Name: Frank Bachmann
Degree and university: MSc Finance & Business with distinction, MMU
Work Title: Assistant Management Accountant at Salford Primary Care Trust
Why did you decide to study a postgraduate degree?
My main reasons were to improve my employability and gain valuable experience in a foreign country. I also wanted to make international friends and find out more about different cultures and mentalities
What most attracted you to this particular course?
For me, the possibility of doing a specialized master’s degree in Finance was very attractive. In my first degree I developed an interest in financial matters and at MMU I could get further develop my skills in this field and study in much more detail.
What did your degree entail? Could you mention specific modules you took?
My degree included technical accounting subjects such as International Corporate Reporting or Accounting for Management Control, but also broader management areas such as Understanding Organization or International Business Environment.
Did you write a dissertation and if so, what was it on?
I wrote my dissertation about a management accounting topic. The research project was about implementation issues of the Balanced Scorecard in a supplying company. I conducted a placement and spent four weeks in Germany to raise primary data and write a case study.
What was the biggest challenge you have faced in studying for your postgraduate degree?
I think that the biggest challenge was to cope with large amounts of information and try to prioritise in order to separate the important from the less important. If you are doing a master’s degree, you will need to study topics in great depth and critically evaluate information from many different sources. I found this both challenging and interesting.
How did you fund your course?
My course was funded by savings that I kept back for my education
In what ways do you hope studying for your degree will help you with your career?
My degree has already helped me to find a job in one of the biggest organizations in the UK and I experience a lot of interest from employers and job agencies. It will also help me to get exempted from many exams of an accounting qualification such as CIMA or ACCA.
What advice would you give anyone thinking about taking a postgraduate degree?
From my experience, it is important to revise course material early and consistently. Working reasonably hard right from the start will make your studies a lot more interesting and rewarding. There will still be enough time to travel or enjoy Manchester’s nightlife.