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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.

Social life

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.

Anel Kudebayeva

Why did you choose to study at Queen Mary?

“I chose Queen Mary because it’s one of the top universities in London, the cultural capital of the world, with high quality teaching standards and excellent facilities. Besides good teaching and research, Queen Mary is one of the best universities for student employability and graduate starting salaries.]

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

What I love about my course is the mixture of software and hardware related modules. My program integrates several fields of electronic engineering and computer science, which gives a wider range of opportunities. The best thing about the School is its individuality. We’ve got our own informatics teaching laboratory (ITL) with open access to state-of-art PCs that have a wide range of industry-standard software which makes our lives so much easier.

The most interesting thing that I’ve done on my programme so far is building a fully working microprogram-controlled datapath circuit: a very simple microprocessor. But I’m expecting even more interesting projects to come this semester.

And finally, the best thing about Queen Mary that makes it unique among central London’s universities is a completely self- contained residential campus. In my first year I lived in student village accommodation and it was very convenient. You’ve got everything you need in one place which helps you experience student life at its best.

Queen Mary provides an exceptional learning environment with a wide range of specialist facilities for all areas of study and research. The academic staff are highly competent and enthusiastic about their fields. The university provides everything I need to get an excellent degree; the rest is my responsibility as a student.

Queen Mary is part of the ‘East End’ of London. That describes the area not only geographically but also in a cultural sense. It is a place to visit and learn more about Asian culture, try out one of the many Asian food restaurants, and of course go shopping in one of the largest shopping centres in Europe – Westfield Stratford City. East London hosted the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, so there’s quite a lot to see.

I usually start my day with hot chocolate from Ground café. It makes me feel better when I think of all the work I will need to do that day. Although I’m not a big fan of coffee, it‘s also a great place to catch up with friends between lectures and grab a snack. The atmosphere there is relaxing and very lively.

I enjoy doing voluntary activities. I have been a Course Representative for two years now, and I’m also mentoring this year in my department. These kinds of roles help me to improve the student experience, acquire new interpersonal and transferable skills, and meet new people. The Course Rep Awards Ceremony I attended last year was a very special day for me, my version of an Oscar night. It was an honour to celebrate the contribution of outstanding staff and students to improving the learning experience in Drapers Hall, a beautiful venue that was used for the filming of ‘The Kings Speech’.“

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.

Brett Osler

Why did you choose to study at Queen Mary?

“Queen Mary’s location offers excellent access to the rest of London, plus everything you need is close by on campus – from resources and facilities to the availability of professors. All the professors are involved as researchers in their field, which means you never feel they are just going through a lesson plan.

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

“The academic study facilities are high end. The lecture halls are spacious and have good acoustics which makes listening easier. The ITL (computer lab) is large for the number of students enrolled. The machines are very modern, the network fast, and everything you need to participate and complete the course work is provided.

“I am a course rep, an ambassador for the school of EECS, a PASS mentor, a member of the Drapers’ Skills Award and a member of the Poker Society. Being a course rep gives me a chance to interact with many students and most of the staff. It’s also fun to show off the School while performing ambassador duties.”

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