Yishu

MSc Finance and Management 

Yishu found settling into Exeter very easy and has enjoyed meeting people from all over the world in her classes and by joining societies. She chose MSc Finance and Management to further her academic knowledge and gain new skills in finance and management to help her stand out when she graduates.

Why did you pick Exeter over other Universities?

The main reason I chose the University of Exeter Business School was because it was very highly ranked. I didn’t only look at finance rankings but also how Exeter ranked for other subjects as this would mean I would be likely to meet other interesting people from a totally different academic background to myself.  

Why did you pick MSc Finance and Management?

Before coming to Exeter, I was studying accounting for my undergraduate degree in China and from the learning process, I decided I wanted to deepen my knowledge in finance to diversify my skillset and make me more competitive. I chose the MSc Finance and Management programme as it had a good mix of mathematical content combined with management insights, allowing me to gain knowledge and skills in two areas.

How have you found the teaching, research, lecturers, course content?

I have to say that the teaching here is excellent.  Many of the professors are experts in their area and bring elements of their current research into their lectures which means the lectures are practical and based on real world issues. This was not something I was expecting and is a sign for me that we are learning from excellent teachers. 

The module that has impressed me the most has been ‘Financial Modelling’, it is challenging but extremely useful. We have learned various ways of using Microsoft Excel which will be helpful for when I get a job.

How have you found the support services and the facilities?

The facilities are very good with every classroom having something different including finance terminals where we can access Bloomberg. The ELE system is very useful, it is convenient that we can find lecture notes, tutorials, reading lists, office hours and past papers all in one place. It also means that if you feel you have missed anything in the lecture you can revisit, and know you have all the same studying resources as your classmates.

Do you feel your postgraduate course will enhance your employability?

Yes. This course has enhanced my academic knowledge and provided me with finance, strategy, management and also team building skills which will no doubt help my employability. The social activities and group work will also make a great addition to my CV as it shows I can work with people from a range of cultures.

What is it like studying here as an international student?

Settling into Exeter was easy, everything is really clear so you can find your way around and everyone is very kind and willing to answer your questions. At the beginning of term the University also arranged a lot of activities like exploring the city, a tour of the cathedral and a day trip to Exmouth beach. This was a great chance to make friends outside of the classroom and meet people from different places and countries, I made several close friends because of these activities.

As an international student it can feel daunting when English is not your first language, however after a while you notice how much progress you make by being immersed and listening to English all day.

What do you think about the campus? Do you feel it has an international feel?

The campus is very international, there is a great chance that when I am walking around the campus I will hear lots of different languages. It makes you feel less isolated because many other international students are here and in the same position as you.

What are your tips for international students thinking of studying in the UK?

Don’t be afraid. Talk to your professors, classmates, roommates and even people in shops. The more you practice and listen, the better your English will become. It is also important to make sure you attend every lecture and seminar, the process of interacting with my professors and classmates has helped reinforce everything I have been learning.

How have you found the city and surrounding area?

I come from Chengdu City in the Sichuan Province of China which is a very laid-back and comfortable city with a rich culture and history (it is also the hometown of pandas). Exeter is very different to Chengdu but it is also a very peaceful city with kind people which made adjusting very easy.

You have everything you need within walking distance from the campus. There are several big supermarkets like Tesco and M&S for all your daily food needs, there are also some good Thai restaurants in the city. My favourite place is down by the river, especially on sunny days, when the water is very clear and with all birds it makes a beautiful view.

Are you a member of any societies, volunteering, or hold any part-time jobs?

I joined the Han Culture Society. It is a good society if you want to meet not just Chinese students but people from other nationalities who are interested in Chinese culture too. There is a Mandarin course and also events and activities including different Chinese festivals.

Joining a society, encouraged me to talk with people, take part in different activities, learn more about the UK culture, and make new friends. These things truly helps with feeling homesick, which are very common among Chinese students in UK because of the language and culture differences.

What advice would you give to a prospective student considering your course and Exeter Business School?

The balance of gaining academic knowledge and ensuring you perform well is very important so bear this in mind when choosing your modules as some are excellent but also very challenging. If you are really interested in taking a subject, there are also options to choose modules that aren’t credit-bearing.

I would also say make sure you make use of all the facilities on offer especially the finance lab with the Bloomberg terminals and go and speak to your professors in their office hours.

What do you want to do when you graduate?

After graduation, I would like to look for work as an auditor or financial assistant as I want to gain some practical experience first in order to put the theories I have learnt into practice. After gaining one or two years of work experience, I will reassess if I want to look at a PhD or continue with a career in accounting and finance.

Sum up your experience at Exeter in just four words:

Study hard, easy life.