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Student life at Queen Mary University of London

Your time as a student is sure to be life-changing and we want you to get the most out of the time you spend with us.

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Social life

Your time at university is a great opportunity to meet people and develop your interests. What's more, you have a world-class city to explore.

Academic experience

Academic experience

You can expect an outstanding education at a top university in a supportive and inspiring environment when you study at Queen Mary.

Brett Osler

Why did you choose to study at Queen Mary?

“I chose Queen Mary because it is campus based, so everything I needed was in one place. It has a good reputation in the field of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science, and is central to London.

How did you find your academic and social experience at QMUL?

I enjoyed the friendships that were made, the sense of accomplishment when finishing course-works, or exams, and interacting with the lecturers and professors. Their knowledge runs deep. They were one of the best things about QM. They are involved with so much research, and use it in the classrooms and labs. It's nice to be taught current topics. Also, the support from them is there if you just ask for it. They are more than happy to listen to students.

In terms of teaching excellence, innovation and academic and study facilities I’d rate QM quite high. The material is current and changes to adapt to the real-world changes. The ITL (Computer Lab) is kept up to date with current spec machines, and the newest operating systems. Plus all the software applications you need for the degree are provided. The library is quite modern, and has plenty of room for silent study.

It helped me understand the importance of not procrastinating, and getting tasks done early. There was plenty of help with CVs and interview practice available as well. In terms of technology, a lot of what is taught is used in the industry. I learned the importance of being thorough, and accurate, and one thing that can't be forgotten is the importance of documentation, and spelling and grammar!

On leaving university, I won a competition for an iPhone app I wrote and I was excited to start work, and put my education to use (and finally have an income!) I am a software developer in the Graduate scheme at Credit Suisse, Canary Wharf. Currently with two other graduates I’m going though a list of bug fixes and upgrades to various applications that are used by a support team. To improve each application I act as a Business Analyst (to solidify the requirements from the users), a Developer (to implement the changes, using C#, SQL, Python and other languages) and a Quality Assurance person (to assure that the upgraded application functions as described).

The campus is great. It's easy to navigate, has everything I needed and I always felt great walking onto campus. The Student Union is well run, and it's easy to get involved at any level. There are hundreds of sporting and non-sporting clubs and societies, which are also easy to join and participate in. I was a member of the Poker society, the Entrepreneurs society and the Boxing club. I was also a course rep, I completed the Drapers' Skills Award, I was a PASS Mentor (giving student peer support), and then Mentor Lead. I gave (with three others) a presentation at the annual UK National Transition Conference. Each of these experiences has helped in some way: whether physically, or mentally. There can be so much more to learning than just sitting in a lecture hall.

The most interesting thing on the course was tackling the coursework in the High Performance Computing module that had been completely redone when I took it. Many of us were very confused at the start and the course work seemed so foreign: like it should have been in a nuclear physics module! But once it started making sense, and results started to appear, it was very interesting what was actually going on, and what I was accomplishing.

It’s very hard to pick just one favourite memory! Winning the quiz night four weeks in a row ranks up there. Competing in the IEEE xTreme 24-hour programming competition (twice) and in the second competition finishing 211 out of 1515 in the world was a great time. But really it was the whole experience that made all the memories favourite memories.”

Graduate profile:

Karim Boudjelal

Karim Boudjelal

Studied:
MSc in Finance and Investment – graduated 2007

Currently:
Working for Deutsche Bank in the City of London

Why did you choose Queen Mary for your postgraduate study?
After having studied Economics in the University of Toulouse 1, I decided to come to London to obtain an MSc in Finance and Investment. Why would a French person come to London to study finance? You all may know the City of London
is at the heart of the world’s financial markets. Therefore, I knew that obtaining an MSc in Finance and Investment in a leading UK University would grant me an added benefit in settling down in the professional world. I chose Queen Mary after researching widely on universities in the UK and establishing that the Department of Economics at Queen Mary was renowned for its excellent research work.

What did you gain from your time at Queen Mary?
The Department of Economics at Queen Mary University of London offers you a range of programmes taught by well-qualified professionals, who will help you to get the best experience from your time in London. Moreover the structure of the MSc, a mix of revision classes, tutorials, and guest speakers keeps the programme intense and helped me to achieve
the best results. From a personal point of view, I enjoyed the warm welcome provided by the staff (workshop and events), which helped me to meet other students from all over the world. This has enriched my experience even more. As a foreigner I was also very pleased by the English modules offered for free which helped me become more confident. The College is also well equipped with excellent modern facilities, especially the gym.

What are your career plans in the next five years?
I now live in London and work for one of the leading investment banks in the world. I definitively think that studying for the MSc in Finance and Investment at Queen Mary prepared me more than adequately for my entry into the corporate world.

Graduate profile:

Shamil De Dodwell

Shamil De Dodwell

Studied:
BSc in Economics – graduated in 2003

Currently:
Analyst with Morgan Stanley working in Fixed Income Product Control after doing an internship there in my second year.

Why did you choose Queen Mary?
I chose Queen Mary as it is a College with a rich tradition and is one of the established colleges of the University of London. A degree from the University of London is instantly recognisable all over the world and I knew Queen Mary would offer me the right blend of challenges.

How did your time at Queen Mary prepare you for your chosen career?
Meeting deadlines at university taught me the importance of an organised approach to my work and I have carried this through to investment banking where we are always under pressure to meet deadlines and balance work and social life. The group coursework exercises at university also taught me the importance of teamwork and this is a skill that is crucial in this industry.

What ‘transferable skills’ did you gain from your time at Queen Mary?
The computing skills I picked up on degree have proved invaluable. A good grasp of Excel, Access and Powerpoint will always help you in any role in the city. The learning curve here has been very steep but you are always learning something new so there is never a dull moment.

What are you hoping to do, career-wise, in the next five years?
Hopefully a transfer to New York, Sydney or Singapore! Morgan Stanley encourages the analysts to move around the firm and to their offices abroad so I hope to be facing a new challenge in a new team in the New Year. I also hope to have completed a further qualification such as the CFA or CIMA in the next five years.

Kayla Schaefer

Why did you choose to study at Queen Mary?

“I chose to study at Queen Mary because of its strong Human Geography programme and the reputation of the school. I also wanted to study in central London and experience everything a big city has to offer.

“The professors are amazing. They are all actively researching things in their field, and share their findings with us. They encourage us to be involved in our local communities and push us to see the wider pictures of things happening in our world today.

How did you find your academic and social experience at QMUL?

“Last year, on one of our modules we worked closely with an organisation called London Citizens. We actually got to go into local primary schools and teach kids about the Olympics 2012. It was so interesting to catch a glimpse of how these school kids go about their everyday lives and how they view an event as big as the Olympics coming right to their doorstep.

“I’m a member of the Geography Society – it’s such a great group of people, and we always have fun doing events together. I also do a lot of volunteering with kids and homeless people, which is incredibly rewarding. It’s eye opening to get off campus and see how the city operates.”

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