Sayali Desai

MSc International Management, at Strathclyde Business School
Sayali studies MSc International Management at Strathclyde Business School

My postgraduate journey

As an international student, choosing a University to pursue my master’s dream was full of confusing choices. I am a computer engineering graduate with five and a half years of experience in project management and was both excited and nervous about taking a break from my fulfilling career. But my very first interaction with Strathclyde University impressed me with the professionalism and accommodating nature of the staff there. I ended up missing the first week of the course due to a delay in the visa process but staff assured me and helped me get up to speed.

My course and institution

It was a big decision but from the beginning I was sure that Strathclyde University would be the best choice. Its triple accreditation and being among the top ranked business schools around the world were just two reasons which helped me choose Strathclyde University. It has also received prestigious annual awards which are viewed as the ‘Oscars’ of the higher education world in the UK.

The course was perfect as it combined studying the basic methodologies and tools with practical learning which included several real-life case studies, assignments and presentations. I was exposed to professional life via presentations and group assignments with a group of internationally diverse people.

My studies

As a future student of MSc International Management, you can expect a challenging year learning diverse modules by highly qualified professors which are essential to running a successful business. Different assignments, presentations and exams will test your mettle. This course will teach time management and skills required in a competitive business world and you benefit from exposure to international colleges and staff.

Professors for the elective modules are highly qualified and immensely knowledgeable. I was inspired by each one of them. Their impactful teaching style and ensuing involvement from students boosted the confidence of the students. Their encouragement and support at each step, be it written exams, individual assignments or group assignments was essential for our success. I have always studied in India where more importance is given to theoretical knowledge than practical knowledge but I was surprised with the focus on practical knowledge and understanding of each subject.

Career considerations

Multiple career events during my study helped expose me to different companies from across the UK, and I gained the chance to work as an intern with First Data where I worked on process optimisation of merchant acquiring sales team. All the knowledge and experience I gained from Strathclyde helped me progress at my work and I was offered the position of business analyst in First Data UK following my internship and they have sponsored me with a Tier 2 Visa for the next five years.

Looking back

I would highly recommend this university to any international student hoping to pursue study at undergraduate, masters or PhD level. There is wide range available. I had a great experience which definitely changed my life for the better.