Happy New Year! My first term studying Management with Marketing at the University of Bath is over and I think that I am therefore qualified to write a little review about my subject. It's probably the only review you will find online as I am one of the selected few who is in the first year of this new course. So if you are thinking about applying for one of the business degrees at the University of Bath or if you are just wondering how I am doing studying a brand new course here you should definitely continue to read!
Management with Marketing, Business Administration, International Management with French, Accounting and Finance etc.
The University of Bath might be known for their many science and engineering degrees and their world class sporting facilities, but it's also home to a School of Management. The Times ranked Bath in the top 5 for Accounting and Finance and the Guardian ranked Bath 3rd for degrees in Business, Management and Marketing. If you want to find out more have a look here.
You can choose from a range of business courses like Management with Marketing, Business Administration, Management with French/Spanish/German or Accounting and Finance. Just have a look here if you want to read a little bit about the different degrees. I considered applying for Management with Marketing, Management with French/Spanish or International Management, but decided to go for the one with Marketing as I thought it's the most "creative", and to me Management with French or Spanish sounded too much of work as you have half your classes in the language. The university offers language courses anyway, and so I am taking an Italian class which counts for 3 credits and is once a week for two hours.
As I have stated Management with Marketing is a brand new course. It's part of the so-called "Management Suite" which consists of the courses Management, International Management and Management with Marketing. Together we are about 120 students who study in their first year together and go to exactly the same lectures. So if you want to change course due to whatever reasons there are chances you can actually do it in the first year (after you had a talk with the director of studies). I don't want to promise that everybody can change easily but I know that the University will try to help you if you are unhappy.
On this note I just want to say that I think that our director of studies, Jens Röhrich, seems to be a nice guy who is there for you if you need some help academic wise. I haven't spoken to him yet, but I know he is German (so German speaking just like me) and he recently gave a talk about the exams and what we can expect from them.
Lectures and Seminars
In the first year students from the Management Suite aren't allowed to choose subjects, so you just have to get along with the fact that you get introductions to the most vital areas of a business degree. So far I had the following subjects: Economics, Accounting for Managers, Business Context, Organizational Behavior, International Business Environment and Business Analytics. Most lectures are accompanied by seminars where you discuss and revise the topics of the lectures in small groups, which are quite helpful if you have any questions regarding the topics. As you know very well from school there will be some lectures you enjoy more than others, but most lectures change in the second semester.
The other future managers
We all know going to university is not only about the lectures you go to and the intellectual things you learn, but also about finding friends and having a good time while studying. As we are only 120 students you recognise most of the people by their face and probably know a quarter of them by name, and some of them you will even call you friends and that's only after 3 months at university.
The School of Management really wants you to get to know your colleagues, so in the first two weeks they organise some socials where you are able to talk to the other students in an informal gathering over beer and fizzy wine! After all, networking is really important if you want to be a manager in the future.
I am really glad that the School of Management organised them as I know it gave me the chance to become friends with people on my course and it's way more fun to be friends with the people you study with. At least I can say that I am always looking forward to lectures and seminars because I know there will be at least one person I am happy to sit next to and enjoy myself. And if you have a really boring lecture (yes, they exist) you can still be bored together with your friends! On this note I just want to share a phenomenon I have experienced in my course. In all the lectures I have, most of the international students sit in the first rows while most of the British students sit in the back rows. You might get the hint that our course is quite international. I would guess about half of the students don't own a British passport and I love it.
I haven't had my exams yet, so please wish me luck - hopefully I won't need it as I will have studied enough - but I know that our professors try to prepare us as well as they can and all of them have offered us to answer questions via Moodle - the university's study platform - or to utilise their office hours.
All in all, I would give the Management Suite 4.5 out of 5 and I am really happy that I chose it. It would have gotten 5 stars if they had us assigned a peer mentor -an older student who is studying the same subject and is able to answer some questions - but unfortunately as it's a new course there are no older students.