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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.

Social life

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.

Bilal Ahmed

“I chose Queen Mary as it was one of the top universities in London as well as being in the top 15 in the country. It was also local to where I lived. I was able to use my qualification to explore my options after university and I was able to select from various jobs and careers. I’m currently teaching ICT and Business at an inner London secondary school. It’s an Academy and takes students of mixed ability from the local vicinity. Teaching has been very enjoyable as it has allowed me to hand down my knowledge to young learners in boroughs around London.

The university is an amazing place for people to study and caters for all types of students. The most enjoyable aspect of my time at QM was being able to meet various groups of people from the different courses and societies. Being able to associate with many people from different countries and cultures was a great eye opener.

The best thing about the course was the diversity in modules and the mixture of classes. There were plenty of facilities in place to enable students to comfortable carry out their work. I found the Hive study area a really nice place to work and catch up with friends at the same time. The atmosphere was very relaxing. The university is an amazing place to learn and discover yourself and your strengths and weaknesses.

The lecturers were very professional and respectable in their field of research. The teaching was of a very high standard and enabled me to meet my goals in terms of career choice. The university helped to prepare me for work and the world of work by bringing in national and international companies to give talks in seminars and also via recruitment days.

The collaboration between the hardware students and software students in the electronic engineering project was a really enjoyable time. Groups of students had to work together to create a working product to be able to read information (RSS feeds) from websites and display information onto an LED display. These were testing times but enjoyable too.

The east end is a very vibrant part of London and has a massive mix of people and things to do. It is very rarely dull as there is always something going on. I joined many university cultural and sports societies. They were very welcoming groups and enabled me to take part in team activities and challenges with friends.

My best memory would have to be the graduation ceremony where family and friends shared the momentous occasion of officially being saluted as successful and resourceful men and women. It was a joyous occasion.”

Graduate profile:

George Hawche

George Hawche, MSc in Molecular Pathology and Genomics

“I completed my BSc in Biology at Queen Mary and felt that it would be an excellent place to further my studies.

I’m sure that an MSc in Molecular Pathology and Genomics from a world-renowned institution for Cancer Research will be of great benefit to my future career. I aim to contribute to providing the highest level of patient care whether that be as a Doctor or working in a lab to try to find a cure for cancer. I believe that the skills and knowledge I have learnt whilst at Queen Mary will stand me in good stead for one day working with Health Professionals of the highest calibre.

The new MSc teaching suite has excellent facilities both in the lab and computing rooms. The teaching staff is of a high calibre and a good mix of both clinicians and scientists, many of whom are leading figures in their field. The student-staff relationship is very good and feedback is actively encouraged, providing an excellent study environment. The programme is highly innovative and dynamic, partly due to the strong links between the lab and the clinic and partly due to the enthusiasm of the staff and the other students.

I am an active member of the football team and I enjoy going to all the social events organised by the Student’s Association.  Extra-curricular activities offer students a chance to develop new interests as well as meeting new people, keeping active and most importantly of all, having a good time! There are over 40 clubs and societies, so whatever your interests, you are bound to find something that interests you.”

Graduate profile:

Ali Mollazeinal

Ali Mollazeinal

Computer Science (MSci) – graduated 2007

Starting my own company in Iran 

Why did you choose Queen Mary?
Because of its great reputation and academic staff. Also because of its huge Informatics Teaching Laboratory which is exclusive to Computer Science students, meaning there are always computers available when students need them. On top of all this I liked the fact that Queen Mary try to involve students in the College's affairs whenever possible, and that the academic staff are very friendly and approachable.

What did you gain from your time at Queen Mary?
On top of a Masters degree which is respected in most countries, I improved my interpersonal skills and made new friends.

What are your career plans in the next five years?
I aim to grow my company to global standards.

Ashley Sweetman

“I chose Queen Mary because of the excellent  location, only 10-15 minutes from central London. I was also attracted by the reputation of the history department. The modern and spacious on-campus accommodation was also hugely appealing, as I could wake up at the latest possible moment before lectures!

“The teaching staff are helpful and approachable, and most of the faculty are leading researchers in their chosen field. The academic and study facilities are also great. The library is modern and was recently refurbished, and has almost every book you’ll need.

“The most interesting thing I have done was probably a project in my first year for a course about medieval sources. I chose to produce a portfolio of sources on medieval tournaments or jousting events, and found it fascinating reading through a variety of primary sources and searching for artefacts that I could include in my study.

“Another highlight was meeting Sir Gus O’Donnell as part of my Cabinet and Premiership module and exploring the Cabinet Office. But arguably my best time at QM was when Peter Mandelson came to the campus to speak to the Mile End Group. Seeing such a key political figure talking about what he did was amazing, and then being able to socialise in the same room as him afterwards was a great opportunity.”

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