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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.

Pirah Palijoh

Pirah Palijoh

“I chose Queen Mary for its excellent reputation and the outstanding variety of courses on offer. I appreciate the quality of teaching, and the knowledge and exposure to my key subjects. My supervisor and other staff members are encouraging and appreciative.

I have so many memories of my time at Queen Mary, so I have to be selective. I have met students of different ages and nationalities through socialising, working and studying. It has been an experience for me, as I feel part of this multicultural, global institution. My vision has become far broader and I have experienced and sensed the concept of 'globalisation' through close association with the international students and teaching faculty here at the College.”

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:

Laura Gillam

Laura Gillam

Studied:
BSc Biology – graduated 2005

I currently work as a Cardiac Service Improvement Manager for the South West London Cardiac Network.
I work with clinicians, managers, commissioners, patients and their carers across the sector to ensure a coordinated approach to cardiac services throughout the Network.

Why did you choose Queen Mary?
When I went to visit Queen Mary for a day, we were given a few lectures by the different professors, as a taster. I remember coming away feeling totally inspired by a lecture on the genetics of plants – now if there’s a lecturer that can make you feel excited about genetics I think that’s something quite impressive!

What did you gain from your time at Queen Mary?
I really enjoyed my time at the College. I loved pretty much all of my modules and the work was always really interesting and challenging. We had teachers who taught you so thoroughly yet also encouraged you to go and find out more for yourself, and they were always very approachable if you were having difficulties at all. And I definitely got value for money, because of all the hours I spent in labs doing practicals – and they were just great, I felt like a real scientist. I made some really good friends too, and I actually met my husband there! I’ve also come away with a degree from the University of London, which is one of the most prestigious institutions in England. So overall, the three years at Queen Mary was a great three years of experience and development in my life, and has probably enabled me to get where I am today. What are your career plans in the next five years? I want to stay working with the NHS for sure. I find it really satisfying knowing that I can make a difference to a person’s welfare.

Salary bracket: £25-35,000

Jessica Guy

Jessica Guy

“London had always appealed to me as a city to study in, and an open day at Queen Mary sealed the deal. The programme offered everything I was looking for, and the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences felt welcoming – most importantly I felt comfortable there.

The campus student village and social areas have a chilled out, friendly atmosphere, making it a great place to study and live. You’ll always find something to tickle your fancy in east London. Nights out on Brick Lane are always a winner for cocktails or curries –it’s the best place for them. Saying that, if you don’t want to venture off campus, the Drapers’ (Students’ Union bar) is a good night out. 

There’s also an amazing gym with cheap membership and loads of classes, even if you do end up feeling like you’re dying in spinning classes, it’s well worth it. Oh, and a summer picnic in Victoria Park is a must. In the winter you can’t beat a good caramel latte in Ground (one of many campus cafes) in between lectures. If you can nab a comfy sofa, it’s the perfect place to chill out or study. 

I was a student rep during my first year, which involved helping to put students’ ideas forward and letting staff know what we, as a student body, were thinking. I’m also part of the PASS (peer assisted study support) mentoring scheme, where once a week we hold drop-in sessions for first years to approach second years with any queries – anything from what books are recommended to where’s good to eat.”

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