School of Biological and Chemical Sciences

About us

At Queen Mary University of London, we believe that a diversity of ideas helps us achieve the previously unthinkable.

At the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences, innovation across different disciplines has always helped foster academic excellence, leading to world-changing discoveries. It’s what enabled Michael Dewar’s use of computers to understand organic reactions and Jack Drummond’s pioneering application of chemistry to characterise vitamins.

This pioneering spirit thrives today with discoveries at the interfaces between biology and psychology, chemistry and materials science, biochemistry and healthy-ageing, and organismal biology and biochemistry. The impact of this research has included the creation of new bone graft materials, understanding the genetic basis of addiction and achieving changes in policy to protect ecosystems and the environment.

By bringing disciplines together and combining theory and experiment, the School of Biological and Chemical Science has become a leading institution in the biological, chemical and psychological sciences.

Teaching

Our students experience inspirational teaching from high calibre staff who are leaders in their field. Many of our courses are accredited, further boosting our students’ employability. We are also an international school and operate a course with Nanchang University in China.

Research

As you’d expect from a Russell Group university, Queen Mary has a thriving academic community, and is ranked ninth in the UK for research impact among multi-faculty institutions.  According to the REF 2014, the official UK-wide assessment of university research, 87% of our chemistry and 82% of our biology research is either world-leading or internationally excellent.

Industry

We have well-established research and teaching links with institutions such as the Natural History Museum and Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, as well as close links to industry partners such as GlaxoSmithKline and the Environment Agency.  

Facilities

Our school recently benefited from a £4.5m refurbishment to build brand new laboratories, as well as investing over £1m in state-of-the-art equipment. Our students enjoy living on central London’s only campus university.

Our Head of School is Professor Richard Pickersgill, Professor of Structural Biology.