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Why I chose Durham

MSc Finance graduate Ernest Akatue tells us why he chose Durham, and reveals his plans for the future.

MSc Management one-year Durham University

Johannes Schmalisch

The course at Durham is a truly international programme that provided me with the opportunity to expand my horizons on both an academic and a personal level. It is well designed to benefit students from various academic backgrounds by first introducing the key management topics and then allowing students to set their own focus through the elective modules.

Having the opportunity to engage with classmates from all around the world, and leading academics in and outside the classroom made it a fantastic experience overall.

MSc Management one-year Durham University

Juri Zanieri

In an ever more dynamic world where businesses are facing daily challenges, it is fundamental to look at them from different perspectives. That’s what the MSc in Management has taught me.

It is the perfect balance between theoretical and practical work. Group work and business cases encouraged me to take a critical view on complex problems and to think laterally on how to solve them. On top of this, working in an international environment with top resources such as the Bloomberg terminals, equipped me with skills that I apply on a daily basis in my role as an Investment Analyst for Sagil Capital.

MSc Management one-year Durham University

Syed Ali Akbar Rizvi

Participating in the International Study Tour in Geneva was one of the most unforgettable experiences of my life in every aspect. The programme provided a unique learning experience along with exposure to the realities of leading edge global businesses and international organisations. The networks I built, and the strong relationships I made will support and benefit me to further enhance my career and ensure I stand out in the competitive job market. The International Study Tour was one of the best aspects of my entire year at Durham.

MSc in Supply Chain Management

Laura Seeliger

MSc Management (Supply Chain Logistics), 2014-15

Coming from a law background, I only had a vague idea about what SCM is. At Durham University, SCM is taught in three different classes: Operations & Supply Chain Management, Green Supply Chain & Logistics Systems and Global Supply Chain Leadership. These courses link to each other to enable students to understand and analyse the field from a broader perspective.

The main personal benefits of taking these courses were, on the one hand, getting an insight into an area that I had little knowledge of, and, on the other, gaining the competence to write my dissertation in the field of procurement.

The classes are designed to be truly interactive. Case studies had to be prepared each week, which is a chance to get insights into the “real business world”. In each class or seminar we would come back to these cases and relate them to the academic background.

My lecturers were very dynamic, which allowed for a true exchange during class. Instead of simply giving students facts, lecturers challenged students to come up with innovative ideas and think one step further. In my opinion this approach is especially brought to life in the class of Green SCM & Logistic Systems as it connects SCM and sustainability, a young yet important factor for future supply chains.

Assignments were always very practical, which was challenging but important and rewarding. The knowledge gained in all SCM classes did not only benefit my dissertation but eventually also helped me to secure a job in the SCM world. I would take all of the classes again and can recommend the module to everyone who is looking for a broad, practical and interactive insight into the topic of SCM.