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.
You can expect an outstanding education at a top university in a supportive and inspiring environment when you study at Queen Mary.
“I’m from Bulgaria and chose Queen Mary because of its good academic reputation, central London location and nice campus. My English teacher recommended it and friends who studied here were positive.
Now I’m here the best things about Queen Mary are the lecturers and the facilities. The teachers are supportive and inspiring, and the equipment, especially in the Centre for Digital Music, is just amazing. The most interesting thing I’ve done so far has been to create a visualisation of the Solar System.
The leisure facilities are quite good: you have everything you need on your doorstep. Green Park near Regent's canal, which is my favourite place, is right next to the campus. I live on campus and I spend most of my time here. I often go with friends to the campus restaurants, or if we have more time we go to the music room and play the pianos there. I am part of the Music Society and I often go to the Friday Jams where people get together to play for fun. It is a good way to meet fellow music-lovers and make friends, as well as to develop your musical skills. One of my favourite memories of my time at Queen Mary was 'The Variety Night' at the People's Palace - an amazing evening full of science, art and fun.”
MSc in Finance and Investment – graduated 2007
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.
BSc Business Management – graduated 2007 (first class honours)
Working for JP Morgan in Asset Management.
Why did you choose Queen Mary?
Firstly it is part of the University of London and has a good reputation. I was also greatly impressed with the Business and Management programmes on offer.
What did you gain from your time at Queen Mary?
The biggest lesson I learned is that hard work pays off. I worked incredibly hard during my time at the university and thoroughly enjoyed myself. The education I received has given me confidence to think that I am capable of working with the best of the best. The lecturers are absolutely outstanding. I was amazed at how helpful they were. The level of support they offered encouraged me to take charge of my own learning, and really delve into the subjects.
“I always wanted to study in London, and Queen Mary offered an excellent choice of courses, as well as a campus style experience right here in the heart of the city. My course is flexible and has put me in charge of what I would like to specialise in, as well as leading to a world-renowned qualification.
“The staff are incredibly helpful, and the academic and study facilities are superb. There is never any shortage of workstations which are dotted all around the campus, and the online student services are comprehensive and easy to use.
“The social life at Queen Mary is great with the Students’ Union putting on some sensational nights at the Drapers’ bar on campus, as well as at Fabric and the Ministry of Sound nightclubs in central London. My personal hangout place of choice has to be the Hive (a study area next to the Library). It is newly refurbished with comfy sofas and computers, and there are no restrictions on talking to your mates like in the Library. Now that there are vending machines in there I never have to leave!
“I have been involved with the Queen Mary Economics Society and I also participate in the staff vs students fortnightly football match. Being part of the Economics Society puts me at the forefront of organising extra-curricular events and activities for other students, something I very much enjoy.”