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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:

Linda B McElwee

Linda B McElwee

LLM in Media Law, School of Law Scholarship Winner 2012-13

Why did you choose Queen Mary for your postgraduate study?

"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.

Why did you choose your course?

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."

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!!

Adam Brown

Why did you choose to study at Queen Mary?

“Queen Mary was always the obvious choice for me. Not only is the School of Law well regarded by employers but its location in London is ideal for finding potential internships.

“As a School of Law Bursary winner, I was without the constant financial worry I had initially expected and consequently, I was able to fully commit to my studies. For example, I competed in the George Hinde Moot Competition which enabled me to showcase my advocacy skills to a practicing judge at Snaresbrook Crown Court. Experiences like this are invaluable.

How did you find your academic experience at QMUL?

“Attending lectures led by academics at the forefront of their respective areas of expertise is not to be underestimated. Law demands individual hard work but it is reassuring to know that the teaching staff will be on hand to help answer questions one may have, whether that be via email or through their weekly office hours. The contact time Queen Mary professors offer to students is undoubtedly one of the School’s strengths and enhances your learning experience.”

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