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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

Why did you choose to study at Queen Mary?

“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.

How did you find your academic and social experience at QMUL?

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:

Dr Rosanna Cox

Dr Rosanna Cox

Studied:
MA in Renaissance Studies; PhD in Seventeenth Century Literature: ‘John Milton and Reading Like a Man’– graduated 2006

Currently:
I am a Lecturer in Early Modern Literature at the University of Kent

Why did you choose Queen Mary?
The School of English and Drama at Queen Mary has an excellent reputation and was recommended to me by my undergraduate Director of Studies. I was really keen to work with researchers such as Professor Lisa Jardine, Dr David Colclough, Professor Jerry Brotton and Dr Warren Boutcher, whose work I very much admire. I was also attracted to the idea of studying in London and using all the excellent resources (such as the British Library, Senate House Library, the theatres and museums) that the city has to offer. Being in the heart of the East End, and at the centre of a diverse student body, the Mile End Campus offers excellent facilities, dedicated research centres, and a real sense of community.

What did you gain from your time at Queen Mary?
Doing a PhD in the Department of English means being part of dynamic research culture and thriving academic community. Members of staff are extremely supportive, intellectually rigorous, and provide a stimulating environment for research. I learned invaluable research skills, gained confidence in presenting my research at the postgraduate research seminar, and received excellent research supervision and encouragement. I had a fantastic time, and it provided a great start to my academic career.

What are your career plans in the next five years?
In September 2007 I started work as a permanent lecturer in early modern literature at the University of Kent. I have organised a major conference in 2008 and I am currently finishing my monograph. Maintaining my links with Queen Mary, I am working on a podcasting project with Dr Robyn Adams at the Centre for Editing Lives and Letters. I have started work on my next research project, on early modern diplomacy, and I look forward to continuing my career in academia.

Graduate profile:

Shamil De Dodwell

Shamil De Dodwell

Studied:
BSc in Economics – graduated in 2003

Currently:
Analyst with Morgan Stanley working in Fixed Income Product Control after doing an internship there in my second year.

Why did you choose Queen Mary?
I chose Queen Mary as it is a College with a rich tradition and is one of the established colleges of the University of London. A degree from the University of London is instantly recognisable all over the world and I knew Queen Mary would offer me the right blend of challenges.

How did your time at Queen Mary prepare you for your chosen career?
Meeting deadlines at university taught me the importance of an organised approach to my work and I have carried this through to investment banking where we are always under pressure to meet deadlines and balance work and social life. The group coursework exercises at university also taught me the importance of teamwork and this is a skill that is crucial in this industry.

What ‘transferable skills’ did you gain from your time at Queen Mary?
The computing skills I picked up on degree have proved invaluable. A good grasp of Excel, Access and Powerpoint will always help you in any role in the city. The learning curve here has been very steep but you are always learning something new so there is never a dull moment.

What are you hoping to do, career-wise, in the next five years?
Hopefully a transfer to New York, Sydney or Singapore! Morgan Stanley encourages the analysts to move around the firm and to their offices abroad so I hope to be facing a new challenge in a new team in the New Year. I also hope to have completed a further qualification such as the CFA or CIMA in the next five years.

Paresh Masuria

How did you find your academic and social experience at QMUL?

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.

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. 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.

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