The Decision to Study at Postgraduate Level in Another Country: A Case Study

By Des Monk.

Published by The Global Studies Journal

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The purpose of this research was to examine full-time postgraduate courses in business/management education undertaken by Chinese students at British universities. Such courses cost many thousands of pounds in terms of tuition fees alone. It seemed worthwhile to attempt to assess the benefits that might accrue to such students especially in terms of their subsequent experience in the labour market.

A qualitative methodology is used in which questionnaire data from Chinese postgraduate students is analysed; the students had all undertaken an MA or MSc in some aspect of business management at a British university since 2006. The paper also considers the data collected from follow-up questions that were asked of students who had returned to China after graduation.

These interim results suggest that it is the non-financial rather than financial rewards to postgraduate study that are considered important by Chinese students.

Keywords: China, Postgraduate, Labour Market

Global Studies Journal, Volume 2, Issue 3, pp.159-168. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.245MB).

Dr. Des Monk

Senior Lecturer, Division of International Business, Economics & Business, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, Lancashire, UK

Des Monk did his first degree at York University in Economics and Economic History (1975) and subsequently gained a taught MA from London University in Economics Education (1988). The first of his research degrees was an M.Phil from Northumbria (1997) and his PhD was from the University of Central Lancashire (2002); both of these were concerned with training in the labour market place. Having gained his first degree he went into human resource management with the gas industry but retrained as a teacher in 1981. He taught at various school and colleges in the 1980s and began work at the University of Central Lancashire in 1991. His research papers over the past 10 years have been concerned with an evaluation of various training programmes; much of the work has been of a comparative nature.

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