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Get a head start

Head start reading

You may want to use this time to start thinking about your postgraduate degree and your chosen career path. To help get you started, our lecturers have put together a list of reading you can do from home to get ready before you start. Click on your relevant subject area below to find out more.

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Accounting
MSc Accounting and Finance / MSc Accounting and Financial Management

"The Accountancy profession is going through significant changes many of which are being driven by new and emerging technologies. These articles will provide you with a background on the technology changes which have also been incorporated into the new CIMA syllabus.

The changes also mean that as people undertaking studies in Accountancy at Postgraduate level, you should begin to consider what impact this will have on Professional Accountants and what the future of the profession holds" 

Martin Beaver, Course Leader

Finance

MSc Finance and Investment / MSc International Finance

"The COVID-19 global pandemic, and the strict lockdown policies associated with it, has created a genuinely unprecedented environment. Personal and corporate lifestyles have been completely undermined and normal established behaviours challenged. While the expectation is that the changes will be short term in nature, investors will need to critically assess that assumption. Changes in long term trends can have a substantial influence on valuation levels in financial markets, both at the overall market and individual sector level.

In this article, Mark Lovett, STANLIB’s Head of Investments, deep dives into the five areas that may be permanently impacted by COVID-19. Assessing whether changes across these many themes, both locally and globally, will be sustained is critical in steering our investment decision-making." 

Mingru Sun, Course Leader

Management
MSc Management and International Business / Marketing / Entrepreneurship / Finance

"On the MSc Management Suite programme, one of the core modules you will be required to take is The Integrated Business. This module will provide you with the key knowledge and understanding of the integrated nature of business functions focusing specifically on marketing and operations. Specifically, you will explore in detail, the strategic and tactical scope of Marketing and Operations management and the relationships between them.

Furthermore, the relationships between demand generation and management and the consequential operational implications for production and supply chain management will be explored to ensure you fully understand the complexity of matching supply-side to demand-side requirements to achieve strategic fit. The digital business context will form an important theme to highlight its impact on delivering business at speed.  " 

, Course Leader

MBA
International MBA / Executive MBA / Online MBA

"The results of the Corporate Recruiters Survey of more than 1,200 employers worldwide carried out in 2019 reflects the trends in the wider economy, including the plans of companies to grow and expand and their intentions to hire people with specialised master’s degrees. The MBA came top of the list with 75% of employers saying they planned to hire MBA graduates.

Business Matters, a leading UK based business magazine looks at how studying an MBA can help to shape your career. The article provides examples of some of the popular job roles available for MBA graduates and the skills that top recruiting companies expect from MBA graduates."

Tom Domboka, Course Leader