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.
Why did you choose to study at Queen Mary?
“When I visited the university I really liked the facilities compared to other universities where they didn’t necessarily have private lab facilities just for computer science students and a limited access building. I also liked that I could stay in London and still have a university that resides on one campus rather than running around the City looking for my next lecture.
How did you find your academic and social experience at QMUL?
The thing I appreciate the most is the amount of support we have from the University and the department. All our labs provide us with plenty of support for the lecture material, lecturers are always happy to answer questions and each lecturer also offers 2 hours a week where any student can just drop by their office and get support on a topic being taught. From the university we have a large range of facilities to help with every part of student life, from job adverts, CV workshops and mock interviews to legal and financial services.
The first thing I do when I arrive on campus is head over to the ITL, the Informatics Teaching Laboratory. It’s our main place of work but it’s also a nice quiet place where we can meet up and relax. The study facilities provided are plentiful and any broken equipment or system bugs on our machines are fixed very quickly, all the technical staff are quick to respond.
On campus we have the full range of facilities provided, from washrooms, gym to club and mini market. We are only a 15-minute train from Oxford Street and other nightlife. My favourite place has to be Draper’s Bar. It offers a great lunch at competitive prices and has a great atmosphere with comfortable seating. Sometimes we even take our work there, have a drink and work on the sofas.
Even though it’s work related, one of my favourite memories was during my first year. We had a group coursework and there were a few groups, along with us, that had left it to the last minute. We had all stayed late in the ITL to finish the coursework. When we finished we got a load of chicken wings from Drapers to celebrate. My favourite part of the course has been the final year project. We are free to do whatever we are most interested in or want to learn the most about.“
Amanda Raphael, PhD in the History of the British Natural Childbirth Movement
Why did you choose Queen Mary for your postgraduate study?
“I studied History as an undergraduate at Queen Mary and when I decided to take on the challenge of a PhD, the welcoming atmosphere and the wealth of academic expertise and innovation within the Department drew me back.
What kind of help and support did you receive throughout your course?
My supervisor was a continuous source of encouragement from the start, and I was also allocated a mentor. Being a mature student and mother to two young children, my requirements for study were flexibility, understanding and support. The great thing about Queen Mary is that I get all of this alongside the fantastic library, computing, research and other facilities one would expect from a University of London college.
Overall experience at QMUL:
The College has, I think, got the balance right: it is not at all intimidating, yet sets high standards for its postgraduate students; it fosters independence, yet encourages participation in seminars and discussion groups; finally, it offers the friendly and supportive atmosphere of a campus right in the heart of London’s bustling East End.”
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.
How did you find your academic and social experience at QMUL?
At Queen Mary I learnt how to be very efficient, something I put into use during my final year project, which involved a lot of library-based research, as well as practical work in labs to put my theories into reality which was both challenging and exciting. My laboratory team-work experience was vital experience that I gained during my studies at Queen Mary.
Queen Mary is a very sociable place, with a diverse cultural mix. I enjoyed my time there and would recommend it to anyone. Studying was both challenging and memorable. My advice to anyone studying at Queen Mary is to be patient and look to be innovative in industry-related work. Remember to work and always play hard.