School of Biological and Chemical Sciences

About us

The School of Biological and Chemical Sciences is one of the UK’s leading research departments, with a multi-disciplinary approach to teaching and research. We are a large and dynamic school with strong links with industry, offering students a stimulating and supportive learning experience.


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.


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.


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.  


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.