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Emily Key

MSc Economics and Finance

Why did you choose this degree and institution?

After completing my undergraduate BSc Economics degree at Loughborough it seemed like a natural progression to study a Masters here and the MSc in Economics and Finance was the best fit for me. I wished to further my knowledge in economics and I was also researching a job in the finance sector at the time. I really enjoyed my undergraduate studies here and knew that Loughborough would provide all the academic and careers-related resources, support and advice that I would need.

What are the benefits of studying at your specific faculty/department?

There are great study facilities on campus in the School of Business and Economics, especially for postgraduate students. Lecturers are always helpful and on hand to offer advice on their specific modules during their office hours or via email. A lot of the lecturers are also carrying out their own research in their specialist areas which they often cite in lectures, and students can gain a lot of extra knowledge from this. The atmosphere in the department is very friendly and relaxed, and everyone is extremely approachable.

Tell us a bit about the content of the course

The foundations of my course are economics-based with compulsory modules including microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometric analysis. These modules have built upon the knowledge I gained in my undergraduate studies. It is definitely a step up academically and has really furthered my understanding of the subject. I also get to choose a number of optional modules, including development finance and the financial system, which has enabled me to grasp an in-depth understanding of finance in both the developed and undeveloped world − something that really interests me. What’s more, lecture material isn’t just theoretical; a lot of what we learn is very relevant to current financial markets.

Did you manage to secure funding for your studies?

I applied for a scholarship through Loughborough University’s website and was lucky enough to be awarded the Santander Postgraduate Scholarship, which covers the full cost of my university fees. There are also a number of other funding support services available and I would advise prospective students to have a look at the university’s website for more details.

What are the benefits of postgraduate study in your opinion?

Postgraduate study has enabled me to secure a graduate job and I hope that this year of study will prove to be an effective investment in my future. Importantly, it has given me the opportunity to further explore a subject that I am not only passionate about but that is highly relevant to today’s economic environment.

How do you think the course will prepare you for the world of work?

The knowledge and analytical experience gained through this course, including undertaking my dissertation, will allow me to enhance essential skills such as communication and creativity that are required to be successful in my future career.

What are the best bits about studying at Loughborough?

Aside from my studies, there are a wide range of social and sporting opportunities at Loughborough. There are plenty of associations to get involved with and the students’ union is one of the biggest and best in the country. I am currently on the Postgraduate Association Committee, which is a new initiative that hopes to create an even better postgraduate community here at Loughborough. The social events we have run so far have been a great success.

What advice would you give to other students considering postgraduate study at Loughborough?

My advice would be to do some research on the university website and definitely come to an open day here. Academic staff will be there to offer advice and will give you in-depth information of what the course entails and what to expect at the university.

What are your plans/ambitions for after you graduate?

I have recently secured a graduate job in the finance sector. Although I did not require a postgraduate degree to get the job, I am certain that it helped a great deal throughout the recruitment process. I was able to talk about what I have been doing in my Masters and my new employers definitely valued the extra academic experience I had on my CV.