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What Our Graduates Say


Durham University is committed to producing graduates who are in high demand and stand the best chance of securing the career they want. Graduating with an intellectually rigorous and globally respected degree is central to a Durham education.

What you achieve academically and experience as a person whilst at Durham will say a lot about you in the future. One of the main reasons for our system of colleges and college mentors is to equip our students with adaptable and marketable workplace skills.

The opportunities we provide to become involved in committees, clubs and societies and to be active in voluntary or paid work experience will help you develop an enviable set of professional techniques enabling you to be more successful in the graduate job market. Your Durham University experiences will help you build up skills in team-working, problem-solving, communication, negotiation and leadership. These are all qualities highly valued by regional, national and international employers who know that a degree combined with a unique Durham life experience is just what they need from graduates that they recruit.

The QS rankings (2010-11) placed Durham University in the top 25 globally for employer reputation after 5,000 blue-chip organisations across the world ranked the quality and demand for Durham's graduates ahead of leading institutions in the UK and major international universities in Singapore, Hong Kong, Toronto and Sydney, as well as a number of Ivy League institutions in the US, including Princeton.

But don't just take our word for it ... let's hear success stories from some of our graduates:

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Nishant Pandey - Financial Management
Nishant Pandey
MA Financial Management 2009-10

Initially I choose Durham for a variety of reasons: not only is the reputation fantastic but it also attracted the highest calibre of employers in the sector I was looking to go into (banking and finance). Additionally, I am from the North East, so being in Durham was like coming home. I also wanted to experience the collegiate, multicultural postgraduate lifestyle. The open day was a great insight into the university and meeting the staff, including Dr Dietz (then program director) and Tom Davie (Careers Service) was indeed more than an attractive factor for choosing Durham.

Coming from Medical School, doing an undergraduate degree in something completely non financial, to a relatively finance-intensive MA was daunting yet the staff on board really aided and helped me through this, at times, cathartic process.

The MA in Financial Management course itself was great: the variety of modules and combination of both quantitative and qualitative modules on offer was fantastic and I believe really gives a 360 degree perspective on business. I truly believe this did aid me in my interview and application process as opposed to truly quantitative or qualitative master’s degrees. Some of the teaching on hand is fantastic, with tutors who really take an interest in your learning and help facilitate the process in the most conducive way. The opportunity to mix and match modules is also great and further aids the network and bonds built with other students. The careers service is (in no exaggeration) brilliant and incredibly helpful. I urge everyone to go and see Tom Davie for career advice! The Durham experience is something different (in a good way). Having lived in relatively large cities and now in London for my entire life, being in Durham [a small city] for the year had its initial challenges. However, once you overcome this, it really does capture you and indulge you, with a surprising variety of things to do and a multitude of societies and socials to get involved with.

Having pursued the masters, I was lucky enough to obtain employment as an IB R 3 year analyst with a major international investment bank in, initially, the UK, Irish and Swiss banking sector. I started in August and the MA has come in useful in terms of, for example, accounting modules, corporate finance, economics, quantitative research methods, mergers and acquisitions etc. However additionally the habits of reading the FT and Economist have come in very useful on the day to day aspect of the job.

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