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Queen Mary

UCAS Code: Q50

Location: East London Show on Map

Site: Single campus plus medical sites

A top UK research-intensive institution. A college of London University and of the Russell Group of universities.

Student Population

Total Students:14,860
FE Students:0%


Total undergraduates:11,200
Full Time:100%
Mature on Entry:17%
UK Students:79%
State school entry:84%

Teaching Staff

1000 full-time.

Broad study areas

Arts, engineering, informatics & mathematical sciences, medicine & dentistry, law, natural sciences, social sciences, management.


Admission Information:AS-levels accepted in combination with 2 (usually 3) A-levels or equivalent; key skills not considered. UCAS tariff used by most departments.
Points on Entry (Mean):343
Drop Out Rate:9%
Accommodation:Many first years housed.


Founded:1989, from merger of Westfield College (founded 1882) and Queen Mary College (1887); joined in 1995 by medical colleges of St Bartholomew's (1123) and the London Hospital (1785).
Structural features:Part of London University. Includes Barts & The London medical & dental school.
Site:Main campus on Mile End Road; clinical studies at Whitechapel, West Smithfield and Charterhouse Square sites.
How to get there:5 minutes’ walk from Stepney Green or Mile End underground stations, 10 minutes from Bow Road station (Docklands Light Railway); No. 25 bus.
Special features:Large number of visiting professors.

Student services & facilities

Student advice & services:Health centre, welfare service, chaplains, counsellors, nursery, Nightline.
Amenities:Shop, bookshop, travel centre and bank on site; SU building with nightclub, snackbar, bar.
Sporting facilities:Multigym, gymnasium, squash courts on site; London University Union facilities (including swimming pool) in central London; sports ground in Essex (on tube line), hockey pitch in east London and boathouse in Chiswick.
Accommodation:Accommodation for all single full-time first-year undergraduates who apply by 30th June, unless they live close by. 2225 self-catering places: 1875 at Mile End, 350 near Charterhouse Square for medical and dental students; rents £101.50−£137.50 pw, contracts for 38+ week Sept-June. Plus places in intercollegiate places, £110-£198 pw contracts for 37+ weeks. Most students live in privately-owned accommodation for 2+ years: self-catering rents £100−£120 pw plus bills, lodgings £100−£140 pw. Ample private accommodation within a 3-mile radius.

Study opportunities & careers

Library & information services:600,000 volumes, 2500 periodicals, 4000 e-journals. Information provision, £166 pa spent for each student (FTE). Separate IT facilities; approx 900 workstations, all with access to library and internet (ratio workstations to students 1:12). IT facilities open up to 14 hours/day; support from helpdesk, published information, computer services shop. New students have induction to library, on subject basis, and to information services, including basic PC skills and college network; IT skills courses on Windows, internet, system security, software (eg Excel, Quark XPress) and programs (eg Fortran).
Other learning resources:Language laboratory.
Study abroad:Formal exchange links with Europe and the US.
Careers:Information, advice and placement service.


Living expenses budget:Minimum budget of £10,000 pa (excluding tuition fees) recommended.
Financial help:250 scholarships of £3000 in Year 1 (£1500 fee reduction, £1500 cash bursary), open to students resident in England whose family income is up to £25k pa and who have 400+ tariff points on entry. Bursaries of £1500 pa for all other students whose family income is up to £25k pa, or of £1200 pa where family income is £25k−£42.6k pa. Variety of scholarships, £1000−£15,000 pa, for eg science, modern languages, medicine or for students educated in neighbouring boroughs. Also £360,000 government funds, £25,000 own funds (awards range from £100−£3500); own funds for final-year students. Strictly limited help for students suffering exceptional financial hardship only. Apply for help to student awards office.
University tuition fees:Home students pay £9000 pa for first degree courses. International students pay £11,300 pa (classroom), £13,250-£13,350 (lab/studio), £14,300-£16,442 (pre-clinical), £24,500-£26,224 pa (clinical).


Academic features:

Course-unit system allows students to make up tailor-made degree programme with guidance.

Awarding body:

University of London.

Main undergraduate awards:

BA, BEng, MEng, BSc, MSci, LLB, MBBS, BDS.

Length of courses:

3 years; others 4 years; medicine, dentistry 5 years.

Main subjects offered:

  • Aeronautical Engineering
  • Astronomy
  • Astrophysics
  • Avionics
  • Biochemistry
  • Biological Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Biomedical Science
  • Business Economics
  • Business Studies
  • Chemistry
  • Communication Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Computing
  • Conservation
  • Dental Technology
  • Dentistry
  • Drama
  • E-Science
  • Ecology
  • Economic History
  • Economics
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electronic Engineering
  • Electronics
  • Engineering (General)
  • English
  • Environmental Biology
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Environmental Science
  • European Studies
  • Film Studies
  • Finance
  • French
  • Genetics
  • Geography
  • German
  • Hispanic Studies
  • History
  • Information Technology
  • International Relations
  • Internet Technology
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Linguistics
  • Management
  • Marine Biology
  • Materials Science
  • Materials Technology
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Medical Engineering
  • Medicine
  • Medieval Studies
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Nanoscale Science/Technology
  • Physics
  • Politics
  • Polymers
  • Portuguese
  • Psychology
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Statistics
  • Telecommunications Engineering
  • Zoology

Student view


It’s a traditional university with a contemporary approach. It has been revamped to provide modern, flexible courses that make graduates some of the most employable around. Mile End site is hard to miss (impressive 1880s architecture) in London’s vibrant East End, a mile from the City and 5 minutes from Canary Wharf. Unusually for London, it’s a campus-based college with halls (in newly-opened student village) and most teaching on same site. Medicine & dentistry is mostly at Whitechapel (Royal London Hospital) with another site at Barts Hospital in West Smithfield (you can look up Barts & The London separately). Easy access to centre of London and plenty of local culture. SU runs a number of bars, large retail outlets and an academic advice service. Over a hundred clubs and societies, from LGBT to mountaineering – you’re guaranteed to find something you like. Squash court, multigym and sports hall on site (SU recently redeveloped its nightclub into a top London fitness centre); extensive sports grounds at Chislehurst. Renowned for science, engineering, languages, law, dentistry and medicine but many top-quality smaller scale arts and social science departments. Large library with specialised study areas and extensive computer facilities. Students from all backgrounds with large, well-integrated, international community. Strong equal opportunities policy.


Housing: Self-catering halls at Mile End overlooking Regents Canal; and purpose-built student village on site (2000 beds, café bar, shop, multigym and laundry, fitness centre). Plentiful local private accommodation. Eats: Meal costs £3–£4 on campus; £4–£5 in local pubs. Excellent local Indian cuisine; many cheap local restaurants; cheap bagels and curry in Brick Lane. Drink: SU bar has wide range of drinks, regular promotions; pint from £1.80. Good East End pubs. London Pride good local brew. Nightlife: Regular weekly ents in top SU nightclub (club e1), including regular current chart and pop nights; popular comedy and sports nights. London clubs, bars, pubs, theatres, cinemas all accessible with lots of student discounts available. Sports: Sports hall, multigym and squash courts on campus; excellent range of sports from men’s rugby to women’s football. Travel: STA branch on campus. Good tube and bus links. Night buses from central London. Financial help: Some funds available. Jobs: SU has a jobshop with lots of posts. Over 150 students work in SU. Best features: Campus-based college, great location with lots of cultural diversity, friendliness of students and staff, community atmosphere. And worst: Distance to sports grounds. Informal name: Queen Mary, QMUL.

Past Students

Peter Hain MP; Geoffrey Drain (author); Sir Roy Strong (art historian); Judge Alan Lipfriend; Rhys Williams (rugby); Lady Falkender (secretary to Harold Wilson); Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, Malcolm Bradbury, Andrea Newman (authors); Simon Gray (playwright); Patrick Moore (astronomer); Elizabeth Andrews (former MP); Bruce Dickinson (formerly of Iron Maiden). And of Barts & The London: Frederick Treves (physician to John Merrick, the 'Elephant Man'), Professor Winston (BBC TV's The Human Body), Dr Thomas Barnado (of the children's charity), William Harvey (discovered circulation of blood), John Abernethy (founder of St. Bartholomew's Medical College), Richard Gordon (Doctor in the House etc.), Graham Chapman (Monty Python), Thomas Vicary (surgeon to Henry VIII), W G Grace (cricketer), Graham Gardner.

More info?

Student website − www.qmsu.org. For medical & dental school, tours available from the Students’ Association and on open days; ring BLSA on 020 7377 7640, email president@bartslondon.com or see BLSA website www.bartslondon.com



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Mile End Road
E1 4NS


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