Topic outline

    • Welcome Week schedule: 20th - 25th September






      20 Sep

      MSc Plant and Fungal Taxonomy, Diversity & Conservation

      MSc Biodiversity and Conservation (BIO & CON)

      MSc EEEB
      and MSc FAME 

      MSc Plant students will have a full day of activities at Kew Gardens. Please refer to the Welcome Week schedule tab for further details.

      MSc BIO and CON
      students are invited to attend Kew Gardens on Monday 20th September. Please refer to the Welcome Week schedule tab for further details.

      MSc EEB and FAME students
      are invited to attend Kew Gardens on Monday 20th SeptemberPlease refer to the Welcome Week schedule tab for further details.


      21 Sep

      All MSc programmes

      There will be various Welcome Talks specific to your own MSc programme so it's important that you refer to the Welcome Week schedule tab for your particular sessions. 

      The day will close with a social for all MSc students in the marquee in Library Square from 5pm.


      22 Sep

      All MSc programmes

      Health and Safety in the Lab induction - 10:00am

      This will be a 15-20 minute session providing an overview of health & safety in the lab. You will join the session via MS Teams. The link to join the session is below:


      22 SepAll MSc programmes'How to understand and avoid plagiarism' session from 10:30 - 11:00am.

      This session will be delivered live via Collaborate from the section below.

      Led by Dr Axel Rossberg

    • New Students Website

      We recommend that you visit the new students website for information you will need as you prepare for enrolment.

      The new students website will also provide of support as you navigate the start of term:

      • Advice and Counselling Services
      • Careers
      • Chaplaincy
      • Disability and Dyslexia Service
      • Finance
      • IT Services (MS Teams, Outlook)
      • International Welcome Week

      • Library induction

        The following video will introduce you to James Soderman, the Faculty Liaison Librarian for the School of Biological and Behavioural Sciences. He provides an overview of the Library and highlights five key things for you to be aware of.

        Please see attached link for the 5 key things Library Induction for 2021

        Welcome week 5 key things recording 2021 - Queen Mary University of London (

        There will also be an introduction to Library Services at your Welcome Week talk on Tuesday 21st September.

        • QMplus & E-Learning Training

          QMPlus is the virtual learning environment and as well as hosting Welcome Week this will also be the starting point for each of your  taught modules.

          When you've completed module registration on MySIS, you will automatically be enrolled on your QM+ taught modules.

          The following link will provide you with an overview of  how to get the most from QM+.

          Help and support:

          • The IT Service Desk is your first point of contact for all things IT related. You can chat to the IT Service Desk 24/7 or raise a ticket by emailing

          • Lots of QM+ guides are available here:
          • There is also an 'Introduction to QM+' session as part of your Welcome Week session on Tuesday 21st September from 4-5pm in Bancroft 1.15A that we recommend you attend.
          • IT will have a help desk on library square 10-4pm from Friday 17th September - Friday 1st October.

        • Module Registration

          The majority of the MSc programmes have a prescribed diet, which means that you will have automatically been enrolled on to your module via MySIS

          However, some programmes have electives and you will be able to see what your programme diet looks like from the module alignment here and it's really important that you familiarise yourself with this as it illustrates your module diet.

          Part-time students will choose half of their taught modules this year and the remainder in their second year. You will learn more about this at your Welcome Week session.

          The deadline for module registration is 10th October, 2021.

          More general information is available here about module registration.

          • Timetable

            As you will have seen from the module alignment all MSc programmes (with the exception of MSc Psychology Mental Health Sciences and MSc Biomedical Sciences) will follow block teaching in three week periods. Weeks 1-2 are for block teaching and week 3 is the assessment week. You can search for your module via the Timetable page here:

            For MSc Psychology Mental Health Sciences and MSc Biomedical Sciences students you will not have block teaching. Your modules will follow the 11 week semester with one week break for reading week. You can search for your module here

            • Student Wellbeing sessions

              There will be centralised sessions available for all during Welcome Week introducing you to the Disability and Dyslexia Service and Advice & Counselling Service:

              Monday 20th September - 10am (Bancroft: Mason-LT) 

              Join Online

              Wednesday 22nd September - 10am (Blizzard Perrin LT – WCH) 

              Join Online


              After the session has been done, a recording will be available here: 

              • Advice and Counselling Service

                The Advice and Counselling Service provides a range of specialist, professional and confidential services to support students and applicants.

                The following video will explain more about  this provision of support

                You can find out how to contact the Advice and Counselling Service here:

                • MSc Student Handbook

                • Togetherall

                  In addition to the support available to you via DDS and the Advice and Counselling Service, we also recognise there might be times you feel the need to access support for your wellbeing outside of work hours.

                  Togetherall offers unlimited, 24/7 accessible online support – you can connect with peers, chat online to clinicians, use self-help resources, join groups or take self-assessments. Lots of students at lots of universities find it an incredibly helpful resource. It is also completely confidential and staff at the university cannot see what you are writing or sharing.

                  Togetherall provides immediate support whilst you’re waiting for an appointment to see someone in Student and Academic Services. If you access Togetherall there is no negative impact on your wait for support through our services; it’s just another option that you may want to explore. 


                  • Mental Health First Aiders

                    QMUL is also a member of the Mental Health First Aid network. The purpose of the network is to promote health & wellbeing and provide a supportive and open culture towards mental health. There are a number of Mental Health First Aiders in schools and departments across campus trained to understand the factors that affect wellbeing and who are able to provide immediate support to those in crisis. They will listen without judgement and be able to signpost to additional resources of further support. 

                    If you or someone you know needs to contact a Mental Health First Aider, a list of trained mental health first aiders is available here

                    Alternatively, you can call Security on 3333. You might also like to refer their website for further resources of support.


                    • Mixed Mode Education

                      Your MSc programme talks during Welcome Week will be delivered on campus and online via Collaborate. Student guides for using Collaborate are available here.

                      Mixed Mode Education (MME) is a combination of both synchronous (live classes; timetabled classes) and asynchronous (unscheduled; accessible and at any time or for an extended period).

                      More information about MME in general is available here.

                    • Late enrolment

                      If you have only just accepted an offer on to one of our MSc programmes and/or perhaps aren't able to attend parts of Welcome Week, don't worry, you can contact either your Programme Director or Postgraduate Administrator, Natalie Holland for more information: There is also a link to relevant deadlines below:


                      For the latest advice on self-isolation in regards to the country that you have travelled here from, please refer to the

                      Contact the Student Enquiry Centre by emailing

                      • Student Minds

                        The Student Space is a new service launched by Student Minds (the UK's Student Mental Health charity) providing emotional support and guidance to students during the pandemic. You can get in touch with them by phone, text or webchat. We have also put together some tips about keeping well during the pandemic and making the most of our Queen Mary services. 

                        • Students' Union

                          A range of social events have been organised by the Students' Union. More information here

                        • MSc Bioinformatics and MSc Ecological and Evolutionary Genomics Welcome Week schedule

                        • MSc Plant and Fungal Taxonomy, Diversity and Conservation

                        • MSc Aquatic Ecology by Research; MSc Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; MSc Freshwater and Marine Ecology and MSc Biodiversity and Conservation

                          • Monday 20th September at Kew Gardens File
                          • AER_EEB_FAME_BIO_CON Welcome Week Schedule _ Tuesday 21st September File
                        • MSc Psychology - Mental Health Sciences

                        • MSc Biomedical Sciences

                        • Academic Skills Enhancement

                          Reach! is Queen Mary’s transition workshop programme that will help you make a flying start to your university education. 

                          There will be two centralised sessions for all during Welcome Week on Wednesday 22nd September. 

                          The first session is at 1pm & the second session is at 5pm (both in Arts 2 LT) 

                          If you are interested in attending, it is best that you sign up to receive notifications and pre-workshop materials.

                          Details are available on the Academic Skills Enhancement workshop page.

                          If you are unable to join the session, a r
                          ecording will be available afterwards here: 


                          • Careers

                            • Course Rep nominations

                              • You can find out more about the role of a Course Rep by going to the Course Rep Hub:

                              • If you are interested in nominating yourself as Course Rep you can do this via
                                • Nominations are open from Wed 22nd Sept (12:00pm) until Wed 6th October (12:00pm)
                                • When you nominate yourself you have the option to upload an optional photo and short manifesto but this is not mandatory.
                                • There is more information here.

                              •  If you have any questions, you can direct those to