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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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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.

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You can expect an outstanding education at a top university in a supportive and inspiring environment when you study at Queen Mary.

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Graduate profile:

Karim Boudjelal

Karim Boudjelal

Studied:
MSc in Finance and Investment – graduated 2007

Currently:
Working for Deutsche Bank in the City of London

Why did you choose Queen Mary for your postgraduate study?
After having studied Economics in the University of Toulouse 1, I decided to come to London to obtain an MSc in Finance and Investment. Why would a French person come to London to study finance? You all may know the City of London
is at the heart of the world’s financial markets. Therefore, I knew that obtaining an MSc in Finance and Investment in a leading UK University would grant me an added benefit in settling down in the professional world. I chose Queen Mary after researching widely on universities in the UK and establishing that the Department of Economics at Queen Mary was renowned for its excellent research work.

What did you gain from your time at Queen Mary?
The Department of Economics at Queen Mary University of London offers you a range of programmes taught by well-qualified professionals, who will help you to get the best experience from your time in London. Moreover the structure of the MSc, a mix of revision classes, tutorials, and guest speakers keeps the programme intense and helped me to achieve
the best results. From a personal point of view, I enjoyed the warm welcome provided by the staff (workshop and events), which helped me to meet other students from all over the world. This has enriched my experience even more. As a foreigner I was also very pleased by the English modules offered for free which helped me become more confident. The College is also well equipped with excellent modern facilities, especially the gym.

What are your career plans in the next five years?
I now live in London and work for one of the leading investment banks in the world. I definitively think that studying for the MSc in Finance and Investment at Queen Mary prepared me more than adequately for my entry into the corporate world.

Graduate profile:

Marco Milone

Marco Milone

Studied:
BEng Telecommunications – graduated 2004

Currently:
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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