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Nibedita Mitra

MSc Marketing and Management

What degree (undergraduate) did you study and where?

I undertook an honours degree in Masters of Chemical Engineering at Loughborough University. My degree included a Diploma in Industrial Studies (DIS) which I carried out at BP Chemicals (Hull) and a Professional Development Project (PDP) for which I went to Germany.

Why did you decide to pursue a postgraduate course?

I wanted to get an experience in a different subject besides engineering at the postgraduate level which would help me get a better job.

Why did you choose this postgraduate course and institution?

I wanted to do a management course for a number of reasons. Management skills are crucial in every field of work and it is especially of interest to me because I wish to work as an engineering manager rather than be in a technical role my entire engineering career.

The one-year MSc management courses at Loughborough were perfect for me because they are designed for students with a non-business background and the School of Business and Economics is very highly regarded.

What were the most important factors to determine your choice of country to study at postgraduate level?

UK has one of the best education systems in the world and part of my schooling was in British schools. Therefore, I decided to study here.

How easy was it to settle into your new university and life in the UK? What support did you receive from the university?

It was quite easy to settle into uni life at Loughborough. People were quite friendly and I made some lifelong bonds.

I received the Loughborough University scholarship and departmental bursary during my chemical engineering course. For the MSc, I received the alumni bursary from the University.

Tell me a little bit more about the course and any major projects you have undertaken

I graduated in 2009 from the MSc in Marketing and Management programme which offered a wide range of modules. They provided in-depth theoretical knowledge supported by practical problem solving skills required to manage the marketing function of any company, whether small or multinational.

There were a number of core modules to cover the basic management areas and some optional modules which were a great way of exploring areas in which you are particularly interested.

One of the major projects was the 6,500 words business analysis report where I had the opportunity to analyse an industry of my choice and the companies within it. Here I got the chance to apply the knowledge I gained on the course in a real-world scenario.

What skills did the course provide you with and what has it taught you that your first degree did not?

I really liked this course in the way it was organized. There were many different areas covered, so one could develop an understanding in each area and take it further.

The modules ranged from human resources, accounting and finance, market research methods, international marketing to economics, enterprise resource planning and strategic management. There were also the two modules which allowed me to apply the knowledge gained in analysing real world businesses and comparing strategies of companies.

My previous engineering degree made me efficient in the technical side. My MSc degree has made me efficient overall.

What areas of work could you go into as a result of your further study?

I can work as a chemical engineer in any field like oil/energy, pharmaceutical, food, chemicals etc. I am also now in a better position to get a managerial post soon after joining a company as a graduate engineer. Any company that hires me will benefit from having someone with both technical and management skills to take their organization further.

How would you describe the experience of studying for a postgraduate qualification in the UK?

ust the way I wanted it to be.