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Queen Mary University of London

  • Entry Standards Entry Standards

    The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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    404
  • Student-Staff Ratio Student-Staff Ratio

    The average staffing levels at the University.

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    11.9
  • Research Quality Research Quality

    A measure of the quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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    3.18
  • Academic Services Spend Academic Services Spend

    A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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    1,548
  • Student Satisfaction Student Satisfaction

    A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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    4.12
  • Facilities Spend Facilities Spend

    A guide to how much the University spends on supporting facilities such as the careers service, health and counselling services and sport facilities.

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    816
  • Graduate Prospects Graduate Prospects

    A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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    73.0
  • Degree Completion Degree Completion

    The proportion of students expected to successfully complete their studies and gain a degree from the University.

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    90.4
  • Good Honours Good Honours

    The percentage of graduates achieving a first or upper second class honours degree – the class of degree achieved can impact a graduate’s employment prospects.

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    74.3

History

  • 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 made up of five campuses across central and east London: Charterhouse Square, Lincoln's Inn Fields, Mile End, West Smithfield and Whitechapel.
  • Our main campus is at Mile End and is the largest self-contained university campus in London. It’s 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.
  • Our main Student Village is at the Mile End campus, but we also have accommodation at Whitechapel and Charterhouse Square.
  • Our medical and dental school (Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry) is at our Whitechapel campus next to the Royal London Hospital – the largest new hospital in Europe and the first new dental school in the UK for 40 years.
  • All our campuses are well connected to a range of public transport including the tube, mainline train services and London buses.

Entry Requirements

  • Every application to QMUL is considered on its individual merits. Our admissions selectors are normally happy to consider a wide range of academic, vocational and professional qualifications, as well as work and other appropriate experiences and skills.
  • Entry requirements vary between programmes. The latest information can be found on our website by searching the course finder.
  • Applicants to Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry are required to achieve three A levels at grade A taken at the same time during a period of not more than two years’ study. This is to include chemistry or biology, another science (chemistry, biology, physics or maths); plus any other A level except critical thinking, general studies or further maths (if maths is also offered). Different requirements apply to students whose A levels were taken before summer 2017. We encourage potential applicants to read the details of our admissions policy on our website.
  • For admission to all other degree programmes we require three A level passes and may specify grades in particular subjects (check individual degree programme listings).
  • Queen Mary is committed to recruiting students of the highest intrinsic talent and potential, and has a long-standing commitment to widening participation and fair access. Every application to Queen Mary is considered on its individual merits.
  • Depending on the programme, QMUL may specify a minimum grade in GCSE English and/or mathematics. We also expect you to have achieved grades A*–C in at least five subjects, normally including English.

Student Mix

The 15,960 students enrolled in the academic year 2014/15 comprise:

Level of study

  • Undergraduate 71%
  • Postgraduate 29%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 93%
  • Part Time 7%

Domicile

  • UK 67%
  • EU 10%
  • Other 23%

Student gender

  • Male 46%
  • Female 54%

Course Flexibility

  • Undergraduate programmes are made up of core, compulsory and option modules (each worth a certain number of credits) allowing students to study key elements of their subject area as well as select more specialist option modules. The make-up of programmes varies between subjects.
  • A number of our undergraduate science and engineering degrees come with an industrial experience placement. These sandwich degrees combine academic study with a one-year placement between the second and final year of study. Previous placements have included eBay, Goldman Sachs and IBM.
  • Many Schools at QMUL offer internship opportunities. For example, politics students can apply to shadow a parliamentarian at Westminster for four months as part of their studies. Check individual programmes for opportunities.
  • QMUL’s Science and Engineering Foundation Programme is available to students in the UK and EU and there is a programme for international students outside the UK/EU too.
  • Many of our programmes offer students the opportunity to apply to study for a semester or a whole academic year at one of our partner universities in Australia, Canada, China, Japan, New Zealand and Singapore.
  • Several programmes offer the opportunity to take field trips in the UK and overseas. Field trips usually cost extra (aside some compulsory field trips) so it is best to check with the academic department to which you are applying to find out more.
  • QMUL is a member of the Erasmus+ exchange programme which means our students can apply to study for a semester or a year at one of our partner universities across Europe. Destinations vary according to degree subject, but have included Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Turkey.
  • Language degree students also have the opportunity to study abroad as part of their programme. See individual degree programmes for details.
  • QMUL students can take up a language in addition to their degree studies at our Language Centre. Languages on offer currently include Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese and Spanish. Some schools offer language module option choices too.

Teaching Standards

  • Queen Mary takes its teaching very seriously; small seminar groups give students regular and close contact with academics and teaching staff.
  • Queen Mary has nine National Teaching Fellows; recognition of dedicated staff who make an outstanding impact on the student learning experience
  • Queen Mary was ranked joint first in London for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2015. The survey results show that 88% of QMUL students are satisfied with the quality of their course compared with an average of 86%.
  • QMUL’s School of Economics and Finance offers several programmes with opportunities for full or part exemption towards certain professional accreditations including: the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI Diploma), Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA Level 1 for postgraduates; Investment Management Certificate for undergraduates), and the Chartered Banking Institute (CBI – two exemptions from Part A and Part B). See individual programmes for details of opportunities and additional costs (where applicable).
  • QMUL’s School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science offers industrial placement versions of all of its masters programmes.
  • All of our engineering programmes are accredited by either the IMechE or the RAeS, so your modules are relevant to industry. All of our BEng and MEng programmes are also accredited by the IOM3.
  • Our Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Chemistry programmes are accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry.
  • A large number of QMUL’s subjects also feature in the top three in London and above 90% for overall satisfaction, including: dentistry, economics, film, finance, French, geography, history, law, physics, politics and medicine.
  • There are 55 academy and society fellows among QMUL staff.
  • There is a personal adviser support system in place for every student.

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 (1st)
  • Music, drama, dance and performing arts (1st for Drama)
  • Dentistry (3rd)
  • English Language and Literature (5th)
  • Public Health, Health Services and Primary Care (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 240 undergraduate and 500 postgraduate 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.
  • Queen Mary has been awarded the maximum allocation of £5m 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.
  • QMUL’s academics’ research is often found leading the news agenda. Subjects frequently featured include medical breakthroughs, cancer research, bioengineering, environmental issues, public health, historical and political analysis, culture and society, technology, engineering, cybercrime, law, business and more. Our researchers also act as advisers to organisations both at home and overseas.

Student Facilities

  • Queen Mary is London’s only self-contained inner city campus, with a student village, shops, cafés, bars, restaurant and gym all on our Mile End site.
  • All student accommodation has internet access. QMUL students can access free wi-fi on our campuses and other member universities through the Eduroam network.
  • QMUL has several libraries across London, from our main campus at Mile End to medical libraries at Whitechapel and West Smithfield. Queen Mary students can also access University of London libraries as well as Senate House.

Disability Services

  • The Disability and Dyslexia Service (DDS) offers support for all students with disabilities, specific learning difficulties and mental health issues at Queen Mary.
  • For more information on the disability services at Queen Mary, visit our website or contact us on: telephone +44 (0)20 7882 2756; fax +44 (0)20 7882 5223; email dds@qmul.ac.uk.

Students' Union

  • Queen Mary students automatically become members of the Queen Mary University of London Students’ Union (QMSU) when they start their studies. Medicine and dentistry students are also members of Barts and The London Students’ Association (BLSA). All QMUL students are also members of Student Central, the University of London Students’ Union.
  • There are more than 200 societies and 60 sports clubs to choose from at QMUL – and students can always start their own society too.
  • A lively events programme offers nights out, day trips, live music and more throughout the academic year.
  • QMUL sports clubs compete in local, national and international competitions. Students can also achieve coaching qualifications by delivering sports sessions in local schools as part of the Community Sport Programme.
  • QMSU offers more than 1,200 opportunities to volunteer on and off campus in leadership, sports, creative, community and tutoring roles.
  • QMSU’s Raise and Give (RAG) activities fundraise thousands of pounds each year for charity.
  • The Union Buddy Scheme matches current Queen Mary students with first year students to provide mentoring and support.
  • QMSU runs cafes, bars, gyms, shops, restaurants, multi-faith space for prayer and contemplation as well as other social and study spaces.

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.
  • Dedicated officer to assist Queen Mary students and graduates source paid temporary work on campus and in the local area.

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.
  • The Careers and Enterprise team at Queen Mary supports students in all aspects of career development - from finding work experience and graduate jobs to starting a business, or pursuing further study. The team run a variety of programmes and career fairs so students have access to many work experience and networking opportunities throughout the year. The team also provides invaluable training on CV writing, interviews and tackling Assessment Centres. In addition to the careers advice our students receive support from their academic tutors, many of whom will have links with employers themselves.
  • Each year hundreds of start-ups are launched at Queen Mary. Our Enterprise Programme can offer you support and advice including funding schemes, one-to-one advice and business mentors. Since the QMUL Enterprise Programme began in 2012 it has gone on to support hundreds of students launching their business. In the last year alone, with support from Santander and UnLtd, we have awarded £27,500 worth of funding to our students. Start-ups have ranged from disability consultancy at the 2016 Olympics to live music and events production.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • Queen Mary has undertaken an extensive development programme over the last five years, investing over £250m 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.

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.
  • 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.
  • Polly Morgan, graduated with an English Literature degree in 2002, is a London-based artist who uses taxidermy to create works of art. Her commissions include a piece for the guerrilla street artist, Banksy.
  • Dame Laura Cox DBE (The Hon. Mrs Justice Cox), completed her Law degree in 1973, followed by an LLM in 1975 – a leading practitioner in human rights law, in particular discrimination and employment. Dame Laura has been a High Court Judge of the Queen’s Bench Division since 2000.

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