Simon Ramsden

Country of origin: United Kingdom

Fusion HCM Staff Consultant, Oracle

I decided to study at Lancaster University because of its excellent reputation and its direct links with industry partners such as IBM. The E-Business & Innovation MSc seemed like the perfect degree for me as it is comprised of both IT and business modules and stresses the importance of how one should mutually inform the other.

Although I had an undergraduate degree, it wasn’t directly related to technology or business. Consequently, I enrolled on the programme as a Postgraduate Diploma student in the hope that I could continue to complete it as a full MSc if I proved that I could keep up with the course material. 

One of the things I really liked about this programme is that it is not focused on memorising a textbook and passing a test. There is a significant amount of group work, presentations, and opportunities to work on real problems with real companies. As a result of hard work, responsive lecturers, and a great team, I managed to complete the MSc E-Business and Innovation.

As part of my MSc, I did a research project with Deloitte on how emerging technologies are changing the IT function in the retail banking and pharmaceutical sectors.  This gave me practical experience in a real consulting environment which was invaluable in helping me secure a position at Oracle as a Functional Consultant, starting just one day after I handed in my dissertation.

The knowledge I gained at Lancaster about the impact of digital technologies and the evolving nature of e-business has already been confirmed by my experience at Oracle. I think this shows that the teaching at Lancaster is very relevant and up-to-date with the latest developments in both IT and business. I am grateful that Lancaster University gave me the opportunity to study this course despite my academic background.

I would highly recommend this degree and Lancaster University as a whole to all who are thinking of applying.