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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.

Maryam Al-Dossari

Maryam Al-Dossari

Why did you choose to study at Queen Mary?

“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.

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

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:

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.

Jonathan Lewney

Why did you choose to study at Queen Mary?

“I completed my BSc in Chemistry and then also completed an MSc (in Physical Sciences as Applied to Medicine) whilst working as a longhaul air-steward. At 30 I decided I'd like to apply my degree in a clinical setting and the Graduate Entry to Dentistry at Barts and The London seemed perfect for me as they accept people from a wide range of science backgrounds. Skills I learned in my previous degree have enabled me to cope better with a demanding course and also the friendly atmosphere here and the peoplebased nature of the course makes the work/life distinction seem narrower.

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

“As I started the course at 31 I was slightly apprehensive that there’d be a noticeable age gap between other students and me. However, roughly one in three students in the year are graduates, and graduates and students on the five-year programme have integrated really well. I think having a variety of ages on the course keeps everything more interesting, and I've had no problems keeping up with my previously active social life!”

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