Five reasons to study a Masters degree with ifs University College

14 April, 2015

Taking on a masters degree is a big decision, and its not one that should be taken lightly. So to help those who are uncertain, we asked Karen Taylor, Postgraduate Programmes Course Director, to give us her top five reasons for reading for the MSc in Banking Practice and Management with ifs University College.

1. The Students

Undoubtedly, the most special aspect of this programme is our students. It might sound clichéd but the students really do make this a great course. Located in all corners of the globe and with industry experience ranging from one year to over thirty, the students are, without exception, highly-motivated individuals with the ambition of rising to a management position within the banking industry. As one past student so succinctly put it, “ifs University College attracts an extremely high calibre of students, with whom you are studying. As such you can learn masses from each other. On my course there is a Head of Credit, a CEO, a Head of Risk, an investment banker - and all from different organisations - the learning opportunities are incredible.”

2. A relevant and up-to-date qualification

The financial services industry does not stand still and this has never been more true than the last eight years. That’s why it’s absolutely imperative for any business management course to be current and relevant. The online learning materials for the MSc in Banking Practice and Management are updated upon each delivery. What’s more, the programme’s digital environment enables topicality to be embedded at all stages, whether through online discussions, webinars or module videos. As a student on the course, you’ll always be at the hub of what’s going on in the global arena.

3. Industry Input

From the design of the course to the teaching of each module, there is real world input throughout, with almost all members of the programme team having gained experience from a management career in banking. Exclusive videos featuring interviews with senior industry players also form a key element of each module. As summed up by a graduate of the MSc in Banking Practice and Management, the programme offers a “unique blend of academic learning, with a focus always on the real world. By being in the real world the benefits are much more tangible.”

4. Small class sizes

There’s surely nothing worse than being a faceless number within a vast class. With this in mind, our strategy centres on small class sizes, enabling us to provide an extremely high level of tailored academic and administrative support, ensuring we’re always here when you need us. Our aim is that, even though you may be studying a distance learning Masters, you never feel far away from ifs University College, your peers or the programme team.

5. Chartered Fellowship

What makes the Chartered Fellowship so valuable? It is only available to ifs University College Masters graduates, which really does ensure that our postgraduate students stand out in a highly competitive market. Furthermore, the Chartered Fellowship is highly respected within the sector, demonstrating the acquisition of the knowledge and understanding required to undertake a leadership role in financial services.