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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.

Bilal Ahmed

Why did you choose to study at Queen Mary?

“I chose Queen Mary as it was one of the top universities in London as well as being in the top 15 in the country. It was also local to where I lived. I was able to use my qualification to explore my options after university and I was able to select from various jobs and careers. I’m currently teaching ICT and Business at an inner London secondary school. It’s an Academy and takes students of mixed ability from the local vicinity. Teaching has been very enjoyable as it has allowed me to hand down my knowledge to young learners in boroughs around London.

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

The university is an amazing place for people to study and caters for all types of students. The most enjoyable aspect of my time at QM was being able to meet various groups of people from the different courses and societies. Being able to associate with many people from different countries and cultures was a great eye opener.

The best thing about the course was the diversity in modules and the mixture of classes. There were plenty of facilities in place to enable students to comfortable carry out their work. I found the Hive study area a really nice place to work and catch up with friends at the same time. The atmosphere was very relaxing. The university is an amazing place to learn and discover yourself and your strengths and weaknesses.

The lecturers were very professional and respectable in their field of research. The teaching was of a very high standard and enabled me to meet my goals in terms of career choice. The university helped to prepare me for work and the world of work by bringing in national and international companies to give talks in seminars and also via recruitment days.

The collaboration between the hardware students and software students in the electronic engineering project was a really enjoyable time. Groups of students had to work together to create a working product to be able to read information (RSS feeds) from websites and display information onto an LED display. These were testing times but enjoyable too.

The east end is a very vibrant part of London and has a massive mix of people and things to do. It is very rarely dull as there is always something going on. I joined many university cultural and sports societies. They were very welcoming groups and enabled me to take part in team activities and challenges with friends.

My best memory would have to be the graduation ceremony where family and friends shared the momentous occasion of officially being saluted as successful and resourceful men and women. It was a joyous occasion.”

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:

Ali Mollazeinal

Ali Mollazeinal

Studied:
Computer Science (MSci) – graduated 2007

Currently:
Starting my own company in Iran 

Why did you choose Queen Mary?
Because of its great reputation and academic staff. Also because of its huge Informatics Teaching Laboratory which is exclusive to Computer Science students, meaning there are always computers available when students need them. On top of all this I liked the fact that Queen Mary try to involve students in the College's affairs whenever possible, and that the academic staff are very friendly and approachable.

What did you gain from your time at Queen Mary?
On top of a Masters degree which is respected in most countries, I improved my interpersonal skills and made new friends.

What are your career plans in the next five years?
I aim to grow my company to global standards.

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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