About Queen Mary University of London
Queen Mary University of London is one of the UK's leading research-focused higher education institutions. With around 17,840 students, 4,000 staff and an annual turnover of £300m, we are one of the biggest University of London colleges.
We teach and research across a wide range of subjects in the humanities, social sciences, law, medicine and dentistry, and science and engineering. Based in a creative and culturally diverse area of east London, we are the only London university able to offer a completely integrated residential campus, with a 2,000-bed award-winning student village at our Mile End home.
Our research excellence
Queen Mary has made a strategic commitment to the highest quality of research. We have invested in this principle by systematically recruiting the best academics in their disciplines from around the world. 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 in the UK among multi-faculty universities and 5th in the UK for the percentage of our 3* and 4* research outputs.
Russell Group institution
Queen Mary is one of 24 leading UK universities represented by the Russell Group, that are committed to maintaining the very best research, an outstanding teaching and learning experience, excellent graduate employability and unrivalled links with business and the public sector.
Our membership of the Russell Group reflects our achievements over the last decade, notably the considerable improvement in research strength across a broad academic range, acknowledged in the 2008 RAE and the expansion in student numbers with steadily increasing entry standards. These achievements have been made alongside our firm commitment to our local community and to widening participation.
Professor Simon Gaskell, President and Principal of Queen Mary
High-quality learning experience
Queen Mary offers outstanding students a stimulating, supportive and high-quality learning experience, with teaching inspired by our world-leading research. We have also invested more than £250m in new facilities over the last fifteen years to offer our students an exceptional learning environment. This is reflected in our consistently high levels of student satisfaction. In the most recent National Student Survey (NSS 2014), 86 per cent of our undergraduates expressed 'overall satisfaction' with their time here, with eight subjects in the top ten nationally, nine subjects rated as top in London, and 20 out of 28 subjects in the top five in London.
History of Queen Mary University of London
Queen Mary has its roots in four historic colleges: Queen Mary College, Westfield College, St Bartholomew's Hospital Medical College and the London Hospital Medical College.
The Mile End campus is historically the home of Queen Mary College, which began life in 1887 as the People's Palace, a philanthropic centre to provide east Londoners with educational, cultural and social activities. Queen Mary College was admitted to the University of London in 1915. Westfield College was founded in 1882 in Hampstead as a pioneering college for the higher education of women. In 1989 Queen Mary merged with Westfield College to form Queen Mary and Westfield College.
In 1995, Queen Mary and Westfield merged again, this time with two distinguished medical colleges, St Bartholomew's Hospital Medical College, established in 1843, and the London Hospital Medical College, England's first medical school, founded in 1785. This merger created Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry and brought clinical medical and dental teaching to Queen Mary for the first time.
In 2013, the legal name of Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London was officially changed to Queen Mary University of London to reflect common usage. This year also saw Queen Mary decide to award its own degrees, with the 2014 graduates being the first to receive them.
Living on campus
One of the most striking things about Queen Mary is our campus. It’s the largest self-contained student campus in central London, and only 15 minutes by tube from the Oxford Street, Covent Garden and the rest of the West End.
Our London location
As one of the world’s most exciting cities, London is a great place for students. There are so many things going on – many of them free – that you are very unlikely to ever be bored.
Your time at university is a great opportunity to meet people, try new things, and develop your interests, for example by playing sports and taking part in theatre productions.
What's more, you have a world-class city to explore - from art galleries and museums to bars and music venues.
Taking up opportunities of the kind offered by Provide, the student volunteering programme may even make you more attractive to potential employers. It also offers valuable life experience. Developing your skills and exploring your interests is an important supplement to your academic qualifications. It will help you decide what kind of career you want to pursue when you graduate.
You can expect an outstanding education at a top university in a supportive and inspiring environment when you study at Queen Mary. You will be taught by academics who are passionate about their subject, and you can enjoy life in one of the world's most exciting cities.
- 20,260 students in total
- 13,240 undergraduates and 4,600 postgraduates
- 1,858 EU students and 5,932 international students
- 151 nationalities
- 2,000+ students studying in Beijing, China for a joint degree from the Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications and Queen Mary
- 4,000 staff
- 3 faculties (Humanities and Social Sciences, Science and Engineering, and Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry)
- 240+ degree programmes
- 5 campuses (Mile End, Whitechapel, Charterhouse Square, West Smithfield, and Lincoln's Inn Fields)
- 3 main libraries (with 315,000 books, 14,400 journals, 7,100 e-books, 2,200 DVDs, 1,700 study places with wireless access, 400 PCs and 320 databases)
- £300m annual income
- £142m spent on new facilities and resources over the past five years
- 2,000-bed student village on campus