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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.

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.

Maryam Al-Dossari

Maryam Al-Dossari

“The School of Business and Management’s excellent reputation for research was an important factor in my choice to come to Queen Mary. Knowing that I would have the privilege to work with, and be supervised by, some outstanding academics who are highly respected in their fields seemed like too good an opportunity to miss.

One of the best things about being at Queen Mary is that, as PhD students, we are encompassed in such a friendly and supportive atmosphere. PhD students are treated as equals to the other teaching staff. We are actively involved in all departmental events which gives us a strong sense of belonging.

The variety of courses, workshops, and seminars offered by the School has helped me significantly in structuring my research. I would advise anyone beginning a PhD to take some of the faculty research training courses, as these can give a whole new perspective on your research plans. In addition, they give you the opportunity to meet other PhD students and share your experiences. I would definitely recommend the School of Business and Management at Queen Mary.”

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.

Damilare Laniyan

Damilare Laniyan

“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.”

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