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Queen Mary, University of London

2015 League Table Ranking 36
2015 Overall Score 752
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Entry Standards 422 Help
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Student-Staff Ratio 12.0 Help
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Research Assessment 2.73 Help
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Academic Services Spend 1,515 Help
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Student Satisfaction 4.07 Help
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Facilities Spend 531 Help
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Graduate Prospects 68.7 Help
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Degree Completion 90.9 Help
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Good Honours 70.3 Help
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Green Score 28.5 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 from Oxford Street, central London; or on the doorstep of east London's Spitalfields adn Brick Lane.
  • 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.

Entry Standards

  • Courses require between 300 and 360 entry points.
  • Entry to Medicine and Dentistry, Law and English courses are particularly competitive.
  • For more detailed information on entry standards, visit the website.

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.

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.

Research Standards

  • The results of the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) confirmed Queen Mary’s place in the very top group of research led universities.

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

  • Linguistics (ranked 1st ahead of UCL, Oxford and Cambridge)
  • Geography (ranked 1st equal with Bristol, Cambridge, Durham and Oxford)
  • Drama, dance and performing arts (ranked 1st for Drama)
  • Dentistry (ranked 2nd ahead of KCL and UCL)
  • English Language and Literature (ranked 2nd ahead of UCL, Oxford and Cambridge)

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 Centre for Commercial Law Studies and the Arts Research Centre are located within Humanities.
  • The School of Law’s Legal Advice Centre won the prestigious Attorney General’s Pro Bono Award.

Student Facilities

  • Around 1,600 student workstations are available across campus.
  • Approximately 97% of student rooms have internet access.
  • The main library is at Mile End. The four medical libraries are at Whitechapel, West Smithfield, the London Chest and the Wolfson.
  • Queen Mary students can also access the University of London libraries at Senate House.

Disability Services

  • For information about the disability services at Queen Mary, telephone +44 (0)20 7882 2756, fax +44 (0)20 7882 2756, fax +44 (0)20 7882 5223, email dds@qmul.ac.uk or visit the website.

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.
  • The Union has been judged to be the second most ethical and environmentally friendly students' union in the country.
  • 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 100 clubs and societies, Queen Mary's Students' Union is one of the most active within the University of London.


  • The univesity's health and fitness centre OMotion 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.

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 at Whitechapel, and rtsTwo, the new home for the School of History, with state of the art facilities for the Department of Drama and Film Studies.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • For those looking to supplement their grants with part-time and vacation work in bars, cafés, shops, galleries and restaurants, London has no equal.
  • Work is available on campus in a range of jobs. From bar work to helping out at Queen Mary events such as the Open Day, jobs are advertised online and through the Career Office.
  • Other opportunities include assisting with summer schools, admissions hotlines, and working as student ambassadors. The QM Temps scheme allows students to access a database part-time and temporary jobs.

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 iin 1956 to study physics. He is known for his work in Nuclear Magnetic Resonance and Magnietc 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 has been appointed Minister for Environment 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.

For further information

  • www.qmul.ac.uk
  • admissions@qmul.ac.uk
  • +44 (0)20 7882 5555
  • Queen Mary
    University of London
    Mile End Road
    E1 4NS
UCAS Code Q50

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