Queen Mary University of London Courses

Most courses are worth 4 U.S. credits; a typical course load is 4 classes per semester.

  • Please review your courses with your academic or study abroad advisor to ensure they will transfer back to your home school and that you are following your home school’s policies.
  • Please be flexible – we can’t guarantee specific courses. If your participation in the program depends on a particular course, be sure to make a note on your submit the online course form.

Special Considerations

Overloading is not permitted.

Course Restrictions

  • Students interested in level 5 and 6 Drama modules must have significant experience in related subjects at the university level. 
  • Level 5 and 6 English modules are open to English or Arts/Humanities majors only.
    • Literature courses are also available in the Languages, Linguistics and Film department.
  • Level 4 Economic modules require knowledge of calculus.
  • Level 5 and 6 Economics and Finance modules are open to Economics and Finance majors only.

Choosing Your Courses

Review courses available to study abroad students at Queen Mary in their online course catalog.

When searching for courses, you must filter so that the “Associates” option reads “yes.” It is also important to pay attention to course levels:

  • Level 4 / First Year - Introductory, No background required
  • Level 5 / Second Year - Sophomore and Junior level. Some background, plus relevant pre-requisites
  • Level 6 / Final Year - Senior, Advanced. 5-6 prior courses in the subject, plus relevant pre-requisites
  • Level 7 - Graduate level; you cannot take these.
Queen Mary Course Unit Values U.S. Credit Equivalent
15 credits 4 U.S. credits
30 credits 8 U.S. credits
60 credits 16 U.S. credits


The Queen Mary academic year is divided into two 12-week terms followed by a 6-week term during which examinations take place.

  • Semester 1 = fall semester
  • Semester 2 = spring semester
  • Single semester students cannot take half of a full-year course; however, some full-year courses offer a fall or spring version with a separate course code.

Special Course Notes

Drama, Film Studies and Engineering

  • Some intensive Drama, Film Studies and Engineering classes are worth 8 U.S. credits each.

Enrollment Process

  • You should secure approval for at least 8-10 courses per semester.
  • In late spring or mid-autumn, your Program Manager will email with course pre-registration instructions.
  • Look out for this email and act immediately when you receive it.
  • Course selections are on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Departments like English and Drama, Economics, History and Biological Sciences fill up extremely quickly.
  • Make sure to list at least one alternate course for every course you select.

Grade Scale

The following information is vetted and provided by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) on the Electronic Database for Global Education (EDGE).

Percentage Description U.S. Equivalent
70 - 100% First Class A
60 - 69% Second Class Upper B+
50 - 59% Second Class Lower B
40 - 49% Third Class / Pass C
0 - 39% Fail F
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