University profile

Queen Mary University of London

2023/24 edition

About Queen Mary University of London

Queen Mary is one of the UK's leading research-focused higher education institutions. We teach and research across a wide range of subjects in the humanities, social sciences, law, medicine and dentistry, and science and engineering.

Throughout our history, we’ve fostered social justice and improved lives through academic excellence. And we continue to live and breathe this spirit today, not because it’s simply ‘the right thing to do’ but for what it helps us achieve and the intellectual brilliance it delivers.

At Queen Mary, we believe that a diversity of ideas helps us achieve the previously unthinkable.

Our research excellence

Queen Mary has made a strategic commitment to the highest quality of research. We have invested in this principle by systematically recruiting the best academics in their disciplines from around the world.

The results of the most recent national assessment of research – the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021 – has once again confirmed our place in the very top group of research-led universities in the UK.

Overall, we are ranked 7th in the UK for quality of research, with 92% of our research assessed as internationally excellent or world-leading.

City campuses

At Queen Mary, you get the safety and security of campus life, while living in one of the most exciting parts of London.

Our campus is based in the East End, which is one of London’s most dynamic areas with independent shops, cinemas and markets, theatres and museums, all on Queen Mary’s doorstep.

Our unique location in the East End means that the City of London, Canary Wharf and the West End are all just a short tube or bus ride away. From palaces to skyscrapers, West End shows to independent cinemas, world-famous museums to pop-up restaurants, nightclubs to beautiful parks, you will never run out of things to see and do in London.

We’re one of the few campus-based universities in London – especially this close to central London. I think that’s really nice. It’s still open to the public but you’re not right in the middle of the city and it’s a nice space to learn in because of it.

Talhah Atcha, President of the Student's Union, Global Health, Law and Governance MSc (2019)

A Russell Group University

We are one of 24 leading UK universities represented by the Russell Group, committed to maintaining the very best research, an outstanding teaching and learning experience, excellent graduate employability and unrivalled links with business and the public sector.

The Group attracts some of the brightest students from all over the world as well as almost two thirds of available research funding in the UK. The exceptional standards of research and teaching at Russell Group universities means that their graduates are especially valued by employers, giving you a head start when you apply for jobs or further study.

Postgraduate facilities

We continually invest in our campuses to ensure that all our students have access to the most up-to-date teaching and research facilities.

Our new Graduate Centre offers 7,700 sqm of learning and teaching space including a 200-seat lecture theatre, a landscaped courtyard, a student enterprise ‘hub’, and 24-hour work areas tailored specifically to the needs and working patterns of postgraduates.


At Queen Mary, you can experience campus life while living in one of the most exciting cities in the world. We provide a range of affordable accommodation on or near our campuses.

Our new development, Aspire Point, provides affordable living and study space for 445 postgraduate students. This iconic student residence has stunning views over London and the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. It is a short (20 minute) bus journey away from our Mile End campus.

Application key dates

You can apply online for all our postgraduate taught and research programmes. Please see below for deadlines.

Postgraduate taught programme deadlines for January 2024 entry

  • Friday 1 December 2023 - overseas applications
  • Tuesday 2 January 2024 - postgraduate distance learning applications and postgraduate home applications

Postgraduate taught programme deadlines for September 2024 entry​

  • Sunday 30 June 2024 - accommodation guarantee applications
  • Monday 2 September 2024 - Overseas applications
  • Monday 9 September 2024 - postgraduate distance learning applications and postgraduate home applications

Most PhD programmes at Queen Mary start in September-October or January each year. Enrolment at different points in the year may be possible, for example, where funding for a specific project starts mid-year. A small number of students start their programmes in late Spring (April/May).

Awards and affiliations

  • Ranked 7th in the UK for quality of research (Research Excellence Framework 2021).
  • Ranked 16th in the UK and 124th globally (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2023).
  • Ranked 125th in the 2023 QS World Rankings, cementing its place in the top 9 percent of universities worldwide.

Contact details

+44 (0) 20 7882 5555
Mile End Road
Postcode E1 4NS