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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.

Brett Osler

“I chose Queen Mary because it is campus based, so everything I needed was in one place. It has a good reputation in the field of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science, and is central to London.

I enjoyed the friendships that were made, the sense of accomplishment when finishing course-works, or exams, and interacting with the lecturers and professors. Their knowledge runs deep. They were one of the best things about QM. They are involved with so much research, and use it in the classrooms and labs. It's nice to be taught current topics. Also, the support from them is there if you just ask for it. They are more than happy to listen to students.

In terms of teaching excellence, innovation and academic and study facilities I’d rate QM quite high. The material is current and changes to adapt to the real-world changes. The ITL (Computer Lab) is kept up to date with current spec machines, and the newest operating systems. Plus all the software applications you need for the degree are provided. The library is quite modern, and has plenty of room for silent study.

It helped me understand the importance of not procrastinating, and getting tasks done early. There was plenty of help with CVs and interview practice available as well. In terms of technology, a lot of what is taught is used in the industry. I learned the importance of being thorough, and accurate, and one thing that can't be forgotten is the importance of documentation, and spelling and grammar!

On leaving university, I won a competition for an iPhone app I wrote and I was excited to start work, and put my education to use (and finally have an income!) I am a software developer in the Graduate scheme at Credit Suisse, Canary Wharf. Currently with two other graduates I’m going though a list of bug fixes and upgrades to various applications that are used by a support team. To improve each application I act as a Business Analyst (to solidify the requirements from the users), a Developer (to implement the changes, using C#, SQL, Python and other languages) and a Quality Assurance person (to assure that the upgraded application functions as described).

The campus is great. It's easy to navigate, has everything I needed and I always felt great walking onto campus. The Student Union is well run, and it's easy to get involved at any level. There are hundreds of sporting and non-sporting clubs and societies, which are also easy to join and participate in. I was a member of the Poker society, the Entrepreneurs society and the Boxing club. I was also a course rep, I completed the Drapers' Skills Award, I was a PASS Mentor (giving student peer support), and then Mentor Lead. I gave (with three others) a presentation at the annual UK National Transition Conference. Each of these experiences has helped in some way: whether physically, or mentally. There can be so much more to learning than just sitting in a lecture hall.

The most interesting thing on the course was tackling the coursework in the High Performance Computing module that had been completely redone when I took it. Many of us were very confused at the start and the course work seemed so foreign: like it should have been in a nuclear physics module! But once it started making sense, and results started to appear, it was very interesting what was actually going on, and what I was accomplishing.

It’s very hard to pick just one favourite memory! Winning the quiz night four weeks in a row ranks up there. Competing in the IEEE xTreme 24-hour programming competition (twice) and in the second competition finishing 211 out of 1515 in the world was a great time. But really it was the whole experience that made all the memories favourite memories.”

Graduate profile:

Robin Shevlane

Robin Shevlane

BA in Politics and MA in Democracy and Democratisation – graduated 2006

Halfway through a PhD on Scottish nationalism.

Why did you choose Queen Mary for your postgraduate study?
I initially chose Queen Mary for my undergraduate studies partly because of the good reputation of its Politics Department, and partly because I was interested in the east end of London where the university is located.

What did you gain from your time at Queen Mary?
As well as gaining two degrees awarded by the internationally recognised University of London, my time at Queen Mary has enabled me to meet an extraordinarily diverse group of people.

What are your career plans in the next five years?
I hope to finish my PhD in late 2009, after which I aim to pursue a career in academia.

Graduate profile:

Camilla Mathias

Camilla Mathias

BA French and Drama

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!!

Paresh Masuria

I develop drugs for pre-clinical assessments in industry, adhering to strict requirements and meeting a fast turnaround.

At Queen Mary I learnt how to be very efficient, something I put into use during my final year project, which involved a lot of library-based research, as well as practical work in labs to put my theories into reality which was both challenging and exciting. My laboratory team-work experience was vital experience that I gained during my studies at Queen Mary.

My advice to anyone studying at Queen Mary is to be patient and look to be innovative in industry-related work. Remember to work and always play hard. Queen Mary is a very sociable place, with a diverse cultural mix. I enjoyed my time there and would recommend it to anyone. Studying was both challenging and memorable.

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