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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.

Tom Sebrell

Tom Sebrell

PhD in Union and Confederate propaganda and how it affected parliamentary and public opinion of the American Civil War.

“No history school at any university takes better care of its postgraduate students than Queen Mary. I came here from the United States to research and get a PhD, but have been handed so much more already.

In addition to granting me a studentship, the School has given me and some other postgraduates the opportunity to organise and operate our own seminar series.

My supervisor, Dr Peter Catterall, is a great friend and advocate who has done far more than just give me advice for researching and writing – he has ‘put my name out’ and arranged for me to make presentations at the Institute of Historical Research and at other universities in England.

The opportunity to conduct lectures and seminars for undergraduate courses has also been a most valuable experience that Queen Mary has given me, and this is great training for what I wish to do after finishing my degree – being a full-time lecturer.

I should also say that London is the best place for research in the United Kingdom. As home to the Institute of Historical Research, British Library, British National Archives, and the University of London’s Senate House Library, this is the ideal place for a research student.”

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:

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.

Joe McDonald

“When I applied, the Department of Law at Queen Mary was one of the best in London for the quality of teaching and research – since then it has only increased in quality. I also loved the idea of studying and living in London, and as the only campus-based university in the centre Queen Mary was the perfect choice.

“The campus has numerous places for socialising, whether you want a coffee, snack, meal or a pint. Even better, if you step outside campus you are venturing into one of the coolest parts of London with Hackney, Shoreditch and Bricklane – for a curry and a cocktail – all nearby. And with the new Westfield shopping centre at Stratford even your retail therapy needs are met.

“I am on the committee for the Bar Society, which has been a great experience and allowed me to see the high-flying world of barristers in London first hand. I am also captain of the 1st XV Rugby team who have been really successful.

“One of my most memorable experiences here was going to dinner at one of the Inns of Court where we were seated with many senior barristers and judges. There were lots of very interesting traditions as part of the meal.”

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