance learning student, you will complete your enrolment online.

In early September we will email you about the School’s Induction session for all new students. This message will be sent to the email address you provided in your application form.

What modules will I study?

Please see our postgraduate modules page for further details on modules offered. Option modules available will be confirmed at the start of semester in September. 

Are there any books I should read before starting my course?

If you have accepted the offer of a place and would like to do some pre-reading, here are some suggested titles that you may find useful.

If you have any further queries please contact the Postgraduate Administrator by email - politics-pg@qmul.ac.ukor telephone +44 (0)20 7882 8587.

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