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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.

Durim Manaj

Why did you choose to study at Queen Mary?

I just loved the Queen Mary campus. It felt like a private little city within London. I thought it was beautiful and had everything I would need to enjoy my stay there, with student union, gym and library all being close to each other. I most enjoyed all the amazing and diversified people I met here, from friends to academic staff. I met people from all different walks of life and from so many different cultures, people of different ages and different ambitions in life.

“QM was fantastic in helping me find my job. Before my job interview, they organised a mock interview with me so I could prepare for the kind of questions to expect. I was lucky enough to have secured a job before I graduated and I have really enjoyed putting into practice everything I learnt at University. I am an Incident and Problem Manager for an IT consulting company.

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

It’s great to see how things I learnt in a lecture hall are now applicable to real life problems. I work on one of the largest web Digital Solution application currently being used in the UK. My team designed the application used by 40 million UK taxpayers to submit their tax forms every year. I ensure that all incidents and problems raised by people using the application are investigated by our technical teams and fixed where necessary. I also have regular meetings with our client to ensure they are happy with the support we provide them.

The best thing about my course was the academic staff and teaching assistants. The academics were first class. All were experts in their field, doing research in the area when not teaching. That meant we always got the latest information about the subjects we were taught.  The study facilities were excellent. We had a whole three-floor building just for my department, running the latest computers and software that we needed to excel. In my final year, Queen Mary was invited to join the Russell group, the elite group for the best 20 universities in the UK. We were all very proud when this was announced.

You can participate in any sport you want to at QM. If you couldn't find a sport offered, then you would be given funding and encouraged to start a new club yourself. In my first year I participated in Football, Jiu Jitsu and University of London Officer training Corps. I carried on with Jiu Jitsu, and I'm now one of the instructors at the club and have represented the university. I received three Golds in national competitions and was given full university colours. Even though I have graduated I still train at QM because the place is great.

Socially, it’s a great place too. There were club events at the student’s union every night, and if you wanted to go to central London, the tube only takes 15 minutes. Overall, it was a great place. Even though I wouldn't have said this while I was still a QM student, the place I miss the most is the Library. That is where my most important work got done, that is where I had the most fun with my friends in the final year (where we were practically living in the library for the last 3 months) and it is where I met my current girlfriend.

For my final year project I created an iPhone application for a real company. It was something I had always wanted to learn how to do. My best moment has to be when I finally printed off my 60-page dissertation. I had spent 2 months learning how to create iPhone applications, another 2-3 months actually creating the application and another 6 weeks writing the report, reviewing it over and over again until I was happy there was nothing else I could add. The feeling of seeing your report getting bound is priceless. Four years of university work depended on that report and I was very proud of it in the end. So were my friends and family.”

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:

Noareen Raja

Noareen Raja

Studied:
BSc Business Management – graduated 2007 (first class honours)

Currently:
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.

Sandya Abrar

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

“The best thing about the programme is its goal: learning how to champion sustainable development through the implementation of engineering tools and knowledge. Last year we had to make a poster presentation on an existing source of renewable energy. My group was allocated tidal power, and I very much enjoyed doing the research. It was a challenging project, in the sense that we were given complete freedom to structure things in the way that we wanted to.

“There is plenty to do on campus and the Students’ Union is always organising great events. For example every night there is a themed party and on Sunday evening there is usually a movie with free popcorn. I really enjoy going to the Drapers’ Bar after lectures to chill with my friends, and play pool and table football. Once a week I join the ballroom dance society for a lesson. It is a great way to meet other students.”

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