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    Hi, some advice or even just your thoughts on my position would be gratefully received!

    I graduated last year with a good Acc & Fin degree from Durham, and I am looking to go back to uni for a masters.

    My main decision at the minute is regarding what course to apply for and where. I have narrowed it down to Msc's in Management/International Business/Management Consulting or variations thereof, at either Leeds, MBS, Sheffield or Durham. Has anybody been in a similar position trying to find the right level of course considering prior knowledge (A&F degree) in a similar subject? There's not much point doing a copycat masters!!

    Thanks

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    Why do you want to do a masters? If you don't have a clear reason as to why you'd want to do a masters, it's quite 'pointless' and a severe waste of money. If you're expecting it to open doors, don't expect that unless you do your msc at the top places.

    As for an msc in the field of management, it's usual to get people from varying disciplines so it should be fine.
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    Thanks for the response, but I don't think it was what I really asking about.

    A number of management msc programmes are catered for students without a business related degree, thus there will be considerable overlap for someone with prior knowledge of content covered in the programme. I am looking for a masters which is challenging and lends itself for me to learn new skills and knowledge. To put it simply, are there any masters programmes which cater for A&F graduates and the like to build on and improve their established business studies?

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    Accounting and Finance at Durham is a really great course to have a successful career in accounting and to go onto the big 4: KPMG, EY, or consulting like BCG and banks like Goldman etc, and it is understandable that you want to understand business better but for now your undergraduate is good on its own.

    - London Business School: Masters in Management MiM (immediate or one year graduate).
    - London School of Economics: MSc Management / and Strategy - MSc Financial Mathematics
    - SOAS: MSc Public Financial Management (International Development, Debt Restructuring).
    - HEC Paris: MSc International Finance

    You could always go on to work for some years in IB or applying to the HMRC taxation graduate programme.

    After say 3 years you could have completed the ACA or CIMA etc. and could apply to London Business School for their MBA which has to be up there as one of the top 3 MBAs in Europe.

    Another possibility is the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies: LL.M. International Corporate Governance, Financial Regulation and Economic Law which would be unique and good for investment banking and the world of international tax.
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    If you like finance, lse's msc finance is arguably the best to go for. There's also imperial's msc finance but that's very quantitative so if you're into that kind of stuff, it'll open a tad more doors in the area of quants. Lse and imperial has campus recruitment and it's easier to break into bb/ib through lse due to its brand name.

    It should go without saying that admission into such programmes are very competitive. Plus, they're ridiculously expensive.
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    Thanks for the answers, they've given me a few more things to consider.

    Although I can handle the maths I've never been much of a quants fan- my focus really is accountancy and wider business areas like tax, law etc.

    The management programmes run by the top business schools do look appealing but unfortunately I don't have £25-30k just lying around! 😅 However I will check out that SOAS course, its sounds a bit out of the ordinary so quite intriguing. At least there's a lot opportunities and options in this sector both career and study wise.

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    You should look into Warwick's courses too. From what I gather, they sometimes award partial tuition waivers. Plus, Warwick is a target school so that's nice.
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    Hello, I have got offers for masters in HR from Durham, Newcastle, Leeds and Lancaster. Could any of you suggest which among these is best in terms of employment and teaching? Am stuck between Ncl and Durham, I know Ncl is city and Durham is village. I would like to know which one has a better reputation for employment. Thanks
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    (Original post by ssa85)
    Hello, I have got offers for masters in HR from Durham, Newcastle, Leeds and Lancaster. Could any of you suggest which among these is best in terms of employment and teaching? Am stuck between Ncl and Durham, I know Ncl is city and Durham is village. I would like to know which one has a better reputation for employment. Thanks
    Unfortunately there aren't as many rankings for HR masters courses online. In terms of the business school and university overall, Durham does have a better reputation internationally and it tends to outperform Newcastle in general rankings, especially for world class research. I cannot speak for the teaching of either courses, you would probably have to find someone who has done that qualification or even a published student survey. However, Durham city (small but not a village) and Newcastle city are two very different places, so it depends what student experience you would like too. If you haven't visited the unis and cities yet I would definitely recommended checking them out before you decide, if that's possible.
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    (Original post by bmalik60)
    Unfortunately there aren't as many rankings for HR masters courses online. In terms of the business school and university overall, Durham does have a better reputation internationally and it tends to outperform Newcastle in general rankings, especially for world class research. I cannot speak for the teaching of either courses, you would probably have to find someone who has done that qualification or even a published student survey. However, Durham city (small but not a village) and Newcastle city are two very different places, so it depends what student experience you would like too. If you haven't visited the unis and cities yet I would definitely recommended checking them out before you decide, if that's possible.
    Thanks for the info, yeah even I couldn't get much details. Unfortunately I won't be able to drop into the uni as am an International student. However I have visited both the places. Does the uni ranking actually matter for getting graduate jobs or the overall course marks are sufficient? I mean am trying to get a picture of which uni will have more recruitment fairs / do they both have same?
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    Another possibility is the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies: LL.M. International Corporate Governance, Financial Regulation and Economic Law which would be unique and good for investment banking and the world of international tax.
    Accounting and Finance gives you a great grounding of the language of business and you won't learn much from a masters in management unless you go on to use these skills to become a project manager or marketing or CSR and a lot of people use an MBA to go into finance anyway so just A&F is great in itself.

    I would be excited about combining law with accounting with the IALS LLM for a unique combination on your CV which will be really sought after by the banks such as Goldman and the hedge funds: MAN Group and vulture funds: Elliot Associates (distressed debt) and government: HMRC and Treasury.

    Such a unique degree and combination would put you in a position to be considered for leadership through specialised knowledge.

    Gaining experience in government before going into the private sector would be highly beneficial.
 
 
 
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