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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.

Lewis Alexander Church

Lewis Alexander Church

“Having completed my BA at Queen Mary, I was aware of the fantastic opportunities offered by the Department of Drama, in terms of working with staff and visiting artists, and excellent postgraduate student resources.

Overall Queen Mary has a fantastic attitude to research and performance practice. Department staff are willing to support and develop original ideas and interests, rather than limiting students to pre-set areas of investigation. They are always approachable and eager to offer help with any aspect of research. They are also brilliant when it comes to organising contact with artists and organisations, and I have been able to work closely with several artists in a way that I do not believe would have been possible at any other institution.

The facilities at Queen Mary are exceptionally well equipped. In the last few years the library has expanded to include a massive amount of resources, particularly in theatre and performance, and the University has strong connections with various arts organisations that compliment the materials available on campus.

East London is a great area to live in, with local pubs, restaurants and clubs, and easy transport links to central London. Culturally, there is a massive artistic community, which means that there are constantly opportunities arising to perform, see new work or meet artists and arts professionals. Queen Mary itself hosts many different events, and there is almost always something interesting going on somewhere!”

Graduate profile:

Karim Boudjelal

Karim Boudjelal

Studied:
MSc in Finance and Investment – graduated 2007

Currently:
Working for Deutsche Bank in the City of London

Why did you choose Queen Mary for your postgraduate study?
After having studied Economics in the University of Toulouse 1, I decided to come to London to obtain an MSc in Finance and Investment. Why would a French person come to London to study finance? You all may know the City of London
is at the heart of the world’s financial markets. Therefore, I knew that obtaining an MSc in Finance and Investment in a leading UK University would grant me an added benefit in settling down in the professional world. I chose Queen Mary after researching widely on universities in the UK and establishing that the Department of Economics at Queen Mary was renowned for its excellent research work.

What did you gain from your time at Queen Mary?
The Department of Economics at Queen Mary University of London offers you a range of programmes taught by well-qualified professionals, who will help you to get the best experience from your time in London. Moreover the structure of the MSc, a mix of revision classes, tutorials, and guest speakers keeps the programme intense and helped me to achieve
the best results. From a personal point of view, I enjoyed the warm welcome provided by the staff (workshop and events), which helped me to meet other students from all over the world. This has enriched my experience even more. As a foreigner I was also very pleased by the English modules offered for free which helped me become more confident. The College is also well equipped with excellent modern facilities, especially the gym.

What are your career plans in the next five years?
I now live in London and work for one of the leading investment banks in the world. I definitively think that studying for the MSc in Finance and Investment at Queen Mary prepared me more than adequately for my entry into the corporate world.

Graduate profile:

Shamil De Dodwell

Shamil De Dodwell

Studied:
BSc in Economics – graduated in 2003

Currently:
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.

Sally Young

Sally Young

“There are some excellent research projects in my department – most of them always seem to have a fun side to them which is great. The study facilities are excellent and I can always find a place to work.

My favourite place on campus is the Informatics Teaching Laboratory – our dedicated Computer Science computer laboratory 

Being in east London is great. It gives good access to the city which has every activity you could think of. Though you don't even have to go into the city to do a lot of things as everything is on campus.”

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