Queen Mary, University of London


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 College.

The Mile End campus is historically the home of Queen Mary College, which began life in 1887 as the People’s Palace, a philanthropic centre to provide east Londoners with educational, cultural and social activities. Queen Mary College was admitted to the University of London in 1915. Westfield College was founded in 1882 in Hampstead as a pioneering college for the higher education of women. In 1989 Queen Mary merged with Westfield College to form Queen Mary and Westfield College.

In 1995, Queen Mary and Westfield merged again, this time with two distinguished medical colleges, St Bartholomew’s Hospital Medical College, established in 1843, and the London Hospital Medical College, England’s first medical school, founded in 1785. This merger created Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry and brought clinical medical and dental teaching to Queen Mary for the first time.

In 2013, the legal name of Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London was officially changed to Queen Mary University of London to reflect common usage. This year also saw Queen Mary decide to award its own degrees, with the 2014 graduates being the first to receive them.

Why choose Queen Mary, University of London?

QMUL has an outstanding international reputation for research. In the Research Excellence Framework 2014, QMUL was ranked ninth in the UK amongst multi-faculty institutions for the quality of its research. This research directly informs QMUL’s inspirational teaching, and means that your teachers will be leading researchers in your area of study.

The diversity of the QMUL student community makes for a stimulating and cosmopolitan atmosphere. Thirty per cent of students are from overseas, representing over 150 countries, and orientation programmes and English language support are provided.

QMUL is also in the top fifteen universities in the country for graduate starting salaries according to The Sunday Times. There are also more than 1,200 opportunities to volunteer on or off campus, and 2,200 job vacancies to browse on QMUL’s JobOnline vacancy site – all paying the London Living Wage (£9.15 an hour) or above.

Academic profile

Queen Mary has around 3,000 staff, who teach and research across a wide range of subjects in the Humanities, Social Sciences and Laws, Medicine and Dentistry and Science and Engineering. Almost 17,000 students study at the 21 academic schools and institutes, with just over 30 percent coming from overseas and represent 130 different countries

Fee & Scholarship
  • Eligibility for bursaries will be assessed using UUK/SLC model bursary scheme (HEBSS).
  • In addition to the financial support schemes provided by the government, such as the Access to Learning Fund, Queen Mary offers bursaries, maintenance grants and scholarships to assist students who are in most need of financial support.  Full time students with a household income lower than £25,000 per year will be entitled to a maintenance grant of up to £3,250. Students from families with a household income of up to £42,600 will be entitled to a partial grant. Maintenance grants are based on household income, are non-repayable, and are to help with living costs such as food, accommodation and travel. In order to apply, students must also have requested a Maintenance Grant from Student Finance England.
  • Queen Mary’s package of bursaries and scholarships includes bursaries of £1,500 each year for students whose household income is less than £25,000. Bursaries of £1,200 each year are available for students with household income between £25,001 and £42,600. To receive a Queen Mary bursary students must have applied for income assessed UK government financial support.
  • As part of the National Scholarship Programme (NSP) over 250 students from low income backgrounds will receive a £3,000 benefit in their first year, with £1,500 given as a fee waiver and £1,500 as a cash bursary and other support. In their second and third years they will receive the Queen Mary bursary.
  • Students showing particular ability may be eligible for a number of university-wide and department-based awards, such as the £3,000 per year Excellence Scholarships in Science and Engineering and Economics and Finance.
  • From 2011 undergraduate applicants aged 25 or below from one of nine inner London boroughs, including Tower Hamlets, Hackney, Newham and Lambeth will be eligible to apply for the Sir John Cass’s Foundation Lord Mayor’s Scholarship of £7,000 a year for three years.
  • There are also specific bursaries available for students from the local area, and for care leavers. For more information, please visit the website.

Tuition Fees 2015

Minimum fee £4,500 Maximum fee £9,000
Average fee £8,998 Average cost to student* £8,267

* The estimated average cost per student after allowing for financial support (e.g. fee waivers, bursaries, scholarships and other in-kind support) from the institution.

English language requirement
  •  Minimum IELTS or equivalent is 6.0 for Science and Engineering undergraduate degrees and 7.0 for Humanities and Social Sciences and Medicine and Dentistry undergraduate degrees.
  • Students may be eligible to join one of our pre-sessional English language programmes (at additional cost) if their IELTS score is 0.5 below the requirement.
  • For postgraduate degrees, higher English language entry requirements apply. Please see the website for further information.

Queen Mary has a long history of welcoming students from around the world. Over the years, many thousands of international students have graduated from the College and gone on to pursue successful careers. Today, we are home to students from more than 150 different countries. This diversity contributes to a lively and welcoming community which should make you feel comfortable and at home.


Finding the right place to live is important – especially if this is the first time you have lived away from home. Queen Mary students are lucky with the Student Village on the Mile End campus. Over 2,000 rooms are available to students, many of them en-suite, with great facilities close by, from a launderette to shops and cafes. Living on campus makes it easy to get to the Library and lectures only a short walk away. Most students will start off living on campus, but not everyone is eligible. Priority is given to those students coming from furthest away who apply by the relevant deadline. To find out more about the Student Village, and whether you are eligible, see the Residential Services and Support website.

There are also student halls at Whitechapel and Charterhouse Square, ideally situated for medical and dental students at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry.

I can’t believe this is student accommodation – it’s very airy, bright, fresh and clean.
Fariah Kahn, Medical student

Queen Mary’s Residential Services and Support can offer you advice, an online property search, student search noticeboard and contract reading service. Finding a good place to live in Mile End and the surrounding area is easy, and compared to other parts of London, surprisingly good value for money.

  • Biological and Chemical Sciences
  • Electronic Engineering and Computer Science
  • Engineering and Materials Science
  • Environmental Science
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • School of Business and Management
  • School of Economics and Finance
  • School of English and Drama
  • School of Geography
  • School of History
  • School of Law
  • School of Languages, Linguistics and Film
  • School of Politics and International Relations
  • Blizard Institute
  • Barts Cancer Institute
  • Institute of Dentistry
  • Institute of Health Sciences Education
  • William Harvey Research Institute
  • Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine

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