School of Engineering and Materials Science – Queen Mary University of London, UK
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School of Engineering and Materials Science – Queen Mary University of London, UK

Queen Mary University of  London’s School of Engineering and Materials Science (SEMS), ranked 11th in the UK and among the top 100 in the world for both Engineering and Materials Science, offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, coupled with leading international research in the areas of Modelling and Simulation in Engineering Systems, Bioengineering and Materials Science.

A variety of course options are available to undergraduates, including Aerospace Engineering and Sustainable Energy Engineering, all of which are either three or four years in length and allow students to graduate with a BEng, an MEng or an MSci. For postgraduates, a range ofMSc and MRes programmes exist, which last either one or two years and range from Computer Aided Engineering to Polymer Science and Nanotechnology. Additionally, SEMS run Research Degree PhD programmes, which span either four years of full-time study or eight years of part-time study.

A variety of course options are available to undergraduates, including Aerospace Engineering and Sustainable Energy Engineering, all of which are either three or four years in length and allow students to graduate with a BEng, an MEng or an MSci. For postgraduates, a range ofMSc and MRes programmes exist, which last either one or two years and range from Computer Aided Engineering to Polymer Science and Nanotechnology. Additionally, SEMS run Research Degree PhD programmes, which span either four years of full-time study or eight years of part-time study.

High-quality tuition

SEMS, described in the QS World Rankings as one of the ‘world’s elite’, prides itself on the unwaveringly high standard of its tuition. The School’s innovative approach to learning promotes independent thought and facilitates students’ construction of courses that truly reflect their interests. In addition to core compulsory modules, students can choose to study subjects from different schools and departments- for example, a Music student is welcome to take a Geography module.

Students experience a variety of teaching methods at SEMS, including group lectures, tutorials and ‘Problem-Based Learning’ (PBL), a format which involves group focus on specific case studies, encouraging the development of communication and problem-solving skills. Such learning techniques are extremely popular with students, as indicated by SEMS students’ overall satisfaction rating of 95% in the most recent National Student Survey.

International focus

With an international student body of 6,000 and both students and staff from over 150 countries, SEMS has a considerable international focus. As video interviews posted on the SEMS website and views expressed on Queen Mary’s blogging site reveal, international students value not only the high quality of SEMS’ research but also their experimental approach, which differs to the theoretical focus of their home countries. In addition to SEMS’ academic prowess, the international students interviewed praise London as a vibrant and exciting yet safe location with great nightlife, friendly inhabitants and excellent transport systems; one student even refers to the capital as ‘the best city in the world’.

Graduate employability

Recognised as the 8th best university in the UK for highest graduate starting salaries, Queen Mary continues to excel in the domain of graduate employability. SEMS is proactive in its approach to supporting students during their progression into competitive careers by providing options such as weekly careers sessions and the SEMS Industrial Liaison Forum; these events enable students, academics and key figures from industry to interact, inciting students to consider the array of available options and create useful contacts.

Not only are SEMS students encouraged to speak to their academic tutors for career advice; the qualified Careers Team also provide detailed tips and training on CV-writing, interview technique and assessment preparation. Additionally, the Careers Team manages the 1,500 on-campus jobs that are available to students, enabling them to balance work experience, earning and study. Owing to the wide-spread reputation of SEMS graduate calibre, a number of blue-chip companies advertise their training places with the university, thus granting students access to vacancy details as soon as they are released.

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