Want to have an "expert view" on Business and Management? Read on... Darren Hoad, Lecturer who teaches MBA with pathways in Human Resource Management, Finance and Marketing as well as the MA in International Management (all 1 year programmes) at Edge Hill University UK, discusses below the popularity of the subject among students, career options and funding opportunities.
Q. What are the main objectives of this course?
A. The objectives of these programmes are twofold; in the first instance we aim to prepare and develop the academic and intellectual dimension to our students; and in the second, to prepare and equip them with the skills for work and the development of their careers.
Q.What qualities do you think students need in order to succeed on this course?
A. Students need to bring many attributes of the workplace with them to succeed on this course. They will be supported and encouraged along the way, but they must be diligent and demonstrate attention to detail, be prepared to work hard and be enthusiastic learners, participants and leaders.
Q. What advice would you give to Indian students who are applying to enroll?
A. The obvious one is to apply early to ensure that you have a seat and accommodation at the University and that there are no visa issues. Make sure that your personal statement says something about you and is written by you and that it relates to this University and course. When you arrive be prepared to join in and take all the opportunities available to you.
Q. What career options are open to Indian graduates from this course?
A. These programmes are essentially multidimensional and students can take out elements such as Human Resources, Marketing and Accounting and develop these themes as career options. Many students go on to develop their careers in Management, public administration and a variety of Business positions.
Q. Are there any companies that have recruited students who have completed this course?
A. Students have gone on to work with a variety of organizations which range from local SMEs, to reputable international business such as Tesco and Aldi right though to Multinational organisations such as Proctor and Gamble.
Q. How does the course prepare students for the professional world and/or further study?
A. All the Business School courses provide a placement opportunity with a local company. This gives students a chance to apply their learning to a real workplace situation and undertake a project on behalf of the company. Our programmes also emphasise the development of the skills required by managers such as communication, problem solving, teamwork and leadership. As part of the programme students are required to complete a dissertation which includes some original research and will equip them if they decide to continue their studies to the next level.
The programme is taught by staff from the Business School who are all active researchers, bringing their knowledge and expertise to the fore in many of the classes you will study. Staff will bring valuable practical insight into management, marketing, developing economies, international organisations, law and international trade and CSR, where many have international recognition.
Q. Any notable alumni?
A. Recent alumni have gone on to important positions with Multinational Organisations. One recent graduate secured a prestigious position with Proctor and Gamble in their UK offices.
Q. Are there any funding opportunities available for Indian students who are applying to enroll?
A. Yes! We guarantee an MBA scholarship worth £3,000 to all South Asian students and a £1,000 for the MA Management again for all South Asian students