"I decided to study International Management because I knew very little about business and wanted to expand my knowledge whilst also learning about multiple business areas. I have studied modules in strategy, future trends and accounting, which have given me a broad business base."
MSc in International Management
Katherine decided to change track from her undergraduate degree in history to study MSc International Management, allowing her to gain an in depth, yet broad knowledge of the world of business. She especially enjoys the sustainability module and appreciates the course having its own career advisor.
Why did you pick Exeter over other Universities?
I chose Exeter for a few reasons- firstly, MSc International Management is ranked globally by the Financial Times, so I knew that the quality of the teaching would be high and that it would give me an insight into the world of business, whilst equipping me with the skills necessary to have a successful career. Other reasons revolved around the University and its setting, Exeter is a lovely place and the fact that it is a campus University means that it quickly feels like home.
What were you doing before you started your postgraduate studies at Exeter?
I was studying for my undergraduate degree at Exeter (BA History).
Why did you pick this postgraduate course?
I decided to study International Management because I knew very little about business and wanted to expand my knowledge whilst also learning about multiple business areas. I have studied modules in strategy, future trends and accounting, which have given me a broad business base.
How have you found the teaching, research, lecturers, course content?
I have really enjoyed lots of the modules I have studied; there is so much variety you never get bored! My favourite module so far has probably been Sustainability, as it has changed my perspective on how businesses should operate and given me an insight into how behaviours need to change.
How have you found the support services and the facilities?
All the support services work well, they always respond quickly and they are easy to use. The online resources are easy to access and aid studying.
Are you a member of any societies, volunteering, or hold any part-time jobs?
I volunteered for the three years of my undergraduate degree at a local primary school, however as I’m doing my Masters in nine months, I haven’t had the opportunity to do that this year. However, I am a member of Exeter Women in Business and the Business and Finance Societies.
What has been the biggest highlight of studying at Exeter?
The friends that I have met at University have made my experience at Exeter. I have made new friends in my Masters as well, everyone is so friendly and supportive, there are lots of opportunities to socialise and enjoy time outside of studying.
Have you used the Career Zone? How has it benefited you?
The career zone is great, but MSc International Management has its own career advisor, Liz who is brilliant, she helps with your CV, cover letters and interview preparation.
Do you feel your postgraduate course will enhance your employability?
I definitely think that doing this Masters will help my employability. More than anything, I feel a lot more confident in my abilities and confident in the knowledge I have gained. The course has equipped me with the necessary skills to excel in my career.
What do you think of the campus?
The Exeter campus is amazing; it’s very green and has lots of outside space, so when you need a break from the library, it’s perfect. The library itself is also great; it’s very modern and has lots of coffee shops and facilities. On campus there is a cinema, a gym and lots of other things. The campus is also located very close to the city of Exeter, meaning that you can access everything very easily.
How is your accommodation at Exeter?
My halls in first year as an undergraduate were great- I met a lot of my friends and now live with them in privately rented accommodation in Exeter. Halls are good for meeting people and adjusting to living away from home. There is also lots of accommodation available in Exeter, so you have the option between either. From my halls, the walk to class was about 10 minutes and now it’s about 15 minutes, so everything is easy to access.
How have you found the city and the surrounding area?
Exeter is a lovely city and there is lots to do within and around it. It also has great transport links, so London is less than three hours away. The surrounding area is beautiful; the beach is 20 minutes away on the train and Dartmoor is a 30-minute drive. Exeter is also close to Cornwall, so great beaches and day trips like visiting the Eden Project are all possibilities.
What advice would you give to a prospective student considering your course and Exeter Business School?
If you’re prepared to work hard, but you also want to meet people from all over the world and enhance your employability, MSc International Management is the perfect course.
What do you want to do when you graduate?
I’m not 100% sure about what I want to go into; I have offers to go into teaching, but I am still making my mind up, the world is my oyster!
Sum up your experience at Exeter in just four words:
The best four years.