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Studying Business and Management in the UK

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Business and Management with specialism in Accounting or Finance, are great degrees to get if you are thinking of moving from Pakistan to the UK for study. If you want to become a chartered accountant, or simply learn the importance of business management and how to balance your own books then this is the course for you. Alternatively, if you plan on entering into your own business one day then this is the essential degree for you.


University of Aberdeen – Accountancy and Business Management: £13,800 per year

The University of Aberdeen offers a four year course in Accountancy and Business Management. It is the 20th best in the UK for business and management studies so it is certainly one to consider. This course offers compulsory and optional modules covering a variety of areas, such as: Academic writing for business, economics and business and society, financial accounting and operations management.


A dissertation in business management in third year is optional, but a fourth year dissertation is compulsory in either accountancy or in management studies. Successful completion of modules leads to accreditation for the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland or the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, depending on which optional modules are chosen.


Aberdeen has a diverse student body with 20% of it made up by international students, and over 120 countries represented on campus. Students from Pakistan are required to have a HSSC in Science to gain entry, and need a minimum average grade of 65% or more. This includes 65% or more in two or more science or mathematics subjects. In addition to this, students must have completed the first year of an appropriate BSc degree at a university or college in Pakistan, finishing with a good average grade. Alternatively, the successful completion of an approved science foundation degree course will also be accepted.


The University of Aberdeen has a strong focus on employability, with its rate of unemployability 2% below the national average. It’s currently in the top 1% of universities in the world for employment, so is a popular choice for many international students who wish to study in the UK.


University of Dundee – Business Management (Accountancy and Finance): £12,950 per year

The University of Dundee offers outstanding teaching throughout its four year Business Management course with Accounting and Finance. Most of the staff teaching this degree have backgrounds in the business world as well as a reputable academic backgrounds. They are also leading experts in areas of business and management. Guest lectures are held throughout the courses duration by managers and specialists from a variety of businesses and organisations. These are aimed at giving students an appreciation of how business management issues are dealt with in the real world.

Modules the course offers include: Management concepts in context, business law, advanced business management and management of human resources. Students are also given the opportunity to work abroad for a year in industry and the course has professional accreditation with the Institute of Leadership and Management.


The University of Dundee welcomes many international students every year, and over 100 countries are represented on campus, with 73 students from Pakistan currently studying in Dundee. The university boasts high employability with 96% of graduates employed or in further study 6 months after graduating. It is a university and course that ensures you will meet the requirements of the graduate employment market, by regularly liaising with potential employers and the universities careers service.


Brunel University London – Business and Management (Accounting): £14,750 per year

Situated in the capital of the UK, Brunel University London offers student exceptional teaching in business studies, and won the Times Higher Education Awards Business School of the Year 2013. The university offers a four year course with an optional paid placement year working in industry, with employability rates for students who opted for this substantially higher. The course aims to give students a broad knowledge and appreciation of business and management, along with the analytical, interpersonal and technical skills that are required to address and understand the problems that today’s companies face. Core business modules include: The principles of marketing, managing information technology and international business. The course also offers specialist subjects, such as: Management accounting, business law and auditing and assurance.


The university offers a programme called, ‘The Business Life programme’ which is available to all students alongside their academic teaching. It offers students events and training, so that they can graduate with an impressive portfolio of work experience, certificates and job ready skills that give a real employability advantage. Brunel’s degree programmes are also accredited by the following bodies: Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales and the Chartered Institute of Marketing. Successful completion of relevant modules will also allow students professional exemption from a total of 18 papers, with CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants) stating that Brunel graduates have a higher than average pass rate in both the accounting and management areas of their examinations.


Students from Pakistan looking to apply require completion of HSSC with A grade or the completion of a first year bachelor degree with 60% grading. However, the university normally looks for first year university students for undergraduate courses.


Brunel is a multicultural university and has staff and students from over 110 countries. Its secure and modern campus offers international students a fantastic atmosphere in which to study.


Nottingham Trent University – Business Management and Accounting and Finance
£12,900 per year

Nottingham Trent University offers a quality course in business management for 3 years full time, or 4 years with an optional placement year working in industry. The course offers learning through a variety of lectures and seminars, IT workshops, guest lectures, problem-based learning and group discussions. The course enables its students to develop a range of skills employers’ value, such as: time management, effective presentation skills, entrepreneurial skills and team working. During second year, students are given the opportunity to complete a short internship, set up their own enterprise, study abroad or run a community project.


The university has also has links to various sectors, firms and organisation for the optional year-long placement in industry, and is 6th in the UK for the number of accounting students taking these placements. A placement will offer vital real world experience which will enhance employability and really make job applications stand out. However, the university cannot guarantee year placements for its students, and is based on individual effort. The course also provides exemptions towards qualifications with CIMA.


Nottingham Trent has a diverse student community and welcomes a significant number of international students from all over the world each year. In order for students from Pakistan to gain admission onto a first year undergraduate programme at the university, they are required to have an FSc pre-engineering qualification at 70% or higher.


Other universities which offer course in Business, Accounting and Finance include: Bath Spa University, the University Centre Grimsby, Liverpool Hope University, Keele University and Edinburgh Napier University.


How does it differ from Pakistan?

Studying in the UK differs from studying in Pakistan significantly. The most important difference that a Pakistani student will have to get their head around is the dramatic difference in culture when you visit the United Kingdom. The ability to join a number of societies will help international students to find friendship groups and begin socialisation; for example some universities offer a Desi, Muslim, or Pakistani society in which you can find people who share the same interests as you. Through joining societies and meeting new people you will also come to realise just how different everyday life is – the cuisine is different, the shopping experience is different, and the living experience as a whole is different to what a Pakistani might be used to in Pakistan.


It is important to first be wary of these cultural differences, but after a few weeks most students have integrated fantastically into the British lifestyle. This will allow students to appreciate the changes whilst getting an all-important degree from a prolific British university, which in turn, improves your job prospects.


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Armani is a final year English Literature and Creative Writing student at Newcastle University with a passion for writing. A few of Armani's main interests include politics, reading, football and Chelsea FC.


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