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.
You can expect an outstanding education at a top university in a supportive and inspiring environment when you study at Queen Mary.
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."
BEng Telecommunications – graduated 2004
Senior Consultant of Software Testing at SQS-UK
Why did you choose Queen Mary?
I did my research, and in my opinion, Queen Mary offered the strongest profile in the Guardian University Guide among the possible options. I was very keen on studying Telecommunications. When I did my research, it seemed Queen Mary was valued very highly on most fronts. That convinced me to apply for a place there. I have never regretted that decision.
What did you gain from your time at Queen Mary?
During my time at Queen Mary I was very lucky to be able to spend plenty of time in labs, practising and building on the theory that I was studying. Putting theory into practice helped me to consolidate my understanding and theoretical knowledge. Queen Mary does a great deal to help its students. Moreover, I was lucky to be taught by some very enthusiastic professors, who inspired me to be equally passionate and driven. Last, but not least, Queen Mary allowed me to improve the level of my English, both spoken and written. For non-English students this is a very important asset to master.
What are your career plans in the next five years?
I am hoping to continue working in Software Testing and gain even more experience especially in the area of Security Testing and Test Automation. My current placement is very exciting and it allows me to also focus on my own personal development, attend courses, get trained and stay on the cutting edge of software testing.
Salary bracket: £45-60,000
“London had always appealed to me as a city to study in, and an open day at Queen Mary sealed the deal. The programme offered everything I was looking for, and the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences felt welcoming – most importantly I felt comfortable there.
The campus student village and social areas have a chilled out, friendly atmosphere, making it a great place to study and live. You’ll always find something to tickle your fancy in east London. Nights out on Brick Lane are always a winner for cocktails or curries –it’s the best place for them. Saying that, if you don’t want to venture off campus, the Drapers’ (Students’ Union bar) is a good night out.
There’s also an amazing gym with cheap membership and loads of classes, even if you do end up feeling like you’re dying in spinning classes, it’s well worth it. Oh, and a summer picnic in Victoria Park is a must. In the winter you can’t beat a good caramel latte in Ground (one of many campus cafes) in between lectures. If you can nab a comfy sofa, it’s the perfect place to chill out or study.
I was a student rep during my first year, which involved helping to put students’ ideas forward and letting staff know what we, as a student body, were thinking. I’m also part of the PASS (peer assisted study support) mentoring scheme, where once a week we hold drop-in sessions for first years to approach second years with any queries – anything from what books are recommended to where’s good to eat.”