Practical business experience

Students presenting to employers

Get business ready

We design our courses to give you hands-on experience that prepares you for the working world.

We have a network of over 300 companies across a range of industries. You’ll have many chances to work with leading organisations throughout your course. Getting involved in extracurricular activities enhances your CV and helps you get the most out of your degree.

By taking part in our career-based activities, you’ll also:

  • 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 opportunities

The Big Team Challenge

You’ll work with one of our Employability Partners on an activity during the first two weeks of your course. Past students have worked in teams to solve business challenges, and presented solutions to partner companies.

This is a great opportunity to interact with industry experts and to get to know other students before teaching starts.

This is for all MSc students.

Future Business Challenge

Get out of the classroom and put your learning into practice. This week-long competition involves working in teams to analyse what makes a business resilient.

You will:

  • visit and learn from a variety of organisations, including multi-nationals and start-ups
  • discuss the challenges these organisations face with business leaders
  • learn about companies’ cultures and how businesses operate
  • network with employers and alumni
  • present your findings to a panel of judges

Companies previously involved in the Future Business Challenge include Google, IBM, Bloomberg, EY, PwC, Divine Chocolate, Rolls-Royce, BMW, Dyson, Arup and Mars.

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

Community Challenge

This team-working challenge supports charities and disadvantaged groups in our local community. You’ll work with a mentor from one of our corporate partners.

As well as making a difference, you’ll develop key skills like team-working and problem-solving.

Over six weeks, you will:

  • develop social media campaigns
  • conduct market research to help launch new charity appeals
  • plan and deliver events for service users
  • fundraise
  • produce promotional videos and materials

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

The Practice Track

The Practice Track is an alternative to the traditional dissertation. This summer group project currently consists of:

  • The Company Consulting Project. You will work in teams to solve a real business problem for one of our corporate partners. At the end of the project, you’ll present your work to the company.
  • The Action Project. In the same teams, you will work with a local charity to create a brief and deliver your fundraising idea.
  • an individual report. Focus on a specific management theme and reflect on how it worked for you.

You’ll get experience of running team projects and of creating and managing a brief. You’ll also get training in project and client management, and presentation skills.

Previous corporate partners include Mars, Unilever, Deloitte and KPMG.

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

The Practice Track is available for students studying:

Practice Track is also an option on MSc in Engineering Business Management and MSc in Innovation and Technology Management. On these courses it follows a different structure.

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