MSc Accounting and Taxation

Loic studied for a Masters in Business Law in France before returning to Madagascar to work in a specialist tax consultancy firm, it was here that his passion for Taxation started resulting in him looking to pursue a Masters to increase his expertise in this area. After graduation he hopes to set up his own business in digital legal research services

Why did you pick Exeter over other Universities?

There are very few UK universities that offer a postgraduate course in Taxation, and most of these focus in international taxation which I found too restrictive for my professional goals. Exeter was the only University that offered a course that combined both accounting and taxation. The other deciding factors for me were the fact that it was also part of the Russell Group and the beautiful campus. After being here a while, I finally understand how prestigious Exeter is, especially in the UK. I understand now when alumni proudly say they studied in Exeter. And it deserves its reputation.

What were you doing before you started you postgraduate studies at Exeter?

After studying for a first Masters degree in Business Law in France, I returned to Madagascar where I worked for a few years in a consultancy firm that specialised in tax law. Taxation formed a huge part of my role and it was only a matter of time before I developed a passion for it and starting to look at increasing my expertise.

Why did you pick MSc Accounting and Taxation?

The course is well balanced and takes a broad approach. Although I was familiar with the subject, core modules have allowed me to discover new perspectives on taxation.  A lot of the optional modules I have chosen also gave me the opportunity to familiarise myself with other broader business issues.

I was a little afraid of taxation to begin with as my background was in law. However I wasn’t the only one, students on the course come from a range of backgrounds. If you are interested in studying taxation but are hesitant, I would argue that taxation is intertwined with business and the most interesting business projects always involve tax considerations so it is a very important subject to master. It also allows you to challenge yourself and enter a very thought-provoking career.

How have you found the support services and the facilities?

I have studied in countries which have all had very different approaches to education. The University of Exeter was the first in my academic journey that offered a lot of student support, which I was not used to. It is reassuring to know that the University really cares about your success and wellbeing.

Do you feel your postgraduate course will enhance your employability?

Yes definitely. A degree in the UK on its own is prestigious enough worldwide, especially in Madagascar. It will definitely open new perspectivesfor me.

What is it like studying here as an international student?

One of the most useful classes I had this year was ‘Introduction to UK culture’ during fresher’s week. The University offered the class for international students and covered what to expect during their stay, which helped a lot. I must say that knowing the symptoms of homesickness helped me resolve it faster.

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

I love the fact that Exeter has a leafy campus. I find it soothing as a student and I can already see it being gorgeous in spring and summer. I can’t wait to lounge under a tree, sipping a can of iced coffee whilst studying. 

The environment in Exeter is pretty international. It has been great meeting people from all around the world and discovering their cultures. If you’re just a bit curious about things, you should find it easy enough to make new friends.

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

Try to make friends before coming to Exeter. It is possible as there are a lot of Facebook groups in Exeter and the people here are really friendly, that’s how I found my housemates.

You won’t really improve your theoretical English skills here, but you will become more comfortable when you speak. So learn everything you can at home so you’ll have a strong basis once here.

How have you found the city and surrounding area?

For people that love green places, Exeter is great. There is a small forest behind my house that is lovely, especially when the sun is out. I love going there on sunny afternoons to lay back and do nothing. And if you like the beach, Exmouth beach is not far at all.

What has been the biggest highlight of studying at Exeter?

When you know you did well during an exam and you have nothing left to do for the rest of the day, best feeling ever!

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

If you are from another educational background and are used to studying from 9 to 5 – which was my case, do not think that having only 3 hours of class a day is easy. So many topics are covered in one session and personal work is necessary.

The work can be challenging but fortunately not impossible. As long as you plan your work and social life balance, everything should be fine.

What do you want to do when you graduate?

I am working on creating a firm that provides digital legal research services in my country, a project that I already started a few years ago. I used most of my free time in Exeter to test a few ideas and implement what I’ve learned into the project. I will certainly still need some time after I graduate, but I'm close to setting it up.

Sum up your experience at Exeter in just four words:

Probably the best University