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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.

Rituparna Mallick

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

I loved the three years I spent at QM, most of all, spending time with my friends - be it studying, going to lectures and labs, going out for lunch, doing the courework and labs together - anything and everything! I was more independent than I was at school and it felt good to take my own decisions and take up responsibilities.

The best things about the course were the programming modules, which I enjoyed very much. The lab exercises were fun to do. I love the bit where a bunch of code just comes to life! I learnt a lot at Queen Mary. The lecturers I had were great. I always got help when I needed it even at the last minute before exams. A first year module prepared me for job interviews and presentations as well as helping me develop my CV. The study facilities were also great - the library has a huge collection of books, journals and ebooks, and the fact that it is open 24x7 before the exams was very useful.

The most interesting thing I did was my final year project. It was on handwriting recognition using Artificial Intelligence. I developed a user-interface in Matlab on which you can draw a digit, and it would magically give you its digital form! I had a great supervisor who helped me throughout, whenever and wherever I got stuck.

I’d give Queen Mary 9/10 in terms of social, leisure and recreational facilities. There are several clubs and societies that you can join at QM - even create your own! And you get to meet lots of new friends who share a common interest with you. One of my favourite places on campus is the People's palace where I have many fond memories with my friends. It is where we used to gather to study, do coursework, revision (and panic before the exam!), celebrate birthdays, have lunch - almost everything! Another favourite place is the canal-side where I had my first lunch with new university friends. Lots of photos and memories are connected with this place - fun-filled and happy memories.

I was a part of the Queen Mary peer- mentoring scheme (PASS) for two years. I loved mentoring the first years. It felt great to be helping out people who faced problems that I had faced myself and to give them guidance. In 2010 I became the student organiser, which I thoroughly enjoyed - the new responsibilities, leading a team of mentors, promoting PASS. This was a unique experience. It gave me the opportunity to develop leadership skills and overcame my shy nature since I had to interact with a lot of people.

I am working as an Associate Software Engineer at Accenture UK. I’m really enjoying my current project with our client Vodafone. It has been a great experience. I have always enjoyed programming, and so, when I got this project I could not have been happier.

Plus, because of my background in Java programming at Queen Mary, I was given the responsibility of lead developer. I lead a team of three developers, working to build a web service to be used by Vodaphone’s agents at call and retail centres. I am currently programming in Java, but learning a lot of other things on the way like operating on databases, working with web-services, Java Server Faces, etc. There have been many hectic days with deadlines, but I have enjoyed every bit of it. It is being out there in the real world on your own, with so many responsibilities resting upon you that has excited me and scared me at the same time. But when everything falls into place, it feels really good.

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:

Noareen Raja

Noareen Raja

BSc Business Management – graduated 2007 (first class honours)

Working for JP Morgan in Asset Management. 

Why did you choose Queen Mary?
Firstly it is part of the University of London and has a good reputation. I was also greatly impressed with the Business and Management programmes on offer.

What did you gain from your time at Queen Mary?
The biggest lesson I learned is that hard work pays off. I worked incredibly hard during my time at the university and thoroughly enjoyed myself. The education I received has given me confidence to think that I am capable of working with the best of the best. The lecturers are absolutely outstanding. I was amazed at how helpful they were. The level of support they offered encouraged me to take charge of my own learning, and really delve into the subjects.

Becky Scott Jupp

“I was torn between choosing a campus university and a university in the city; Queen Mary offeredme both! A campus bubble nestled in the heart of the East End. What more could you want? The location is fantastic – within walking distance of the campus are Brick Lane and Spitalfields markets, Shoreditch with its numerous bars, gigs and vintage shops and, of course, you’re only a few tube stops away from central London.

“I rate the academic facilities very highly. In particular, the newly refurbished library, which is a great place to study with friends or panic over forthcoming exams! Also, the amount of support offered by second and third year physics students to us first years is impressive. No one explains a tricky homework problem better than the person who was going through the same thing twelve months ago.

“I am a proud member of swimming club, snowsports society and the physics society. I think hat it is important to get involved in clubs and societies, meeting people with common interests outside physics – and the socials are fantastic! I also work part time as a Physics Ambassador, which means that every other week, over a free lunch, I reassure prospective students that the lecturers interviewing them aren’t so terrifying and talk to them about how much I love physics. I’m a proud geek.”

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