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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.

Maryam Al-Dossari

Maryam Al-Dossari

“The School of Business and Management’s excellent reputation for research was an important factor in my choice to come to Queen Mary. Knowing that I would have the privilege to work with, and be supervised by, some outstanding academics who are highly respected in their fields seemed like too good an opportunity to miss.

One of the best things about being at Queen Mary is that, as PhD students, we are encompassed in such a friendly and supportive atmosphere. PhD students are treated as equals to the other teaching staff. We are actively involved in all departmental events which gives us a strong sense of belonging.

The variety of courses, workshops, and seminars offered by the School has helped me significantly in structuring my research. I would advise anyone beginning a PhD to take some of the faculty research training courses, as these can give a whole new perspective on your research plans. In addition, they give you the opportunity to meet other PhD students and share your experiences. I would definitely recommend the School of Business and Management at Queen Mary.”

Graduate profile:

George Hawche

George Hawche, MSc in Molecular Pathology and Genomics

“I completed my BSc in Biology at Queen Mary and felt that it would be an excellent place to further my studies.

I’m sure that an MSc in Molecular Pathology and Genomics from a world-renowned institution for Cancer Research will be of great benefit to my future career. I aim to contribute to providing the highest level of patient care whether that be as a Doctor or working in a lab to try to find a cure for cancer. I believe that the skills and knowledge I have learnt whilst at Queen Mary will stand me in good stead for one day working with Health Professionals of the highest calibre.

The new MSc teaching suite has excellent facilities both in the lab and computing rooms. The teaching staff is of a high calibre and a good mix of both clinicians and scientists, many of whom are leading figures in their field. The student-staff relationship is very good and feedback is actively encouraged, providing an excellent study environment. The programme is highly innovative and dynamic, partly due to the strong links between the lab and the clinic and partly due to the enthusiasm of the staff and the other students.

I am an active member of the football team and I enjoy going to all the social events organised by the Student’s Association.  Extra-curricular activities offer students a chance to develop new interests as well as meeting new people, keeping active and most importantly of all, having a good time! There are over 40 clubs and societies, so whatever your interests, you are bound to find something that interests you.”

Graduate profile:

Marco Milone

Marco Milone

BEng Telecommunications – graduated 2004

Senior Consultant of Software Testing at SQS-UK

Why did you choose Queen Mary?
I did my research, and in my opinion, Queen Mary offered the strongest profile in the Guardian University Guide among the possible options. I was very keen on studying Telecommunications. When I did my research, it seemed Queen Mary was valued very highly on most fronts. That convinced me to apply for a place there. I have never regretted that decision.

What did you gain from your time at Queen Mary?
During my time at Queen Mary I was very lucky to be able to spend plenty of time in labs, practising and building on the theory that I was studying. Putting theory into practice helped me to consolidate my understanding and theoretical knowledge. Queen Mary does a great deal to help its students. Moreover, I was lucky to be taught by some very enthusiastic professors, who inspired me to be equally passionate and driven. Last, but not least, Queen Mary allowed me to improve the level of my English, both spoken and written. For non-English students this is a very important asset to master.

What are your career plans in the next five years?
I am hoping to continue working in Software Testing and gain even more experience especially in the area of Security Testing and Test Automation. My current placement is very exciting and it allows me to also focus on my own personal development, attend courses, get trained and stay on the cutting edge of software testing.

Salary bracket: £45-60,000

Will Hadley

“Being in London was important to me and Queen Mary offered the best programme, in terms of content and quality. It covers both practical and academic elements, both of which are important for understanding Film.

“The modules on offer cover many different interests, the tutors are enthusiastic and engaging, and the facilities for practical work are great; we regularly borrow camera kit to use on our own projects. My favourite place on campus is the Hitchcock Cinema.

“The East End is the most vibrant and diverse part of London, we’re close to Shoreditch and Dalston and a short journey to central London, and there are plenty of parks nearby.

“I am the photography editor for the College magazine, CUB. It’s a way of keeping up other interests apart from stuff on the course, filling out my CV and meeting new people.”

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