Our Student Ambassador shares his thoughts on the programme and experience in Edinburgh so far.
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What was your study and/or professional background prior to this programme?

I completed my undergraduate studies in Biology and subsequently pursued a career focusing on social impact, with over five years of experience in business development with entrepreneurial networks and multinationals.

Why did you choose to study at the University of Edinburgh Business School?

The University of Edinburgh had many great inventors pass through its walls as students, including Charles Darwin, whom I had to read some of his work as a biology student. The Business School holds a triple accreditation from the three most influential business school accreditation organisations, which about 5% of business schools worldwide have achieved. Additionally, the opportunity to study under a scholarship provided by the MasterCard Foundation significantly influenced my decision.

About the course

What was it about the degree programme that particularly attracted you?

My prior experience in business development within the entrepreneurial ecosystem sparked my interest in the innovation aspects of my programme, and reading through the publication of the faculty, I appreciated that the university had lots of resources I would have in my career in the entrepreneurial space.

How many people are on your programme (approx.), and what is the diversity mix like?

35 scholars, most from China, a good number from Spanish speakers, South America, 2 Indians, 3 Europeans and 7 Africans.

What does a typical day look like for you on this programme?

All lectures are supplemented with additional reading materials provided in advance, which may include peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, documentaries, or podcasts. A typical day for me consists of thoroughly reviewing a good number of these resources to prepare for lectures, attending lectures. This is followed by attending career development events and participating in collaborative group work. I don't do sport or chill.

How much time do you spend in lectures and how much time do you spend studying each week (approx.)?

Lectures per week is approximately 10 hours (auditing other courses could add to that) and studies in preparation for lectures should take a minimum of 10 hours per week.

How feasible do you think it is to work part-time while pursuing your Masters?

Feasible. Students will enjoy it if the role entails working virtually, or within two days or, late hour or early morning role.

What have been the differences between the teaching & learning methods in Scotland compared with your home country?

The education system encourages independent learning and continuous assessment through essays and group projects, unlike the exam-centric approach. This method encourages critical thinking and application of knowledge, which is crucial for real-world business scenarios.

What course have you enjoyed the most so far and why?

This question is challenging as I found value in all my courses, each offering practical insights applicable to real-life entrepreneurial scenarios and social impacts. However, if required to choose, I would highlight 'Managing Innovation in Context'. My interest in this course predates my arrival at the university, and it has profoundly satisfied my academic desires. The course content has sharpened my focus on career opportunities in innovation and strategy, particularly within multinational corporations. The lectures are exceptionally delivered, enriching my understanding and fuelling my ambition in these fields.

Student experience

Have you been involved with any industry activities so far (e.g., company visits, guest speakers, student development, professional development sessions)?

Yes, I have actively participated in various professional development sessions, company visits, and events featuring guest speakers. These experiences have provided me with first-hand insights into the industry and valuable networking opportunities.

Is there a specific experience you’ve had so far on the programme that stands out?

They all had their uniqueness ranging from my audited course, project management to great experiences with the student development team/mentor who has been resourceful but to mention one specifically, the 'Consultancy in Practice' module was remarkable. It provided the opportunity to collaborate on real-world business challenges with a top UK organisation. This practical experience has been instrumental in developing my consulting skills and understanding the nuances of business strategy implementation.

Have you joined any clubs or societies? What do you like to do outside of your studies? How do you spend your weekends?

While I have not joined any clubs, I was elected as a representative to the Edinburgh University Students' Association. Most weekends during the school term are typically occupied with collaborative projects, particularly through my involvement in the Student as a Change Agent (SACA) programme, which convenes every weekend. Despite this full schedule, I always make time to walk around Edinburgh, and often, I travel to explore other cities during the weekends.

Have you done any travel to other parts of Scotland or the UK since arriving in Edinburgh?

Yes, for me, travelling is therapeutic as it helps me refresh and increase my efficiency. I have visited eight cities in the UK and aim to double this number during the course of my dissertation. These journeys have allowed me to immerse myself in the UK's rich cultural heritage and diversity, enhancing both my personal growth and professional network.

What kind of accommodation are you living in and why did you choose that option?

I reside in student accommodation, which is conveniently located just two minutes from my department and fully paid for by my scholarship. Living so close to campus has greatly facilitated my participation in academic and extracurricular activities.

How did you go about making friends and building a community in Edinburgh?

Be open and interested in meeting people in an international setting. I also learned to say 'cheers' in a Scottish accent!

Looking ahead

What are you hoping to do after you graduate from this programme?

Post-graduation, I aim to leverage my acquired knowledge and experience to drive forward innovation and revenue growth in for-profit organizations, and I'm also considering going into academics, which is looking bright. My goal is to take on strategic roles that allow me to influence and reshape industry standards and promote innovation and digital transformation.

Do you have any tips for people considering applying to the Business School?

Yes, you can move your life ahead beyond measures within a year at the Business School if you maximise the resources, professors, and lecturers open hour to talk about your thoughts on assignments and prospect, the business school has a lot of resources that includes career service, Edinburgh award, speakeasy SACA and don't be like me that never joined any club or used the world-class gym at your disposal!