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Welcome to Queen Mary, University of London Our focus on world-leading research combined with firstclass teaching makes Queen Mary, University of London an inspiring place to work and study. Queen Mary, University of London is one of London and the UK's leading research-focused higher education institutions, ranked in the top 10 per cent of universities in the latest Research Assessment Exercise (2008). One of the three largest of the colleges of the University of London, Queen Mary’s 3,000 staff deliver high-quality, innovative degree programmes and research across a wide range of subjects in the Humanities, Social Sciences and Laws; in Medicine and Dentistry; and in Science and Engineering.

Setting the agenda academically for more than 125 years…the modern Queen Mary is a true allround institution with excellence in medicine and dentistry, science and engineering, and the social sciences and arts.” Sunday Times Good University Guide


Queen Mary, University of London • With a budget of £300m per annum and a yearly economic impact on the UK economy of over £750m, Queen Mary offers a strong and diverse environment to its 16,500 students and 3,000 staff. • £250m investment in facilities. Queen Mary is unique amongst London’s universities in offering an integrated residential campus, with a 2,000-bed award-winning Student Village on its Mile End campus. • Queen Mary has made a strategic commitment to facilitating research of the highest quality. We actively recruit the best academic staff in their disciplines from around the world. • Although a university in its own right, Queen Mary is also part of the federal University of London, a wide-ranging body made up of 19 self-governing colleges and 10 other smaller specialist research institutes. The University of London provides the single largest critical mass of academic research in the United Kingdom; our graduate students are able to take advantage of the world-class facilities provided by the many specialist research centres that are part of this network: • Queen Mary’s distinctiveness also arises from its commitment to an engagement with international excellence in education and research, and a twin commitment to bring that engagement to bear on its London and Thames Gateway environment through educational outreach and knowledge transfer projects. You can read about our strategic commitments, our objectives and the special character of Queen Mary in our Strategic Plan 2010-15 (


• Queen Mary has four campuses. Our integrated teaching, research and residential campus in Mile End is close to the site of the 2012 Olympic Games, while Whitechapel is home to part of Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry; the stunning Alsop and AMEC-designed Blizard Building houses the largest open plan laboratories in Europe. • Our other campuses are in central London: the School of Medicine and Dentistry at Charterhouse Square is located on the edge of the City of London. Our world-famous Centre for Commercial Law Studies is based at Lincoln’s Inn Fields, in London’s legal district.

59-79 band in Europe and 152-200 globally The Shanghai Jiao Tang Universities 2009 Academic Ranking of World Universities

• Queen Mary’s students come from over 130 countries. • Queen Mary offers two joint degree programmes in collaboration with our close partner, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications (BUPT). We have 2,000 Queen Mary Engineering students in China. Graduates receive BSc (Eng) degrees from both Queen Mary and BUPT in either Telecommunications with Management or e-Commerce Engineering with Law. The syllabus and teaching materials are based on Queen Mary’s existing curricula, and are in line with IET (Institution of Engineering and Technology) accreditation requirements. All teaching takes place in China, using teaching staff and materials from both institutions. The initiative is the only recognised joint programme at a Chinese ‘National Key University’. • Along with Royal Holloway, University of London, Queen Mary has entered into a consortium with the University of London Institute in Paris (ULIP). ULIP offers students the chance to study French in France, while working towards a University of London degree – both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees are offered. Students benefit from a truly immersive experience that plays to the strengths of all parties involved.

Queen Mary’s excellence in teaching and research is focused on its academic schools: Humanities, Social Sciences and Law • Business and Management • Economics and Finance • English and Drama • Languages, Linguistics and Film (Film Studies, French, German, Hispanic Studies, Linguistics, Russian) • Geography • History • Laws (including the Centre for Commercial Law Studies) • Politics and International Relations

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

Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry • Institute of Cancer • Blizard Institute of Cell and Molecular Science • Institute of Dentistry • Institute of Health Sciences Education • William Harvey Research Institute • Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine


Humanities and Social Sciences The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) has an outstanding reputation for innovation and excellence in knowledge creation and knowledge dissemination. The Faculty is committed to ensuring that the social, economic and cultural benefits of original and creative thinking within the Humanities and Social Sciences are realised across all areas of its work.


• The Research Assessment Exercise 2008, which determines funding awards, confirmed the exceptional quality of research across the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. Linguistics, Geography and Drama all came top nationally in their disciplines, while English came second and Economics came sixth. Law, History, Politics, Hispanic Studies and French all sustained their positions in the top quartile of their disciplines. The new School of Business and Management also performed very well, coming 25th nationally in its first submission to an RAE. • The HSS Faculty has over 400 members of staff and its annual turnover is approximately £43m, of which £4m is competitively awarded research income from bodies such as the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Economic and Social Research Council and the Leverhulme, Nuffield and Wellcome Trusts. The Faculty has seen a very significant increase in external research funding over recent years and is committed to further substantial growth by 2015. • The HSS Faculty sets itself the highest standards in the education of its 4,000 undergraduate and 2,300 postgraduate students. The Faculty is committed to supporting graduates for careers in academia, government and the non-profit and corporate sectors, both in the UK and abroad.

• The supervision and training of postgraduate research students is fundamental to the Faculty’s knowledge creation and dissemination. The Faculty aims to double its research student numbers by 2015: it received £2.9m through the AHRC block grant partnership to support postgraduate students from 2009-14. In 2011, Queen Mary was awarded Doctoral Training Centre status, alongside Goldsmiths, becoming one of only 21 such centres nationally. Over the next five years, 50 PhD students at the two universities will be fully-funded for their fees and living costs – 10 in each year – and this will be paid for by the ESRC. This represents double the number funded previously at the two universities.

• The Faculty is committed to exchanging the knowledge it generates with businesses and the community, and has forged notable partnerships with public and private sector organisations, such as the BBC; the British Film Institute; Arts Council England; the World Bank; the Bank of England; London Citizens; and leading Law firms. • In 2011, Arts 2, the £21m building, designed by award-winning architects Wilkinson Eyre, opens providing a new location for the School of History, a new 300-seat lecture theatre for use by all Schools, and a new studio for Film Studies and Drama. A further £1.1m has been allocated to refurbish existing teaching, and research space for Schools across the Faculty.


Science and Engineering Queen Mary’s Faculty of Science and Engineering is an internationally respected Faculty with a strong reputation in teaching and research. The College was among the first in the UK to establish engineering, chemistry, computer science and materials departments. The Faculty of Science and Engineering employs 300 academics, with a further 300 research assistants and support staff, and has an annual turnover of £53m, of which £13m is competitively awarded research income.

• The Faculty is taking a collaborative approach to solve the big problems in science and engineering, including research focusing on body sensors, data networks, clean energy, and drug discovery. Research Councils UK recognised the School’s distinctive approach with the award of six interdisciplinary Roberts Fellows, which put Queen Mary in the UK top 10 for this scheme. The highlight has been the launch of the £3m ImpactQM project, funding innovation and industrial knowledge-transfer in engineering and physical sciences.


• Around 3,000 undergraduates and 800 PhD and Masters students form a vibrant part of the Science and Engineering community. Placing an emphasis on student satisfaction and employability, Queen Mary offers state-of-the-art facilities for learning, research, innovation and communication. The Faculty has three National Teaching Fellows and houses several winners of the Drapers’ awards for innovation in teaching and learning.

• Queen Mary has invested heavily in its Science and Engineering infrastructure. The 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. The College's Capital Projects also include a multi-million pound facelift of the School of Mathematical Sciences and School of Biological and Chemical Sciences buildings.

The Faculty is divided into five schools offering research and teaching and includes 20 well-established research centres in science and engineering subjects. School of Biological and Chemical Sciences Identified by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) as one of its top training environments for students, the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences has state-of-the-art facilities for environmental and chemical analysis, cell and molecular genetic imaging and the study of protein structure and function. Focus areas for the School include biodiversity bioenergy and industrial biotechnology and basic science underpinning health. The School is also home to the Research Centre in Experimental Psychology which leads research in comparative cognition and learning, sensory neuroscience, neurobiology and behaviour, vision, and evolution and behaviour, and draws on multidisciplinary collaborations with linguistics, psychiatry and health and organisational psychology. School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science Queen Mary is one of the top 20 universities in the UK for Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, with outstanding resources, such as a listening room and laboratories in antennas and augmented human interaction. Areas of research focus include mathematical foundations of computing, to applied areas looking at human factors in device design to reduce medical errors and the European Union-funded project, Living with Robots and Interactive Companions. The School also hosts the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council doctoral training centre in media and arts technologies and is home to the Centre for Digital Music.

School of Engineering and Materials Science Queen Mary’s School of Engineering and Materials Science continues to push forward the boundaries of engineering and materials science, and is committed to internationally competitive research, including specialities in Bioengineering, Biomaterials, Energy Systems, Nanostructure Materials and Solids and Fluids Modelling. School of Mathematical Sciences Academic research in the School of Mathematical Sciences covers pure and applied mathematics, statistics and astronomy, with strengths in algebra and combinatorics, analysis, geometry, logic and probability. The applied mathematics group is at the forefront of research in dynamical systems and general relativity.

The School of Mathematical Sciences also houses the renowned Astronomy Unit, with active groups in the forefront of theoretical cosmology, survey astronomy, solar and stellar physics, planetary formation, solar system dynamics and space plasmas. School of Physics The Faculty’s School of Physics has been ranked joint 8th best in the UK, (according to the Shanghai Jiaotong index) with close research links to Mathematical Sciences and the Astronomy Unit. Research is concentrated in the Particle Physics Research Centre with its work on the Large Hadron Collider experiments at CERN, as well as the T2K neutrino experiment in Japan. In addition, the Centre for Research in String Theory continues a long tradition at Queen Mary of pioneering research in this fundamental area of theoretical physics, which will be expanded into a new Centre for Condensed Matter and Materials Physics in May 2011.


Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry is one of the UK’s leading medical and dental schools. It offers international levels of excellence in research and teaching while serving a population of unrivalled diversity, amongst which cases of diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, TB, oral disease and cancers are prevalent.


• The results of the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise confirmed Barts and The London as one of the UK’s top four medical schools and 1st in London. The dental school was ranked 1st equal by 4* and 3* outputs, and 2nd overall. • The School has almost 1,000 members of staff and its annual turnover is approximately £110m, of which over £50m is competitively awarded external research income additional to that received from HEFCE. This places Barts and The London in the top tier of research active medical and dental schools. • Through partnership with our linked trusts, notably Barts and The London NHS Trust, and our associated University Hospital Trusts – 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. • At the heart of the School’s mission lies world-class research, the result of a focused programme of recruitment of leading research groups from the UK and abroad and a £100m investment in state-of-the-art facilities.

• Research is focused on: – cancer – translation of basic research into patients – cardiovascular – dentistry – inflammation – endocrinology/metabolism – immunology and infectious diseases – skin disease – genomics – neuroscience – gastroenterology – epidemiology – public health and primary care • The School is nationally and internationally recognised for research in these areas. Its fundamental mission, with its partner NHS Trusts and other partner organisations, such as Cancer Research UK, is to ensure that the best possible clinical service is underpinned by the very latest developments in scientific and clinical teaching, training and research. • Barts and The London offers an innovative and distinctive educational experience to our 2,300 undergraduate and 1,000 postgraduate students, which we believe to be different from and broader than that offered by other London medical schools. We offer our students exposure to research and clinical environments with worldwide reputations; the exceptionally rich cultural and social diversity of east London; and a varied and innovative mixture of educational opportunities to accommodate different learning styles.

• 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. • 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. • A new £25m translational Heart Centre, opening in July 2011, 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.


Queen Mary has its roots in four historic colleges: Queen Mary College, Westfield College, St Bartholomew’s Hospital Medical College and the London Hospital Medical and Dental Colleges. The Mile End campus is historically the home of 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. In 1995, Queen Mary and Westfield merged with two distinguished medical colleges, St Bartholomew's Hospital Medical College, established in 1843, and The London Hospital Medical and Dental Colleges. The London was England's first medical school, founded in 1785.

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