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.
You can expect an outstanding education at a top university in a supportive and inspiring environment when you study at Queen Mary.
Why did you choose to study at Queen Mary?
“I chose Queen Mary as it was one of the top universities in London as well as being in the top 15 in the country. It was also local to where I lived. I was able to use my qualification to explore my options after university and I was able to select from various jobs and careers. I’m currently teaching ICT and Business at an inner London secondary school. It’s an Academy and takes students of mixed ability from the local vicinity. Teaching has been very enjoyable as it has allowed me to hand down my knowledge to young learners in boroughs around London.
How did you find your academic and social experience at QMUL?
The university is an amazing place for people to study and caters for all types of students. The most enjoyable aspect of my time at QM was being able to meet various groups of people from the different courses and societies. Being able to associate with many people from different countries and cultures was a great eye opener.
The best thing about the course was the diversity in modules and the mixture of classes. There were plenty of facilities in place to enable students to comfortable carry out their work. I found the Hive study area a really nice place to work and catch up with friends at the same time. The atmosphere was very relaxing. The university is an amazing place to learn and discover yourself and your strengths and weaknesses.
The lecturers were very professional and respectable in their field of research. The teaching was of a very high standard and enabled me to meet my goals in terms of career choice. The university helped to prepare me for work and the world of work by bringing in national and international companies to give talks in seminars and also via recruitment days.
The collaboration between the hardware students and software students in the electronic engineering project was a really enjoyable time. Groups of students had to work together to create a working product to be able to read information (RSS feeds) from websites and display information onto an LED display. These were testing times but enjoyable too.
The east end is a very vibrant part of London and has a massive mix of people and things to do. It is very rarely dull as there is always something going on. I joined many university cultural and sports societies. They were very welcoming groups and enabled me to take part in team activities and challenges with friends.
My best memory would have to be the graduation ceremony where family and friends shared the momentous occasion of officially being saluted as successful and resourceful men and women. It was a joyous occasion.”
Amanda Raphael, PhD in the History of the British Natural Childbirth Movement
Why did you choose Queen Mary for your postgraduate study?
“I studied History as an undergraduate at Queen Mary and when I decided to take on the challenge of a PhD, the welcoming atmosphere and the wealth of academic expertise and innovation within the Department drew me back.
What kind of help and support did you receive throughout your course?
My supervisor was a continuous source of encouragement from the start, and I was also allocated a mentor. Being a mature student and mother to two young children, my requirements for study were flexibility, understanding and support. The great thing about Queen Mary is that I get all of this alongside the fantastic library, computing, research and other facilities one would expect from a University of London college.
Overall experience at QMUL:
The College has, I think, got the balance right: it is not at all intimidating, yet sets high standards for its postgraduate students; it fosters independence, yet encourages participation in seminars and discussion groups; finally, it offers the friendly and supportive atmosphere of a campus right in the heart of London’s bustling East End.”
Computer Science (MSci) – graduated 2007
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.
“Before actually visiting Queen Mary, I was very impressed with its reputation. I particularly liked the fact that it is a campus university situated in the heart of London, and also part of the University of London.
“I really like the way the programme is structured: one minute you are sitting in the lab-programming, next you’re in a lecture theatre with 200 other students for an economics lecture, and the next, standing in front of a group of people conducting a presentation.
“I am currently an ambassador for the School as well as a class representative. Having both of these roles is very satisfying, as they give me a sense of responsibility. This coming year, I will also be on the advertising team in the Islamic Society.”