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Facilities for postgraduate students

Queen Mary offers state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities in London, all of which our postgraduate students have access to as well as resources and facilities across London.

Queen Mary has spent more than £250m on new facilities in the past 15 years. These include some of the largest open-plan laboratories in Europe in the Blizard Building, a £78m new Dental School embedded in the Royal London Hospital, and a new home for the School of History in the £21m ArtsTwo building.

Queen Mary is committed to tackling issues specific to postgraduate life. This is why Queen Mary provides postgraduate facilities in order to facilitate the fostering of a sense of community among academics and researchers across subject disciplines, provide shared spaces for collaboration away from designated workspaces and prevent students from feeling isolated.  

Below you will find details of postgraduate facilities and resources. Many Schools and Departments offer a range of facilities and resources for their postgraduate students – for further information, contact them directly

The Graduate CentreGraduate Centre resize

This new seven-storey building at the Mile End campus includes 7,700 square metres of learning and teaching space. It’s also the home of the School of Economics and Finance, the Doctoral College and the Research Degrees Office. The Graduate Centre provides work areas and social spaces tailored specifically to the needs and working patterns of our postgraduates. 

Features and spaces

Ground Floor: As well as the beautiful foyer reception area, there is the 200-seat Peston Lecture Theatre and Café Grad serving Starbucks coffee.

First Floor: Seminar rooms – 4 x 22-seater, 1 x 36-seater, and 1 x 60-seater. 

Second Floor: Seminar rooms – 4 x 30-seater, 1 x 36-seater, and 1 x 100-seater. This floor is also home to the Doctoral College and the Research Degrees Office. 

Third to Fifth Floors: Home of the School of Economics and Finance, including a 60-seater seminar room, new computer lab and 36-seater trading lab. There is also a new open-plan office for teaching assistants, and 54 academic offices.  

Sixth Floor: Seminar rooms – 1 x 21-seater, 1 x 25-seater, and 1 x 28-seater. There is a new 54-seat lecture theatre in a horse-shoe (Harvard-style) layout. This floor also has four open-plan offices for research centres, including the International State Crime Initiative and Centre for the History of Emotions. There is also an open-plan group study area for our postgraduate students.

Seventh Floor: Postgraduate reading room and 2 x group study rooms. There is also a new postgraduate common room, which opens out onto a wooden deck terrace area with stunning views of London. 

Postgraduate Student Reps 

Both postgraduate research and postgraduate taught students have an elected Students’ Union Rep, one for the Mile End campus and one for the School of Medicine and Dentistry. To learn more about your Educational Reps, visit the QMSU website

The Doctoral College 

Queen Mary is also home to a thriving Doctoral College which is an innovative and supportive research community of PhD students. This community enhances the postgraduate experience by cultivating a lively and innovative cross- and inter-disciplinary community of researchers. The Doctoral College works in partnership with academic Schools and Institutes, the Researcher Development team, Careers & Enterprise and the Students’ Union to offer a wide range of flexible training and development activities, careers support and social events. Visit the Doctoral College website for more information. 

Senior Common Room lounge and bar 

Postgraduate research students, PhD researchers and employees of Queen Mary are invited to use the Senior Common Room lounge and bar in the Queens’ Building at the Mile End campus. Visit the SCR website for more information.

Queen Mary’s cultural partners 

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Resource for PhD students

Lambeth Palace Library

Lambeth, south London

Archive; research guides; exhibitions; reader facilities.

The National Archives

Kew, Richmond

Archives; archive research skills training; postgraduate work placements; conferences, symposia and events.

Wellcome Trust

Euston, central London

Courses, conferences and (invited) retreats; public engagement funding.

Geffrye Museum

Hoxton, Hackney

Annual postgraduate study day, Institute of Historical Research (IHR) seminar series, annual lecture and annual conferences open to all postgraduate research students working on home.

Creativeworks London

QMUL, Mile End

Researcher in residence scheme; conferences, symposia and events.

V&A Museum of Childhood

Bethnal Green, east London

Exhibitions; volunteering and internships; symposia and events.

National Maritime Museum

Greenwich, south-east London

Access to Caird Library; conferences and seminars; internships; Collaborative Doctoral Awards (CDA) training, events and networking.

Raphael Samuel History Centre


UEL; QMUL; Birkbeck; Bishopsgate Institute

Reading groups; workshops, seminars and conferences.

Shakespeare’s Globe

London Bridge, south London

Library and archive; reading resources; Global Shakespeare Project (QMUL and Warwick) seminar series.

British Library

Euston, central London

Research guides; reader rooms; exhibitions; conferences and events.

Palgrave Macmillan Publishers


Publishing a monograph workshop; writing a book proposal workshop.

Ragged School Museum

Mile End, east London

Exhibitions; volunteering.

As an associate member of the Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded doctoral training centre, the London Arts & Humanities Partnership with King’s College London, the School of Advanced Study and University College London, QMUL has additional links with the following partners: AM Heath, Barbican, BFI, Museum of London, National Gallery, National Theatre, Routledge, Southbank Centre, Tate Research and the V&A.

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