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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.

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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.

Pirah Palijoh

Pirah Palijoh

“I chose Queen Mary for its excellent reputation and the outstanding variety of courses on offer. I appreciate the quality of teaching, and the knowledge and exposure to my key subjects. My supervisor and other staff members are encouraging and appreciative.

I have so many memories of my time at Queen Mary, so I have to be selective. I have met students of different ages and nationalities through socialising, working and studying. It has been an experience for me, as I feel part of this multicultural, global institution. My vision has become far broader and I have experienced and sensed the concept of 'globalisation' through close association with the international students and teaching faculty here at the College.”

Graduate profile:

Dr Rosanna Cox

Dr Rosanna Cox

Studied:
MA in Renaissance Studies; PhD in Seventeenth Century Literature: ‘John Milton and Reading Like a Man’– graduated 2006

Currently:
I am a Lecturer in Early Modern Literature at the University of Kent

Why did you choose Queen Mary?
The School of English and Drama at Queen Mary has an excellent reputation and was recommended to me by my undergraduate Director of Studies. I was really keen to work with researchers such as Professor Lisa Jardine, Dr David Colclough, Professor Jerry Brotton and Dr Warren Boutcher, whose work I very much admire. I was also attracted to the idea of studying in London and using all the excellent resources (such as the British Library, Senate House Library, the theatres and museums) that the city has to offer. Being in the heart of the East End, and at the centre of a diverse student body, the Mile End Campus offers excellent facilities, dedicated research centres, and a real sense of community.

What did you gain from your time at Queen Mary?
Doing a PhD in the Department of English means being part of dynamic research culture and thriving academic community. Members of staff are extremely supportive, intellectually rigorous, and provide a stimulating environment for research. I learned invaluable research skills, gained confidence in presenting my research at the postgraduate research seminar, and received excellent research supervision and encouragement. I had a fantastic time, and it provided a great start to my academic career.

What are your career plans in the next five years?
In September 2007 I started work as a permanent lecturer in early modern literature at the University of Kent. I have organised a major conference in 2008 and I am currently finishing my monograph. Maintaining my links with Queen Mary, I am working on a podcasting project with Dr Robyn Adams at the Centre for Editing Lives and Letters. I have started work on my next research project, on early modern diplomacy, and I look forward to continuing my career in academia.

Graduate profile:

Noareen Raja

Noareen Raja

Studied:
BSc Business Management – graduated 2007 (first class honours)

Currently:
Working for JP Morgan in Asset Management. 

Why did you choose Queen Mary?
Firstly it is part of the University of London and has a good reputation. I was also greatly impressed with the Business and Management programmes on offer.

What did you gain from your time at Queen Mary?
The biggest lesson I learned is that hard work pays off. I worked incredibly hard during my time at the university and thoroughly enjoyed myself. The education I received has given me confidence to think that I am capable of working with the best of the best. The lecturers are absolutely outstanding. I was amazed at how helpful they were. The level of support they offered encouraged me to take charge of my own learning, and really delve into the subjects.

Sarah Dhanraj

“I chose to study at Queen Mary because of its good rankings and the laid back atmosphere on campus. I love the campus and have always felt at home here.

“I thoroughly enjoy the dual aspect of medicine and engineering on my programme. The most interesting thing that I have done so far has been a problem-based learning (PBL) assignment. I had to investigate engineering technology to diagnose, treat, and rehabilitate an injured sports player based on only a brief description of the injury.

“Right now I am working as a student ambassador. It is a great way to get to know possible students while being able to explain just what it is that my degree entails. I get so involved in what I’m saying that it doesn’t feel like work at all.”

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