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2:2 undergraduate degree (or equivalent). English Language Requirement - IELTS 6.5 (or IELTS 6.0 + pre-sessional)
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Born out of boldness, imagination and collaboration, the University of Warwick is a world-leading university with the highest academic and research standards. We’re constantly highly ranked amongst the UK’s and the world’s greatest universities. The 2014 Research Excellence Framework placed us 7th among UK research universities, meaning you’ll learn alongside academics on the cusp of new thinking.Read more
Rita had been working for Mobil Producing Nigeria, a subsidiary company of Exxon Mobil Corporation, since 1992. “I was a manager within the Public and Government Affairs Department,” she explained. “My role included co-ordinating interface with external stakeholders and stewarding community assistance programmes and projects.”
Rita described why, after 18 years with Mobil, she decided to study for an MSc: “I had a real urge to do something different. I wanted to learn something new, refresh myself and become better prepared for the future.”
“Before deciding to study at Warwick, I decided to visit the campus. I liked the campus and that everything was together in one self-contained place,” she said. “The staff I spoke to were very accommodating, open and friendly too. Most important of all though, the curriculum offered a very well-rounded learning experience. It fitted perfectly with what I wanted to do so WMG was the natural choice for me.
So what of the course itself? “It was hugely challenging,” Rita explained. “But there was a really nice atmosphere – very co-operative and supportive among both staff and my fellow students. In the library, someone was always available to give assistance when I needed it. Some of the school’s Alumni who I maintained contacts with were also really supportive.
Asked to describe her favourite part of the course, Rita paused: “It’s difficult to be honest, I enjoyed it all. Probably the most enjoyable aspect was working with the other students on workshops, projects and team working exercises. And you discover how the concepts you are taught can be applied in the real world, and how collaborating with people from different cultural backgrounds can change your perceptions.”
When it came to her dissertation project, Rita’s subject was drawn from her working experience: Corporate Social Responsibility in the Oil and Gas industry in Nigeria.
Rita left WMG in 2011 with a distinction grade and returned to Mobil Producing Nigeria to continue her work in Public and Government Affairs. We asked her to describe the impact that her studies have had on her day-to-day work. “It’s made a huge difference,” she said. “In terms of the way I manage people, finances and every other aspect of leading community development programmes and projects, I have a broader outlook now. I am also more structured in taking projects through every stage from concept to completion.”
The year at WMG was definitely hard work. It did stretch me, both academically and personally. But that’s why I chose Warwick in the first place. I wanted to gain the skills I need to stand out from the crowd.
Working with other students in simulations of real-life scenarios was a standout feature for me. For example, I had little understanding of financial analysis. Working through a simulation gave meaning to the terminology. I quickly learned to appreciate how financial factors impact on actual business situations.
The same thing happened when we carried out a simulation based on the management of change. Again, I had very little knowledge of this area, but by working through a company takeover scenario - with members of my class taking on actual roles within a business - we all learned the full implications of transition and change from both a corporate and a personal perspective.
Looking beyond my academic studies, I was heavily involved in the wider Warwick community. I was Resident Tutor at the University’s Hurst Residencies for example. I do enjoy helping people, so this was ideal for me. Basically, my job was to foster a spirit of community among undergraduate students, and to facilitate a responsible and supportive environment.
I also acted as Postgraduate Forum Co-ordinator and was a member of the Film Team, contributing to a documentary to celebrate One World Week. That was a great little project. It was about all of the cultural identities represented at Warwick, featuring a range of personalities from across the University.
My involvement in this wide range of extra-curricular activities led to achieving the Warwick Advantage award. This recognised the effort I put into supporting others within the student community.
Employers these days are looking for more than just a good academic record. They want individuals with a broad mix of life skills and experiences: people who are willing to contribute at every level and make a positive impact on those around them.
Having gained a Distinction for his masters degree, I certainly excelled at every level during my year at WMG. Without doubt, this was down to my approach to my studies – and to life. There’s so much to be experienced and so much to be gained. You just have to go out there and grasp every opportunity to make things happen.
I chose the one-year Programme and Project Management course, aiming to build on my technical background with an understanding of project principles, tools, methodologies and philosophies.
With a diverse range of modules to cover in a short time, I certainly found the programme challenging. It was pretty intensive but the great thing at WMG is the support and resources that are available. Everything is in place for you to succeed. You just need to put in the hard work!
The results of that hard work became clear when, as part of a team, I represented WMG in a competition run by the Association of Project Management. It was interesting to compare our team with students from other universities. The students from WMG knew the theory and practical application of tools better than anyone else.
What I achieved at WMG was all the more remarkable when I realise that I wasn’t just studying, but also working to set up a joint-venture company based in China. Run with two partners, this fast-growing enterprise facilitates trade between China and Europe.
My MSc dissertation focused on this very subject. I looked at how responsive supply chains could be established between UK companies and Chinese suppliers. It’s a really fascinating area that explores cultural differences. For example, many British companies prefer ‘arms length’ relationships with suppliers. But this may not always be appropriate – or the best way of doing things. I wanted to seek out ways that organisations could work more closely and effectively for everyone’s benefit.
The course seems a long way from my specialism of IT engineering but study is all about broadening horizons and discovering new areas that interest you. Without doubt, WMG helped me to do just that. It’s also about taking a wider view of things and developing a well-rounded skill-set. For example, studying project management doesn’t just help you become a better project manager. What you learn impacts on many other areas too – both professionally and personally.
One of the best things at WMG was the chance to get to know people from right across the world. It’s fantastic to make so many new friends and learn about other cultures!
Bringing more than 12 years’ business experience, Carlos Serra arrived at WMG in 2011 to study for an MSc in Programme and Project Management. He talked to us about his year at Warwick – and how his course helped him to see things in a new way.
Before coming to WMG, Carlos had forged a successful career in Brazil that had seen him gain a Postgraduate Specialisation Certificate in Project Management, become a certified Project Management Professional, publish articles, win business awards and work as a consultant for Petrobras, Brazil’s largest oil and gas Company. So why, after more than 12 years in industry, did he choose to study for an MSc at Warwick?
“I wanted to get a different perspective on things,” he explained, “and gain a deeper understanding of project and programme management. In Brazil, the way we do business is largely influenced by the USA. I was hoping that by coming over to Europe, I would be exposed to some fresh ideas that would help me to change my outlook and broaden my thinking.
“I spent a lot of time researching universities in Europe,” he continued. “WMG stood out for me, not only because of its reputation and ranking, but also because it has a very good name in industry. Companies hold an MSc from WMG in high regard, and recognise that graduates bring a very practical approach to their work. I also spoke to ex-students who spoke highly of their time at Warwick.”
We asked Carlos what he thought of the programme. “It was something extremely special and I enjoyed it much more than I expected to,” he answered. “The course itself was extremely dynamic. There was a constant mix of seminars, workshops, projects and simulations, all geared toward giving students practical business experience to prepare them for life in industry.”
In November 2012 Carlos was announced winner of the 2012 Postgraduate Student Award from the Association for Project Management. Carlos won the award for his project entitled 'The influence of Benefits Realisation Management on the success of projects in Brazil, the United Kingdom and the United States of America'. You can read more about his award here . Congratulations to Carlos. The award really demonstrates Carlo's hard work at WMG and commitment to his studies and work within the Project Management field.
In 2009, Mark Anderson was teaching physical education and mathematics at a school in Warwick. Less than three years later he was working as a project management consultant for two of the UK’s biggest brands. Here’s his story…
“I did enjoy teaching. Since gaining my first degree in Sport and Exercise Science, teaching had been the focus of my career planning. But although I found it rewarding, I felt that a number of my qualities were not being utilised to the full: my organisational, leadership and analytical skills for example. I wanted something that would really stretch me intellectually.
After researching courses and company graduate schemes, it became clear that project management would suit me perfectly. A masters programme seemed the right route for me and after looking closely at different universities, WMG stood out as a clear choice. Its reputation goes without saying, but what impressed me most was its close links with leading global businesses like Tata.
The programme itself, was to be honest extremely challenging. There’s a lot to take in and it’s intensive. Overall though, if I had to choose one word to sum up the learning experience, it would be ‘brilliant’! The thing I liked the most was that you’re not sitting in lectures all day. Yes, there is formal teaching to give you a thorough grounding in the theory. But then you work in groups to put that into.
For example, during the Management of Change module, we started our own company with everyone in the group taking on a specific role. You don’t just learn about your own job, but the issues that everyone else faces too, and how the decisions you make can have a direct impact on them.
After finishing my course in 2011, I was offered a job as a Project Management Consultant with Pcubed, a leading project, program and portfolio management consulting company in London. I’ve already been involved in major energy and waste management projects, as well as Everything Everywhere, a business transformation program for Orange and T-Mobile. I can honestly say that my MSc was key to me getting the job in the first place, and I’m using what I learned on a day-to-day basis.
To anyone considering WMG, I would say that you must be prepared to be challenged and you’ll need to work hard, but embrace the experience and you will enjoy it too.
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