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Hi Ana, I am highly interested in the Msc strategic marketing and consulting; and I got a conditional offer. I already have a background in Marketing and now i want to take it to a whole new strategic level, I checked the modules and the only ones that attracted me are the simulation and problem solving. Would you give me further info about these, because they seemed more concrete and practical. Besides, how is the job prospects when it comes to final internship project or employment after graduation since that I am an international student (non-EU) it’d be pretty challenging! Thank you

Hello Anna, Can you please provide me some details on how to you manage your time while doing PG study. How many days in a week do I have to be at university if I’m studying full time?

Hello, this is entirely dependent on the course you are doing. Be aware that there is a lot of group work involved for social sciences- so you want to make sure that you do put in the time required into group work and participate in group meetings. There are periods of fluxuation work load wise- but generally you can expect to be at university 4 times a week for about 4 hours. You can expect to do a lot of university related work on your own outside of these hours. Some of my course mates did have a part-time job, however I would advise you to take something that is flexible to your schedule. Hope this helps- Best wishes.

 

Hi Ana, do you have the contact details of a student who studies Msc in Management? And how as your introduction week when you started at Bham? Is it mandatory and how are the rules of attendance in general? I am asking because of some part time jobs..! Thank you for your help.

Hi,

The introduction week is not mandatory, but I would attend it in your place unless it is something urgent that you have to do. Attendence is quite strict as they make you sign attendance Sheets especially at the beginning of the Semesters, but this varies between lecturers. It is more strict for international students as they have strict rules with the Immigration Office to prove that students are regularly attending classes. If you have a part-time Job, I would try to organise this around your academic schedule and prioritise which lectures you should attend and which are more optional ones. I hope this answers your question.

Best- Ana Jamnik

What was your motivation for undertaking postgraduate study?

I wanted to do postgraduate study because I wanted to specify my focus in the field of Marketing. Doing a Masters degree will provide me with an edge when pursuing my career, the nature of the course is very practical and it greatly complements my undergraduate degree in Marketing. Additionally, in continental Europe it is generally more valued to have a postgraduate degree as compared to England so I wanted to be in a good position to get a job in other parts of Europe as well. Another motivating factor was that I believed that it would be better to do a postgraduate degree straight after completing my undergraduate degree as it would be more difficult to re-enter the culture of higher education after I had commenced work.

Why did you choose the University of Birmingham?

I had chosen to enrol at the University of Birmingham due to its unique course in MSc Strategic Marketing and Consulting, which was not offered by other reputable universities. This course is both practical and academic which is exactly what I needed to complement my existing skills. The environment at the University is very welcoming and I really like the facilities. It is also well located with a good access to the city centre, shopping outlets and public transportation routes. The University itself has both a modern and historic feel to it which I personally enjoy, especially since my area of study is quite contemporary.  

What, for you, are the best things about the course?

This course is balanced in the sense that it is practical and academic at the same time. The professors are all experienced from working with a broad range of business organisations and they can offer insight that you would not find in current textbooks. There is a lot of group work involved, so you will really have to develop your team-working skills, which are extremely valuable in the workplace. I am particularly developing my leadership skills as I discovered that it is efficient for motivated individuals to direct the group in a focused direction to drive a more efficient team.

Do you have anything lined up for once you have completed your degree?

Once I have completed my degree I plan to start full-time employment with a multinational firm which sells consumer goods. I want to work in the marketing department where I would manage a brand category and be involved at decisions that are being made at the Business Unite level. I plan to do a graduate scheme within the UK but am open to relocating to other countries once I have completed my postgraduate programme.

How will your degree prepare you for what you want to do afterwards?

I believe that this degree will be very closely related with the work that I want to be involved in during my career. I see myself being involved in shaping and developing strategies in regards to marketing that will help put firms in a better position than their competitors, and be more efficient at allocating resources to relevant activities. The consulting skills that I will develop will be useful for when I will be involved at leading specific projects for the firm I am employed by. This will give me a more objective perspective of the current situation which I feel is sometimes lacking as large organisations can foster a strong inherent culture of complacency.