Outstanding, industry-ready and driven. That’s what characterises graduates from Queen Mary University of London. Founded in 1785, this Russell Group university has carved out a name for itself in academic and research excellence. At its core is a commitment to embrace diversity of thought and opinion in all aspects of learning — making for a truly global learning environment.
Education should be accessible to all — and Queen Mary is actively working to widen opportunities for everyone, regardless of background. This is outlined by a future-focused 2030 Strategy, a set of goals to deliver an “outstanding, inclusive, world-class education and student experience.” It’s set forward with input from Queen Mary students themselves, ensuring a gold-standard education that addresses their needs and concerns.
Leading this is a world-renowned School of Engineering and Materials Science. Here, students pursue outstanding degree programmes across undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Postgraduate studies are particularly renowned for providing plenty of opportunities to engage with research across a variety of sectors. This includes: Aerospace Engineering and Fluid Mechanics, Bioengineering, Chemical Engineering and Renewable Energy, Materials Engineering and Mechanical Engineering, Robotics and Design.
Outstanding research contributions
Research is at the forefront of life at the School of Engineering and Materials Science. The school was ranked second in the UK for Quality of Research Outputs, with 92% of research submissions by the university assessed as internationally excellent or world-leading. In 2021, the school earned its place as seventh overall for engineering — an impressive feat for any one university.
Learning at the School of Engineering and Materials Science is guided by real-world exposure. Queen Mary has strong industrial, clinical and academic partnerships, which are actively utilised by researchers and students. This enables them to work on projects such as creating a team of drones that print 3D constructions while flying — changing the landscape of the construction industry. More ground-breaking inventions, such as a brand-new application of perovskites as optical fibres, are commonplace.
The School of Engineering and Materials Science is home to a brilliant cohort of researchers and staff. Learn from a Fellow of the Royal Society and Editor in Chief of Journal of Engineering in Medicine. Materials Science classes are taught by a recipient of a Queen’s Medal of the Royal Society — of which only three are awarded each year for the most important contributions to the physical and biological sciences.
Many more are just as accomplished, nationally and internationally. In 2019, the work of Queen Mary’s Dr. Karin Hing was featured in Royal Mail’s launching of six stamps to mark 50 years of British engineering. The researcher’s stamp shows a close-up of the synthetic bone graft, with details on where they are commonly used to support bone regeneration in orthopaedic surgery.
The past few years have been a particularly successful year for the school. In June, researchers won four awards and medals from the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, which recognises personal achievement for published works and contributions to the profession.
Programmes rooted in excellence
Programmes at the School of Engineering and Materials Science are grounded in real-world experience of the highest standard. Take the Advanced Robotics MSc, for example. Here, students have the opportunity to publish their research and build a career profile through theoretical and practical work. They do so at the Centre for Advanced Robotics — one of the best robotics and intelligent systems research facilities in the UK.
The Advanced Mechanical Engineering MSc is just as exciting. It was created for mechanical engineering students who wish to specialise in the sector and build on their existing experience. Specialist pathways in computational design and engineering or energy and thermofluids are offered. Tailor your programme by choosing from modules in computational engineering, renewable energy, numerical optimisation, heat transfer and fluid mechanics, materials selection, gas turbines, solar energy, combustion, nanocomposites and manufacturing process.
Many other programmes are designed to address the current needs of our global society. The Sustainable Energy Systems MSc was created in response to a need for more specialists who can create new global supplies in the industry. Again, this programme enhances students’ previous knowledge whilst educating them in the principles behind new and existing sustainable energy systems. This includes wind and solar energy, biofuels and energy storage technologies.
Those with strong engineering background or clinical experience can choose the Biomedical Engineering MSc. Here, students are equipped with advanced computational modelling skills, numerical techniques and a grounding in engineering approaches to biological problems. They contribute to a rapidly developing field that requires more specialists by the day, benefiting from a multidisciplinary approach to research and development.
The result? A cohort of graduates who go on to achieve wonders — 95% of Queen Mary graduates are in high-skilled jobs 15 months after they finish their studies and 82% of these are earning over the median salary. This proves that a Queen Mary degree leads to great outcomes — solidifying your future from the moment you leave its halls.