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Queen Mary, University of London International Overview


About us Queen Mary, University of London is one of the UK's leading research-focused higher education institutions. With around 17,000 students, 3,000 staff and an annual budget of £300m, we are one of the largest University of London colleges. We teach and research across a wide range of subjects in humanities, social sciences, law, medicine and dentistry, and science and engineering. Based in a creative and culturally diverse area of London, we are the only London university able to offer a completely integrated residential campus, with a 2,000-bed awardwinning student village at our Mile End home. The Mile End campus is historically the home of the East London College (later Queen Mary College), which began life in 1887 as the People's Palace, a philanthropic endeavour to provide east Londoners with education and social activities. It was admitted to the University of London in 1915. Westfield College was founded in 1882 as a pioneering college for the higher education of women, and was granted its Royal Charter in 1932.

1843, and England’s first medical school, The London Hospital Medical College founded in 1785. In 1911, this became the London Hospital Medical and Dental College with the establishment of the dental school. Queen Mary has continued to grow and flourish over the years. Notable highlights in recent years include the opening of the award winning Blizard Building at the Whitechapel campus and a new humanities building, ArtsTwo, on the Mile End campus.

The Dental School (part of Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry) celebrated its centenary in 2011, having opened on 3 October 1911. Its fascinating history traces the story of advances in dental treatment over the last 100 years. During the last decade the Dental School was given the maximum, perfect score by the Quality Assurance Agency of the Higher Education Academy, has topped the popular press league tables and performed in the top decile of the research assessment exercises.

The London Hospital, c1950

The College’s Library was housed in the Octagon in the People’s Palace in 1920. It was elegant, historic, and increasingly inadequate, as the College grew and the library stock expanded to meet new needs. A new library designed by Sir Colin Wilson (who also designed the British Library) was opened by Queen Elizabeth II on 28 September 1988. It was fully refurbished in 2010 to reflect the changes in the way that students use resources – with a huge space dedicated to group study, more computers and wireless internet.

In 1995, Queen Mary and Westfield merged with two distinguished medical colleges, St Bartholomew's Hospital Medical College, established in

The Octagon, Queens’ Building, Mile End, c1984

Graduating students 2011


Reputation Queen Mary has made a strategic commitment to facilitating research of the highest quality; we actively recruit the best academics in their disciplines from around the world. Our staff members have been honoured by election to Fellowships of the Royal Society, the British Academy, the Academy of Medical Sciences and the Royal Academy of Engineering. There are six Nobel Laureates among former Queen Mary staff: Professor Charles Kao (Nobel Prize in Physics in 2009); Edgar Adrian (Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1932); Professor Sir Peter Mansfield FRS (Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2003); Professor Joseph Rotblat (Nobel Peace Prize in 1995); Sir Ronald Ross (Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1902); Sir John Vane FRS (Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1982). In the most recent UK Research Assessment Exercise (RAE 2008), the means by which the UK national funding agency grades and funds research excellence in universities, Queen Mary was ranked 11th in the country.


Queen Mary departments ranked in the top five nationally include: Linguistics, Geography, Drama, Dance and Performing Arts, Dentistry, English Language and Literature, Epidemiology and Public Health, Pre-clinical and Human Biological Sciences, Health Services Research and Cancer Studies. Research in the Medical School was ranked in the top four nationally, and first in London.

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Queen Mary students in The Octagon, Queens’ Building, Mile End.

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Queen Mary is part of the University of London, one of the largest universities in the world. The 19 Colleges and Institutes of the University include UCL, LSE, Kings College London and specialist centres such as the School of Oriental and African Studies, the London Business School and the Institute of Education.

Our integrated teaching, research and residential campus in Mile End is close to the site of the 2012 Olympic Games, and only 15 minutes by tube from central London. Campus buildings overlook the picturesque Regent’s Canal and large green spaces of London’s Mile End and Victoria parks. The School of Medicine and Dentistry operates from additional sites in both east and central London, with the worldfamous Centre for Commercial Law Studies based in the heart of legal London at Lincoln’s Inn Fields. London is home to some of the best museums and art galleries in the world, talented performing arts companies and outstanding cultural and science centres; there are no fewer than 360 public libraries and nearly a third of all the UK’s archives are based in the city.


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Introducing Queen Mary’s three faculties


Humanities and Social Sciences

Medicine and Dentistry

Science and Engineering

• Business Management • Economics and Finance • English and Drama • Languages, Linguistics and Film (Film Studies, French, German, Hispanic Studies, Linguistics, Russian) • Geography • History • Law and The Centre for Commercial Law Studies • Politics and International Relations

• Barts Cancer Institute • Blizard Institute of Cell and Molecular Science • Institute of Dentistry • Institute of Health Sciences Education • William Harvey Research Institute • Wolfson Institute of Preventative Medicine

• Biological and Chemical Sciences • Electronic Engineering and Computer Science • Engineering and Materials Science • Mathematical Sciences • Physics and Astronomy

• Centre for Cancer & Inflammation • Centre for Cell Signalling • Centre for Experimental Cancer Medicine

• Centre for Ethics and Politics

• Centre for Haemato-Oncology

• Centre for Globalisation Research

• Centre for Molecular Oncology and Imaging

• Centre for Research in Equality and Diversity

• Centre for the Aquatic and Terrestrial Environment (in collaboration with the School of Geography) • Centre for Life Sciences • River Communities Group • Centre for Research in Biological Psychology • Antennas and Electromagnetics Group • Computer Vision

• Centre for Tumour Biology

• Networks

• Centre for Management and Organisational History

• Centre for Cutaneous Research

• Risk and Information Management

• Centre for Diabetes

• Theoretical Computer Science

• Centre for Ethics and Politics

• Centre for Digestive Diseases

• QMedia

• People’s Palace Project

• Centre for Primary Care and Public Health

• Centre for Digital Music

• Centre for Editing Lives and Letters • The Dr Williams’s Centre for Dissenting Studies

• Centre for Immunology and Infectious Disease

• Media and Arts Technology EPSRC Doctoral Training Centre

• Centre for Renaissance and Early Modern Studies

• Centre for Neuroscience and Trauma

• Multimedia and Vision Research Group

• Centre for Paediatrics

• Centre for Materials Research

• Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies

• Pathology Group

• Nanoforce

• Centre for Studies of Home

• Adult Oral Health

• NanoVision Centre

• Centre for Film Studies

• Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences

• Particle Physics Research Centre

• Centre for Catalan Studies

• Oral Growth and Development

• Centre for Research in String Theory

• Centre for Anglo-German Cultural Relations

• Dental Care Professionals

• Centre for Condensed Matter and Materials Physics

• Centre for Micromorphology • Centre for Aquatic and Terrestrial Environments (in collaboration with the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences)

• Medical Education • Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning

• Mathematics Research Centre

• ARC Bone and Joint Research Unit • Centre for Endocrinology

• Centre for the Study of Global Security and Development

• Genome Centre

• Centre for the Study of the History of Political Thought

• Translational Medicine and Therapeutics

• Centre for the History of the Emotions

• Astronomy Unit

• Biochemical Pharmacology

• The City Centre

• Centre for Renaissance Studies

• Interaction, Media and Communication

• Clinical Pharmacology • Centre for Sports and Exercise Medicine

• Centre for Commercial Law Studies

• Centre for Environmental and Preventive Medicine

• Criminal Justice Centre

• Centre for Cancer Prevention

• Interdisciplinary Centre for Competition Law and Policy

• Centre for Psychiatry

• Centre for the Study of Migration • Centre for Global Security and Development • Centre for the Study of Political Thought • European Politics Research Centre


Humanities and Social Sciences


Tarun Tawakley, Law

From investigating emerging English dialects in multicultural London to capturing oral testimony from key figures involved in the Irish peace process, research within the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Queen Mary has a lasting impact. The Faculty offers expertise in a wide range of disciplines from film studies to business management and from English literature to commercial law and is marked by some outstanding successes, independently confirmed by impressive rankings. The Faculty has a proven track record in initiating exciting and innovative interdisciplinary collaborations. A new research centre, Studies of the Home, for example, draws on the academic expertise of staff in Geography, History, English and Psychology, exploring aspects as diverse as interior design, social identity and home-making on a global scale.

Faculty highlights • 1,843 postgraduate students, 500 staff. • Annual turnover of £55m with a research grant of over £4m. • In national university guides for 2011, seven disciplines in the Faculty are judged to be in the top ten in the UK. • In the last Research Assessment Exercise, nine Faculty research areas (out of 13) were judged to be in the top ten nationally on the basis of the percentage of 4* and 3* grades, with three coming top in their discipline. • In the National Student Survey 2011, half of the Faculty’s subject areas had overall student satisfaction ratings of more than 90 per cent.

• We have been accredited as an Economics and Social Research Council (ESRC) Doctoral Training Centre in partnership with Goldsmiths, University of London: over the next five years 50 PhD students at the two Colleges will be fully funded for their fees and living costs.

Research that makes a difference People’s Palace Projects (PPP) puts theatre research into action, and has for ten years produced theatre that acts for individual and social change in Britain, Brazil, Burkina Faso and Azerbaijan. Based in the School of English and Drama, PPP operates as an NGO. The first phase of a new cultural knowledge exchange programme between Brazil and the UK was announced in early 2011, supported by the Brazilian Ministry of Culture and the UK Department for Culture, Media and Sport, with Arts Council England and the British Council.

A new MA in Community Organising was launched in 2010 – the first of its kind in the UK. The programme is designed to build students’ theoretical knowledge of successful political protest as well as impart the necessary practical skills to facilitate political relationships and run campaigns. All students complete a five-month placement with London Citizens (see, giving them invaluable work experience.

Queen Mary was the first university in London to open a Legal Advice Centre which offers free legal advice to members of the public. Secondand third-year law students advise the public, under the supervision of local volunteer solicitors, on areas such as employment, landlord and tenant disputes, consumer transactions and contracts, providing the students with invaluable practical experience.

• We have been awarded £2.9m by the Arts and Humanities Research Council under the Block Grant Partnership to support the training and supervision of postgraduates. • In 2011, we opened the stunning ArtsTwo Building, a £21m development housing the School of History and a film and drama studio.

Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Lincoln’s Inn Fields


Science and Engineering


Bipasha Sarkar, Medical Materials

Queen Mary’s Faculty of Science and Engineering takes a multi-disciplinary approach to solving the big problems in science and engineering, including research focusing on body sensors, data networks, clean energy, tissue engineering, behavioural science and drug discovery. Areas of particular strength include the qMedia group, which links technology with the creative arts; Astronomy, which carries out work in collaboration with NASA, ESA, and the UK Space Agency; Bioengineering, which has a growing international reputation as a top research group in the UK; Materials, a multi-disciplinary group which works in collaboration with the School of Medicine and Dentistry; Photosynthesis, which underpins the strategy to develop bio-energy research; Physics, which helped to develop string theory and counts a recent Nobel laureate, Sir Peter Mansfield, as one of its alumni; and Networks and Security, which brings together mathematicians and scientists.

Faculty highlights • Around 300 postgraduate taught students, 400 full-time research degree students, over 100 postdoctoral researchers and 300 research assistants and support staff. • Annual turnover of £70m, of which £19m is competitively awarded research income. • A focus on student satisfaction and employability: in the National Student Survey 2011 all schools scored between 80 and 96 per cent for satisfaction. • Three National Teaching Fellows and several winners of the Drapers’ awards for innovation in Teaching and Learning.

• Research Councils UK awarded six interdisciplinary Roberts Fellows, which put Queen Mary in the UK top ten for this scheme. • Exciting launch of the ImpactQM project linking early career researchers with selected industry partners to exploit the Faculty’s strengths in materials, electronic and mechanical engineering, and computer science. ImpactQM received nearly £3m in funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

• Extensively refurbished Mathematical Sciences and Biological and Chemical Sciences buildings provide state-of-theart facilities.

• Many successful spin-out companies – including ApaTech, a manufacturer of synthetic bone substitutes, which was awarded the top prize in the PraxisUnico Impact Awards.

Research that has an impact The renowned Astronomy Unit hosts active groups in the forefront of theoretical cosmology, survey astronomy, solar & stellar physics, planetary formation, solar system dynamics, and space plasmas. Members of the Unit participate in a wide range of international research programmes, leading the Chile VISTA project, and part of the imaging team for the Cassini Saturn mission, among others.

• Recently completed £12m Joseph Priestley Building houses 1000m2 of outstanding research facilities for environmental and chemical analysis, cell and molecular genetic imaging and the study of protein nanostructure and function.

Queen Mary’s pioneering Centre for Research in String Theory is expanding into a new, enlarged Centre for Condensed Matter and Materials Physics. As part of the Queen Mary EPSTAR consortium (Experimental Particle, String Theory and Astronomy Research), it forms the heart of international experimental and theoretical research into the origins and structure of the universe and its fundamental constituents.

Queen Mary’s NanoVision Centre is a multimillion pound, state-of-the-art microscope unit, which brings together the latest imaging technologies to open-up new avenues for cutting-edge research. The new capabilities can be used to help medical researchers reveal the interactions of chromosomes in the nucleus of cancer cells and enable targeted drug delivery strategies to be developed by watching nano-particles being absorbed by nerve cells. In the field of biology, detailed molecular studies will help to unravel how plants trap light and turn it into energy in photosynthesis.


Medicine and Dentistry


Iseult Roche, Medicine

Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry offers access to world-leading expertise right in the heart of London. Comprising five specialist institutes and over thirty research centres, the UK Government’s last Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) placed the faculty in the top five research active medical and dental schools in England, alongside Oxford, Cambridge, Imperial College and University College London. The largest recipient of charitable income among UK medical schools, our world-leading academics are grouped across research in Cancer, Inflammation, Cardiovascular, Endocrinology, Epidemiology, Gastroenterology and Neuroscience. Through partnership with linked trusts, notably Barts and The London NHS Trust, and associated University Hospital Trusts including Homerton, Newham, Whipps Cross and Queen’s (Romford) the School’s research and teaching is informed by an exceptionally wide ranging and stimulating clinical environment.

School highlights • There are 800 postgraduate students, 500 research staff. • £123m turnover and annual research grant over £46m. • The Barts Cancer Institute (BCI) is one of the top five cancer research centres in the UK (RAE 2008 UK Government ranking), and is 1 of 13 Cancer Research UK ‘centres of excellence’. • Dentistry ranked 2nd in the UK in the last RAE (Times Higher Education); outstanding results across the rest of the School, consistently placed all institutes in the top five in London. • Strategic partnerships with linked NHS and Hospital trusts including Barts and The London NHS Trust, Homerton, Newham, Whipps Cross and Queens’ (Romford) mean that the School’s research and teaching is informed by an exceptionally wide-ranging clinical environment.

• The School was appointed to lead a £4.7m Policy Research Unit dedicated to research in cancer screening, symptom awareness and early diagnosis, with funding provided over five years by the Department of Health’s Policy Research Programme. • The School leads an innovative Health Innovation and Education Cluster (HIEC) on behalf of North East London Health (which includes all NHS bodies in NE London). The HIEC focuses on research and pioneering new approaches for treatments of common diseases. • Our forward-thinking approach to collaboration has led to some exciting opportunities: from partnerships with higher education institutes in India to a joint project with the School of Engineering and Computer Science exploring the role of risk assessment in the management of traumatic injury.

Research that improves lives A new £200m Cancer Centre was opened at St Bartholomew’s hospital in 2010, providing equipment which will allow the development of screening for the earliest stages of cancer, enabling doctors to use minimally invasive techniques to remove small growths before they have a chance to invade. A new £25m translational Heart Centre will capitalise on the world-renowned pharmacological strengths of the William Harvey Research Institute and bring therapies into patient care amongst our diverse community of 1.8 million people in east London. The award-winning, futuristic, open-plan laboratory, the Blizard Building, is also home to The Centre of the Cell. Dedicated to inspiring curiosity and learning by connecting science to everyday life, the centre forms part of the College’s Outreach Programme, designed to impact positively on the career, health and personal life choices of local young people. Barts and The London Academic Dental Clinic offers members of the public the chance to receive free, routine NHS dentistry provided by senior dental students under the supervision of qualified dentists.


International partnerships


Creating partnerships with like-minded institutions around the world is a core element of Queen Mary’s International Strategy. By partnering with institutions which share our twin missions of knowledge creation and knowledge dissemination – research and teaching – we create synergies of talent, knowledge and resource which allow us to have a reach and impact far beyond our east London home. Throughout our faculties and schools Queen Mary’s academics are engaged in research activity recognised as being of international importance, and in many cases this research is conducted jointly with academic colleagues in leading institutions around the world. Some of these working relationships are informal in nature while others are formalised through agreements and joint research programmes, such as with European institutions through the Erasmus Mundus and Tempus schemes and with Indian institutions through UKIERI. Strong faculty research links can lead to higher level institutional relationships and joint programme development, such as our groundbreaking Joint Programme with Beijing University of Post and Telecommunications (BUPT) and The Sino-British Centre for Molecular Oncology, created in 2006 with Zhengzhou University. We have a long and successful history of recruiting students from around the world both through direct applications and numerous progression agreements with partner institutions overseas. We offer a range of international scholarships to attract the best international students, both through our own resources and in partnership with funding bodies such as the China Scholarship Council, and the Chevening Scholarship and Marshall Scholarship programmes. Our success in

attracting students from all parts of the world creates a truly international community at Queen Mary which is home to more than 120 nationalities. Almost a third of our staff and students are international: The Times Higher Education World University Rankings place us 16th in the world and 3rd in the UK for the proportion of international students and staff in the learning community. This incredible diversity impacts directly on the quality of the student experience in the classroom where international students enrich debate and learning through their range of experiences and opinions. This international environment on campus brings great benefits to our domestic students, who are also increasingly seeking their own international experiences. To increase student mobility we seek to partner with likeminded institutions worldwide to add to our existing Erasmus partners in Europe such as Bocconi University and Freie Universität, Berlin and our International Exchange Programme partners such as The University of California, The University of Melbourne, Nanyang Technological University and Universidad de Guadalajara. We are proud to be a member of the Santander worldwide universities network and will be using our membership to foster relations with other member universities particularly in Latin America.



2,000 Queen Mary students in China studying on our joint degree programmes with our close partners, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications (BUPT). Graduates receive IET-accredited BSc(Eng) degrees from both Queen Mary and BUPT in Telecommunications with Management, e-Commerce Engineering with Law or Internet of Things. Teaching takes place in China, using staff and materials from both institutions. The initiative is the only recognised joint international programme at a Chinese National Key University.

The Queen Mary International Exchange programme gives our students the opportunity to spend part of their degree studying in the United States, Australia, Singapore and in other European countries, as well as participate in short study visits to China and India. Under our Study Abroad Programme we welcome students from all over the world to spend a semester or a full year of their degree with us. Study Abroad students are guaranteed accommodation on campus, and can enrol on pre-sessional English courses.

The Indo-UK Advanced Technology Centre of Excellence for Next Generation Networks/ICT was created in 2007 to promote breakthrough research into fixed-wireless networks, fault-tolerant communications infrastructures, and networked ICT systems and applications in the UK and India. The IU-ATC consortium consists of leading universities in the UK, Institutes of Technology in India, and companies from both countries. A Virtual Graduate Research School, initially involving Ulster University, Queen Mary, Southampton, Surrey, Bristol, UCL, IIT Madras, IIT Mumbai, IIT Delhi and IISc Bangalore, has supported twenty three PhD scholarships and sixteen industrial internship positions with industrial partners including BT, InfoSys, Sasken, and Wipro.

The Sino-British Centre for Molecular Oncology, founded by Barts Cancer Institute and Zhengzhou University in 2006, is developing viruses to treat cancer. The work is progressing through preclinical validation studies before clinical trials at the Institute and in Chinese centres. An exchange programme has also been established to train Chinese scientists in cutting-edge molecular oncology technology.

University of London Institute in Paris


Partnerships A few examples of our current international partners include: Beijing University of Post and Telecommunications, China Bocconi University, Italy Boston College, USA Harbin Insittute of Techology, China Hunter College, CUNY, USA Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, India Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India Nanyang Technological University, Singapore Northeastern University, China Technische Universität Dresden, Germany


Université de Caen, France University of California, USA Universitat de Girona, Spain Universidad de Guadalajara, Mexico Universidad de Málaga, Spain University of Malaya, Malaysia University of Melbourne, Australia University of Miami, USA University of Richmond, USA University of Turin, Italy University of Vienna, Austria University of Western Australia

Student profiles

Dr Jasleen Kaur

Sara Hammond

Originally from India, came to study MSc Dental Public Health at Queen Mary's Institute of Dentistry.

Studied at University of California, San Diego through Queen Mary's International Exchange Programme.

“London offers a very multicultural and socially diverse atmosphere. Queen Mary is right in the heart of London and is the perfect platform for ambitious international students to pursue academic, personal and leadership goals.

"The University of California San Diego (UCSD) was a fantastic experience for so many reasons. There was a huge variety of courses with a lot of different approaches to my subject and a lot of excellent teachers. I also learnt a lot outside of the classroom.

“It provides many opportunities for overseas students to experience life in the UK and to gain a deeper understanding of British society. It also gives students the opportunity to broaden their horizons by building strong relationships with people from widely differing backgrounds, cultures and schools of thought. “Studying the MSc in Dental Public Health (DHP) has helped me understand the field of dentistry through the lens of public health. I now see how improved DPH can create a healthier and happier society.”

“San Diego is a fun city to be in and I had the chance to learn to scuba dive, go surfing, run a marathon, visit Mexico, ride with the equestrian team, swim with a club... I met a lot of really great people who I will be keeping in touch with. In all, it was the best possible way to spend the second year of my degree and I will be going back the first chance I get."


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