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Studying management studies at The University of Nottingham provides you with an excellent foundation for your future career.

89.7% of graduates leaving management courses in the 2016/17 academic year secured work or further study within six months of graduating.

A significant number of this cohort continues on to a higher degree which can add value to particular careers. Examples include finance and investment, marketing and law.



What skills will I develop during my degree?

In addition to your subject knowledge your management degree equips you with key skills valued by employers:

  • analytical and critical judgement
  • professional communication and presentation skills (written and oral)
  • numeracy and quantitative analysis
  • problem solving and working with others
  • reflection and critical thinking
  • digital capabilities, data visualisation and research skills
  • language skills (if combined with modern languages)

Where do management graduates work?

The graduate labour market has experienced significant growth in recent years, this was notable in the financial sector with increased vacancies in accountancy, professional services, IT and insurance. Growth in the banking sector was still disappointing resulting in a decline in the number of vacancies.

These economic factors have impacted on those management studies students graduating in the summer, with more graduates entering the financial sector, and fewer entering the banking sector than in previous years. However, despite this highly competitive market, management studies graduates have secured professional roles in major companies and organisations.

Top 10 companies

Management studies students are highly sought after by a number of major companies including:

Employers of management graduates
Boots HSBC
Credit Suisse KPMG
Deloitte Lloyds Banking Group
Goldman Sachs Royal Bank of Scotland


The University of Nottingham graduates from management studies secure professional positions across a diverse range of employment sectors, but the key sectors of employment for our graduates were:

  • accountancy and professional service
  • management consultancy
  • marketing and sales
  • finance and investment

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How can I develop my skills and gain experience during my degree?

Work experience and volunteering

Depending on what area of work or role you might be interested in, and where, there will be specific strategies, from speculative applications to formal processes you need to be familiar with.

Work experience - what, how and when

Nottingham Internship Scheme

We work closely with a huge variety of local and national businesses to bring you an exciting range of internship opportunities, for both current students and recent graduates

Nottingham Internship Scheme

Nottingham Advantage Award

The Nottingham Advantage Award offers interesting extracurricular modules to develop your employability. With over more than 200 modules across our three campus in the UK, China and Malaysia.

Nottingham Advantage Award

Advice from Nottingham alumni

With our Career Mentoring programme, you can receive invaluable support from an alumnus while considering your career options. Choose a mentor in the career area that interests you and get a real insight into the sector.

Career Mentoring

Enhance your digital skills

Digital skills are essential in many career fields including advertising, publishing, marketing and general commerce. They range from social media to coding and will definitely enhance your employability.

More about digital marketing

Students' Union

The Students’ Union offers a wide range of volunteering options both locally and internationally which you can fit around your studies.

Alternatively you could get involved in a society or sports club - there's so many, you're bound to find one that interests you!

Students' Union

Students in Classrooms

There are three initiatives which will give you the opportunity to work in a local educational setting.  These initiatives support the academic attainment and raise the aspirations of primary and secondary pupils, whilst developing the skills and employability of those involved. 

These are excellent opportunities for students considering teaching, youth work or community engagement as a career.

Students in Classrooms

Exchanges programmes overseas

Undertake an exchange semester in another country and broaden your horizons. Talk to your tutors and find out more about the programmes available from the International Office.

Exchange programmes

Psychometric tests

Many graduate recruiters use psychometric tests during the recruitment and selection process. They are common across all sectors and career fields. Practise will really help your performance.

Use our example tests


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