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so I am an access to he diploma business student and I really like Loughborough University. it literally is good in every category. usually universities are good in one category but lacking in another and I find Loughborough University to have a great mix of all.

I want to study the Marketing and Management BSc (Hons) course. if anyone has done or is currently doing this course, could you give some insight into the course difficulty and your experience.

in my opinion, I think Bachelor of Arts seems easier than Bachelor of science. not to mention, this course has Honours which is probably even more difficult.

also, of you are a student at Loughborough university, how has your experience been? how is accomodation? how is the diversity at the university (in terms of ethnicity)? how is the student life? part-time career prospects?

how is the teaching? is the location a nice place? do you get support? do classmates get along or does everyone just do their own thing?

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so I am an access to he diploma business student and I really like Loughborough University. it literally is good in every category. usually universities are good in one category but lacking in another and I find Loughborough University to have a great mix of all.

I want to study the Marketing and Management BSc (Hons) course. if anyone has done or is currently doing this course, could you give some insight into the course difficulty and your experience.

in my opinion, I think Bachelor of Arts seems easier than Bachelor of science. not to mention, this course has Honours which is probably even more difficult.

also, of you are a student at Loughborough university, how has your experience been? how is accomodation? how is the diversity at the university (in terms of ethnicity)? how is the student life? part-time career prospects?

how is the teaching? is the location a nice place? do you get support? do classmates get along or does everyone just do their own thing?

thank you very much!
Hello! :hello:

It's great that you're considering studying at Loughborough - I actually studied this course at Loughborough myself, so I can give you some personal insights that I hope you find useful!

In terms of the difficulty of the course, I would say that as long as you study a course you enjoy, you will be passionate about the topics being taught and therefore, be more willing to learn and overcome such 'difficulty'. Personally, I found the Business Modelling module in the first year quite difficult, as well as the accounting/finance modules. However, we have a Mathematics Learning Support Centre on campus which anyone can visit, so I got some help there regarding the Business Modelling work. For the accounting/finance modules, they were exam-based and you were able to choose which questions you answered from a selection - so I answered the questions that required more of an essay-based answer rather than performing calculations, as this is what I was better at!

Some of the other coursework projects can be seen as difficult too, such as Retail Operations and Retail Logistics, as they require you to really think outside of the box to propose new ideas to solve current issues - but while these are difficult and require you to be proactive and use initiative as part of a team, they are really great experiences that will push you to develop a wide range of skills. I would say that if your degree isn't challenging, then you won't develop yourself as much to become more employable in the future so the challenging nature can in-fact be a great thing!

In terms of my general experience on the course, I really enjoyed the topics studied, particularly the marketing and retailing modules. As mentioned above, if you're passionate about a subject area, you will enjoy it a lot more and strive to do the best you can!

As for teaching, the lecturers are really approachable and often students would stay behind after lectures to ask questions, or you can easily email them too. There is a mixture of larger lectures and smaller seminar-style classes, so it's a nice blend of teaching methods. You are allocated a personal tutor who you can see if you have any questions or are in need of any support, and I made friends for life on the course and I know that many others did the same - overall it was a really great experience that I'd highly recommend!

My colleague Ella will be responding to your other questions, but if you have any more questions about the course, just let me know!
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I have studied both my undergraduate degree and postgraduate degree at Loughborough University and I have loved every minute! From my experience, you really get a sense of the #LboroFamily and the community feel when you step on to campus. I lived in Robert Bakewell hall, but had a lot of friends who were in all different halls across campus. Each hall offers something slightly different and each have different identities, but my general experience is that people enjoy and are fully invested in whichever hall they are part of! Each hall arranges different events and socials which are great fun, and Halls compete against each other in IMS activities.

Loughborough University are proud to be a home away from home for so many people from different faiths, cultures and backgrounds. You can read more about some of international students experiences at Loughborough University here. We also have a large selection of Culture/Nation/Faith societies which you can join which you can view here.

Student life is really varied here, there are so many extra curricular activities to get involved with and our LSU host numerous events throughout the year so there is never a dull moment and lots of opportunity to meet new people. The University campus has lots of places to relax and chill with friends on campus, with Hall common rooms and numerous coffee shops. The Union has JC's bar, which serves great food and is a great place to have a drink with your friends. The union also has 3 nightclubs that come alive at night, and each one has a different theme so there really is something for everyone.

Although Loughborough town is small, there are lots of things to do and it is only a short walk or shuttle bus ride away! The town has lots of pubs and a few nightclubs, there is plenty of different places to socialise. Leicester and Nottingham are also only a (very) short train journey away so you can get the best of both worlds, with a town and cities nearby.

The Students Union offer some part time job opportunities, such as in bars or the co-op shop in the union, and any vacancies will be posted here. Alternatively, there are opportunities to work part-time in Loughborough town, with lots of coffee shops and restaurants that are often looking to hire.

As Dan mentioned, the teaching feels really personal and staff are always very approachable and able to offer any extra support you may need. Our Student Services team are also really helpful and able to offer support in areas such as Health and Wellbeing and Careers advice. All of our programmes are part of different schools, and these schools often hold socials which is a fantastic way to meet people on your course. Course reps for your programme also organise events to get everyone together so you get to know your course mates better.

Sorry a lot of information, but hope this is all helpful! Happy to answer any other questions,
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Hello! :hello:

It's great that you're considering studying at Loughborough - I actually studied this course at Loughborough myself, so I can give you some personal insights that I hope you find useful!

In terms of the difficulty of the course, I would say that as long as you study a course you enjoy, you will be passionate about the topics being taught and therefore, be more willing to learn and overcome such 'difficulty'. Personally, I found the Business Modelling module in the first year quite difficult, as well as the accounting/finance modules. However, we have a Mathematics Learning Support Centre on campus which anyone can visit, so I got some help there regarding the Business Modelling work. For the accounting/finance modules, they were exam-based and you were able to choose which questions you answered from a selection - so I answered the questions that required more of an essay-based answer rather than performing calculations, as this is what I was better at!

Some of the other coursework projects can be seen as difficult too, such as Retail Operations and Retail Logistics, as they require you to really think outside of the box to propose new ideas to solve current issues - but while these are difficult and require you to be proactive and use initiative as part of a team, they are really great experiences that will push you to develop a wide range of skills. I would say that if your degree isn't challenging, then you won't develop yourself as much to become more employable in the future so the challenging nature can in-fact be a great thing!

In terms of my general experience on the course, I really enjoyed the topics studied, particularly the marketing and retailing modules. As mentioned above, if you're passionate about a subject area, you will enjoy it a lot more and strive to do the best you can!

As for teaching, the lecturers are really approachable and often students would stay behind after lectures to ask questions, or you can easily email them too. There is a mixture of larger lectures and smaller seminar-style classes, so it's a nice blend of teaching methods. You are allocated a personal tutor who you can see if you have any questions or are in need of any support, and I made friends for life on the course and I know that many others did the same - overall it was a really great experience that I'd highly recommend!

My colleague Ella will be responding to your other questions, but if you have any more questions about the course, just let me know!
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Hey '_',

I have studied both my undergraduate degree and postgraduate degree at Loughborough University and I have loved every minute! From my experience, you really get a sense of the #LboroFamily and the community feel when you step on to campus. I lived in Robert Bakewell hall, but had a lot of friends who were in all different halls across campus. Each hall offers something slightly different and each have different identities, but my general experience is that people enjoy and are fully invested in whichever hall they are part of! Each hall arranges different events and socials which are great fun, and Halls compete against each other in IMS activities.

Loughborough University are proud to be a home away from home for so many people from different faiths, cultures and backgrounds. You can read more about some of international students experiences at Loughborough University here. We also have a large selection of Culture/Nation/Faith societies which you can join which you can view here.

Student life is really varied here, there are so many extra curricular activities to get involved with and our LSU host numerous events throughout the year so there is never a dull moment and lots of opportunity to meet new people. The University campus has lots of places to relax and chill with friends on campus, with Hall common rooms and numerous coffee shops. The Union has JC's bar, which serves great food and is a great place to have a drink with your friends. The union also has 3 nightclubs that come alive at night, and each one has a different theme so there really is something for everyone.

Although Loughborough town is small, there are lots of things to do and it is only a short walk or shuttle bus ride away! The town has lots of pubs and a few nightclubs, there is plenty of different places to socialise. Leicester and Nottingham are also only a (very) short train journey away so you can get the best of both worlds, with a town and cities nearby.

The Students Union offer some part time job opportunities, such as in bars or the co-op shop in the union, and any vacancies will be posted here. Alternatively, there are opportunities to work part-time in Loughborough town, with lots of coffee shops and restaurants that are often looking to hire.

As Dan mentioned, the teaching feels really personal and staff are always very approachable and able to offer any extra support you may need. Our Student Services team are also really helpful and able to offer support in areas such as Health and Wellbeing and Careers advice. All of our programmes are part of different schools, and these schools often hold socials which is a fantastic way to meet people on your course. Course reps for your programme also organise events to get everyone together so you get to know your course mates better.

Sorry a lot of information, but hope this is all helpful! Happy to answer any other questions,
Ella
thank you both so much, it really helps!!!! probably going to apply
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First thanks OP for asking this question in which I'm quite interested myself.

I'll jump on you thread if I may and ask, what are the employment outcomes for this course at Loughborough? also if you do it with placement year, do employers come target Loughborough a lot for this course?
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My sister goes there. She is in her final year. The range of sports that are on offer include badminton. The teachers are willing to answer any questions and the quality of the teaching is good as well she says. Find out as much as possible. Look at the university website, talk to lecturers, and make notes so you have some idea of what to expect. You can party and eat in the town there, there are lots of good nightclubs and eateries. There are lots of shops as well.

Meet some of the current students on open days. Ask a ton of useful questions and get a printed prospectus in addition. Check out a few different fresher week events at the university. Join the Student Union. Enjoy it. You will love it there. In terms of sport, the university has a decent reputation that is well deserved. You will get so much more out of your time if you join a club or society early on, trust me on this one honestly. It is a great place. Feel free to message me on here if you want some more advice and information on courses. My little sister is doing a finance degree there at the moment in case you were curious.
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thank you both so much, it really helps!!!! probably going to apply
You're welcome, glad it was helpful! That's really great to hear, if you have any other questions please do not hesitate to ask!
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First thanks OP for asking this question in which I'm quite interested myself.

I'll jump on you thread if I may and ask, what are the employment outcomes for this course at Loughborough? also if you do it with placement year, do employers come target Loughborough a lot for this course?
Hi Rugbee,

Our graduates have a proven track record of succeeding in all employment sectors from business, finance and engineering to the arts, publishing, sport and education. Graduates from both our business courses and economic courses (which includes Marketing and Management BSc!) are in great demand. Loughborough is among the Top-5 universities in the country for graduate-level employability in Accounting and Finance, Business, Management and Marketing (Guardian University League Table, 2020). Our 2017 graduates have an average starting salary of £27,000+ (DLHE, 2016/17) and many of our graduates go on to hold senior positions in major companies!

Here at Loughborough University, we work with over 2000 employers in over 20 countries and many companies specifically target us for placement students. Typically, about a third of our students are offered a graduate job with their placement employer!

Our Autumn Careers Fair at Loughborough is also one of the largest careers events of its type in the UK and this is a great opportunity to meet employers who are interested in hiring Loughborough graduates and a fantastic chance to network. This can help give students an insight into placement and employment opportunities.

I hope this information is helpful, happy to answer any other questions you may have!
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Hi Rugbee,

Our graduates have a proven track record of succeeding in all employment sectors from business, finance and engineering to the arts, publishing, sport and education. Graduates from both our business courses and economic courses (which includes Marketing and Management BSc!) are in great demand. Loughborough is among the Top-5 universities in the country for graduate-level employability in Accounting and Finance, Business, Management and Marketing (Guardian University League Table, 2020). Our 2017 graduates have an average starting salary of £27,000+ (DLHE, 2016/17) and many of our graduates go on to hold senior positions in major companies!

Here at Loughborough University, we work with over 2000 employers in over 20 countries and many companies specifically target us for placement students. Typically, about a third of our students are offered a graduate job with their placement employer!

Our Autumn Careers Fair at Loughborough is also one of the largest careers events of its type in the UK and this is a great opportunity to meet employers who are interested in hiring Loughborough graduates and a fantastic chance to network. This can help give students an insight into placement and employment opportunities.

I hope this information is helpful, happy to answer any other questions you may have!
Ella
Thank you. Does the university teach employment skills to those on this course who want to do a placement? do they help with CVs and is this incorporated into/onto the course or is expected students will find their ways to the careers dept (which they should but a little helps goes a long way).
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Thank you. Does the university teach employment skills to those on this course who want to do a placement? do they help with CVs and is this incorporated into/onto the course or is expected students will find their ways to the careers dept (which they should but a little helps goes a long way).
The Career's Network at Loughborough University are really helpful and offer lots of useful events and sessions to help develop your employability! This includes career consultations, mock interviews and CV help. Some undergraduate programmes offer academic skills and employability modules, but all students can book into sessions and events with the Careers Network to get any advice or help they may need. The Career's Network also offer lots of employer presentations which can be great to network and develop your employability skills! You can find out more about the services our Careers Network offer here.

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Thank you. Does the university teach employment skills to those on this course who want to do a placement? do they help with CVs and is this incorporated into/onto the course or is expected students will find their ways to the careers dept (which they should but a little helps goes a long way).
I actaully decided not to apply to Loughborough because the Marketing and Management course is 4 years with a placement. i thought you could do 3 instead but I was wrong. shame, such a good uni too
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Hi, adding to the thread as this talks about undergraduate study, I applied to Loughborough for postgraduate study for Marketing and I’m wondering what the course is like, if it’s worth the money compared to other universities, what you’d get out of it after graduating Thank you
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Hi, adding to the thread as this talks about undergraduate study, I applied to Loughborough for postgraduate study for Marketing and I’m wondering what the course is like, if it’s worth the money compared to other universities, what you’d get out of it after graduating Thank you
Hi romyy98,

I have just finished my MSc in Marketing at Loughborough so hopefully I can help to provide a bit of insight! I thoroughly enjoyed my MSc and really liked how the course developed you overall understanding of marketing principles (I hadn't studied Marketing before!) but also through optional module selection, you have the opportunity to pursue more specific areas that interest you or may be most relevant to your career. The academics are all really helpful and passionate about the modules they teach which makes lectures much more enjoyable and they are all really approachable.

I also really enjoyed completing assignments (surprisingly!) because for most of them, you are able to select the brand or company your work is centred around, so you can pick areas or brands that are of particular interest to you. By studying an MSc, it has not only increased my employability, but I also use the skills I acquired through studying Marketing on a day-to-day basis in my current marketing role. There is a real range of graduate destinations following completion of this programme and lots of my cohort work in all different areas of business. You can tailor your modules and assignments to the areas that interest you or a particular career direction as much you want/need.

Hope this helps! Happy to answer any other questions you have, Ella
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Hi romyy98,

I have just finished my MSc in Marketing at Loughborough so hopefully I can help to provide a bit of insight! I thoroughly enjoyed my MSc and really liked how the course developed you overall understanding of marketing principles (I hadn't studied Marketing before!) but also through optional module selection, you have the opportunity to pursue more specific areas that interest you or may be most relevant to your career. The academics are all really helpful and passionate about the modules they teach which makes lectures much more enjoyable and they are all really approachable.

I also really enjoyed completing assignments (surprisingly!) because for most of them, you are able to select the brand or company your work is centred around, so you can pick areas or brands that are of particular interest to you. By studying an MSc, it has not only increased my employability, but I also use the skills I acquired through studying Marketing on a day-to-day basis in my current marketing role. There is a real range of graduate destinations following completion of this programme and lots of my cohort work in all different areas of business. You can tailor your modules and assignments to the areas that interest you or a particular career direction as much you want/need.

Hope this helps! Happy to answer any other questions you have, Ella
Hi Ella, thank you for your message! That is definitely super helpful! I haven’t studied marketing before either so that’s good to know!
One more question if I can, how did you find the group work? I have bad memories from undergrad where people just wouldn’t pull their weight, what’s it like in a postgrad setting? Also what are the exams like? That’s a part I’m a bit anxious about
Thank you! Ro ✌🏻
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Hi Ella, thank you for your message! That is definitely super helpful! I haven’t studied marketing before either so that’s good to know!
One more question if I can, how did you find the group work? I have bad memories from undergrad where people just wouldn’t pull their weight, what’s it like in a postgrad setting? Also what are the exams like? That’s a part I’m a bit anxious about
Thank you! Ro ✌🏻
Hi romyy98,

No problem! Some modules do require group work but I actually found it worked well, as students are all from different academic backgrounds and have studied a variety of undergraduate courses, so you can draw upon different people's strengths. For some group work you get randomly allocated groups which is a great way to meet people and for others you can choose, so you can work with people you know you'd work well with - it's a good mix!

The lecturers are really good at preparing you for exams, giving regular examples of exam style questions throughout the module so you can get a sense of what type of questions may come up. My advice would be to try and stay as up to date as possible with your lectures and to ask questions about any concepts you maybe don't understand at the time, as you'll find you'll be better prepped for the exams and find revision a lot easier. I've always been better at coursework but because I kept up to date with lectures and readings, I felt ready and well prepared when it came to the exams

I hope this information is helpful, happy to answer any more questions if you have them, Ella
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No problem! Some modules do require group work but I actually found it worked well, as students are all from different academic backgrounds and have studied a variety of undergraduate courses, so you can draw upon different people's strengths. For some group work you get randomly allocated groups which is a great way to meet people and for others you can choose, so you can work with people you know you'd work well with - it's a good mix!

The lecturers are really good at preparing you for exams, giving regular examples of exam style questions throughout the module so you can get a sense of what type of questions may come up. My advice would be to try and stay as up to date as possible with your lectures and to ask questions about any concepts you maybe don't understand at the time, as you'll find you'll be better prepped for the exams and find revision a lot easier. I've always been better at coursework but because I kept up to date with lectures and readings, I felt ready and well prepared when it came to the exams

I hope this information is helpful, happy to answer any more questions if you have them, Ella
Thank you so much for your help!
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Thank you so much for your help!
No problem at all, happy to help!
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No problem at all, happy to help!
Hi, sorry to bother you again just thought of one thing, does Loughborough have a dissertation because it wasn’t all that clear on the website
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Hi, sorry to bother you again just thought of one thing, does Loughborough have a dissertation because it wasn’t all that clear on the website
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Hi romyy98,

No problem at all - for the MSc Marketing programme, there isn't a dissertation. In Semester 3, students instead complete two modules (Global Strategic Management and Strategic Marketing Solutions) and submit a piece of coursework for each. This coursework will have a higher credit weighting than some of your other pieces of coursework throughout the year.

I hope this answers your question and is helpful!
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Hi Rugbee,

Our graduates have a proven track record of succeeding in all employment sectors from business, finance and engineering to the arts, publishing, sport and education. Graduates from both our business courses and economic courses (which includes Marketing and Management BSc!) are in great demand. Loughborough is among the Top-5 universities in the country for graduate-level employability in Accounting and Finance, Business, Management and Marketing (Guardian University League Table, 2020). Our 2017 graduates have an average starting salary of £27,000+ (DLHE, 2016/17) and many of our graduates go on to hold senior positions in major companies!

Here at Loughborough University, we work with over 2000 employers in over 20 countries and many companies specifically target us for placement students. Typically, about a third of our students are offered a graduate job with their placement employer!

Our Autumn Careers Fair at Loughborough is also one of the largest careers events of its type in the UK and this is a great opportunity to meet employers who are interested in hiring Loughborough graduates and a fantastic chance to network. This can help give students an insight into placement and employment opportunities.

I hope this information is helpful, happy to answer any other questions you may have!
Ella
Hi, what about economics undergraduates;
How many start the course each year in average?
Why do so many go on placements when universities like Leeds only see 28% go out on placements yet almost all go straight into graduate jobs with top companies?
Where did economics students go out on placements over last two years?
Thank you 😊
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