The university itself - and by that I mean the people - are really really friendly. Everyone is willing to sit down and have a drink with you, it's not cliquey at all.
Fariah Kahn, Medical student
Your time at university is a great opportunity to meet people, try new things, and develop your interests. What's more, you have a world-class city to explore.
You can expect an outstanding education at a top university in a supportive and inspiring environment when you study at Queen Mary.
Your time as a student is sure to be life-changing - from your first experience of living away from home, to trying new things such as reporting for the student newspaper, eating Ethiopian and Vietnamese food or attempting a sky dive for charity.
There's also the challenge of studying your chosen subject at a higher level than you have done before, and developing all sorts of new skills, like presenting to a group or acting as a mentor to students at schools in the local area.
Overall, your student days are precious, and we want you to get the most out of the time you spend with us.
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!”
Amanda Raphael, PhD in the History of the British Natural Childbirth Movement
“I studied History as an undergraduate at Queen Mary and when I decided to take on the challenge of a PhD, the welcoming atmosphere and the wealth of academic expertise and innovation within the Department drew me back.
My supervisor was a continuous source of encouragement from the start, and I was also allocated a mentor. Being a mature student and mother to two young children, my requirements for study were flexibility, understanding and support. The great thing about Queen Mary is that I get all of this alongside the fantastic library, computing, research and other facilities one would expect from a University of London college.
The College has, I think, got the balance right: it is not at all intimidating, yet sets high standards for its postgraduate students; it fosters independence, yet encourages participation in seminars and discussion groups; finally, it offers the friendly and supportive atmosphere of a campus right in the heart of London’s bustling East End.”
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
“My programme provides an extensive range of study options around the health sciences. Modules include the anatomy and physiology of the human body, and pharmacology. These modules appeal to me and give me an opportunity to develop and gain in-depth knowledge in these fields. The College is well known as a highly rated research centre, where academics are very supportive and willing to assist students in reaching our maximum potential.
The most interesting thing I’ve done on my programme is learning about the complex structures and functions of the human body at first hand. In anatomy classes, I was able to work on a cadaver and appreciate the astonishing network of tissues in our body, study pathological conditions of various parts of the body and see the processes involved in the development of a human embryo.”