At Bayes Business School (formerly Cass), our goal is to provide our students with a learning experience that’s transformational on both a personal and professional level. We spoke to Bayes online MSc in Global Finance graduate Neetish Rampersad about his experience.
Tell us about your background.
Neetish: I did my undergraduate studies in Actuarial Science. I’m currently employed as a financial regulator for the supervision and regulation of insurance companies and their related intermediaries.
What motivated you to study an MSc in Global Finance?
Neetish: Since I’m currently working in the financial sector and intend to stay in this sector for the long-term, I wanted to further my studies through a masters programme specialising in finance.
Why did you choose to study with Bayes Business School (formerly Cass)?
Neetish: I did my undergraduate degree with Bayes Business School. And, while I was considering universities from the UK and Canada for my masters in finance, I found that Bayes was offering an online MSc in Global Finance. The course would give me the flexibility I needed to not have to take time off from work or move to London. It would allow me to continue working and stay at home while I studied for my masters. I found this a big advantage and motivator.
How has the course impacted you on a personal and professional level?
Neetish: My undergraduate programme was heavily skewed towards financial products offered by the insurance market. However, I work for a financial regulator which regulates the whole financial system. This course has helped me in furthering my knowledge and insight into financial products offered by other segments of the financial sector. It has, without a doubt, boosted my confidence to deal with the evolving financial world, and any upcoming innovative products.
Are you and your peers able to support each other online, as you would in a physical classroom?
Neetish: With my cohort, we created a Facebook page where anyone could ask questions or seek any clarification on the course materials. Participation was excellent, and this helped me understand something which I could not grasp through the course materials. Our Facebook page was the place to get support, assurance, or a second opinion to move forward.
Can you tell us about the support the academics and tutors provided you with in the online learning environment?
Neetish: The good thing about the online learning environment was that there was no preset schedule to follow. Tutors would cover any queries they would receive from students during the week, and would run through any challenging questions and sometimes re-explain certain concepts depending on their level of complexity. It felt like more of a tailor-made programme, where the customers were the students.
How did you manage your time – with your work, studies, and social life?
Neetish: As I’m already a professional in the financial world, there were a good number of concepts I had already come across in real-life situations or during my undergraduate course. So, 1 full day during the weekend was sufficient for me to cover a 1-week module. For other modules, I would study for whole weekends. And, where the weekend wasn’t sufficient or I was unavailable, I would put in an extra effort at nights during the week, or try to catch up whenever there would be a bank holiday. For my assignments, I would take 2-3 days off from work.
What would you say are the required skill sets to be a successful student on this course?
Neetish: Some background in finance and maths, an interest in the financial world and its various products, and a desire to learn.
How easy was it to get used to the online learning environment?
Neetish: The online learning platform was user-friendly and intuitive. I don’t think anyone who is computer-savvy would have any problems using it.
Can you explain how the online learning environment works during a study week?
Neetish: Each weekly module will normally be unlocked on a Friday, and contain an average of 6-7 sub-modules. Each sub-module will contain a video, a PowerPoint presentation, and a copy of the video transcript. The video usually contains a PowerPoint presentation, with the tutor providing an explanation in the background. You can download and save any of the materials. Each sub-module will also contain questions or quizzes at the end. The scores for the questions and quizzes aren’t counted towards your final marks. They’re just practice questions.
Each module has a lecturer and an assistant. During the week, a student can ask their tutor questions via email. The questions are either replied to directly, or taken up on Fridays during the weekly webinars. The webinars are interactive, and students can ask questions instantly. They’re recorded and can be accessed at any time.
You’re free to plan and organise your time during the week to cover the 6-7 sub-modules. If you’re busy during a particular week, you can catch up by increasing your hours in the following weeks, as the materials are always available on the online learning platform. The last week for a specific module will be the exams week. No new materials will be issued. You’ll get the whole week to review the previous weeks’ material and complete your assignment.
How many hours a week did you spend studying?
Neetish: Between 10-20 hours per week.
What were the different types of assessments on the course?
Neetish: There was an average of 3-5 essay-type questions, which included mathematical questions. Some tutors also included assignments in the form of PowerPoint presentations.
What was the biggest challenge with doing this course?
Neetish: I don’t feel I faced any significant challenges during this course. I’ve mostly enjoyed doing this course because of its flexibility. I would find it difficult to attend lectures at specified times in a classroom. This course has perfectly suited my needs and is very innovative in its structure by allowing me to complete a masters at the times I wanted to and in my own home, sparing me the trouble of going back and forth to classrooms.
Neetish is a recent graduate of the online MSc in Global Finance with Bayes Business School. Find out more about the course and how it can develop your financial expertise to the highest level: