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Bethany Edge - MA Management
Why did you choose Keele University and the MA Management?
I wanted to further my knowledge and was uncertain whether I wanted to do a Phd and this was a logical step forward that would still be valuable even if I didn’t do a PhD i.e. it would help career prospects
Did you take up further study immediately after your first degree? If not, what did you do?
Yes, straight after my undergraduate degree in Management at Keele University.
How are you funding the course?
Student Finance Loan and also some part-time work at a pharmacy.
What does the course involve?
My course involves looking at an array of Management topics from accounting to critical studies. By far the highlight of my course was the applied company research project when I worked as a consultant in a local company. Throughout my degrees the academic staff have been incredibly supportive of me and pushed me to achieve my best which I cannot overestimate the value of.
Postgraduate study was a big step for me but the closer links to staff and the support of administrative and academic staff made studying a lot more enjoyable. It may be harder (academically) but the additional support you receive makes if far better.
The contents of my postgraduate degree were not particularly different to my first degree, except that we went into a lot more depth this year and were more critical of mainstream management theory. It has taught me to never take theory in isolation as it is all wholly dependent on context and this was especially affirmed through my consultancy project at the end of my Masters.
What are your plans for after graduation?
I will be continuing at Keele to do a PhD in critical management studies, specifically looking at gender identity in pharmacies, while working as a GTA teaching management modules to undergraduate students. If it wasn’t for the staff at Keele, I never would have believed that I was capable of doing this! In this sense, my courses here have been invaluable in my personal development.
What advice would you give to those considering the course?
The course gives an insight into more areas of management. It's such a supportive environment to learn within, it opens further careers prospects and your eyes to the alternative side of management - power relations, gender etc. If you don’t know what you want to do – do a Masters here – it gives new insight into career paths.