MSc Banking and Finance
My name is Hazwan Haini, I’m doing an MSc Banking and Finance degree here and I’m from Brunei.
I decided to do my Masters at Loughborough University because I graduated from the School of Business and Economics, from the Business department, with my undergraduate degree. The Masters from Loughborough is a specialist course and it offers much more in-depth knowledge in the field.
The emphasis on research skills and methods have been quite interesting, it has been more challenging because we use software such as STATA and EVIEWS, but it’s definitely something new because 1) it’s transferable skills and 2) it’s more useful for people who want to do further research so it’s the best of both worlds.
In terms of employability the Masters is structured in a way that has a lot of scope for personal development, for example team working is emphasised in seminars and the research communication itself focuses on written and verbal communication, so that is definitely good transferable employability skills.
For someone, a prospective student who wants to study at Loughborough, number once do your research in terms of the modules offered within the courses because there’s the Masters with the more specialist, geared towards research and there’s the more applied Masters which is more general and for someone looking to go into industry straight away
As an international student I settled in quite easily, there are a lot of societies in Loughborough. For example, since I am from Brunei there is actually a Brunei society here in Loughborough with more than 80 Brunei students! So it was quite nice in terms of having my peers from my home country. The international and ERASMUS groups are also quite active so that’s another group that I like to socialise with and that made me settle in more easily.
The social life is actually quite fun here, it’s very active. I mean there’s Stupid Tuesday and FND at the Union, which have been going for a long time now, and the international and Erasmus students always have an event going on so it won’t be troublesome to find a social event so that’s quite nice!
As a student from Loughborough University the academic reputation is quite high, employability wise as well Loughborough is quite famous among the top employers so that's definitely a plus point for being a Loughborough student!