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1 Leeds University Business School Business education in the UK: which course to choose? Dr Dayananda Palihawadana (Dr Pali) Programme Director - MSc International Marketing Management Leeds University Business School

2 1. Leeds and the Business School Leeds 3 rd biggest city in England by metropolitan area. Largest financial centre outside of London Regularly voted Best Student Destination (Independent newspaper) 2 Universities in Leeds Student population of over 70,000 Russell Group University We are in the top 10 for research in the UK. In the top 100 Universities in the world.

3 Leeds University Business School 3 Three key reasons Tradition Relevance Skills and employability 2. Why study Business in the UK?

4 Leeds University Business School Tradition Long history of study of business, economics, finance, management and marketing in the UK Seminal thinking in the disciplines Supported by world class research and links with business and industry 14 UK business schools in the top 100 MBA rankings in the world (FT global MBA rankings 2012) and 12 in the Masters in Management Ranking (FT Masters in Management rankings 2012)

5 Leeds University Business School Relevance Business is fast paced, therefore need to keep up to date to be relevant. Essential to a countrys economy. Business Schools contribute to and shape the world of business through consultancy and research. Work with large businesses, small and medium enterprises and the public sector. Local, national and international links

6 Leeds University Business School Skills and employability –Communication skills –Critical thinking/analytical skills –Research skills –Team work –Commercial awareness

7 Leeds University Business School Levels of study Undergraduate Postgraduate (Taught) MBA PhD

8 Leeds University Business School Subject areas Accounting and Finance Business Economics Human Resource Management International Business Management Marketing Corporate communications

9 Leeds University Business School 3. UK Higher Education Institutions Russell Group 1994 group Million+ Group UKADIA Group University Alliance Group UK degrees more focused on one or two subjects of study rather than the major/minor model in the US Cheaper to study in the UK than in the US

10 Leeds University Business School 4.1. Undergraduate courses Most institutions in the UK will offer various undergraduate courses in a business related area. 3 or 4 year degree programmes (4 year programmes include year abroad or year in industry) One of the most popular subjects to study at undergraduate level Rising number of international students coming to the UK to study at Undergraduate level. Most Thai students will require a foundation year prior to undergraduate study unless they have undertaken A-Levels or the International Baccalaureate

11 Leeds University Business School Undergraduate courses Benefit from professionally accredited courses i.e ACCA exemptions for accountancy students, CIM for marketing students and CIPD for human resources students 1 year work placement year: o Universities offer exceptional support in finding work placement o Enhances employment opportunities upon graduation o Develop valuable skills and experience o Improved final year grades 1 year study abroad year: o Universities offer support in application process for year abroad o International experience to your studies o Enhances your cultural awareness o Skills learnt on year abroad are highly sought after by international labour market

12 Leeds University Business School 4.2 Postgraduate courses Most UK institutions will have an extensive range of PG programmes Majority of courses will be one full year. Generally September to September Flexibility - ability to use PG courses as a conversion course i.e human resources, management and marketing courses

13 Leeds University Business School Postgraduate courses Dissertation or consultancy project Some programmes offer an international experience Enhances career prospects Essential for a career in academia Professional qualifications – some courses offer exemptions from CIMA, CIPD and the CIM

14 Leeds University Business School Postgraduate courses Thai students will require a bachelors degree, grade varies dependent upon university English language requirements Pre-sesional English GMAT (Graduate Management Admissions Test)

15 Leeds University Business School 5. MBA Widen horizons of business professionals introducing students to various areas of business including accounting, finance, human resources and operational management. Flexible ways of studying i.e 2 years full time, an accelerated 1 year or distance learning. Enhances employability Skills for those who own their own businesses Platform for networking Sharing of ideas and knowledge

16 Leeds University Business School MBA What to look for when choosing an MBA Rankings (FT and Economist) Accreditations AMBA, AACSB and EQUIS Aimed at middle managers with significant work experience often including a number of years at management level

17 Leeds University Business School 6. Careers Managers Accountants Policy advisors Economists Stock brokers Actuaries Account mangers Communications managers Brand managers Risk managers HR Managers Occupational psychologist

18 Leeds University Business School 7. How to make a good application Firstly Think about your course choice. Which university do you want to study at? Academic and English Entry requirements and application deadlines? Scholarship deadlines? Application Apply early Try to submit evidence of your language ability with the application Try to complete the application as fully as you can

19 Leeds University Business School Personal Statement Relate to the subject that you are interested in How the course can help your future career Evidence – such as relevant work experience Extra curricular activities Tailor the personal statement to the university you are applying to Why goals you have in attending the course/university.

20 Leeds University Business School Remember Every university is different!

21 Leeds University Business School Any Questions?

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