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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.

Zakirul Choudhury

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

“Studying Computer Science was really enjoyable. My Queen Mary course really prepared me for industry. I've gone into software development and most of the fundamental things I've learnt as a developer have been at QMUL. The course was also very intense, but this means you're getting the best possible value for your money. I'm quite sure that QMUL graduates are highly sort after. I met some amazing people: the backgrounds of the students were very diverse

I'm a Technology Analyst for Citigroup, in Canary Wharf. Technology is a huge factor in the fast-changing and competitive industry of financial  services. My role involves developing a software application that is used worldwide by the trading and research team. I'm typically coding in .NET technologies such as C# and WPF. I'm also using Microsoft SQL Server extensively.

All the skills I gained at QMUL have been easily transferable to my role, and I've also learnt some industry standards in my current role such as testing methodologies and source code management. I work as part of a very large team, which consists of very experienced programmers, testers, project managers and of course the traders.

The teaching at Queen Mary was world class: the lecturers were very passionate about what they taught and were also very approachable for questions and discussions. Academic facilities were also very good with improvements always being made.

Queen Mary has an excellent campus and location at Mile End. The east end is a very vibrant part of London. Having grown up there, I know it's very multi-cultural. You have Brick Lane, Silicon Roundabout (Tech City), the Olympic Village, Canary Wharf, and central London all very close to the Mile End campus.

The most interesting thing I did was in my final year: a module called High Performance Computing. It really was cutting edge. We now live in an era of Big Data, which consists of fast changing, unstructured and semi-structured information. For example, social networks and on-demand media such as films, TV- shows, music, photos etc. Cost effective and fault tolerant systems are also vital for businesses to succeed. New ways are being developed to deal with this new content. Think about how Facebook deals with its one billion users, when hundreds of millions of them can be logged on at any one time and the ever growing giant that is YouTube.

My favourite moment was when a couple of deadlines were looming, and I finally managed to get a program to work. The feeling was exhilarating; it's what drove me to become a programmer.”

Graduate profile:

Robin Shevlane

Robin Shevlane

Studied:
BA in Politics and MA in Democracy and Democratisation – graduated 2006

Currently:
Halfway through a PhD on Scottish nationalism.

Why did you choose Queen Mary for your postgraduate study?
I initially chose Queen Mary for my undergraduate studies partly because of the good reputation of its Politics Department, and partly because I was interested in the east end of London where the university is located.

What did you gain from your time at Queen Mary?
As well as gaining two degrees awarded by the internationally recognised University of London, my time at Queen Mary has enabled me to meet an extraordinarily diverse group of people.

What are your career plans in the next five years?
I hope to finish my PhD in late 2009, after which I aim to pursue a career in academia.

Graduate profile:

Mohammed Akram

Mohammed Akram

Studied:
MSc Digital Signal Processing BEng Electronic Engineering – graduated 2004

Currently:
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

Aurela Tusha

Why did you choose to study at Queen Mary?

“I visited Queen Mary on an open day and liked the atmosphere. I felt comfortable and welcomed, and that was a big part of the reason I chose to come here.

“I would rate the College very highly, and hope it continues to offer such a quality learning environment. The teaching is refreshing and innovative. There is always somewhere on campus where you can go and work, read, study as a group and so on. My favourite place has to be by the canal – the view is stunning.

“I would find it hard to categorise a Queen Mary student because the student body is so versatile.I guess if I had to pick one word I would use ‘unique’.”

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