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Why choose Queen Mary?

When you join Queen Mary, you become part of a thriving research community of around 1,800 postgraduate research students, working with world-leading academics and contributing to understanding some of today’s most pressing global challenges.

  • Seventh in the UK for quality of research (REF 2014)
  • English, History, Drama, and Law ranked in the global top 50 (QS Subject rankings 2017)
  • Medicine, Geography, and Linguistics ranked in the top 100 (QS Subject rankings 2017)
  • One of the world’s most internationally diverse universities (THE 2020)
  • 92 per cent of PhD students are employed within six months of graduating
  • Top 20 in the UK (QS World University Rankings 2018)
  • Joint-highest UK rating for timely PhD completion (HEFCE 2013)
  • Member of the prestigious Russell Group of UK universities.
  • £5m annually from UK Research Councils to support doctoral research (2019/20)
  • £2.5m annually in studentships for full-time PhD study (2019/20)
  • £100,000 distributed annually by the Doctoral College for research support
  • £137m annual research income (2019/20).
  • Five attractive campuses with excellent facilities located in central and east London
  • Three libraries on campus – Queen Mary is a member of Research Libraries UK, which represents 34 of the leading research libraries in the UK and Ireland
  • Our London location offers access to an unparalleled array of academic resources, world-class libraries, museums, and research institutes
  • Major investment projects include:
    • £39m Graduate Centre with dedicated space for research students
    • £78m dental school with the most modern facilities in the UK
    • £30m redevelopment of engineering facilities
    • £19m investment in the School of Maths
    • £45m Blizard Building – a hub for research in cell and molecular science and home to some of Europe’s largest open-plan labs
    • Approval to develop a new 40,000sqm Life Sciences Institute at Whitechapel that will bring together academics, industrial partners and the NHS to improve health and wellbeing for patients on regional, national and international levels.
  • Our PhD students become a part of the Doctoral College which provides training and development opportunities, advice on funding, and financial support for research
  • In the past year, our Doctoral College has provided financial support for PhD collaborations with CERN, Switzerland; The Universities of Trento, Turin, and Venice in Italy; The École Normale Superieure in Paris; The Freie Universität, Berlin; New York University, University of Chicago, and University of California; McMaster University, York University, University of Toronto and University of British Columbia in Canada; Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
  • Each PhD project is supervised by at least two specially-trained academics
  • Six training providers operate within Queen Mary, offering more than 100 workshops for researchers
  • A QDip (Diploma in Researcher Development) is awarded upon completion of 210 hours of training
  • Two careers consultants are dedicated to supporting PhD students
  • Access to QMUL’s Advice and Counselling Service.

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