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Why choose Queen Mary?

Research excellence and innovation

We facilitate world-leading research across all academic schools and departments, with an impressive track record of initiating exciting and innovative interdisciplinary collaborations. The most recent national assessment of research – the Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) – has confirmed our place in the very top group of research-led universities in the UK. Overall we were ranked 9th among multi-faculty universities in the UK. And in terms of the percentage of 3* and 4* research outputs – the best research papers and books – we were ranked 5th in the UK. Whether you join an existing research group as a PhD student or study for a taught masters programme, you will be joining a thriving research community supported by QMUL's Doctoral College.

Exceptional learning environment

We continually invest in our campuses to ensure that all our students have access to the most up-to-date teaching and research facilities. Major campus developments include the iconic Blizard Building, home to some of the largest open-plan laboratories in Europe, and our Dentistry Building, the UK’s first new dental school in forty years. Upcoming developments include the planned Life Sciences Building, which will play a key role in the regeneration of the wider Whitechapel area following the arrival of Crossrail.

Our Graduate Centre offers 7,700 sqm of learning and teaching space including a 200-seat lecture theatre, a landscaped courtyard, a student enterprise ‘hub’, and 24-hour work areas tailored specifically to the needs and working patterns of postgraduates. It is also the home for the School of Economics and Finance.

Studentships and bursaries

Each year we offer a generous support package of scholarships, bursaries and studentships to newly-qualified postgraduate applicants. Last year we awarded scholarships and studentships to a total of over £10 million. This year we will be making a similar investment to support the next generation of research students. Awards are available to both home and overseas students. Find out more about funding your Masters and funding your PhD.

International outlook

We welcome students and staff who represent some 162 nationalities making us the most inclusive Russell Group University, and runner-up for UK University of the Year (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021). Our staff also conduct international research, travel to international conferences and we have many links with leading universities overseas.

Career success

Our priority is to provide high-quality and relevant programmes of study that mean you get the very best out of the time you spend with us. You will graduate with an enhanced set of skills and knowledge that is extremely attractive to employers.

Alongside seminars and lectures, we offer first-class research and transferable skills training, dedicated postgraduate-only spaces, and opportunities to present and discuss your work – both with your peers and at international conferences.

According to the Graduates Outcomes Survey 2021, 90 per cent of postgraduate and PhD graduates are in employment or further study fifteen months after graduating. Have a look at our unique approaches to career development.

Our Careers team can help you make the most of your opportunities while you are here, as well as offer expert advice to set you up for the future. 


Russell Group

We are one of 24 leading UK universities represented by the Russell Group, 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.

The Group attracts some of the brightest students from all over the world as well as almost two thirds of available research funding in the UK. The exceptional standards of research and teaching at Russell Group universities means that their graduates are especially valued by employers, giving you a head start when you apply for jobs or further study.

Distinguished legacy

We were founded in 1887 as the People’s Palace, a philanthropic project designed to bring culture, recreation and education to east London. Students at the original People’s Palace Technical Schools excelled in their education, and helped to foster the academic excellence required for us to be permanently admitted to the University of London in 1915. Today, we remain committed to our principle of educating students regardless of background, and continue to dedicate both our teaching and research to the purpose of public good.

The London advantage

At Queen Mary, you get the safety and security of campus life, while living in one of the most exciting parts of London. Our campus is based in the East End, which is one of London’s most dynamic areas with independent shops, cinemas and markets, theatres and museums, all on Queen Mary’s doorstep. Our unique location in the East End means that the City of London, Canary Wharf and the West End are all just a short tube or bus ride away. From palaces to skyscrapers, West End shows to independent cinemas, world-famous museums to pop-up restaurants, nightclubs to beautiful parks, you will never run out of things to see and do in London. Find out more about where you will be studying.


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