Masters in Management Studies

With an increasing number of postgraduate courses in Business and Management on offer each year, choosing the right one for you is not as easy as it may sound.

And the choice – as they say – is yours. But there are several factors to consider when deciding on where to study for an MSc/MA in Management – your own academic background related to the programme, locality, time, quality and reputation of the Business School, cost, the experiences of others who have completed the programme, and the level of support provided by the Business School.

The mix of those who will also be on the programme with you is important, as students get an enriching intercultural experience through very international classes, with emphasis often placed on group-work. Another important factor is the level of support you are provided with – both in terms of tutor guidance and for the level of facilities.

When you spend time at your business school, you want to be sure that you are going to be given the attention you deserve, that there will be comfortable accommodation, and that there will be ready access to learning resources (books, magazines, technology). Undertaking a Postgraduate degree in Management is not an isolated experience – you need to feel that you can share and feed off others in the learning process. These issues are important considerations for both UK and international participants. Most postgraduate management providers also offer assistance with employment hunting through their own careers service. Also look out for the importance that a School places on its alumni relations programme.

The opportunity to mix with students from different backgrounds and cultures is a key benefit, and enables participants to understand new ways of thinking and working. Students are also encouraged to work together in teams. One other major consideration is the programme cost, as well as other costs such as equipment and texts, accommodation, and so on.

Overall, it may seem a high price, but investing in a quality MSc/MA in management for your own personal development is just as important as making any other type of sound investment in your future.

Style of Course

While an MSc/MA in Management can benefit graduates from any discipline, this type of course is ideally suited to graduates whose first degrees are in engineering, social sciences, arts and humanities, and other non-business degrees. This allows undergraduates the unique opportunity to combine the technical specialism of their undergraduate degree with a general management postgraduate qualification.

What can I expect after completing my degree?

Your management degree will prepare you for entry into the dynamic world of business and management. By combining your first degree with an MSc/MA in Management, your career options will increase immeasurably, and exciting possibilities will emerge. Some courses may offer credits towards other senior level programmes, such as an MBA qualification. Graduates should take time to consider this benefit when thinking of which Business School to attend.

Author: Alyson Meldrum Marketing & Alumni Officer Strathclyde Graduate Business School


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