Blending theory with practice at Teesside University Business School
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When it comes to earning a postgraduate business degree, whether it’s a general MBA or it’s specialised, students today are looking for more than just a diploma.

Business schools are increasingly expected to offer students real-world business courses that incorporate the detailed business knowledge they need, linking them to relevant industries and providing opportunities for career advancement.

In turn, companies are expecting students with postgraduate qualifications to join them as well-prepared, high quality and capable employees.Students with a postgraduate qualification often gain higher positions and earn higher salaries. In 2017, postgraduates in England earned on average £6,000 a year more than graduates.

At  Teesside University Business School students gain real-world understanding and support to tackle the competitive business world.With a global network of partnerships in a welcoming and international environment, the school attracts high quality students and staff from around the world

Teesside University is located in Middlesbrough, Tees Valley, in Northeast England, a friendly, picturesque town with plenty of shops and restaurants., tailored towards its growing 20,000+ student population. Students at Teesside University Business School also enjoy being close to natural surroundings like the River Tees, numerous parks, Hartlepool Marina, the north east coastline, including Whitby and the beautiful North Yorkshire Moors. Middlesbrough is located 50 miles north of York and under 50 miles south of Newcastle.

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High quality learning facility

 The Business industry is evolving fast with new technologies that students must learn if they want to get ahead in business. The Business School supports students on this journey, empowering them with a new state-of-the-art facility that cost £7.5 million to develop.

A fully digitally-enabled space using remote and PC-enabled software, it also serves as a collaborative and flexible environment for businesses to work with students and staff to create opportunities and find solutions. It offers an informal and comfortable setting for productive discussion and debate, on top of more formal learning spaces. Social learning spaces, classroom space, amphitheatre and digital pods allow for both small and large conference-style events that accommodate up to 250 learners.

Excellent social facilities and student support services earned Teesside University the No.1 spot for overall average satisfaction in The International Student Barometer (ISB) Survey 2018, one of the biggest surveys of international students in the sector.

According to TeesUniNews, “It was also ranked first globally for overall satisfaction with student support and the University’s social facilities, as well as being ranked second globally for satisfaction with performance feedback.”

Students from over 100 countries have graduated from Teesside University, and it has successful partnerships with universities across the world, including leading institutions in countries like Czech Republic, Spain, China, India, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Singapore.

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Wide range of courses

No matter which business career path you plan to pursue, the courses at this Business School will adequately prepare you for it with a postgraduate course. The school helps students sharpen their skills and develop expertise, experience and networks, coupled with a postgraduate qualification that helps them earn more and advance their careers.

Students who graduate from the Business School stand out from other candidates with specialist knowledge and qualifications, and learning experiences that really highlight an ability to apply theory in a practical setting to deliver business impact. They also learn how to develop their confidence, conduct high-level research and explore their interests further.

During their postgraduate course, students also develop transferable skills that are pertinent to a business environment such as critical thinking, research skills, time management, project management, presentation skills and teamwork. Under Business, Accounting, Marketing and Enterprise, there are a host of Master’s programmes students can apply for at the Business School.

Understanding that the business world is large and complex, learners can narrow their focus for a more concentrated and targeted educational experience.

For example, under International Management, students can earn a postgraduate-qualification specialising in Accountancy, Digital Business, Operations, Human Resource Management or Marketing Management, leading to a Masters level degree. The Applied postgraduate courses enable students to study over two years and include a built in work-based project. Other Masters level courses  include MSc Accounting and Finance, MA Human Resource Management, and the Master’s of Business Administration (MBA), which can be taken online too.

Industry-linked experience

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Whatever course you choose, you’ll be encouraged to engage with relevant industries through live projects.

“What we have to ensure is that our graduates don’t just leave with academic knowledge, they understand how to apply that knowledge,” said Dr Susan Laing, Dean of Teesside University Business School.

Under the Teesside Business Clinic, students work closely with a team of expert subject-specialist staff, forming consultancy firms to tackle bespoke real-world projects. Following an initial consultation with the Teesside Business Clinic Supervisor, businesses are matched with a consultancy firm (a small team made up of undergraduate and master’s students) who work with them to identify solutions to challenges the business might face.

Dominic Brown, Area Manager, County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service (CDDFRS), said his team were extremely impressed with Teesside University Business School and are delighted to be involved in the Business Clinic.

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“The task we have set for the students is a massive challenge which is facing the fire service nationally – we want to recruit more female firefighters, get them interested and get them applying. We want to banish some of the stereotypes around this being a profession for men,” Brown explained.

“All the students will be working extremely hard but it is a mutually beneficial partnership and we will all be getting something out of it.”

These kind of experiences may be challenging, but they allow students to learn valuable insights and tackle real-life problems they will inevitably face later in life when they graduate and enter the working world. As such, graduates leave the Business School armed with expertise and the ability to thrive in dynamic business settings all over the world, with excellent earning and career potential to get ahead in their respective business fields.

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