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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.

Noradila Nordin

Why did you choose to study at Queen Mary?

“I joined the International Science and Engineering Foundation Programme (ISEFP) at Queen Mary immediately after completing my certificate of education in Malaysia. I chose to stay on to study Computer Engineering because I believe Queen Mary is one of the best in the UK. The lecturers are helpful and there is a lot of other help available for students. I enjoyed studying at Queen Mary and based on my experience decided to take my MSc there too. I enjoyed the course, lectures, labs and made friends from all over the world.

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

 I am grateful that I had lecturers that took good care of their students and made learning so much fun! The lecturers are approachable and very helpful.  I was a Teaching Assistant in Software Engineering during my MSc year. That experience taught me better ways to explain things. I then worked as a lecturer in Malaysia after I graduated and applied the learning approaches that my lecturers had used to teach my students effectively. It makes learning more interesting.

One of the best things about the course was the top-notch facilities. My favourite place on campus was the Informatics Teaching Laboratory (ITL). It is exclusively for the School’s student and equipped with computers and all the software needed. The fact that it opens everyday until midnight made it easier for my friend and I to meet up and do our work there.

I would rate Queen Mary 10/10 for social facilities. Victoria Park which is just a few minutes away is also great. I always went for walks there as it is a beautiful place. Club activities and events on campus were always full of fun. I joined several clubs: I was a committee member of the Malaysia Society where I got to know students from my country. We arranged many events throughout the year; including setting up a booth for the Fresher’s Fair, celebrating Eid, Chinese New Year, Deepavali, Christmas and more. I was a member of the Photography Society: we met once a week to share ideas. I also joined the Art Society where we held art exhibitions and met with different artists. These activities helped to broaden my circle of friends. Being with like- minded people was a lot of fun. I learnt a lot of new things about photography and art that I would not have known if I hadn’t joined the clubs.

One of my favourite memories of my time at QM was during my second year. We had a group coursework for Software Engineering. Most days, we’d be spending our time after class in the computer lab and on several occasions we were there all evening. Although it was tiring, the work that we produced was good as we really worked as a team. The most interesting things I did were my final year projects. They were on Network Simulation and I had to learn new programming languages to complete them. My supervisors were really helpful. We met once a week to discuss my progression and improvements that I could implement.”

Graduate profile:

Robin Shevlane

Robin Shevlane

BA in Politics and MA in Democracy and Democratisation – graduated 2006

Halfway through a PhD on Scottish nationalism.

Why did you choose Queen Mary for your postgraduate study?
I initially chose Queen Mary for my undergraduate studies partly because of the good reputation of its Politics Department, and partly because I was interested in the east end of London where the university is located.

What did you gain from your time at Queen Mary?
As well as gaining two degrees awarded by the internationally recognised University of London, my time at Queen Mary has enabled me to meet an extraordinarily diverse group of people.

What are your career plans in the next five years?
I hope to finish my PhD in late 2009, after which I aim to pursue a career in academia.

Graduate profile:

Camilla Mathias

Camilla Mathias

BA French and Drama

Working as an actress (The Cazalets – BBC, Victoria and Albert – ITV, Kings and Queens – C5). 

How did your time at Queen Mary prepare you for your chosen career?
It gave me a foundation in French and English texts, a year in Paris (which I chose to spend at a French Drama School) and opportunities to perform in numerous productions – and meet friends I produce and perform with still. 

What ‘transferable skills’ did you gain from your time at Queen Mary?
Specialist core modules in Brazilian Performance, 19th Century acting styles, and learning to be fluent in French and Italian have all come in very useful when on tour with theatre productions abroad and in translating plays I have produced. And I have performed in French and Italian a great deal too. 

What are you hoping to do, career-wise, in the next five years?
Produce and star in more of my own work, both on stage and screen, both here and abroad. And to be able to survive purely from acting work!!

Jeremy Viner

I studied for a MEng in Internet Computing and graduated in 2005. Currently I am working as a Junior Software Engineer for Accenture.

I chose Queen Mary because the course suited my interests more than any other. Also being in London was attractive due to the diverse opportunities it offers - from a social and networking front (eg theatre, clubs, IEE events at Savoy Place), and the fact that you an meet people from many other universities. The opportunities are endless.

The Electronic Engineering Department, at Queen Mary, have their finger on the pulse of industry and, accordingly, integrate the latest and most popular technologies into their degrees, thus preparing students very well for industry through lectures and exciting and stimulating coursework projects.

They prepared me so that transferring to a new language was straightforward. It's all very exciting now that I can see the diverse project opportunities available for my skill set.

My course taught me many new Technical skills, eg programming (Java, C, Java Script and Perl Scripting), electronic and telecommunications theory. Also modelling methods used industry wide (eg UML). I obtained valuable soft skills too - such as presentation, project planning and communication skills were developed both on the course and through the Students' Union.

I now hope to progress to Software Engineer, Analyst and then on to management whilst keeping involved in the technological side of projects, as technology is naturally a great passion of mine.

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