Queen Mary is a global leading university enhancing the regional, national and international agenda. We have a unique student, research and public engagement profile compared to any other university, pushing the boundaries of research and innovation and providing opportunities to individuals with talent and potential, irrespective of their background.

Key facts

  • Our history dates back to 1785, with the founding of England’s first medical school at the Royal London Hospital. Our roots can also be traced to the establishment of the People’s Palace in Mile End in 1887, which was designed to bring educational and cultural opportunities to the East End.
  • We are a Russell Group university, operating across five campuses in London and at sites across Europe and Asia.
  • We have close to 4,500 members of staff and more than 25,000 students.
  • Our annual income is £428m, of which £144m is research income.

Student profile

  • Our students are drawn from 162 nationalities. Approximately 9 per cent are from the EU and 35 per cent are from non-EU overseas countries.
  • Approximately 4,000 of our students are based offshore, predominately in China.
  • The profile of our undergraduate students in London is distinctive for a Russell Group university (and any research-leading university across the world) - 91 per cent are from state school; 60 per cent are BAME; 42 per cent are first into Higher Education; and 27 per cent are from households where the annual taxable income is less than £10k.
  • 18081 undergraduates, 6601 postgraduates, 448 study abroad and exchange students.

Research and innovation profile

  • Queen Mary is a leading research-intensive university and was ranked fifth in the UK for the quality of research outputs (i.e. at 3* and 4* level) in the REF2014 exercise.
  • Citation evidence shows that our research is world-leading in a number of areas and we are ranked eighth in the UK and 42nd globally based on citation levels (THE World Rankings).
  • We have a strong track-record on research spin-outs and student start-ups (e.g. Apatech spin-out, which was sold for $330m).
  • Our Innovation Centre in Whitechapel supports drug discovery start-ups and has supported almost 440 FTE jobs.
  • We have partnerships with major industrial firms such as Pfizer, IBM, and Huawei.

Facts and figures

  • 25,332 students
  • 18,081 undergraduates
  • 6,601 postgraduate

Record of excellence


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