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Find the answers to commonly asked questions about learning with Queen Mary Online.

Frequently asked questions


  • We are no longer recruiting for our online courses. QMUL offer a wide range of alternative postgraduate courses which you may like to consider . A full course listing can be found here. Or find out more about how to apply for a postgraduate course here.

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How you study


What is your ranking?

Queen Mary places 117th in the world (QS World University Rankings 2022) and 41st in the UK (Complete Uni Guide 2022).

Where are your students from?

Our outlook is firmly international, with staff and students representing 162 nationalities.

What is your history?

QMUL began life as the People’s Palace, a Victorian philanthropic project designed to bring culture, recreation and education to the people of east London. We also have roots in one of the first colleges to provide higher education to women, Westfield College, and the medical colleges of St Bartholomew’s and the Royal London Hospitals.

What will my student status be?

When you enrol on our programmes, you will be fully registered with Queen Mary University of London. You will also be eligible for a QMUL Student ID card.

What will be on my degree certificate?

When you graduate from QMUL, you will receive your Postgraduate Degree Certificate around six months after the award date. The certificate will only state the programme and degree awarded and will not state ‘Distance Learning’.

Do I require text books?

No, all reading materials required for the course are made available online to our students.

What equipment or software will I need?

You must have regular access to a computer (or mobile device) with an internet connection.

To get the most from your studies, your computer should have at least the following minimum specification:

  • a web browser (the latest version of Firefox, Chrome or Internet Explorer). This must accept cookies and have JavaScript enabled
  • screen resolution of 1024 x 768 or greater
  • sufficient bandwidth to download documents of at least 2 MB and the following applications installed:
  • a word processor that reads Microsoft Word format (.doc)
  • Adobe, or other pdf reader.
  • Adobe Flash Player 7.0 or later to view video material
  • Media player that plays MP4 files