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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:

George Hawche

George Hawche, MSc in Molecular Pathology and Genomics

Why did you choose Queen Mary for your postgraduate study?

“I completed my BSc in Biology at Queen Mary and felt that it would be an excellent place to further my studies.

I’m sure that an MSc in Molecular Pathology and Genomics from a world-renowned institution for Cancer Research will be of great benefit to my future career. I aim to contribute to providing the highest level of patient care whether that be as a Doctor or working in a lab to try to find a cure for cancer. I believe that the skills and knowledge I have learnt whilst at Queen Mary will stand me in good stead for one day working with Health Professionals of the highest calibre.

How was your academic and social experience at QMUL?

The new MSc teaching suite has excellent facilities both in the lab and computing rooms. The teaching staff is of a high calibre and a good mix of both clinicians and scientists, many of whom are leading figures in their field. The student-staff relationship is very good and feedback is actively encouraged, providing an excellent study environment. The programme is highly innovative and dynamic, partly due to the strong links between the lab and the clinic and partly due to the enthusiasm of the staff and the other students.

I am an active member of the football team and I enjoy going to all the social events organised by the Student’s Association.  Extra-curricular activities offer students a chance to develop new interests as well as meeting new people, keeping active and most importantly of all, having a good time! There are over 40 clubs and societies, so whatever your interests, you are bound to find something that interests you.”

Graduate profile:

Mohammed Akram

Mohammed Akram

MSc Digital Signal Processing BEng Electronic Engineering – graduated 2004

I am working as a Signal Design Engineer for Metronet Rail Ltd. 

Why did you choose Queen Mary?
Many of the lecturers are at the forefront of research, and the Department is involved in cutting-edge technological advancement.

What did you gain from your time at Queen Mary?
I gained new skills – approaching problems methodically and analysing the situation, and managing my time and efforts efficiently.

What are your career plans in the next five years?
I plan to stay with my current employer for the foreseeable future. Also the company has a very structured process and scheme to enable me to gain Chartered Engineer status.

Salary bracket: £25-35,000

Katie Choi-Yan Lo

Why did you choose to study at Queen Mary?

“I chose Queen Mary because of its renowned History department, with its wide range of modules covering various periods and countries.

The location of the university is also advantageous, the East End being an area rich with history itself, and the university being close to Canary Wharf and the City.

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

“Queen Mary has offered me great flexibility in my degree, allowing me to study a broad range of topics and specialising in areas of interest to me. The course itself is well-structured, yet diverse, with different methods of assessment, thus helping me to develop a range of key transferable skills. I have had the chance to join many clubs and societies, as well as participate in volunteering schemes, mentor and tutor local students, and complete various internships, exposing me to a wide range of career opportunities.

The tutors have been very supportive both in terms of my studies, but also in other endeavours, including their enthusiasm for the Queen Mary Undergraduate History Journal, for which I am currently the Managing Editor, and also in helping me to obtain a training contract and place at law school after my degree.”

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