University of Dundee – First for Business

“I joined the activities of the Centre for Entrepreneurship and gained lots of support from them. My supervisor…gave me advice, guidelines and instructions of my project, which led me to launch [it] very quickly.” – Yan Jiang

Nestled on the sweeping banks of the Tay estuary, Dundee is Scotland’s fourth-largest and most solar-centred city. Originally forging its wealth in the name of the three “Js” – jute, jam and journalism – Dundee has since bloomed into a beacon of art and culture, even being recognised as Britain’s ‘coolest little city’, and the UK’s first UNESCO city of design.

The University of Dundee forms part of this unique package, creating a characteristic student buzz that invigorates its setting. Set in a place that’s not only safe, but also affordable and vibrant to its core, it’s hardly surprising that students continually choose to study here year after year.

Ranked the UK’s Top Young University – not to mention its status as one of the world’s leading young providers of higher education – for the second consecutive year, this institution has earned its place at the peak of innovation.

“Over the past five decades, new universities have changed the higher education dynamic around the world, developing…progressive methods of challenging more established institutions,” says Professor Sir Pete Downes, university Principal and Vice-Chancellor.

“To be ranked 16th globally among such universities, and top in the UK, is a great testament to the impact that our research and teaching has around the world, while the experience we offer students has been consistently rated among the best to be found anywhere.”

Boasting high rates of student satisfaction and an inspiring culture to match, the University of Dundee really does provide an unparalleled student experience. And we know you might be thinking that you’ve heard it all before, but again, the institution’s credentials speak for themselves, with the Dundee University Students’ Association (DUSA) being named Scotland’s very best.

The institution is made up of nine distinct schools, all of which cater to multiple study disciplines. While every school reflects the university’s long-held tradition of excellence, the School of Business echoes Dundee’s unrivalled student experience, consistently delivering demand-driven programmes and elevating students to new enterprising heights.

The school recently formed a partnership with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) – a renowned professional management body that is committed to promoting the highest standards of leadership excellence. This means that students of Dundee’s BSc Management, BSc International Business, MSc Management and MSc International Business receive a qualification that’s dually-accredited by CMI.

“A recent survey from CMI indicated that over 75% of companies expected business graduates to have or be willing to work towards an additional professional qualification,” says Professor Kevin Grant, Director of the school.

“The benefits that this will offer our students, and our staff is clear to see. Our degrees now offer something different to our students and the CMI link will ultimately help strengthen their employability upon graduation and sets them up as the business leaders of tomorrow.”

From Accountancy, to Economics, to International BusinessFinance and beyond; the school promises a breadth and depth of study that allows you to form a long-lasting, impactful career. And for those who already have experience firmly under their belts, the school’s undergraduate portfolio and global reputation allows you to hone and shape your profession.

This school stands within the UK top five for Business, Management and Marketing in The Guardian League Tables, cementing its position as the bedrock of success for aspiring business graduates. Whether you’re a keen entrepreneur, a business-leader in the making, or hoping to redefine the corporate sphere with your own visionary start-up; the assets and facilities on-hand at Dundee’s School of Business have got the goods to get you exactly where you need to be.

“I joined the University of Dundee in 2012 as a direct entrant into second year,” says Suzi Cattigan, former student of the School. “The three years I spent studying Business Management fully prepared me for a career in Business,” she explains. “The degree course provided me with vital knowledge about business functions and the necessary steps to becoming a successful manager through the management theory and real-life cases of large corporations.”

Here, as a student, you’ll be granted direct access to guidance and support from the school’s dedicated Careers Service team. From structured workshops and advice on the development of specific expertise; one-to-one sessions that’ll help you find the perfect future path; to experienced counselling and direction throughout the rigorous recruitment process – staff here are intent on seeing your ambition come to life.

These efforts are reflected in the school’s provision of real-world placements, internships and industry projects, ensuring students leave readily-equipped with experience that helps them thrive.

Michael McKaig, for example, a third year BSc Business Management student, made the most of his summer break with a placement with Verdant Spirits in Dundee.

“I had decided that a formal internship scheme with a large multinational wasn’t for me as I have previous experience of working for such companies,” he says.

“Verdant Spirits seemed like a great opportunity as I have loads of experience in the drink trade; they were one of the companies that got back to me and here I am!”

This relevant and flexible placement had to run the course of at least six weeks, and the student’s primary regions of focus – marketing and communications – quickly came to use. Michael became heavily-involved in developing the company’s social media and web presence, as well as marketing materials. Most interestingly of all, his main project is to design and build a crowdfunding campaign to help restore the old Jute Mill building where the business currently operates.

“I think the great thing about a small business is that you get to know the people you work with really well and so you develop a great personal network,” he explains. “For example, we constantly have people in the office so you get to meet these people and make connections with them that will be invaluable after graduation when working in the ‘real world’.”

By consistently immersing students in the professional realm long before they graduate – instilling them with experience and knowledge surrounding sound business practice – the University of Dundee helps graduates begin working life with feet firmly planted on the path to success.

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