Robert Neilson

Country of origin: United Kingdom

Executive, Transaction & Advisory Services, Ernst & Young

During my undergraduate degree (a BSc in Mathematics) at Lancaster University I was able to talk to students from the Management School firsthand and I was impressed by how highly they rated their courses. I was accepted on several MSc Finance programmes at other universities, but I decided that the programme at Lancaster was the best fit for me.

The Finance MSc course is very well structured; the first term provides a strong foundation of skills and financial knowledge in a short period of time, whilst the second term allows you to specialise in different areas of finance.

Lancaster University Management School has an outstanding reputation and the Financial Times ranks the MBA as one of the best in the world. The staff at Lancaster conduct cutting-edge financial research and the School has consistently been at the top of the reserch rankings for nearly 20 years.

I found the lectures were well structured and delivered in different ways in order to keep the material interesting and memorable. The staff were all extremely nice and always provided help or further insight into topics when asked. The course was assessed using group projects, individual coursework, exams and a dissertation. This forces you to gain a deep understanding of the material and shows potential employers you ability to work in different scenarios. My coursemates were from a diverse range of countries, cultures and academic backgrounds, and this gave the course a real international feel.

While the course does consume a lot of time, it is by no means all work and no play. During the year I played for the University badminton team and competed against lots of universities around the country. I also played football in the University 6 a-side league every week and attended the university poker club.

The Lancaster campus is a great place to study as the halls of residence are only a short walk away from the lecture theatres. This is extremely useful, especially if you have been up late at one of the numerous kitchen parties that are always taking place!