Masters Insights: March 2016 – There’s always something to do in Manchester


Lisa Higuchi, USA
MSc International Business and Management
Class of 2016

Balancing coursework and other activities has turned students into time management experts since we began the MSc International Business and Management programme. A few people have asked about the weekly work required so I am including an example of my weekly schedule to show the range of possible activities available for students in Manchester.

Last Saturday, my friend and I went for a run in the Peak District with the running club. I woke up early on Saturday morning to catch the train at 8:49 am from Piccadilly Station. From there, it was a quick and pretty ride to Edale which is located just 45 minutes south-east of Manchester.

Hiking in the Peak District

Hiking in the Peak District

We spent 2 hours running and hiking a total of 10 km through the hills. We climbed over rock scrambles and tried our best to avoid the mud. The weather was the perfect temperature for running and luckily we didn’t get rained on which is rare in Manchester in the spring! After the run, we warmed up with hot food and beers by the fireplace in a charming pub at the end of the trailhead. From here it was back to Manchester to relax for the rest of the day.

Sunday was a busy workday and I met with three classmates to finish a paper and create a presentation which was due the following Wednesday. We worked from one of the group study areas inside the Learning Commons from 11:00 am until 7:00 pm.

Mondays are technically a day off for me but they are usually one of the busiest days of the week. Last Monday I had a doctor’s appointment in the morning and then spent the afternoon on campus selling tickets for a business school event. Afterwards, I had a group meeting for a case study presentation. Following that group meeting I had another group meeting for Alliance MBS’ postgraduate society. We were in the process of planning the summer ball and our second event. I spent the rest of the evening proofreading the presentation and working on my dissertation.

I was able to go for a run in the morning followed by some errands and laundry before I attended my Corporate Social Responsibility class in the afternoon. After class we went for a quick dinner at a pub on campus before preparing for a presentation on Wednesday.

Sunset on Tuesday

Sunset on Tuesday

Wednesday morning my group was supposed to present a case study but due to time constraints we were not able to present. Our presentation was pushed back one week. I spent the rest of the day working on coursework in the library before going out to dinner with a friend.

A friend of mine flew in from Madrid for the weekend late on Thursday night. I was excited to see her and met her at the airport at midnight. We spent the weekend exploring Manchester’s best bars and restaurants and we even went on a day trip to Chester, a quaint historic town nearby.

Since I don’t have classes and a friend of mine was town, I spent Friday shopping and exploring Manchester. Most Fridays I have a meeting with my dissertation supervisor or I spend time on campus working on other projects. Luckily last Friday my schedule allowed me to take a day off.



This week I attended a fascinating lecture on environmental sustainability and human equality offered through the School of Environment, Education and Development by a professor from Tufts University in the United States. Additionally, I attended a helpful networking event with former MSc students from Alliance MBS which was offered by the School’s Postgraduate Careers Service. This event was a great way to meet other students and ask previous students about their career paths, jobs search strategy and life after graduate school. Plus, there was free wine and food!

Since the University has such a huge variety of clubs and events, it’s easy to find something to do every day of the week. Now that the weather is better and I understand how to prioritize and manage my time, I can spend more time exploring the city. Every week I find a new cafe, bar or restaurant that is unique to Manchester and I fully intend on taking advantage of my time here for next 6 months.


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