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I chose to complete a postgraduate qualification as I wanted to further my knowledge in my chosen field and gain more skills that would help me in my professional life.

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Why did you choose NTU and your course?

NTU is a well-respected and globally recognised university, consistently ranking among the top universities in Europe and the world. It has a diverse student population and offers a wide range of programs, including the MSc Economics, Banking and Finance course.

This course provides a comprehensive understanding of economic theories, financial principles, and banking practices, preparing students for careers in the finance industry, government agencies, and academia. It also offers opportunities for students to gain practical experience through internships, industry collaborations, and research projects.

Additionally, NTU provides excellent resources and facilities for students, including state-of-the-art libraries, research centres, and sports facilities. The university also has a strong reputation for innovation and entrepreneurship, providing students with the tools and support to turn their ideas into successful ventures.

What has stood out about Nottingham Business School?

Accreditation: Nottingham Business School is accredited by several prestigious organizations, such as AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) and AMBA (Association of MBAs), which reflects the quality of their programs and teaching.

Research excellence: NBS has a strong research culture, with research centres and institutes dedicated to various areas of business and management. This helps to ensure that the teaching at NBS is informed by the latest research and industry trends.

Global outlook: NBS has a diverse student population, with students from over 150 countries, making it a truly global business school. The school also has partnerships with over 100 universities around the world, providing students with opportunities to study abroad and gain international experience

What is your favourite thing about your course?

The course offers students opportunities to engage in research projects, industry collaborations, and internships, which can provide them with valuable experience and insights into the finance industry.

Other benefits of the course include networking opportunities with professionals in the finance industry, access to state-of-the-art resources and facilities, and exposure to cutting-edge research in the field of economics and finance.

Have you had the option to personalise your course? How has this benefitted your studies?

Personalising a course can provide students with the opportunity to tailor their learning experience to their interests, goals, and career aspirations. By choosing to focus on a particular area of study, students can deepen their understanding of the subject matter and gain specialized knowledge and skills that can be valuable in their future careers.

For example, in the case of the MSc Economics, Banking and Finance course, choosing to focus on risk management can provide students with an in-depth understanding of the principles and practices involved in managing financial risk. This can prepare them for roles in risk management departments of banks and financial institutions, or for careers in consulting or regulatory agencies.

How would you rate the course facilities and why?

Access to resources: The availability of relevant resources such as libraries, databases, computer labs, and specialised software can greatly enhance the learning experience of students pursuing a master's degree in economics, banking, and finance.

Classrooms and study spaces: Well-equipped classrooms and study spaces can facilitate effective learning, encourage collaboration and discussion among students, and provide an environment conducive to academic success.

Research facilities: A strong research environment with access to research labs, data centres, and other facilities can provide students with hands-on experience in conducting empirical research and can be an important asset for those who plan to pursue a career in academia.

How have you found Nottingham as a student city?

Nottingham is an excellent student city. It is well connected and the universities are well-regarded. It has a wide variety of shops, restaurants, and other attractions, making it a great place to live and study. The city is also very affordable, so it is a great option for students on a budget. There are plenty of green spaces, parks, and outdoor activities, so you can always find something to do. All in all, Nottingham is a great student city with plenty to offer.

What three words would you use to describe Nottingham?

Young, welcoming and diverse.

Did you find it easy to make friends at NTU?

Yes, I found it very easy to make friends at NTU. Everyone was very friendly and welcoming, and there were plenty of social activities and events that made it easy to meet people. I also found that joining a student group was a great way to make friends and get involved in the local community.

What’s next for you after NTU?

After NTU, I plan to pursue a career in risk management, investment banking, and finance in a big firm. I have already started taking steps to build my knowledge and experience in these areas, such as attending seminars and networking with professionals in the industry. I am confident that my hard work and dedication will help me reach my career goals in the future.

What do you think of the support available at NTU?

I think the support available at NTU is excellent. My course staff were always helpful and accommodating, the student support services were always there to provide assistance when needed, and the Employability team was great for getting advice on jobs and internships. The global lounges also provided a great place to meet and socialise with people from all over the world.

Has the Employability team helped you plan for life beyond NTU?

Yes, the Employability team have been extremely helpful in helping me plan for life beyond NTU. They have provided me with advice on how to create a successful career plan, set realistic goals and develop my skills and experiences to make the most of my time at NTU. They have also connected me with employers and mentors to help gain a better understanding of the current job market and given me access to a range of resources such as CV workshops and job search advice.

How is NTU for international students?

NTU is a great university for international students. It has a diverse student body from all over the world and offers a variety of support services for international students. These services include specialized advice for visa application and immigration issues, language support, and access to cultural activities and events. The university also has an International Student Support team who are available to help with any queries you may have.

Why did you want to study in the UK?

I wanted to study in the UK because of the high-quality education and world-renowned universities. I was also attracted to the UK's vibrant culture and the opportunity to experience a different way of life. Additionally, I wanted to be part of a university which had a strong research focus, and the UK has some of the best universities in the world for research.

What made you choose to complete a postgraduate qualification?

I chose to complete a postgraduate qualification as I wanted to further my knowledge in my chosen field and gain more skills that would help me in my professional life. A postgraduate degree can also open up more opportunities in terms of job prospects and career development.

A postgraduate qualification also allows me to develop a deeper understanding of the subject and enhance my research and analytical skills.

What made you choose to remain at NTU to complete these studies?

I chose to remain at NTU to complete my postgraduate studies because I had already established myself here and had positive experiences with the university. I was familiar with the courses, the university facilities and the support services available to students. I was also attracted to the university's research focus and the opportunity to work with experienced academics and practitioners.

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