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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.

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Academic experience

You can expect an outstanding education at a top university in a supportive and inspiring environment when you study at Queen Mary.

Matthew Symonds

Matthew Symonds

“I work on newspapers and the wider world of Grub Street in the late Seventeenth and early Eighteenth Centuries: writers, printers, booksellers, and slightly shop-soiled aristocrats. I examine the lives these people lived, often all rubbing up alongside each other in a small handful of London streets, and the newspapers, magazines, and books they produced.

I'm currently publishing a lot of research on a Jacobite newspaper-man called Nathaniel Mist. Mist was absolutely loathed by the governments of the day and he was eventually forced into exile in France after his paper published a scandalous libel on the king, the king's father, the king's mistress, and the prime minister. Naturally, the paper was a commercial triumph.
“I've also just started work on a new project, examining the strained family life of Henry St John, Viscount Bolingbroke, the tory statesman and philosopher, as his step-sister launches into an affair with a minor poet and his despised father so inconsiderately refuses to die.

I was drawn to these areas of research through an interest in hack journalism: it's such a strange and yet attractive way to earn a living. Grub Street is teeming with fascinating, obscure, but amazingly well-documented lives. These lives can be used to illustrate, contextualise, and test some of the larger claims we make about the past, whether in political, cultural, or economic history.

As someone new to the College, Queen Mary has always struck me as an amazingly productive and supportive place for postgraduates.”

Graduate profile:

George Hawche

George Hawche, MSc in Molecular Pathology and Genomics

“I completed my BSc in Biology at Queen Mary and felt that it would be an excellent place to further my studies.

I’m sure that an MSc in Molecular Pathology and Genomics from a world-renowned institution for Cancer Research will be of great benefit to my future career. I aim to contribute to providing the highest level of patient care whether that be as a Doctor or working in a lab to try to find a cure for cancer. I believe that the skills and knowledge I have learnt whilst at Queen Mary will stand me in good stead for one day working with Health Professionals of the highest calibre.

The new MSc teaching suite has excellent facilities both in the lab and computing rooms. The teaching staff is of a high calibre and a good mix of both clinicians and scientists, many of whom are leading figures in their field. The student-staff relationship is very good and feedback is actively encouraged, providing an excellent study environment. The programme is highly innovative and dynamic, partly due to the strong links between the lab and the clinic and partly due to the enthusiasm of the staff and the other students.

I am an active member of the football team and I enjoy going to all the social events organised by the Student’s Association.  Extra-curricular activities offer students a chance to develop new interests as well as meeting new people, keeping active and most importantly of all, having a good time! There are over 40 clubs and societies, so whatever your interests, you are bound to find something that interests you.”

Graduate profile:

Marco Milone

Marco Milone

Studied:
BEng Telecommunications – graduated 2004

Currently:
Senior Consultant of Software Testing at SQS-UK

Why did you choose Queen Mary?
I did my research, and in my opinion, Queen Mary offered the strongest profile in the Guardian University Guide among the possible options. I was very keen on studying Telecommunications. When I did my research, it seemed Queen Mary was valued very highly on most fronts. That convinced me to apply for a place there. I have never regretted that decision.

What did you gain from your time at Queen Mary?
During my time at Queen Mary I was very lucky to be able to spend plenty of time in labs, practising and building on the theory that I was studying. Putting theory into practice helped me to consolidate my understanding and theoretical knowledge. Queen Mary does a great deal to help its students. Moreover, I was lucky to be taught by some very enthusiastic professors, who inspired me to be equally passionate and driven. Last, but not least, Queen Mary allowed me to improve the level of my English, both spoken and written. For non-English students this is a very important asset to master.

What are your career plans in the next five years?
I am hoping to continue working in Software Testing and gain even more experience especially in the area of Security Testing and Test Automation. My current placement is very exciting and it allows me to also focus on my own personal development, attend courses, get trained and stay on the cutting edge of software testing.

Salary bracket: £45-60,000

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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