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Business Studies

There are plenty of postgraduate degree options focusing on business studies provided by business schools in the UK. You could really shape your career direction with a qualification like this.

What will I study on a business studies postgraduate course?

Given the vast number of business related courses out there, there are various different topics you may end up studying on this type of postgraduate degree. You could cover this type of thing:

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Management principals
  • Statistics
  • Finance
  • Business strategies
  • Marketing
  • Data analysis.

What kind of specialist areas are included under the business studies umbrella? Well, you could do business management/business and management, business economics, business technologies, business and entrepreneurship, business and marketing or business and finance for example. With such a wide variety of programmes out there, it’s really important for you to think hard about your future career aspirations and choose the course that best fits those needs.

You could take a postgraduate business studies course in different formats: either as a taught programme (with lectures, seminars and assessments like your undergraduate degree) or a research programme (independent research on a topic of your choice).

Entry requirements…

Many business studies-orientated postgraduate courses are designed for recent graduates and are open to applicants from any degree background as long as they have achieved a minimum of a 2:1 at undergraduate level (or the equivalent).

Where could a business studies postgraduate qualification take me?

The industries open to you as a postgraduate with a business related degree partly depend on whether you have a specialist focus. If you have a focus in marketing for example, you’ll be well equipped to head into marketing for a financial firm or bank.   

One of these qualifications is often good preparation for a management role. You may still have to work your way up the ladder a little when you first start at a company, but the skills and knowledge you will have from your degree will support you in a role and could well help you to progress quicker in your career.

Typical industries for business studies postgraduates…

This type of postgraduate course may take you into any of these areas within business and finance:

  • Marketing
  • Consulting
  • Management in companies in various industries
  • Tax
  • Retail banking
  • In-house finance
  • Human resources
  • Accounting.

By Jos Weale, Editor, AllAboutFinanceCareers.com