Newcastle University Business School

Alex

Student Profile - Alex

Choosing Newcastle

After completing my BSc Business Administration with a focus on Supply Chain Management and Finances, I decided to do a Masters to deepen my knowledge. The opportunity to study in England really appealed. As a foreigner, researching university rankings was my first step in getting an idea of the teaching quality. The fact that Newcastle University ranked within the top 20 UK universities convinced me to take a closer look at the University’s programmes.

Due to my particular interest in Supply Chain Management, the aims of the core modules within this programme caught my attention: the critical evaluation of supply chain environments, supplier-customer relationships and the underlying processes to give some examples.

Aside from Newcastle University’s great reputation, Newcastle itself is a vibrant city which made it very appealing to study in the north of England. It was an easy decision for me to apply here.

As a prospective student, the administrative support from the University was excellent. I was provided with precise information about what documents were required and detailed instructions that guided me through the application process which made it easy to apply for my course.

Furthermore, the University accommodation service was quick and helpful.

My course

Studying in small classes combined with motivated professors was inspiring and created the right atmosphere. The Business School environment had a nice ambience which always encouraged me to study. The lecture halls, study areas and community areas are comfortable and well-lit which made it enjoyable to stay in the School.

Studying at postgraduate level

The main difference for me was the emphasis on essay-based work at postgraduate level, compared to my undergraduate degree which examined students mainly using tests. I found that the essay-based work helped me to acquaint myself more deeply with topics. However, I see advantages in both types of examination, so for me it has been the right combination.

Career aspirations

The strong focus on the core subjects of Supply Chain Management and Operations Management, combined with business-related courses, created a solid foundation of knowledge. The process of combining theory with practical applications in the coursework and presentations was challenging, yet the best practice. For example, groupwork tasks required planning and delegating skills to create a result that everybody was happy with. The fact that many nationalities were involved gave a good insight how other people approach problems and derive solutions.

During the year I also attended several presentations hosted by the Business School, which involved sharing and exchanging ideas in with well-known researchers. These events enhanced my understanding of how research is conducted - a process that involves many steps of discussion, thinking and collecting ideas. I recommend participation in these interesting events to every future student.

Regarding my future career, I am particularly interested in working as a supply chain analyst or manager as these roles are of value in nearly every sector. My career possibilities range from manufacturing companies to wholesalers or service companies, especially in connection with operational activity.

Student experience

The city and its nightlife offered a broad range of activities which I enjoyed exploring. There are plenty of pubs and nightclubs as well as cinemas, restaurants and theatres. I also had great opportunities to meet interesting people from all around the world. My flatmates were great and we became good friends over the year. I can also say the same about my classmates who I will definitely meet again in the future.

Advice for new students

  1. Get to know the people on your course early and don’t stay just with the people you already know. This is especially important in the early weeks of the course - many students are more open to connect with you, so this is a big chance to get to know each other.
  2. Study in groups and combine your strengths. The workload for exam preparation is high, therefore it is crucial to analyse exam-relevant information. Working in a group allows you to cross-check the exam's scope and helps you to benchmark your preparation progress.
  3. “No, one week is not enough to prepare for an exam.” It is tempting to underestimate or downplay the workload but this does not change the exams' requirements. Therefore it is more helpful to structure your workload at the beginning rather than to skip parts.

Highlights

I met great people from different countries, whom I wouldn’t have met if I hadn’t decided to study abroad. I learned to see things from different perspectives especially when it came to international events and politics, which created a very stimulating environment.

I was also lucky in being assigned great flatmates in my student accommodation. This gave me additional opportunities to socialise with an additional group of friends besides my fellow students. We enjoyed playing sports, going to watch games at Newcastle’s football stadium and experiencing the nightlife together.

My postgraduate experience in three words

Definitely worth it.