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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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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.

Durim Manaj

Why did you choose to study at Queen Mary?

I just loved the Queen Mary campus. It felt like a private little city within London. I thought it was beautiful and had everything I would need to enjoy my stay there, with student union, gym and library all being close to each other. I most enjoyed all the amazing and diversified people I met here, from friends to academic staff. I met people from all different walks of life and from so many different cultures, people of different ages and different ambitions in life.

“QM was fantastic in helping me find my job. Before my job interview, they organised a mock interview with me so I could prepare for the kind of questions to expect. I was lucky enough to have secured a job before I graduated and I have really enjoyed putting into practice everything I learnt at University. I am an Incident and Problem Manager for an IT consulting company.

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

It’s great to see how things I learnt in a lecture hall are now applicable to real life problems. I work on one of the largest web Digital Solution application currently being used in the UK. My team designed the application used by 40 million UK taxpayers to submit their tax forms every year. I ensure that all incidents and problems raised by people using the application are investigated by our technical teams and fixed where necessary. I also have regular meetings with our client to ensure they are happy with the support we provide them.

The best thing about my course was the academic staff and teaching assistants. The academics were first class. All were experts in their field, doing research in the area when not teaching. That meant we always got the latest information about the subjects we were taught.  The study facilities were excellent. We had a whole three-floor building just for my department, running the latest computers and software that we needed to excel. In my final year, Queen Mary was invited to join the Russell group, the elite group for the best 20 universities in the UK. We were all very proud when this was announced.

You can participate in any sport you want to at QM. If you couldn't find a sport offered, then you would be given funding and encouraged to start a new club yourself. In my first year I participated in Football, Jiu Jitsu and University of London Officer training Corps. I carried on with Jiu Jitsu, and I'm now one of the instructors at the club and have represented the university. I received three Golds in national competitions and was given full university colours. Even though I have graduated I still train at QM because the place is great.

Socially, it’s a great place too. There were club events at the student’s union every night, and if you wanted to go to central London, the tube only takes 15 minutes. Overall, it was a great place. Even though I wouldn't have said this while I was still a QM student, the place I miss the most is the Library. That is where my most important work got done, that is where I had the most fun with my friends in the final year (where we were practically living in the library for the last 3 months) and it is where I met my current girlfriend.

For my final year project I created an iPhone application for a real company. It was something I had always wanted to learn how to do. My best moment has to be when I finally printed off my 60-page dissertation. I had spent 2 months learning how to create iPhone applications, another 2-3 months actually creating the application and another 6 weeks writing the report, reviewing it over and over again until I was happy there was nothing else I could add. The feeling of seeing your report getting bound is priceless. Four years of university work depended on that report and I was very proud of it in the end. So were my friends and family.”

Graduate profile:

Linda B McElwee

Linda B McElwee

Studied:
LLM in Media Law, School of Law Scholarship Winner 2012-13

Why did you choose Queen Mary for your postgraduate study?

"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.

Why did you choose your course?

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."

Graduate profile:

Camilla Mathias

Camilla Mathias

Studied:
BA French and Drama

Currently:
Working as an actress (The Cazalets – BBC, Victoria and Albert – ITV, Kings and Queens – C5). 

How did your time at Queen Mary prepare you for your chosen career?
It gave me a foundation in French and English texts, a year in Paris (which I chose to spend at a French Drama School) and opportunities to perform in numerous productions – and meet friends I produce and perform with still. 

What ‘transferable skills’ did you gain from your time at Queen Mary?
Specialist core modules in Brazilian Performance, 19th Century acting styles, and learning to be fluent in French and Italian have all come in very useful when on tour with theatre productions abroad and in translating plays I have produced. And I have performed in French and Italian a great deal too. 

What are you hoping to do, career-wise, in the next five years?
Produce and star in more of my own work, both on stage and screen, both here and abroad. And to be able to survive purely from acting work!!

Eve Connor

Why did you choose to study at Queen Mary?

“I chose Queen Mary for three reasons. Firstly, the location of the university is perfect: it's set in the heart of east London, and with views of the City and Canary Wharf I get daily reminders of my gap year. It also puts those early morning walks to lectures into perspective! Secondly, the economics department at Queen Mary is renowned for excellent teaching. Thirdly, I wanted to experience the campus environment but still be in London.

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

“Since being at university I can only say that my expectations have been exceeded. Not only is the teaching creative and engaging, but the lecturers are approachable and extremely helpful. There is also a wealth of information and support available to you, including the recently refurbished library and the excellent careers events that frequently involve guest speakers and networking opportunities.

“There is a very strong community within the department that makes it easy to settle into university life. As a course representative I can attest to the opportunities to get involved within the department and provide your opinion about your course.”

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