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BSc Economics and Politics

Welcome to the School of Economics and Finance! 

Please find below induction information if you are starting BSc Economics and Politics degree in September 2016, a joint programme with the School of Politics and International Relations).

Year 1 – new students 

Welcome activities from Monday 19 September – Friday 23 September 

Monday 19th September 2016

09.30 – 11.00Welcome by School of Politics and International Relations (SPIR) - non EU/international studentsDrapers Lecture Theatre, Geography Building (no. 26 on the campus map)
12.30 – 14.00Welcome by School of Politics and International Relations (SPIR) - EU/international students
15.00 – 16.30Welcome by Professor Sujoy Mukerji, Head of SchoolMason Lecture Theatre, The Bancroft Building (no. 31 on the campus map)
16.30 onwardsReceptionSenior Common Room (SCR), 1st floor, Queens Building

The School of Politics and International Relations (SPIR) will also hold a welcome session, details will be available here as soon as they are confirmed.

Specific events for all international and EU students will take place Monday and Tuesday, starting with a compulsory information session on Monday morning at 9.45am, please see the international welcome programme under step 4 here


Tuesday 20th September 2016

10.45 – 11.15Enrolment at QMULOctagon, Queens Building
11.00 – 12.30Meet your adviser in the School of Economics and Finance (SEF)
14.00 – 15.00Talk by Senior tutor and presentation of imagery competition
Meet the School - research in SEF
Room 1.13 – 1.13a, The Bancroft Building (no. 31 on the campus map)
15.00 – 17.00Trade GameRoom 1.13 – 1.13a, The Bancroft Building
International and EU students only – a workshop to be chosen for 0930-1030 and 1030-1130, please see the international welcome programme under step 4 here
Welcome Boat Party, tickets £20, 18:30-23:00, meet at 6:30pm at Canary Wharf Pier, Ontario Way E14 8RH, the boat leaves promptly at 18:45.
Nearest stations are Canary Wharf DLR station or Canary Wharf Tube Station (on the Jubilee Line), book your place under step 9 here.

Wednesday 21st September 2016
10.00 – 12.00SPIR Introductory sessions by the Director of Taught Programmes and the Senior TutorArts Two Lecture Theatre, Arts Two Building (no. 35 on the campus map)
12.30 – 13.30Maths test
(please remember to bring along your calculator, pens/pencils)
Mason Lecture Theatre, The Bancroft Building
13.30 – 14.00Hey Buddy! by QMSUMason Lecture Theatre, The Bancroft Building
14.00 – 15.00Meet your Buddy – breakout groups (announced at the above talk and included in your welcome pack)
15.30Meet your adviser in the School of Politics and International Relations (SPIR), Arts Two building, room to be confirmed

Welcome Fair takes place today, 10am-4pm in Students’ Union Hub, Mile End Campus, more info available soon.


Thursday 22nd September 2016

TimeLibrary (Richard)
Room: GO Jones UG1
Study Skills (Stacie)
Room: Bancroft 3.26
Careers (Cathy & Nicola)
Room: Laws 1.12
Senior Tutor (Guglielmo)
10.00 – 11.00Group AGroup BGroup CGroup D - room GO Jones LG1
11.00 – 12.00Group BGroup AGroup DGroup C - room GO Jones UG1
12.00 – 13.00
  • Talks by the President of the Economics Society, QMSU President, Co-ordinator for PASS 
  • continued – Meet the School – research in SEF

Mason Lecture Theatre, The Bancroft Building (no. 31 on the campus map, clickers will be issued at end of this session).

13.00 – 17.00Off-campus meeting with adviser from School of Politics and International Relations (SPIR), details to be confirmed.

Welcome Fair takes place today, 10am-4pm in Students’ Union Hub, Mile End Campus.


Friday 23rd September 2016

TimeLibrary (Richard)
Room: Laws 1.12
Study Skills (Stacie)
Room: Bancroft 3.26
Careers (Cathy & Nicola)
Room: GO Jones UG1
Senior Tutor (Guglielmo)
Room: Arts Two 3.20
10.00 – 11.00Group CGroup DGroup AGroup B
11.00 – 12.00Group DGroup CGroup BGroup A
12.00 – 13.00Continued – Meet the school, Volunteering opportunities through QMSU
Mason Lecture Theatre, The Bancroft Building

*Clickers will be issued at the session.
14.00 – 17.00SPIR Guest speaker event followed by social event for all students, Great Hall, Peoples Palace (no. 16 on the campus map)

There are many activities across QMUL for you to get involved in during welcome week, for example those organised by Queen Mary Students' Union (QMSU), see the website or follow on Twitter for more info. 

Please note teaching begins from Monday 26 September 2016.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

When does teaching begin?
Teaching begins from Monday 26 September 2016 but from Monday 19 September you should attend the welcome activities taking place throughout the week, please see above schedule (welcome week is compulsory). Teaching takes place anytime from 9am-6pm, usually at the Mile End campus.

Can I get a copy of my teaching timetable?
A lecture schedule will be available online at the start of welcome week and after you have enrolled and have a Queen Mary IT account, you will be able to access your personalised timetable on QMPlus after logging in (click MyTimetable in the top left hand side). By Friday 30th September you should see the classes you have been allocated to for each module in semester A.
Classes (referred to as seminars in SPIR) go over some of the topics covered in lectures and attendance is compulsory.

What is QMPlus?
QMPlus is an online learning environment where you will find resources, information and material for each of the modules on which you are registered. Module content is provided by your module convenor (lecturer) and you will have access once you have enrolled. There will also be other dedicated areas visible to you on QMPlus such as the UG Info Zone, which we will also refer to throughout the year so it's a good idea to get familiar with this section too.

Is there any pre-reading I should do before starting?
No, there is no specific pre-reading that you should do before you start your experience at Queen Mary. You will be given details about all the reading for each of the modules that you will study in your first lecture. Enjoy the remainder of your holidays but if you really do want to begin some preparation you could recap some of the topics you covered in Maths A Level (or its equivalent qualification).

When do I need to enrol?
You must enrol with Queen Mary on Tuesday 20th September in the Octagon, Queens Building, 10.45am-11.15am but there is also the option to book an early enrolment slot between Friday 16 September to Sunday 18 September (subject to availability), for more details please see here.

I will miss the enrolment slot, what should I do? 
You should make every effort to attend your enrolment slot. Welcome week activities begin from Monday 19 September so you should be in attendance from this date. If you think you will miss the start please let us know so we can make you sure you have the information you need. International students who expect to arrive late must contact the Admissions CAS team at

If you miss the enrolment slot on Tuesday 20th September it might be possible for you to enrol on the following dates and times in the Octagon, Queens Building (building no.19 on the campus map): 
Thursday 22 and Friday 23 September, between 10.00-16.45 
Monday 26 September between 13.00-16.45 
Tuesday 27 September until Friday 7 October between 10.00-16.45 in the Colette Bowe Room, ground floor, Queens Building.
Please collect your welcome pack from Sanam Javed, in the School office, CB307, 3rd floor, Queens Building after you have enrolled and please do let us know if you anticipate missing the start of the week.

What documents do I need to bring to enrolment?
Please see the information here.

 What is the maths test?
The mathematics test we hold on the Wednesday of induction week is a compulsory test that all year 1 students are expected to take. The test is not a formally assessed examination. Students join our Economics courses from all over the world and although we require all students to have attained a certain mark or grade in a formal mathematics examination, because there are different qualifications a student can take, with different examination boards and syllabi, it is possible a student may have gaps in their knowledge of the subject, even if they achieved a good grade in their exams. The test is designed to allow us to see if a student has such a gap in their understanding, and if so, we can identify this and offer that student additional support during their first year.

The results of the maths test are not formally recorded, nor do they affect your first year grades. It is not something you need to revise for and we do not give out past papers. It is a test to help ensure that you do not struggle with the level of mathematics you will need to be able to fully engage with your programme. The test is marked by one of the tutors and any students we feel may benefit from support classes will be asked to attend them. The support classes are provided free of charge by the School and will run throughout the year alongside your degree’s core modules.

I am studying a joint degree, who can I contact in my other school?
For BSc Economics and Politics your contact is also Bronwyn Murphy (, 0207 882 5623) or Jason Salucideen (, 0207 882 8599).


Further information:

If you have any further queries please do not hesitate to contact 
Sanam Javed 
Student Support Manager 
email or 
telephone +44 (0)207 882 6230

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