Practical business experience

Students presenting to employers

Work with companies from your first week

We design our courses to give you as much real experience with businesses as possible.

Our network of over 300 companies covers nearly every sector and size you could imagine. You’ll be meeting and working with different organisations from week one of your course.

You’ll get a chance to take part in several activities during the year. As well as a great way to work with other students and employers from all over the world, you will:

  • learn about international organisations, their work culture and what they look for when recruiting
  • meet senior staff
  • develop your skills in team-working, communication, project management and more
  • learn about graduate opportunities

Future Business Challenge 2018

Our master's students visited companies such as Ovo Energy and Bristol Zoo for the Future Business Challenge 2018.

Business experience highlights

The Big Team Challenge

In your first week you’ll take part in The Big Team Challenge. Some of our corporate partners will give you a business challenge to complete with your new classmates. You will then present your solution to the company.

This is a great opportunity to interact with industry experts and graduate recruiters. This informal, relaxed event is your first chance to meet and work with other MSc students.

The Big Team Challenge is for all MSc students.

Future Business Challenge

Get out of the classroom and put your learning into practice. You’ll work in teams on a week-long competition and visit a range of companies in London and the South of England.

During the Future Business Challenge you will:

  • visit and learn from a variety of multi-national, start-ups, local companies and other organisations
  • hear about challenges these organisations face and discuss them with business leaders
  • enjoy guest presentations from business experts
  • learn about companies’ cultures and how businesses operate
  • network with employers and alumni working in organisations with different business models
  • work in teams to present your findings to a panel of judges

All MSc students can apply to take part in the Future Business Challenge, although spaces are limited.

Some of the companies we have previously worked with include Google, IBM, Bloomberg, EY, PwC, Ted Baker, Divine Chocolate, Rolls Royce, BMW, Dyson, Arup and Mars.

Community Challenge

Work in teams with students from other MSc courses to help the most disadvantaged individuals and groups in our local community.

As well as making a difference, you’ll develop skills that employers want like communication and problem solving.

Supported by a mentor, you’ll spend six weeks doing things like:

  • developing social media campaigns
  • conducting market research to help launch new charity appeals
  • planning and delivering events for service users
  • fundraising
  • producing promotional videos and materials

Last year’s winning team enjoyed a day with one of our corporate sponsors, meeting key staff and experiencing some leadership training.

All MSc students have the option to take part in the Community Challenge.

The Practice Track

Natasha Yip outside of the Nationwide building
Read a student’s experience of our Practice Track

Choose to substitute your dissertation with a company-sponsored summer group project.

In teams, you’ll work with one of our corporate partners to solve a real business problem. You will gain experience of running team projects and apply your learning to practical issues.

At the end of the project, you’ll present your work to the company.

You’ll also benefit from comprehensive project management and presentation skills training.

Previous corporate partners include Cisco, Unilever, Vodafone and EDF Energy.

The Practice Track is available for students studying:

Entrepreneurship Challenge

Working in teams, you’ll develop a business model, meet entrepreneurs and pitch your ideas to industry experts.

If you then want to further grow your idea, you can work with mentors from the University’s Innovation Centre.

All MSc students have the option to take part in the Entrepreneurship Challenge (except MSc in Entrepreneurship and Management).

The student view

It was always practically driven and there were loads of events with corporate partners