Afia Bhatti

Pakistan, Pre-Master's followed by MSc Finance

“Studying at Oxford Brookes has definitely surpassed my expectations in every regards.”

How did your Pre-Master’s course prepare you for your degree?

The Pre-Master’s course equipped me with the skills required at masters level. Before joining the Pre-Master’s course I did not know how to do academic research and find good peer reviewed articles. Through the course, I learned the skills and techniques required and now I can confidently say I do not have any issues at master’s level finding good sources for my work. Had I not taken the Pre-Master’s course, I would have struggled at master’s level with referencing and understanding the different for-mats required to write different types of work such as statistical reports, research reports and mini dissertations. The Pre-Master’s also helped me boost my confidence because everyone’s opinion mattered and everyone was given a chance to express their views. We also had the opportunity to select subjects in the field we wanted to study at master’s level which gave us the flexibility and opportunity to build a good foundation.

What were your Pre-Master’s teachers/lecturers like?

The lecturers were very friendly and helpful. They took their time out to explain everything and made sure the students were following the tasks on hand. Some of the lecturers were well experienced and it transpired in the way they taught us.

What do you like most about your master’s course?

During my course, I got the opportunity to work with other students from different backgrounds. The lecturers were well experienced and treated everyone individually and with patience.

What made you decide to study at Oxford Brookes - does it live up to your expectations?

Studying at Oxford Brookes has definitely surpassed my expectations in every regards. I decided to study at Brookes because I had read reviews about the university and I was impressed. The lecturers are well experienced and the staff is very friendly and accommodating. I wanted to explore Oxford more and I knew it was just the perfect environment for my studies.

What do you like about living in Oxford?

Oxford is a very diverse city. You get to meet people from different backgrounds and learn more about different cultures which in this time is very much needed. Living in Oxford gives you the perfect environment that helps you stay focused on your goals.

What do you hope to do after you graduate?

On successful completion of my Pre-Master’s I hope to become a CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst). This will help me further to get closer to my goal of eventually becoming an investment banker. However, my options are open to working in any sector of the financial industry at the moment.