Paul Buren - MSc Accounting & Financial Management

A high standard of teaching during my MSc Finance & Management encouraged me to critically reflect on academia. The main difference with undergraduate teaching is the freedom to put theory to the test. Lecturers expect a deeper level of thinking and understanding from students. For me the support by, and access to academic and non-academic staff was a great extra that made my year comfortable and fun.

I chose the MSc Finance & management because I had an interest in the financial markets and wanted to deepen my understanding of management, specifically leadership and strategy. This course enabled me to explore a wide variety of subjects within finance and management. After six years as a teacher I wanted something else, this masters course has really helped me to reflect and figure out what I want next.

In the third semester I chose to do the applied company research project. This is an alternative to the dissertation route that was the only research option for many years. This is a great opportunity to gain work experience and see theory at work in the real world. Being encouraged to use knowledge and make a difference in a company is a fantastic feeling and if it suits your learning style I would highly recommend going down this route.

Now I have finished this year I am looking at starting my own consultancy company in applied strategy and web development. The MSc qualification sets me apart in the marketplace, especially as I got nomination for student researcher of the year. Thank you for a fantastic year. Forever Keele!