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Your degree award from Queen Mary University of London

From 1 August 2013, Queen Mary University of London will start awarding our own degrees to undergraduate and postgraduate students – currently we award University of London degrees.

The degree will still say University of London on the certificate, as we are an institution within the University of London and it is part of our name. Exams and what students need to do to pass or get a particular classification will be the same. This change will not affect any arrangements with employers, sponsors or funders. We expect to start awarding the first Queen Mary University of London degrees from the 2013/14 academic year onwards.

We are able to continue to award degrees from the University of London. Most students enroled in the 2013/14 academic year may choose which degree they wish to be awarded – either a Queen Mary University of London degree or a University of London degree. Most students who enrol with us for the first time in the 2014/15 academic year will only be offered a degree from Queen Mary University of London.

Please read on for information on exceptions to this change and how this affects you.

What does this mean for me?

Any undergraduate or postgraduate student enroled in the 2013/14 academic year will be able to choose whether you want to graduate with a Queen Mary University of London or University of London degree. New students will be asked to choose during online enrolment. Returning students will be asked to choose during online re-enrolment.

If you are a postgraduate student, you will only be able to choose if you enrol in a programme of study in the 2013/14 academic year or later. 

Current postgraduate taught students who re-enrol in the 2013/14 academic year will be able to choose.  If you completed your studies in September 2013 you do not need to re-enrol and will automatically receive a University of London degree. 

All new undergraduate and postgraduate students who enrol from the academic year 2014/15 onwards will be awarded a Queen Mary University of London degree.

 

What's the difference?

Your degree will be from Queen Mary University of London. The degree will still say University of London on the certificate, as we are an institution within the University of London and it is a part of our name.

Your exams and what you need to do to pass or get a particular classification will be the same. The regulations, approved programme of study, assessments and examinations you need to take and pass to obtain your degree are exactly the same for the Queen Mary University of London and the University of London degrees.

The degree certificates will look different, and feature our crest rather than the University of London’s.

We’ll also be introducing new gowns – and you can be part of the process of choosing the designs. More information on the gown designs will follow soon.

 

Degree Certificates

Queen Mary University of London degree certificates will be produced on special secure paper, which features a hologram and is difficult to amend or photocopy.  The certificate will have the Coat of Arms, our official heraldic symbol, at the top and state your name and the degree awarded.  We have now published examples of our degree certificate layouts so you can see what they will look like: 

University of London degree certificates will say “Queen Mary University of London” and not “Queen Mary and Westfield College”, and “Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry” and not “St Bartholomew’s and the Royal London School of Medicine and Dentistry” as shown in the images below.

Please note the University of London MBBS and BDS certificate images are sample copies only, and therefore do not show the University of London crest.  The real University of London MBBS and BDS degree certificates will have the University of London crest, as shown in the BEng example.

 

 

Academic Dress

The Queen Mary University of London (QML) academic dress will comprise a gown, a hood and a hat.  There will be variants for the different levels of awards.  The proposed academic dress can be seen in the images below.

 

Gowns

For undergraduate and postgraduate taught students the gowns will be the same for both the UoL and QML degrees.  They will be standard black gowns, the style of which will follow standard conventions.  The main noticeable difference between an undergraduate gown and a postgraduate taught one is the sleeves. Undergraduate gowns have long, wing-like sleeves whereas postgraduate taught gowns are derived from Tudor fashions with long, closed sleeves.  


For the doctorate research QML degree gown please see the above image.


The gowns will vary by length and width to accommodate a wide range of sizes.

Hoods

For QML hoods please see the above images.  They are designed in a way that you do not need to wear a tie for them to stay in place.  For those who choose a UoL degree, you will wear the appropriate UoL hood.

Hats

Standard black mortarboards will be worn by bachelors and masters graduates for the UoL and QML degrees.  For research degrees a Tudor bonnet will be worn.  The different degrees will be denoted by the colour of the cord that goes on the bonnet.

Range of dress

The different ranges are:

  • Undergraduate bachelors
  • Medical and dental qualifying bachelors
  • Postgraduate masters
  • Certificates and diplomas (including foundation certificates, postgraduate certificates and diplomas and exit awards e.g. DipHE)
  • Research degrees (doctorates). 

Different combinations of gown and hood will be used for variations on the above.  For example an integrated master’s graduate (MEng, MSci etc) will wear the undergraduate gown with a masters hood; an MPhil student will wear a postgraduate masters gown with a doctoral hood; certificate and diplomas will have their own hood and wear the appropriate gown, either undergraduate or postgraduate.

If you have any comments on the proposed QML academic dress then please send them to studentenquiry@qmul.ac.uk no later than Monday 17th March 2014.

 

Are there any exceptions?

Yes. In the first instance, these changes don’t affect students on joint degrees with other institutions, such BUPT or Nanchang (except students on the MA History with UCL). We are talking with those institutions and will only make changes in partnership with them.

 

Will this change the value of my degree?

No. This will not change any arrangements with employers, sponsors or funders. Your exams and what you need to do to pass or get a particular classification will be the same.

 

Will my degree be recognised internationally?

Queen Mary University of London is a recognised body for the delivery of higher education and award of degrees.  The recognition is by the UK government and we appear on their list of officially recognised bodies that is provided to enable checks on the validity of degrees.  You can view this list here: https://www.gov.uk/check-a-university-is-officially-recognised/recognised-bodies

The Recognised Bodies Order, which is a government document listing those universities with degree awarding powers, lists Queen Mary with our new name. You can view this list here: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2013/2992/made

Queen Mary University of London degrees are also listed on the General Medical Council (GMC) website: http://www.gmc-uk.org/education/undergraduate/awarding_bodies.asp

Your degree, whether from the University of London or Queen Mary University of London is valid internationally. 

 

How do I make my choice?

If you are eligible, you will be asked to choose during online re-enrolment if you are a returning student, or online pre-enrolment if you are a new student.  You will then be able to use the MySIS task to change your choice if you wish. See ‘How do I change my degree awarding body selection?’ below if you would like to change your choice.

Please note: students studying with BUPT, Nanchang or a joint award with another University (except students on the MA History with UCL) are not able to change their choice. Please see the FAQ 'Are there any exceptions', above.

Can I change my mind about which degree I will receive?

Yes – up until 5pm on Monday 17th March 2014.  You will be able to change your mind using the special MySIS task which we have developed for this. See ‘How do I change my degree awarding body selection?’ below if you would like to change your choice.

Please note. if your award has already been made, you cannot change your mind.

Please note: students studying with BUPT, Nanchang or a joint award with another University (except students on the MA History with UCL) are not able to change their choice. Please see the FAQ 'Are there any exceptions', above.

If you haven’t made a choice by 1st April, the default position will be a QML degree.

How do I change my degree awarding body selection?

From 9am Monday 3rd February:

  • Log in to MySIS
  • Select the ‘My Details’ page.
  • This will display a tab called ‘My Awarding Body’. This displays the awarding body choice that you selected at enrolment/re-enrolment. The page also contains a series of links where you can find out further/additional information in order to help with choosing the appropriate award. 
  • If you wish to alter your choice, click on the link ‘Click here to change your awarding body’ and follow the prompts. 
  • Please note: you can only change your choice once per day. If you have incorrectly selected a choice, you will need to go back into MySIS the following day and make the correction.

Please note: students studying with BUPT, Nanchang or a joint award with another University (except students on the MA History with UCL) are not able to change their choice. Please see the FAQ 'Are there any exceptions', above.

What if I defer or delay my graduation?

This choice will be given to all students who enrolled for study in 2013/14, regardless of when they start their studies or when they are due to graduate.

Some students may be able to choose a Queen Mary University of London degree and be due to graduate before summer 2014. If the new gowns or certificates are not ready in time, we will advise you in writing and offer alternative choices.

Students who have deferred or interrupted their studies, or de-registered students will be advised of their options in due course. We will continue to update this page as more details become available.

 

Whose degrees does Queen Mary University of London currently award?

Queen Mary University of London currently awards degrees of the University of London.  

 

Do other institutions within the University of London award their own degrees?

Yes. University College London, King’s College London, the LSE, and London Business School all award their own degrees.  

 

Why does Queen Mary University of London want to change now?

Our students tell us that they identify with Queen Mary University of London as their ‘uni’ where they studied therefore it is appropriate that they should receive a degree that reflects this.  

 

I thought that Queen Mary University of London was part of the University of London anyway?

The University of London (UoL) is a federation of a number of Colleges, each of which is a separate legal entity in its own right i.e. like a separate university within an umbrella organisation. When you register as a student, you become a student of Queen Mary University of London.

 

Will the graduation ceremony change?

Queen Mary’s Academic Dress

We are designing a new academic dress for Queen Mary University of London degrees, which will cover the whole range of degree levels from bachelor’s degrees through to our honorary doctorates. Proposed designs for these will be circulated to staff and students. We are now looking at how the graduation ceremony may change to reflect that two degrees – Queen Mary University of London, and University of London, degrees – are awarded, and will keep you informed.

 

When will the first Queen Mary University of London degrees be awarded?

We are expecting to make our first awards of Queen Mary University of London degrees in the 2013/14 academic year.

 

What are "degree awarding powers"?

Degree awarding powers are the legal right to award degrees given to a higher education institution by the relevant government body. Only institutions or bodies that have degree awarding powers can award degrees legally in the UK.

For chartered institutions, like Queen Mary University of London, the Charter is the document that creates the organisation and details the powers it has. The power to award degrees is specified in the Queen Mary University of London Charter.

Queen Mary University of London was granted its degree awarding powers by the Privy Council in 2008.  

 

What if I have any questions or want to find out more?

If you are an undergraduate or postgraduate taught student please contact the Student Enquiry Centre: call 020 7882 5005 or email studentenquiry@qmul.ac.uk.

If you are an MPhil, PhD or MD (RES) student please contact Vicky Stokes in the Research Degrees Office

 

Updated 25 February 2014

 

 

If you haven’t made a choice by 1st April, the default position will be a QML degree

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