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I'm studying Business and Management (Marketing) at Bath Spa University and I'm on track to get a first. I'm currently doing a professional placement year at a student union and, after finishing the placement and completing my course in June 2021, I was planning to get 1/2 more years experience in the same student union/similar 'professional' job.

Recently, I became interested in doing a Business-related Masters (MBA or MSc) but I still don't know exactly what course I'd do or which universities would be worth the cost. My dream job would be something in the e-sports or video gaming industry, although I am enjoying my current job which is based around gathering/investigating/presenting research and working on several operational projects.

I would love to do a taught MBA/MSc course at Bath University as it's a brilliant campus, fits my entry requirements, is financially manageable, and is one of the top universities in the UK. However, I've read posts on here that say "don't do a Masters before getting at least 3 years work experience", "Masters should be used to specialise", and "Masters courses are useless if not done at a top 30 world university (Oxbridge, top international business schools, LSB, etc.)

I'm also worried that the lower level of teaching at Bath Spa University will leave me totally unprepared for the much harder Masters Business course at a higher-ranked university like Bath University.

I guess my questions are:
  • Should I get more than 1/2 years of professional work experience before doing a Masters?
  • Is a Masters at Bath University worth it?
  • Should I do a Masters right after my university course ends in 2021?
  • Is there any specific MBA/MSc course that would allow me to work towards a business/management/marketing career in the e-sports/video game industry?
  • If I'm still unsure on my future, is it worth doing a Masters to get some direction and improve my future salary/job prospects/connections?


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Your profile doesn't fit Bath's target. In the slightest, they take the standing of where yiu studied very seriously and are extremely oversubscribed. But you can definitely apply, just make sure you also apply to some mid tier universities for safety, and make sure you apply early!!! Like October of 2020 for the 2021 cycle. So that you may be awarded places you wouldn't if you waited. I'm also applying this strategy despite my university have a decent reputation.

You don't need 3 years experience for an Master's. You would need 3 years experience for an MBA.

Master's being useless unless they are top 30 is rubbish, because even though Bath is very reputable in the UK... It's not anywhere near the top 30 globally.

Your also not on track for a first yet, as that can't really be said until after second year.

You would need to make sure your aware of what you want to specialise in, Master's are specialisations in specific fields. You need to do some research into what you would like to do after. What i can point you in the direction of maybe something entrepreneurial, as alot of creativity goes into the industry you plan to work in possible courses in the vein of entrepreneurship, innovation, and management. As offered from my university, the University of Nottingham.

I'm a rising 3rd year and am currently applying to Master's. If you have any further questions let me know.
(Original post by Matthew4774)
I'm studying Business and Management (Marketing) at Bath Spa University and I'm on track to get a first. I'm currently doing a professional placement year at a student union and, after finishing the placement and completing my course in June 2021, I was planning to get 1/2 more years experience in the same student union/similar 'professional' job.

Recently, I became interested in doing a Business-related Masters (MBA or MSc) but I still don't know exactly what course I'd do or which universities would be worth the cost. My dream job would be something in the e-sports or video gaming industry, although I am enjoying my current job which is based around gathering/investigating/presenting research and working on several operational projects.

I would love to do a taught MBA/MSc course at Bath University as it's a brilliant campus, fits my entry requirements, is financially manageable, and is one of the top universities in the UK. However, I've read posts on here that say "don't do a Masters before getting at least 3 years work experience", "Masters should be used to specialise", and "Masters courses are useless if not done at a top 30 world university (Oxbridge, top international business schools, LSB, etc.)

I'm also worried that the lower level of teaching at Bath Spa University will leave me totally unprepared for the much harder Masters Business course at a higher-ranked university like Bath University.

I guess my questions are:
  • Should I get more than 1/2 years of professional work experience before doing a Masters?
  • Is a Masters at Bath University worth it?
  • Should I do a Masters right after my university course ends in 2021?
  • Is there any specific MBA/MSc course that would allow me to work towards a business/management/marketing career in the e-sports/video game industry?
  • If I'm still unsure on my future, is it worth doing a Masters to get some direction and improve my future salary/job prospects/connections?


Thanks for reading
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Should have mentioned I've just finished 2nd year and got a 1st overall for that year, and I'm now doing a professional placement year in between 2nd and final year. I read on other posts that it's not that uncommon to go from an average uni to a top uni if you meet the entry requirements. One of Bath's MSc courses requires a 2:1 and no GMAT, but I'm planning to get a strong First + practising for a good GMAT score over the next year (670+ would be ideal and doable, I think).

I still don't know what MSc I'd do but I'm interested in the International Management and the Entrepreneurship courses, and they just require a 2:1. Ideally, I'd graduate from Bath Spa with a strong 1st in a relevant degree, a GMAT of 670+, some academic references from my dissertation, and 1 year of relevant professional business/project management/analytics experience. Definitely planning to apply in September/October 2020
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Your profile doesn't fit Bath's target. In the slightest, they take the standing of where yiu studied very seriously and are extremely oversubscribed. But you can definitely apply, just make sure you also apply to some mid tier universities for safety, and make sure you apply early!!! Like October of 2020 for the 2021 cycle. So that you may be awarded places you wouldn't if you waited. I'm also applying this strategy despite my university have a decent reputation.

You don't need 3 years experience for an Master's. You would need 3 years experience for an MBA.

Master's being useless unless they are top 30 is rubbish, because even though Bath is very reputable in the UK... It's not anywhere near the top 30 globally.

Your also not on track for a first yet, as that can't really be said until after second year.

You would need to make sure your aware of what you want to specialise in, Master's are specialisations in specific fields. You need to do some research into what you would like to do after. What i can point you in the direction of maybe something entrepreneurial, as alot of creativity goes into the industry you plan to work in possible courses in the vein of entrepreneurship, innovation, and management. As offered from my university, the University of Nottingham.

I'm a rising 3rd year and am currently applying to Master's. If you have any further questions let me know.
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I'm not saying you can't apply im just simply stating apply to more places. Despite my RG degree im also applying to some back up Uni's. Im also taking the GMAT for Dutch universities. It's very hard or so I've found so far, let me warn you on that. Further check with Bath if they even take it into account. For example im also applying to Leeds and they told me a GMAT score wouldn't even be looked at.

I would just apply to alot of places that's my message.

Being on track for a first for an ambitious student at Bath Spa should be normal though. For example my 2nd year average was quite low 68 so I'm also applying for some safer options. Such as University of Groningen in the Netherlands along with ambitious flagships such as University of Amsterdam and Leeds. But at my uni really only 10% get a first, while at midtier uni's it's closer to 25%. And universities tend to know this. Especially ones in the UK.

Also be aware of the costs of a Master's. The PG loan system is a bit of a joke.

May i also ask why did you go to Bath Spa did A levels go really badly?

Alot of uni's also factor in the academic standard that you entered university with.
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Should have mentioned I've just finished 2nd year and got a 1st overall for that year, and I'm now doing a professional placement year in between 2nd and final year. I read on other posts that it's not that uncommon to go from an average uni to a top uni if you meet the entry requirements. One of Bath's MSc courses requires a 2:1 and no GMAT, but I'm planning to get a strong First + practising for a good GMAT score over the next year (670+ would be ideal and doable, I think).

I still don't know what MSc I'd do but I'm interested in the International Management and the Entrepreneurship courses, and they just require a 2:1. Ideally, I'd graduate from Bath Spa with a strong 1st in a relevant degree, a GMAT of 670+, some academic references from my dissertation, and 1 year of relevant professional business/project management/analytics experience. Definitely planning to apply in September/October 2020
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Hey Matthew!

I wanted to drop into this thread, as I was in a super similar situation to you a couple of years ago! I was doing pretty well on my undergrad course, and was looking to do a master's in something related to marketing in the media and internet industry. I also had experience working for my uni and union's marketing teams, so we're pretty similar! Hahaha.

Two years on, I've just graduated with a First and am about to start my Master's - which is in Esports! I'm looking to become a social media or community manager in the esports industry, so the Esports MA at Staffordshire University is ideal for me. It focuses on the business, financial, community and legal sides of the esports world (from what I know) and allows me use of the Esports Hub at the Stoke campus (a study space built specifically for esports students).

As for when to start your master's, that entirely depends on you! There are some people who get to the end of their degree and just really need time away from education, so take a year out, and then come back a year or two later. And there are some that do this, and end up never returning to uni. It all depends on you and your situation. Generally, you don't need work experience to get onto a master's (but obviously that depends on how competitive the application process is for your chosen course).

Hope this has been helpful in some way!

- Gee
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