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QM features highly in Guardian league table – Drama ranked first in UK

Drama at Queen Mary, University of London is ranked first in the UK in the Guardian’s University Guide 2013, rising eight places from last year’s table.

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QM Drama students meet HRH the Princess Royal at the opening of ArtsTwo
QM Drama students meet HRH the Princess Royal at the opening of ArtsTwo

Queen Mary’s Drama course received a 100/100 Guardian Score - an exclusive rating of excellence based on a combination of all the other factors - with 95 per cent of students satisfied with teaching and 92 per cent satisfied overall.

Queen Mary is also listed in the top 10 for a range of other subjects, including: Law (6th), Film Studies (6th), Medicine (7th), Materials Science (8th), English (10th) and Geography (10th).

The College is placed 36th out of 120 institutions across the country, remaining in the same position as 2012, but rising 10 places from 2011.

Several courses have seen a huge rise in position since the 2012 guide. Economics has jumped five places to 18th in the country, while Geography now makes the top 10, after a rise of six places. Modern Languages has moved 13 places, from 33rd to 20th.

Queen Mary's Head of Drama, Dr Michael McKinnie, said: "We are incredibly pleased with the results. Our Department invests a lot in the experience we offer students - from outstanding teaching with world-leading researchers to close links to renowned arts organisations in London. Students directly benefit from being plugged into the cutting-edge performance scene in the capital and the chance to collaborate with top artists and academics on campus."

Barts and The London Medical School at Queen Mary has shot up 11 places to rank seventh nationally, and second in London. Just a year ago the School was listed by the Guardian as 18th out of 30 medical schools.

The Dental School has also seen a rise from 12th to 10th place nationally. Student satisfaction with the course has improved from 77 per cent to 80 per cent, and satisfaction with teaching has increased from 80 per cent to 85 per cent.

Medicine also performed particularly well in student satisfaction and in the Guardian’s ‘value added score’ - a measure of how well students improve over their years of study. 

Student satisfaction with Medicine at QM is at 94 per cent (up from 77 per cent) and satisfaction with teaching at 93 per cent (up from 82 per cent). This reinforces the most recent student satisfaction survey which gave an overall score of 94 per cent – nine points higher than the national average for medicine.

The School was awarded a ‘value added score’ of nine out of ten, the joint-highest score in the country.

Queen Mary’s Vice Principal for Health, Professor Richard Trembath said: “We are very pleased to see the quality of our medical and dental education reflected in the results of the Guardian league table. Thanks to the efforts of our staff and students, we are nurturing the finest doctors and dentists of the future.”

The tables provide useful information on undergraduate courses for the more than 600,000 people applying for university this year. Universities and individual subjects are given rankings for overall excellence, level of student satisfaction, quality of teaching and employment prospects for students

The information is based on data for full-time undergraduates at universities in the UK.

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