Dashi Alpion, Careers Adviser from Careers Network, University of Birmingham shares her expert insights on the value of a Master’s degree in Business and Management (BAM) focussing on how this postgraduate qualification can further enhance specific knowledge and skills required from employers in the industry.

One of Dashi’s current projects involves supporting undergraduates from across the five colleges of the University who are thinking of further study. In this piece, she will focus solely on the value of doing a Master’s in BAM.

Do employers value a Master’s degree in BAM? The short answer to this is, yes. It is of course true that many employers recruit graduates from virtually any discipline through graduate management schemes – advertised through university careers services or dedicated careers websites such as Prospects, Target jobs and Milkround and proceed to train their recruits into management roles. However, many employers value the technical and specialist knowledge and skills gained from studying for a Master’s in BAM.

Whether you study for one year full time or two years part time, you will enhance your transferrable skills which will undoubtedly help you to stand out from the crowd. Graduates with a good honours degree from any number of disciplines such as Science, Engineering, Social Sciences or Arts are usually likely to pursue a postgraduate degree in BAM as this is seen as an excellent opportunity to develop core business skills and key competencies.

This is particularly the case for graduates that want to get ahead and aspire to become future managers and business leaders. Studying for a Master’s allows these early career professionals to specifically demonstrate to employers that they are versatile, have developed their knowledge of general business and have enhanced their transferrable skills. What skills do you develop as a result of a Master’s in BAM? Whether you are a recent graduate or a mid-career professional, a Master’s in BAM will give you an opportunity to develop an in-depth and highly valued understanding of how an organisation operates.

Through specific tailored modules and exciting team projects, you will develop your skills and knowledge on an array of subject areas such as Economics, Psychology, Consultancy, Finance and Accountancy with an option to specialise further in any of these areas if desired. As a BAM postgraduate you will be in a better position to articulate to employers why you are the best person for the job. The technical knowledge and transferrable skills that you have gained will help give you the edge over the competition. Career prospects A Master’s in BAM opens a number of doors for graduates.

You pursue a career in general management, management consultancy and academic management or you could use your experience to set up your own consultancy firm or business venture. Explore some of the job profiles detailed on the Prospects website. A word of advice If you decide that a Master’s in BAM is the right careers step for you, make the most of this valuable opportunity.

Remember that by choosing this route you are allowing yourself to:

  • enhance your transferrable skills • develop your specific and technical knowledge
  • articulate your interest in your chosen industry
  • prove yourself to be an aspiring future leader
  • gain valuable work experience – some universities offer short-term or project-based placements If you are looking to complete further studies and have a particular intellectual interest in the intricacies of business and management, then a Master’s in BAM is the right choice for you.