MSc Finance and Management
What is your name, degree and country of origin?
My name is Tanzia Hussain. I’m doing a Masters degree in Finance and Management and I’m from Bangladesh.
Why did you choose your programme at Loughborough University?
I was always interested in studying in the UK so Loughborough was one of my choices because it is ranked as one of the best universities in the UK. I think what really made me more interested is the course structure of Finance and Management, because it not only has some of the finance core modules but also some management modules, so I thought it might give me more exposure to not just the technical part but getting to know how the business world works.
It was also quite remarkable how the admissions office were really prompt with dealing with my application - they were very efficient in sorting out my application and doing all the paper work so all in all I think it really worked out.
What has been the highlight of the programme so far?
I think so far I have enjoyed the modules in my first semester and I think the highlight would be Marketing Management. The reason being that I hadn't done marketing in my undergraduate degree so it was a new module for me. I really enjoyed it as the lecturers were quite interactive; we got to answer questions and learn about how the marketing environment is within an organisation, which gave me a whole lot of exposure to how the business world work.
I enjoyed doing the coursework which asked us to come up with our own marketing strategy to promote our brand, it was quite interesting as it gave us a chance to be more creative and not just do background research but create something of our own.
How do you think you’ve developed your employability at Loughborough?
I think doing a course in Finance and Management is definitely going to enhance my CV because I’m not just learning how to use the formulas in finance - that’s not what it is just about, you’re also learning about the concepts behind them. When you are looking at the formula you are not just trying to apply it but you’re also learning in what scenario you can actually apply it and some of the concepts that go behind it. I think the course itself is a really a good thing for your CV and I am sure it is going to help you in many ways when you are starting your job.
The careers service Loughborough offers is remarkable because not only do they help writing up your CV, but also they hold a lot of workshops where they give you a lot of support in doing your aptitude tests - which is a very significant part of your job application process. You are learning a lot of things during your course of study and also Loughborough has one of the biggest careers fair you can go to. I’ve been to one of them and I think it is very useful for students who are trying to get into jobs and also if someone is trying to look for placements, and there’s a whole range of companies who come here that sort of give you the opportunities to talk with them, network with them and sort of understand what the recruiters are trying to look for and what their requirements are.
What would you say to someone considering studying your course?
I would definitely recommend Loughborough to people who are planning to study a Masters and I’ve got four reasons for it.
Firstly, MSc Finance and Management has a very good core structure which combines both a financial perspective and management perspective, so it’s especially recommended for people who are planning to go for a finance job but are actually from a non-finance background. I definitely think this course will give them a good exposure to how they can enhance their financial capabilities.
Second of all, people who enjoy living on campus and who actually want to have the campus life experience should definitely come to Loughborough because, it’s beautiful! You have got all the greenery and everything and living in Loughborough so far has been great for me.
Third of all, it’s not just being involved in studies, it offers a lot of sports activities so if you are really a sporty person then definitely come to Loughborough because you can get more involved in extracurricular activities or join societies or be a hall rep or a course rep.
Last of all it’s been a great experience for me and I’m sure it’s going to be great for you as well.!
What’s the social life like at Loughborough as a PG student? Are you part of any clubs, societies?
As far as Loughborough is concerned it offers a whole wide range of stuff you can sort of get involved in. You get a lot of opportunities to mingle with your friends and get involved with extracurricular activities. You can be a part of societies or got to events - I think the Union plays a very significant role in making the students’ life more enjoyable.
I live in John Phillips which is one of the Postgraduate halls on campus and I’m actually part of the committee, I’m one of the FREEC (Food, Residential, Ethical, Environmental, Campus Watch) Reps. I think it has given me a great platform to be more involved and a part of the University and the activities I’m involved in while being a committee member are definitely going to help enhance my cv in the future.