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    Hello everyone,

    I've recently completed my undergraduate studies in business management and I'm looking forward to applying for my master's degree in management as well.

    However, the thing is that I've graduated from a low ranked university, which is ranked somewhere in the 100s on the league of tables. I've got a 2:1 which is good and what is actually required by the universities I am going to apply to.

    The question is, do I have a chance at receiving an offer from high ranked universities such as City or UCL in management? I'm particularly interested in UCL.

    Unfortunately, I haven't done anything special during my undergraduate studies, such as work or volunteering etc, which I greatly regret. As you know, these things must be mentioned in the CV and personal statement which I will be sending them.

    In summary, considering that I got a 2:1 degree from a low ranked university, no work experience, no volunteering, and the ability to provide two academic references from my lecturers/tutors, what are my realistic chances of getting into high ranked universities, ideally City or UCL in a master's course in management? Should I get my hopes high or should I lower my expectations. Either way, I am still applying.

    Would appreciate any answers. Especially from those who's been through similar situations.

    Thanks.
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    (Original post by Ali40)
    Hello everyone,

    I've recently completed my undergraduate studies in business management and I'm looking forward to applying for my master's degree in management as well.

    However, the thing is that I've graduated from a low ranked university, which is ranked somewhere in the 100s on the league of tables. I've got a 2:1 which is good and what is actually required by the universities I am going to apply to.

    The question is, do I have a chance at receiving an offer from high ranked universities such as City or UCL in management? I'm particularly interested in UCL.

    Unfortunately, I haven't done anything special during my undergraduate studies, such as work or volunteering etc, which I greatly regret. As you know, these things must be mentioned in the CV and personal statement which I will be sending them.

    In summary, considering that I got a 2:1 degree from a low ranked university, no work experience, no volunteering, and the ability to provide two academic references from my lecturers/tutors, what are my realistic chances of getting into high ranked universities, ideally City or UCL in a master's course in management? Should I get my hopes high or should I lower my expectations. Either way, I am still applying.

    Would appreciate any answers. Especially from those who's been through similar situations.

    Thanks.
    Generally for masters courses if you have a 2i and the funds to pay the fees then you'll get an offer - universities are far less selective for postgrad courses than for undergrad courses.
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    If you meet the entry requirements then you've got a decent chance of getting in. Rankings are pretty much meaningless at postgraduate level (possibly exceptions for law and some finance courses) and a MSc in Management really won't care where your first degree was from.

    One thing to consider - masters degrees in management are funny. They don't really follow on from undergraduate degrees (there's no new content as such) so are often designed for people who did undergraduate degrees in subjects other than business. If you've got a few years work experience then you could consider an accredited MBA which adds a valuable network and brand to your profile. With an undergraduate degree in business management you should think very carefully before going for a MSc/MiM Management course. Consider the course content and think about what you'll actually gain from doing the course.
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    (Original post by PQ)
    Generally for masters courses if you have a 2i and the funds to pay the fees then you'll get an offer - universities are far less selective for postgrad courses than for undergrad courses.


    Ah, that's good to know. Thanks for your reply.
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    (Original post by Duncan2012)
    If you meet the entry requirements then you've got a decent chance of getting in. Rankings are pretty much meaningless at postgraduate level (possibly exceptions for law and some finance courses) and a MSc in Management really won't care where your first degree was from.

    One thing to consider - masters degrees in management are funny. They don't really follow on from undergraduate degrees (there's no new content as such) so are often designed for people who did undergraduate degrees in subjects other than business. If you've got a few years work experience then you could consider an accredited MBA which adds a valuable network and brand to your profile. With an undergraduate degree in business management you should think very carefully before going for a MSc/MiM Management course. Consider the course content and think about what you'll actually gain from doing the course.
    That's interesting.

    You're right, it really isn't that much of a continuation from the undergraduate degree.

    Do you think it's unusual or kind of stupid to do an MBA after I do my MSc in management?

    Or perhaps, what is your personal opinion regarding what subject I should do my master's other than management, if I consider doing an MBA after a few years of work experience. For example, a master's in business analytics/IT, economics, computer science etc?

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