MSc Money, Banking and Finance
Guanyu, originally from China chose to study at Exeter due to its high rankings in both UK and world league tables, meaning his degree would be widely recognised and help him be competitive in the job market. He has enjoyed how practical the modules have been and the support he has received from his teachers.
Why did you pick Exeter over other Universities?
The first impressive thing for me about the University is the school’s motto “Lucem Sequimur (We follow the light”) which was very inspiring to me. In terms of my future employment and making sure my degree was competitive, a good UK and world ranking was also very important and the ideal school for me was one that had a good rankings in both.
What were you doing before you started your postgraduate studies at Exeter?
I was studying my undergraduate degree in finance, risk management and insurance at Shenzhen University, which is a very highly ranked University in China. I did spend two of my summer breaks doing internships for a private business and for Shenzhen Sky Rock Investment.
Why did you pick this postgraduate course?
I chose MSc Money, Banking and Finance because I wasn’t sure where I wanted to specialise but I am very focussed on my prospects and being successful in my career. The banking and investment sector is very competitive and it felt like a good fit for me. My parents are also both in the field of finance and this encouraged me expand my knowledge of this sector.
How have you found the teaching, research, lecturers, course content?
As a Masters student you need to be pragmatic in your approach and it was important to me that the course focused on solving practical problems. My favourite module is Microeconomics, as the module focuses on theory and practical elements which has really expanded my understanding.
This course in general is very practical and includes modules such as game and prospect theory and I have found it much more interesting than many other courses available which are very theory based. Our lecturers and professors are also very enthusiastic and many of them remember me by name even though my lessons finished with them in term one.
What is it like studying here as an international student?
I found it fine settling into Exeter, as I have already studied for a bachelors degree it is easy to make friends as my experiences have helped cultivate my social skills. The University does feel very international but I also feel like Exeter as a city has the same international atmosphere.
The climate is quite different to China, I have been used to 10 months of summer and very hot, sunny days so I am looking forward to the summer arriving in the UK. I would definitely recommend that you pack with the weather in mind. Although I think Exeter feels a lot warmer than places like London.
What has been your biggest highlight?
My time at Exeter so far has been very rewarding, academically this year has been more fulfilling than my four years as an undergraduate in China. The point of my time here is to learn at a deeper level which will best prepare me for life when I graduate, and I feel I have achieved that.
Do you feel your postgraduate course will enhance your employability?
Of course, the main reason I chose Exeter and the MSc Money, Banking and Finance programme is because I believe it will give me the best start in finding a role in the future.
What do you think of the campus?
Work and relaxation balance is very important to me so I was very happy to see how good the gym facilities were. The gym has been one of my best friends.
What advice would you give to a prospective student considering your course and Exeter Business School?
I would say that if you are ready to do your Masters degree and are prepared to be challenged then choose the University of Exeter. It has been challenging but that makes the reward even more wonderful, and I have made some great friends here. I would say keep faith in yourself and you will do a great job.
What do you want to do when you graduate?
I plan on returning to China and catching up with my friends and family. For now, I would like to find a job, but I have been thinking about PhD studies but I am not 100% sure. I did choose a Masters degree less than a year after I finished my undergraduate degree so who knows. I love the life that I have and the person that I have become and I am motivated to continue to improve myself both academically and personally.
Sum up your experience at Exeter in just four words:
Gym, friends, study, faith