Science and Engineering
The world-class virtual and physical research infrastructure at Queen Mary supports our researchers to create partnerships across the University and internationally to advance science and innovation.
Our distinctive, curiosity-driven research is recognised all over the world and in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF2014) 90 per cent of science and engineering research output was rated as internationally excellent or world-leading.
Queen Mary has a distinguished tradition in science and engineering, and was one of the first UK universities to establish engineering, computer science, chemistry, and materials departments.
We aim to attract research talent from all corners of the globe and support our researchers at every stage of their careers. In 2019-2020 our annual research income was £42.6m and we aim to increase this in future years.
We encourage our staff and students to explore the commercial potential of their work and currently have 14 active companies within our spinout portfolio.
Explore our Faculty
The School of Biological and Chemical Sciences covers a diverse spectrum of research. Our Biology department leads on research in evolutionary genetics and genomics, as well as microbial and network ecology; our Psychology department pushes the boundaries in biological and experimental psychology; our Biochemistry department advances research on cell dynamics and structural biology; and our Chemistry department works at the forefront of research into functional materials and nanoscience, synthesis and catalysis as well as physical and computational chemistry.
The research interests of the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science include artificial intelligence, autonomous systems, modelling of human cognition, 5G systems and beyond, creative industries, cyber-physical systems & robotics, data science, digital health, and multimodal environmental sensing (domestic, urban, natural, global). As a multidisciplinary school, our researchers work with the arts and sciences collaborating with psychologists, biologists, musicians and actors, mathematicians, medical researchers, dentists and lawyers.
The School of Engineering and Materials Science provides internationally-leading research activity represented by five academic centres Aerospace and Fluid Mechanics, Bioengineering and Biomaterials, Chemical Engineering and Renewable Energy, Materials Engineering and Mechanical Engineering, Robotics and Design. Research is supported by industrial, clinical and academic partnerships as well as a Joint Research Institute of Advance Materials and Structures with Northwestern Polytechnical University in China.
The School of Mathematical Sciences pursues research in the following areas: Algebra and number theory, Combinatorics, Complex systems and networks, Dynamical systems and statistical physics, Geometry and analysis, Probability and applications, and Statistics and data science.
The School of Physics and Astronomy covers research across the fields of astronomy, condensed matter and materials physics, theoretical physics, particle physics. The Astronomy Unit is at the forefront of research in cosmology, planetary formation and dynamics, and space, solar and astrophysical plasmas; the Centre for Condensed Matter and Materials Physics concentrates on understanding the fundamental physics properties of materials; the Centre for Research in String Theory is at the centre of research in theoretical physics and concentrates on the development of string theory and its many applications; and members of the Particle Physics Research Centre play leading roles in major international experiments including ATLAS (operating at the CERN Large Hadron Collider).
Entrepreneurship, innovation and engagement are an embedded part of our research culture. We seek to maximise impact on our society through tight interactions between academics and industry, governments and non-governmental organisations.
Whilst the impact of our research can be immediate, it can also take decades to be nurtured. At Queen Mary we understand the dedication required for the true value of our impacts to be revealed. From commercialisation to policy change, the Faculty of Science and Engineering supports the development of ethical and sustainable impacts.
The Faculty hosts over 800 doctoral research students supervised by more than 300 academic research staff, and with access to world-leading facilities. Our students are well supported by the Queen Mary Doctoral College who manage our partnerships and doctoral training programs.
We have significant international partnerships offering joint-funded scholarships including with the China Scholarship Council, and Conacyt, Mexico.
We host multiple UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) funded Centres for Doctoral Training and Doctoral Training Partnerships in areas such as AI in Music, Intelligent Games and Game Intelligence and Data-Intensive Science in Particle Physics and Astronomy.
To encourage individuals from industry and non-academic backgrounds into research we established our Centre for Doctoral Training in Data-Centric Engineering. This programme offers a portfolio-based Professional Doctorate (EngD) in applied research delivered in close collaboration with industry partners including IBM, DeepMind and QinetiQ.
We provide expertise and services in the isolation, manipulation and analysis of ultra-high molecular weight (uHMW) DNA that range from 150kb to over 2Mb. We have expertise in working with a wide range of tissue types from diverse organisms, from trees and insects to bacteria and mammals.
Our equipment includes:
- Bionano Saphyr genome mapping system
- Oxford Nanopore PromethION sequencer
- Mosquito HV nanolitre liquid handler
- Agilent Tapestation and Bioanalyser
- Blue Pippin Fractionator and Covaris Ultrasonicator
We have built an extensive antenna test range and electromagnetic characterisation facility, which now virtually covers the whole RF to THz frequency bands, from 700 MHz to 325 GHz. In addition to this, time domain spectrometry at THz frequencies, between 0.1 to 3 THz, is also available.
Our equipment includes:
- Microwave Compact Antenna Test Range (CATR)
- Millimetre-wave CATR
- EMC screened anechoic chamber
- General purpose anechoic chamber
- NSI planar near-field beam pattern scanner
Particle physics research facilities
The Particle Physics Research Centre has also several tools at its disposal for detector R&D, as well as computing facilities for data analysis, and video-conferencing capabilities.
Our equipment includes:
- Clean room for semiconductor detector testing
- Clean Room (ISO 7, Class 10000)
- Alessi Probe Station
- QCT Quantum GL 6105 and OGP Flash 200 Coordinate Measuring Machines
- 3D Printer
Organ-on-a-chip and mechanobiology facility
The cell and tissue engineering laboratories provide extensive facilities for tissue engineering, mechanobiology and biomechanics research and teaching.
The facilities include:
- Five dedicated cell culture laboratories
- Molecular biology facility
- General purpose and biochemistry laboratories
- Machines for mechanical testing of biological tissues or implantable materials
- Equipment for a wide range of biochemical/cell biology analysis