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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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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.

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Academic experience

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

Maryam Al-Dossari

Maryam Al-Dossari

“The School of Business and Management’s excellent reputation for research was an important factor in my choice to come to Queen Mary. Knowing that I would have the privilege to work with, and be supervised by, some outstanding academics who are highly respected in their fields seemed like too good an opportunity to miss.

One of the best things about being at Queen Mary is that, as PhD students, we are encompassed in such a friendly and supportive atmosphere. PhD students are treated as equals to the other teaching staff. We are actively involved in all departmental events which gives us a strong sense of belonging.

The variety of courses, workshops, and seminars offered by the School has helped me significantly in structuring my research. I would advise anyone beginning a PhD to take some of the faculty research training courses, as these can give a whole new perspective on your research plans. In addition, they give you the opportunity to meet other PhD students and share your experiences. I would definitely recommend the School of Business and Management at Queen Mary.”

Graduate profile:

Dr Rosanna Cox

Dr Rosanna Cox

Studied:
MA in Renaissance Studies; PhD in Seventeenth Century Literature: ‘John Milton and Reading Like a Man’– graduated 2006

Currently:
I am a Lecturer in Early Modern Literature at the University of Kent

Why did you choose Queen Mary?
The School of English and Drama at Queen Mary has an excellent reputation and was recommended to me by my undergraduate Director of Studies. I was really keen to work with researchers such as Professor Lisa Jardine, Dr David Colclough, Professor Jerry Brotton and Dr Warren Boutcher, whose work I very much admire. I was also attracted to the idea of studying in London and using all the excellent resources (such as the British Library, Senate House Library, the theatres and museums) that the city has to offer. Being in the heart of the East End, and at the centre of a diverse student body, the Mile End Campus offers excellent facilities, dedicated research centres, and a real sense of community.

What did you gain from your time at Queen Mary?
Doing a PhD in the Department of English means being part of dynamic research culture and thriving academic community. Members of staff are extremely supportive, intellectually rigorous, and provide a stimulating environment for research. I learned invaluable research skills, gained confidence in presenting my research at the postgraduate research seminar, and received excellent research supervision and encouragement. I had a fantastic time, and it provided a great start to my academic career.

What are your career plans in the next five years?
In September 2007 I started work as a permanent lecturer in early modern literature at the University of Kent. I have organised a major conference in 2008 and I am currently finishing my monograph. Maintaining my links with Queen Mary, I am working on a podcasting project with Dr Robyn Adams at the Centre for Editing Lives and Letters. I have started work on my next research project, on early modern diplomacy, and I look forward to continuing my career in academia.

Graduate profile:

Noareen Raja

Noareen Raja

Studied:
BSc Business Management – graduated 2007 (first class honours)

Currently:
Working for JP Morgan in Asset Management. 

Why did you choose Queen Mary?
Firstly it is part of the University of London and has a good reputation. I was also greatly impressed with the Business and Management programmes on offer.

What did you gain from your time at Queen Mary?
The biggest lesson I learned is that hard work pays off. I worked incredibly hard during my time at the university and thoroughly enjoyed myself. The education I received has given me confidence to think that I am capable of working with the best of the best. The lecturers are absolutely outstanding. I was amazed at how helpful they were. The level of support they offered encouraged me to take charge of my own learning, and really delve into the subjects.

Will Hadley

“Being in London was important to me and Queen Mary offered the best programme, in terms of content and quality. It covers both practical and academic elements, both of which are important for understanding Film.

“The modules on offer cover many different interests, the tutors are enthusiastic and engaging, and the facilities for practical work are great; we regularly borrow camera kit to use on our own projects. My favourite place on campus is the Hitchcock Cinema.

“The East End is the most vibrant and diverse part of London, we’re close to Shoreditch and Dalston and a short journey to central London, and there are plenty of parks nearby.

“I am the photography editor for the College magazine, CUB. It’s a way of keeping up other interests apart from stuff on the course, filling out my CV and meeting new people.”

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