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Transferring to a new course

Transferring to a new course

To change to a new degree course, either at QMUL or elsewhere, you might need to apply again through UCAS.

However, depending on the time of year, and your circumstances, the new course might agree to accept a direct application from you which means you would not normally need to apply through UCAS. Contact the Head of School for the programme of study you would like to join at QMUL, or the admissions office at a different university, to ask how you should apply for a place.

You need to complete the relevant forms to leave your current programme of study:

  • To transfer to another course at QMUL - complete a Change of programme of study form available from the ‘your study’ section of QMUL Registry webpages
  • To transfer to a course at a different university – complete the relevant section of the Withdrawal of Study form also available online

You can also collect the forms from the Student Enquiry Centre, ground floor, Queens’ Building, Mile End campus, the Student Office at the Whitechapel campus or the Advice and Counselling Service reception. The guidance notes accompanying the forms explain how to fill them out and where to submit them.

How will transferring affect my funding?

You can transfer your government Student Finance to your new course, as long as your new course is designated for higher education Student Finance, and your new university (or new academic department at QMUL) agrees to accept you as a transferred student. Once your university accepts you as a transferred student, they will inform your funding authority and your funding authority should transfer your Student Finance entitlement to your new course, and re-assess your entitlement if necessary. QMUL will do an online notification of your change of circumstances to Student Finance England (SFE). This should happen automatically, but if you want to check, contact the Student Enquiry Centre, ground floor, Queens’ Building, Mile End Campus.

If you transfer between courses at different institutions within the same academic year (for example you start a course in September and transfer to a different course in October), you will only pay one tuition fee for the whole year. The tuition fee loan will be split between the two institutions, and the proportion payable to each institution will depend on what point in the academic year you transfer.

If you are transferring from a course which you started before 2016, you should remain under the pre-2016 funding arrangements, whereby you may be eligble for a Maintenance Grant, depending on the household income and on the number of years you have already studied. This includes where you have had a gap in your studies (because you were interrupting) as long it was for less than two academic years. If your new course end date is the same as your original course, your Student Finance entitlement should continue and not be affected by the transfer. However, if transferring to a new course will mean that you will take longer to achieve your degree than you originally planned (as you may be required to repeat a year you have already completed on your previous course), you might not be entitled to a Student Finance Tuition Fee Loan or Maintenance Grant (pre-2016 starters only) for every year of the new course you are transferring to.

Under the standard entitlement, you are eligible for a Student Finance Tuition Fee Loan and Maintenance Grant or Special Support Grant (pre-2016 starters only) for each year of your new course plus one year in reserve called a ‘plus one’ year. If you normally live in Wales, Northern Ireland or Scotland, contact a Welfare Adviser in the Advice and Counselling Service for advice about your entitlement.

The Student Finance regulations for students who transfer courses are the same as for students who have previous study:

Entitlement to Student Finance where a student has transferred from or studied on a previous course

OD+1- PC

OD (ordinary duration of current course) +1 (extra ‘plus one’ year) – PC (previous Higher Education study)


Previous course: 2 years’ previous study at Bath University in 2016/17 and 2017/18. Note: Even if you only attended for 1 day, this counts as one year of previous study

Current course: direct entrant into Year 2 in 2018/19 of 3 year undergraduate History degree at QMUL

Entitlement to Student Finance for current course = 3+1 – 2 = 2

(The standard length of the course is 3 years, plus the ‘plus one’ year, minus 2 years of previous study at Bath, leaves 2 standard years of full Student Finance at QMUL. So in years 2 and 3 of the new course they would be eligible for full Student Finance. The years of full Student Finance are always payable in the later years of the course).

Discretionary Funding

If you have had compelling personal reasons that have contributed to your decision to transfer courses, your funding authority has the discretion to fund you for years that you might not ordinarily be eligible for funding on your new course under the standard rules. If you are transferring to QMUL, a Welfare Adviser in the Advice and Counselling Service can help you to make an application to SFE for discretionary funding based on your compelling personal reasons. The evidence you need to provide if you need extra funding as a result of transferring your studies is broadly similar to the evidence required if you need extra funding to re-take a period of study. See the Re-taking a period of study due to compelling personal reasons section earlier in this advice guide for more information. If you are transferring from QMUL to a new university, a Welfare Adviser in the Advice and Counselling Service can explain to you what you need to do.

Tuition Fees

Please check the tuition fee charged for the course you are transferring to as it may be different to the tuition fee for your current course.  If the programme of study you would like to join is at QMUL, please check with the Fees Office. If the programme of study you would like to join is at a different university please check the tuition fee with their admissions office.

Law, regulations and policies can change quickly. The information on our website is given in good faith and has been carefully checked but QMUL cannot accept responsibility for any errors or omissions. QMUL is not responsible for the content or reliability of the linked websites which are provided for further information.

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