The Easter break has just got over and classes have started in full swing. In my last blog, I had promised to tell you more about what I have been doing ever since I came here. The MSc Management is a one year course and is quite fast paced. In spite of the academic rigour, the curriculum is designed in a way such that you get sufficient time to acquire a thorough understanding of the topics being covered.
The first semester consisted of modules on foundations of management, principles of accounting, business strategy and marketing and the current semester (second semester) consists of human relations management, sustainability and social responsibility, organisational psychology and innovation management and entrepreneurship. As is evident from this list, the course covers all the functions of business and equips students with the necessary skills that would help one survive in the highly competitive corporate world.
Having introduced you to the modules in the first semester, those reading this blog who are not from management backgrounds may feel dejected since they haven’t studied these subjects before. PLEASE DON’T. It may interest you to know that I studied engineering during my UG and am able to keep pace with the lectures just like most other students in class who also aren’t from managerial backgrounds.
The lectures usually last for about two to three hours per week for each module followed by a seminar which lasts for about an hour. The seminars are very interactive and take the lecture topics are step further. The lectures start from the very basic and go into intricate details as the lecture proceeds. The reading lists for each lecture are available well before the lectures so that students can come prepared and get the most out of lectures.
The assessments in this course are in various forms ranging from online exams, written exams, group presentations and reports to individual essays and reports. With the classroom being so diverse, not just in terms of ethnicity but also age, gender, work experience and academic background, students get ample opportunities to learn from the rest of the class. One of the primary reasons I chose to come to the UK to study was to build friendships beyond borders and to work with people from other countries, learn from them and understand their ways of working. At the University of Manchester, I got innumerable opportunities to do so, both in the classroom and outside the classroom.
I hope that you all have started planning for September. Please feel free to get in touch with me if you have any queries.
Until next month, goodbye!