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Queen Mary, University of London

2016 League Table Ranking 33
2016 Overall Score 760
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Entry Standards 408 Help
Entry Standards
The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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Student-Staff Ratio 12.2 Help
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Research Quality 3.18 Help
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Academic Services Spend 1,519 Help
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Student Satisfaction 4.04 Help
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Facilities Spend 667 Help
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Graduate Prospects 69.4 Help
Graduate Prospects
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Degree Completion 91.2 Help
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Good Honours 75.3 Help
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Green Score 35.5 Help
Green Score
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  • Queen Mary's roots lie in four historic colleges: Queen Mary College, Westfield College, St Bartholomew's Hospital Medical College and the London Hospital Medical College.
  • The college was first established in 1887 and was admitted to the University of London in 1915.
  • Queen Mary merged with the medical schools of St Bartholomew's and the Royal London hospitals in 1995.
  • Queen Mary University of London is a member of the Russell Group of leading UK universities, recognition of its excellence in research and teaching. The Group, which includes other top universities such as Oxford, Cambridge and UCL, attracts some of the brightest students from all over the world and almost two-thirds of research funding in the UK. Graduates from Russell Group universities are especially valued by employers, giving them a head start when they apply for jobs.

Location and Transport

  • Queen Mary is inner London’s only campus based university. The main campus at Mile End is also the largest self-contained university campus in London.
  • The best of both worlds: a quiet campus set along the Regent’s Canal and only 15 minutes by underground from Oxford Street, central London. We are also in the heart of London’s East End, one of the most vibrant and exciting parts of the city, with Spitalfields, Brick Lane and the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park all on our doorstep.
  • Queen Mary is made up of five campuses across central and east London: Charterhouse Square, Lincoln's Inn Fields, West Smithfield, Whitechapel and Mile End.
  • All our campuses are well connected to a range of public transport, including the London Underground system, with central London just minutes away.

Entry Standards

  • Courses require between 300 and 380 entry points.
  • Entry to Medicine and Dentistry, Law and English courses are particularly competitive.
  • For more detailed information on entry standards, visit the website.
  • We welcome students and staff from more than 150 countries who play a vital part in the life of the university.

A-Level and GCSE Requirements

AS/A level

  • Currently only applicants to our School of Medicine and Dentistry are required to achieve a minimum B grade in an AS-level in addition to three A-levels. From 2017 entry we expect to require three A-level passes with a minimum A grade including either Biology or Chemistry and a further Science A-level from Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics. We will not require an additional pass in an AS level.
  • For admission to all other courses we will require three A-level passes and may specify minimum grades in specific subjects.


  • From 2017 entry we expect to require a minimum achievement of grade 8 in three GCSEs and grade 7 in a further three GCSEs, including Biology and Chemistry or Double Science, Maths and English from applicants to our School of Medicine and Dentistry. While GCSE performance is routinely considered in a holistic assessment of applications to all other courses, we do not currently specify achievement of a minimum number of passes at specific grades in GCSE qualifications, beyond minimum requirements in English and Mathematics, normally at current grade B or C. We expect to map these grades to the new grading scheme, treating grade C as equivalent to the new grade 4 or 5. We will publish specific GCSE requirements in our undergraduate prospectus for 2017 entry in March 2016.

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Student Mix

The 15,420 students enrolled in the academic year 2013/14 comprise:

Level of study
Mode of study
Full Time
Part Time
Student gender

Course Flexibility

  • A course unit scheme is in operation, through which students can pick additional units, including modules in languages.
  • Transfer between courses is considered according to merit.
  • Many of our programmes offer students the opportunity to study abroad for a semester or a year at one of our partner universities in Australia, Europe, Hong Kong, Singapore or the USA.
  • Some of our academic Schools also offer the option to spend a year in industry to gain valuable experience of work.
  • We also offer foundation programmes, integrated masters degrees, and intercalated degrees for those looking for more flexible courses to fit their requirements.

Teaching Standards

  • Queen Mary takes its teaching very seriously; small seminar groups give students regular and close contact with academics and teaching staff.
  • In 2012, Dr Peter Howarth from Queen Mary’s School of English and Drama won the prestigious National Teaching Fellowship. QM is one of only two institutions in the country whose staff have been awarded Fellowships every year since 2006. Dr Howarth’s appointment brings the total number of Queen Mary National Teaching Fellows to nine.
    • Previous winners include academics from the Schools of English, Dentistry and Health Sciences.
  • Student satisfaction with the quality of the teaching they receive at Queen Mary remains consistently high. In the most recent National Student Survey (NSS 2014), our students praised staff for explaining their subject well (90 per cent), for their enthusiasm (86 per cent) and for making their course intellectually stimulating (87 per cent).

Research Standards

  • The results of the most recent national assessment of research – the Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) – have confirmed our place in the very top group of research-led universities in the UK. Overall we were ranked 9th among multi-faculty universities in the UK.

Queen Mary has also excelled in several subject groups, being in the top five in many, including:

  • Linguistics (ranked 1st)
  • Music, drama, dance and performing arts (ranked 1st for Drama)
  • Dentistry (ranked 3rd)
  • English Language and Literature (ranked 5th)
  • Public Health, Health Services and Primary Care (ranked 5th)

Academic Strengths

  • The Medical School includes specialist centres researching cancer, cardiology, clinical pharmacology, inflammation, infectious diseases, stem cells, dermatology, diabetes, neuroscience, surgery and dentistry.
  • The School of Law’s Legal Advice Centre won the prestigious Attorney General’s Pro Bono Award.
  • We offer more than 200 degree programmes across our three Faculties: Humanities and Social Sciences; Medicine and Dentistry; and Science and Engineering.
  • The School of Dentistry moved into brand new state-of-the-art premises at The Royal London Dental Hospital in spring 2014. The new Dental School and Hospital houses the most modern and technologically advanced equipment in the UK, following more than a decade of planning and work.
  • Queen Mary has been awarded the maximum allocation of £5million of new funding by the government in order to create new laboratories and expand teaching facilities for science and engineering on our Mile End campus.

Student Facilities

  • Around 1,600 student workstations are available across campus.
  • Approximately 97% of student rooms have internet access.
  • Our main library is at Mile End. The medical libraries are at Whitechapel, West Smithfield and the Wolfson.
  • Queen Mary students can also access the University of London libraries at Senate House.
  • All QMUL students can access free WiFi on our campuses and other member universities via the eduroam network.


Disability Services

For more information on the disability services at Queen Mary, visit: or contact us on:

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 2756
  • Fax +44 (0)20 7882 2756
  • Email:

Students' Union

  • A recent multi-million pound redevelopment of the Union means that our students have access to a new bar and nightclub, and a new Health & Fitness centre.
  • Our Student Union bar, Drapers, was awarded the Best Students’ Union Venue (capacity up to 1,000 persons) award at the national Ents Forum in 2014.
  • Many of the student societies carry out volunteer work within the local community, including Raise and Give (RAG), and the Legal Advice Centre.
  • Boasting over 190 clubs and societies.


  • The university's health and fitness centre QMotion offers a range of exercise classes and industry standard gym equipment for use by Queen Mary students. A women’s only gym is also available.
  • Facilities on campus include a sports hall for badminton, fencing, basketball, and indoor football.
  • The football and rugby pitches are in nearby Chislehurst; netball courts and astroturf pitches are located in Mile End Park.
  • The Mile End climbing wall and local swimming pool are also close by.
  • Our students use the state-of-the-art sporting facilities at the Copper Box arena and the Aquatics Centre in the nearby Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
  • All team sports compete in both the British University and Colleges Sport (BUCS) and the University of London leagues.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • Queen Mary has undertaken an extensive development programme over the last five years, investing over £250 million across all five campuses.
  • Award-winning developments include our innovative medical school building and new Dental School at Whitechapel, and ArtsTwo, the new home for the School of History, with state of the art facilities for the Department of Drama and Film Studies.
  • The new Graduate Centre is under construction, which will be a major new building for postgraduate students, providing state-of-the-art teaching, study, social and IT space at the Mile End campus.

Availability of Part-Time Work

Thanks to our numerous employer recruitment events, and proximity to Canary Wharf, the City, and central London, Queen Mary students have a diverse range of opportunities, including:

  • Many on-campus jobs, such as assisting with conferences, conducting campus tours, helping with Open Days and working in our cafes and restaurants.
  • Hundreds of off-campus jobs across London via our JobOnline vacancy site.
  • More than 1,200 opportunities to volunteer with our Students’ Union in leadership, sports, creative, community and tutoring roles. Our innovative work experience scheme, QProjects, places students in local charities that need help with activities such as developing a website, planning an event, applying for funding or lobbying government.
  • Support and training for entrepreneurs and an active entrepreneurs’ society.

Careers Guidance

  • The Queen Mary Careers and Enterprise Centre provides support on CV and application-writing, interview technique and other employer recruitment methods, to help students apply for internships, part-time work or a graduate role.
  • Students also have the opportunity to meet employers on campus with around 200 employers and training organisations visiting the campus each year. Queen Mary alumni also return to the campus to share their experiences of the workplace with current students.

Notable Alumni

  • Dr Paul Bruce Dickinson, graduated with a History degree from Queen Mary in 1979 and was awarded an honorary doctorate of music in 2011 – Iron Maiden singer, author, film script writer and TV and radio broadcaster, champion fencer, entrepreneur and commercial airline captain.
  • JG Ballard (1930–2009), enrolled on an English Literature degree at Queen Mary in 1951 – novelist, his most notable works include the controversial Crash (1973) and the autobiographical novel, Empire of the Sun (1984), both of which have been adapted to film.
  • Sir Roy Strong, History 1956 – art historian, curator, writer, broadcaster and landscape designer. He was formerly Director of the National Portrait Gallery (1967–73).
  • Professor Sir Peter Mansfield, Queen Mary – Sir Peter entered Queen Mary College in 1956 to study physics. He is known for his work in Nuclear Magnetic Resonance and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). He was awarded a Nobel Prize in 2003, shared with Paul Lauterbur of the US.
  • Graham Chapman, Barts alumnus, qualified in Medicine in 1962 – he formed the comedy group Monty Python’s Flying Circus with his contemporaries John Cleese, Eric Idle, Michael Palin, Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam in 1969. The BBC TV series was an instant hit.
  • Baroness Marcia Falkender CBE, graduated with a degree in History in 1954 – she became secretary to the General Secretary of the Labour Party in 1955 and was Harold Wilson’s private and political secretary from 1956–83. Baroness Falkender became a member of the House of Lords in 1974.
  • The Rt. Hon. Peter Hain MP, Economics and Politics, 1973 – previous Secretary of State for Wales and has been Member of Parliament for the Welsh constituency of Neath since 1991.
  • Rt. Hon. Caroline Spelman MP, graduated with a degree in European Studies (German) in 1980 – she was Secretary for State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs 2010-2012 in the Liberal Democratic–Conservative coalition government.
  • Sir James Parkinson, pupil at The London Hospital in 1776 – known for his description of 'paralysis agitans' in 1817, the shaking palsy now known as Parkinson’s disease. Like his father and his son, worked as an apothecary in nearby Hoxton.
  • Dr Thomas Barnardo – the Victorian philanthropist who actively sought to rescue destitute children from the streets, became involved in London’s Ragged Schools Movement whilst a medical student at the Royal London Hospital.
  • Arthur Wint MBE (1920–92), Barts, 1953 – won Jamaica’s first gold medal at the 1948 London Olympics in the 400m, and a silver medal in the 800m. In the 1952 Helsinki Games he again won gold and silver; he triumphed with his team in the 4x400m relay and came second in the 800m. Known as the Gentle Giant, Wint's statue stands in front of the National Stadium in Kingston, Jamaica.
  • Priya Lakhani OBE graduated 2003 with a degree in law with economics – she set up Masala Masala, a range of Indian sauces and ready-to-cook meals sold by Ocado and Waitrose, and an accompanying charity, the Masala Masala Project, which promised to provide a hot meal to a homeless person in India for every pot of her sauces sold. In 2013, she launched her second business, Century Tech and was awarded an OBE in 2014 for services to business, community and voluntary initiatives.

For further information

  • +44 (0)20 7882 5555
  • Queen Mary University of London
    Mile End Road
    E1 4NS
UCAS Code Q50

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