The first term of MSc International Health Management has been such an adventurous journey. The term consisted of 10 weeks of classes with a reading week in between, followed by a two-week revision period and exams – intense but also a lot of fun!
Read about some of my highlights from the first month on the programme.
Induction week began with the excitement of meeting new people. MSc International Health Management has such a diverse cohort – doctors, consultants, bankers and a bunch of fresh graduates like myself. It was fascinating that there was so much to learn from others’ cultures and backgrounds. We have also been allocated to our syndicate group for group projects for the term.
Then there came the first module – Accounting! It scared a lot of people at the beginning as all accounting concepts seemed difficult to grasp at first. As time flew, the concepts and rules just became more and more familiar, especially with constant practice. In the end, all questions would look the same just with numbers swapped. Keep in mind, accounting is nothing to do with maths. Tutorials at the end of each week were really helpful sessions to catch up or tackle any confusing bits and pieces left in the lectures.
The other module that started in September was Business Strategy for Global Healthcare. This module offered us opportunities to think and act like business executives. Obviously, the skills and mindset to think strategically will be immensely useful in any future career aspect. Case studies on global pharmaceutical companies and healthcare provisions have substantially enhanced my understanding in healthcare strategy for survival and sustainability.
We had our Business School exclusive welcome party inside the National History Museum – the interior was absolutely stunning and it was definitely a privilege for students at the Business School.
Health Informatics, the only non-examining module of the term, has dropped. What I got out of this particular module was an overall understanding of how big data could impact the healthcare industry in the future. It was an honour to have several guest lecturers who were experts in the field of Artificial Intelligence and Block Chain.
Towards the end of the month, we started Organisational Behaviour. This module helped us develop skills in leading and managing organisations by working effectively with others. Again, this will be highly useful for people who would potentially go into the managerial level of organisations.
The final module is Global Healthcare Marketing. It was taught by the same lecturer for Business Strategy and indeed, the two modules were quite similar in style. We also had revision sessions on each of the four modules and practice questions were available online. All lecturers were very supportive during revision – they were very happy to clarify any questions we had and appointments could be made to go through practice questions.
Exams… and Christmas!
It was a tightly-packed term, especially with job applications. However, the Business School has an extremely helpful and resourceful Careers service that I highly recommend you go to frequently during job applications. The reading week in the middle of October also helped to sort out applications, since all major deadlines (for graduate schemes) were soon after. Social events organised by the SSC (Student Staff Community) were run throughout the term to keep us entertained and energised.
There would not be more than two lectures in one day and each lecture is normally two-hours long. The free gaps in the timetable are there for us to arrange group meetings and work on group projects. The syndicate group will swap next term so that we get to work with different people, just as you would in real-life businesses. There are also elective modules which you can choose according to your areas of interest.
Studying at a Masters’ level, it is really important to be organised and manage your own time efficiently. Plan ahead, work hard and you will get the most out of the year.