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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.

Noradila Nordin

Why did you choose to study at Queen Mary?

“I joined the International Science and Engineering Foundation Programme (ISEFP) at Queen Mary immediately after completing my certificate of education in Malaysia. I chose to stay on to study Computer Engineering because I believe Queen Mary is one of the best in the UK. The lecturers are helpful and there is a lot of other help available for students. I enjoyed studying at Queen Mary and based on my experience decided to take my MSc there too. I enjoyed the course, lectures, labs and made friends from all over the world.

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

 I am grateful that I had lecturers that took good care of their students and made learning so much fun! The lecturers are approachable and very helpful.  I was a Teaching Assistant in Software Engineering during my MSc year. That experience taught me better ways to explain things. I then worked as a lecturer in Malaysia after I graduated and applied the learning approaches that my lecturers had used to teach my students effectively. It makes learning more interesting.

One of the best things about the course was the top-notch facilities. My favourite place on campus was the Informatics Teaching Laboratory (ITL). It is exclusively for the School’s student and equipped with computers and all the software needed. The fact that it opens everyday until midnight made it easier for my friend and I to meet up and do our work there.

I would rate Queen Mary 10/10 for social facilities. Victoria Park which is just a few minutes away is also great. I always went for walks there as it is a beautiful place. Club activities and events on campus were always full of fun. I joined several clubs: I was a committee member of the Malaysia Society where I got to know students from my country. We arranged many events throughout the year; including setting up a booth for the Fresher’s Fair, celebrating Eid, Chinese New Year, Deepavali, Christmas and more. I was a member of the Photography Society: we met once a week to share ideas. I also joined the Art Society where we held art exhibitions and met with different artists. These activities helped to broaden my circle of friends. Being with like- minded people was a lot of fun. I learnt a lot of new things about photography and art that I would not have known if I hadn’t joined the clubs.

One of my favourite memories of my time at QM was during my second year. We had a group coursework for Software Engineering. Most days, we’d be spending our time after class in the computer lab and on several occasions we were there all evening. Although it was tiring, the work that we produced was good as we really worked as a team. The most interesting things I did were my final year projects. They were on Network Simulation and I had to learn new programming languages to complete them. My supervisors were really helpful. We met once a week to discuss my progression and improvements that I could implement.”

Graduate profile:

Linda B McElwee

Linda B McElwee

LLM in Media Law, School of Law Scholarship Winner 2012-13

Why did you choose Queen Mary for your postgraduate study?

"I completed my undergraduate studies in Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, graduating with a degree in Law and German. I chose Queen Mary based on the College's great reputation, its ideal location, and the fact that the college offered the exact specialism I was looking for: media law. Being offered a scholarship to study at this fantastic university is an absolute privilege.

Why did you choose your course?

Specialising in Media Law does not just mean learning about more commonly associated aspects of the law such as freedom of speech! This is a really wide area with a lot of opportunity and Queen Mary is the perfect place to begin building a career in it. Not only are you based in London (one of the media capitals of the world) but you are learning under the instruction of some of the leading academics in growing areas of law such as media and communications, privacy law, intellectual property law and IT law."

Graduate profile:

Mohammed Akram

Mohammed Akram

MSc Digital Signal Processing BEng Electronic Engineering – graduated 2004

I am working as a Signal Design Engineer for Metronet Rail Ltd. 

Why did you choose Queen Mary?
Many of the lecturers are at the forefront of research, and the Department is involved in cutting-edge technological advancement.

What did you gain from your time at Queen Mary?
I gained new skills – approaching problems methodically and analysing the situation, and managing my time and efforts efficiently.

What are your career plans in the next five years?
I plan to stay with my current employer for the foreseeable future. Also the company has a very structured process and scheme to enable me to gain Chartered Engineer status.

Salary bracket: £25-35,000

Jaspreet Sangha

“I chose Queen Mary not only because it is one of the top universities in London but also because of the friendly atmosphere that the campus had. The university allows each individual to feel valued and respected through its numerous societies and social events. The History course itself has some of the most renowned historians in the country that have a distinct passion for their field, and that passion is then absorbed by the students.

“The thing that I like the most about Queen Mary is the perfect balance of enhancing your academic ability and allowing you to have a fun social life through its societies and events on campus and in London itself. Queen Mary also helped me find part-time work within a prominent tuition school in London, which has allowed to me to gain the perfect experience I will need in the future for my career in teaching.”

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