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About our research

The success of research at Queen Mary is due to the high calibre and dedication of our researchers and supporting staff, and the excellent working environments within our research teams, centres and institutes. We are distinguished by outstanding results in national research assessments, high levels of research funding, and ambitious plans for the future. Read our Research Strategy


Queen Mary's Strategic Plan 2010-2015 sets out our aim to be within the top 10 universities in the UK, and top 100-150 in the world. We have achieved the latter on accepted measures – for example, the QS World University Rankings 2014/15 show a rapid rise in global position for Queen Mary, from 172nd (2011) to 98th (2014), and ranked 19th in the UK. In the most recent national assessment of research – the Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) – we were ranked 9th in the UK among multi-faculty universities for the quality of our research.


Queen Mary’s total research income approaches £100m, including over £10m in block grant research council funding for PhD students, a vital part of our research community.

Many of our large awards are held jointly with other universities and cultural institutions, enabling the sharing of specialist knowledge and facilitating multi-disciplinary collaboration.

Read about our major grants.


We have done exceptionally well in external assessments of our research. As noted above, we were ranked 9th in the UK for the quality of our research among multi-faculty universities. Our Drama and Linguistics departments came top in the country, English was placed 5th, and the following research areas were placed in the top ten for their outputs: Chemistry (6th equal), Clinical Medicine and Public Health (6th), Computer Science (10th), Electronic Engineering (9th equal), Engineering (7th equal) and Geography (8th equal) (THE).


As a large multi-disciplinary university, we have strengths in many different disciplines, which enables interesting and constructive collaborative work. Our research centres formalise these valuable interdisciplinary links.

We also enjoy strategic partnerships with academics in other universities, as well as strong links with cultural institutions.


Research informs our teaching at all levels – whether that is inspiring undergraduates or supporting PhD students in actively contributing to the body of knowledge in their chosen field.

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.

Generating new business

Much of our research has commercial potential, and we actively seek ways to bring it to the market place. Our latest licensing opportunities are available at Queen Mary Innovation Ltd – a company devoted to providing a wide range of services in support of business-academic partnerships, from technology licensing to spin-out activities.

Queen Mary has several spin-out success stories, including: ApaTech Ltd, a company specialising in synthetic bone graft material which was sold in March 2010 for up to $330 million. Other QM-related spin-outs include Retroscreen Virology Ltd, activiomics and Monoidics which was bought by Facebook in 2013. 

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