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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.

Pirah Palijoh

Pirah Palijoh

Why did you choose to study at Queen Mary?

“I chose Queen Mary for its excellent reputation and the outstanding variety of courses on offer. I appreciate the quality of teaching, and the knowledge and exposure to my key subjects. My supervisor and other staff members are encouraging and appreciative.

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

I have so many memories of my time at Queen Mary, so I have to be selective. I have met students of different ages and nationalities through socialising, working and studying. It has been an experience for me, as I feel part of this multicultural, global institution. My vision has become far broader and I have experienced and sensed the concept of 'globalisation' through close association with the international students and teaching faculty here at the College.”

Graduate profile:

George Hawche

George Hawche, MSc in Molecular Pathology and Genomics

Why did you choose Queen Mary for your postgraduate study?

“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.

How was your academic and social experience at QMUL?

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:

Camilla Mathias

Camilla Mathias

Studied:
BA French and Drama

Currently:
Working as an actress (The Cazalets – BBC, Victoria and Albert – ITV, Kings and Queens – C5). 

How did your time at Queen Mary prepare you for your chosen career?
It gave me a foundation in French and English texts, a year in Paris (which I chose to spend at a French Drama School) and opportunities to perform in numerous productions – and meet friends I produce and perform with still. 

What ‘transferable skills’ did you gain from your time at Queen Mary?
Specialist core modules in Brazilian Performance, 19th Century acting styles, and learning to be fluent in French and Italian have all come in very useful when on tour with theatre productions abroad and in translating plays I have produced. And I have performed in French and Italian a great deal too. 

What are you hoping to do, career-wise, in the next five years?
Produce and star in more of my own work, both on stage and screen, both here and abroad. And to be able to survive purely from acting work!!

Steve Day

Why did you choose to study at Queen Mary?

I chose Queen Mary as I wanted to study in London: Queen Mary had excellent research facilities and was located in an interesting part of London. The feeling on the open day was good - the staff and students struck me as very friendly and approachable. I was also keen to earn a University of London degree.

I graduated with a Law degree in 2001 and currently advise Network Rail on its history and consequent liability to adjoining landowners and the public.

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

My time at Queen Mary helped me develop my research and analysis skills, and I use the legal principles I learned daily. I gained experience of writing clear, concise reports and addressing all the issues in a case. Many of the lectures I had the pleasure to attend were perfect examples of public speaking.

The seminars I attended gave me experience of speaking in front of groups of people and confidently justifying my views, whilst being appreciative of the views of others. I also learned to think on my feet.

The opportunity to improve my interpersonal skills was invaluable. I am able to tackle any new area of law I encounter systematically and successfully.

This is an exciting time for Network Rail, with the railways of Britain being better maintained and performance improving. I hope to stay with Network Rail and possibly transfer to other areas of the company or take on greater responsibilities. I have already been involved in projects to build the railways of the future, and each day throws up fresh challenges to meet.

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