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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.

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Graduate profile:

Linda B McElwee

Linda B McElwee

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

"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.

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:

Laura Gillam

Laura Gillam

Studied:
BSc Biology – graduated 2005

I currently work as a Cardiac Service Improvement Manager for the South West London Cardiac Network.
I work with clinicians, managers, commissioners, patients and their carers across the sector to ensure a coordinated approach to cardiac services throughout the Network.

Why did you choose Queen Mary?
When I went to visit Queen Mary for a day, we were given a few lectures by the different professors, as a taster. I remember coming away feeling totally inspired by a lecture on the genetics of plants – now if there’s a lecturer that can make you feel excited about genetics I think that’s something quite impressive!

What did you gain from your time at Queen Mary?
I really enjoyed my time at the College. I loved pretty much all of my modules and the work was always really interesting and challenging. We had teachers who taught you so thoroughly yet also encouraged you to go and find out more for yourself, and they were always very approachable if you were having difficulties at all. And I definitely got value for money, because of all the hours I spent in labs doing practicals – and they were just great, I felt like a real scientist. I made some really good friends too, and I actually met my husband there! I’ve also come away with a degree from the University of London, which is one of the most prestigious institutions in England. So overall, the three years at Queen Mary was a great three years of experience and development in my life, and has probably enabled me to get where I am today. What are your career plans in the next five years? I want to stay working with the NHS for sure. I find it really satisfying knowing that I can make a difference to a person’s welfare.

Salary bracket: £25-35,000

Moona Ashfaq

Moona Ashfaq

“I chose Queen Mary for its excellent reputation. I was impressed with the College’s record for academic excellence and the lively social atmosphere.

I am currently studying BSc Economics and I’ve found that the course is challenging but very enjoyable. The timetable is flexible and it enables me to make the most of my time at university. 

The teaching staff are all extremely friendly and approachable, plus they are experts in their field. I like the fact that advisers are allocated to each student to discuss any problems we may have.

There’s a great library and excellent computer facilities around the university including the new Learning Resources Centre building (which is open 24 hours). I use the wireless internet connection all the time! 

Students come from a wide variety of backgrounds so there’s real diversity in this thriving area of east London. The Students’ Union is a great place to meet new people and there are lots of sports clubs and various different societies so everyone can participate in something new as part of their university experience. There’s a great social atmosphere on campus, and central London, where there’s always something going on, is only a tube ride away!”

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