The university itself - and by that I mean the people - are really really friendly. Everyone is willing to sit down and have a drink with you, it's not cliquey at all.
Fariah Kahn, Medical student
Your time at university is a great opportunity to meet people, try new things, and develop your interests. What's more, you have a world-class city to explore.
You can expect an outstanding education at a top university in a supportive and inspiring environment when you study at Queen Mary.
Your time as a student is sure to be life-changing - from your first experience of living away from home, to trying new things such as reporting for the student newspaper, eating Ethiopian and Vietnamese food or attempting a sky dive for charity.
There's also the challenge of studying your chosen subject at a higher level than you have done before, and developing all sorts of new skills, like presenting to a group or acting as a mentor to students at schools in the local area.
Overall, your student days are precious, and we want you to get the most out of the time you spend with us.
“I work on newspapers and the wider world of Grub Street in the late Seventeenth and early Eighteenth Centuries: writers, printers, booksellers, and slightly shop-soiled aristocrats. I examine the lives these people lived, often all rubbing up alongside each other in a small handful of London streets, and the newspapers, magazines, and books they produced.
I'm currently publishing a lot of research on a Jacobite newspaper-man called Nathaniel Mist. Mist was absolutely loathed by the governments of the day and he was eventually forced into exile in France after his paper published a scandalous libel on the king, the king's father, the king's mistress, and the prime minister. Naturally, the paper was a commercial triumph.
“I've also just started work on a new project, examining the strained family life of Henry St John, Viscount Bolingbroke, the tory statesman and philosopher, as his step-sister launches into an affair with a minor poet and his despised father so inconsiderately refuses to die.
I was drawn to these areas of research through an interest in hack journalism: it's such a strange and yet attractive way to earn a living. Grub Street is teeming with fascinating, obscure, but amazingly well-documented lives. These lives can be used to illustrate, contextualise, and test some of the larger claims we make about the past, whether in political, cultural, or economic history.
As someone new to the College, Queen Mary has always struck me as an amazingly productive and supportive place for postgraduates.”
Linda B McElwee
LLM in Media Law, School of Law Scholarship Winner 2012-13
"I completed my undergraduate studies in Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, graduating with a degree in Law and German. I chose Queen Mary based on the College's great reputation, its ideal location, and the fact that the college offered the exact specialism I was looking for: media law. Being offered a scholarship to study at this fantastic university is an absolute privilege.
Specialising in Media Law does not just mean learning about more commonly associated aspects of the law such as freedom of speech! This is a really wide area with a lot of opportunity and Queen Mary is the perfect place to begin building a career in it. Not only are you based in London (one of the media capitals of the world) but you are learning under the instruction of some of the leading academics in growing areas of law such as media and communications, privacy law, intellectual property law and IT law."
Shamil De Dodwell
BSc in Economics – graduated in 2003
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.
“I chose to study at Queen Mary because of its good rankings and the laid back atmosphere on campus. I love the campus and have always felt at home here.
“I thoroughly enjoy the dual aspect of medicine and engineering on my programme. The most interesting thing that I have done so far has been a problem-based learning (PBL) assignment. I had to investigate engineering technology to diagnose, treat, and rehabilitate an injured sports player based on only a brief description of the injury.
“Right now I am working as a student ambassador. It is a great way to get to know possible students while being able to explain just what it is that my degree entails. I get so involved in what I’m saying that it doesn’t feel like work at all.”