Goodbye Manchester and best wishes!


With just over 6 weeks to go, I feel very nostalgic as I write the final blog in this series. The last eleven months have been a remarkable experience and I have learnt a lot from it. With the lectures for the final semester coming to an end this week, the entire focus will now be on the coursework for this semester.

As discussed in last month’s blog, the final semester for MSc Management students features three units, one of which is the Business Research Project. The topic of my research is the fast fashion industry with a focus on the garment suppliers in Bangladesh. It is assessed with a group work, with a weighting of 20% of the final assessment and an individual report of 5,000 words with a weighting of 80% of the final assessment. The two other units are Research Skills and Trends in Global Business and Management. For Research Skills, the assessment is made by an essay of 2,500 words, the topic of my essay being ‘Ethical Challenges in Management Research’. The only examination in the final semester is for Trends in Global Business and Management. It is a seen examination with topics covering the latest developments in business and management.

Amidst all this, I have been applying to several jobs that have been advertised by the Postgraduate Careers Service and I have qualified for the subsequent stages in the recruitment process for one of the applications that I made. Those interested in part-time work have a whole range of options to choose from and there are several internship opportunities also advertised by the Career Service.

For those who plan to stay in Manchester till the graduation, make sure you find a place to stay before the start of summer as most of the accommodation gets filled up quite early and then finding a place on a short let could be quite challenging.

I would strongly recommend that you attend the Welcome Week in September as it would give you a chance to get acquainted with the city and more importantly, it would give you an opportunity to make friends. Make sure you read all communications being sent to you from the University and attend any pre-departure briefings that have been scheduled in your city. Get all your queries answered by contacting the University by email as it will help you transition smoothly to Manchester.

I have been selected as a Student Ambassador for Welcome Week and I am eagerly looking forward to meeting you. I intend to attend the Welcome Week in September and then go back to India. I wish someone had told me before I started this course that this year is going to pass by in a flash. I am still trying to come to terms with the fact that I will soon have to say goodbye to all the wonderful people I have met here in Manchester. It is rightly said that all good things must come to an end.

For all those students coming to The University of Manchester in September 2016, hearty congratulations for securing a place at one of the leading universities in the world. Make sure you use this one year to meet all those objectives that you have set for yourself and enjoy what the University has on offer. Be assured that Manchester is a very student friendly city and that you get everything here.  Please feel free to get in touch with me if you have any queries. I might meet some of you in September.

Until then, a big thank you and best wishes!



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