Case study

MSc Finance student — Sam Pybis

Sam Pybis is studying MSc Finance at the University of Liverpool Management School

Why did you choose this institution and course?

MSc Finance followed directly on from my undergraduate degree, BA Business Economics, which I also studied at the University of Liverpool.

The decision to extend my stay was down to the university's Russell Group status and Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International) accreditation. Attending such a well-established university gave me peace of mind that the qualification would be recognised by graduate employers worldwide.

What does the programme involve?

The course is intellectually stimulating. It consists of eight taught modules, six of which are compulsory. All modules are linked, but each covers a different topic. Exams also play a big part, with lots of midterms and finals. The programme culminates in a 15,000-20,000 word research project.

Certain aspects of the course appeared difficult at the start, but the professors and tutors have been extremely helpful - with each having dedicated office hours every week. Almost one year on, I feel confident in applying the theory that I've learned to my research project.

How are you funding your course?

I was fortunate enough to receive a University of Liverpool MSc Study Award, worth £3,000, along with an alumni discount of my tuition fees.

What are your plans for after graduation?

My original plan was to find employment within financial services. However, I've been encouraged to apply for a PhD. I've not made a final decision, but the university has the facilities in place to support my development whichever route I take.

The Management School has a dedicated MSc careers adviser who helps students to understand their employment opportunities. There are also regular classes and events; these have ranged from 30-minute sessions to improve your CV, to talks with industry experts about career opportunities.

What advice would you give to those considering the programme?

Research all of the different modules extensively. Don’t be afraid to ask the university any questions, and definitely attend the open day or online webinars.