From Mumbai, India, consultant plastic surgeon Dr Punam Bijlani heads Medcare hospitals’ plastic surgery services in Dubai, UAE. As a 2016 MSc in Management graduate, she’s understandably proud of her master’s degree – awarded after over three years of online study.

“It’s not something that you pay for, it’s something that you earn,” said Dr Bijlani who combined her studies with her work as a surgeon and with her role as a mother.

With firm beliefs that doctors also need to be good managers, Dr Bijlani believes earning a management degree has given her a professional edge as head of a department.

When looking for a university, accreditation was among the most important requirements. “I think a degree without accreditation is like decaf coffee – it lacks the punch!” she said. Her online master’s is covered by the University Management School’s AACSB Accreditation1.

Skills for the modern workplace

Juggling demanding professional and personal commitments, Dr Bijlani found the flexibility of studying online in her own time also gave her valuable experience in working in a digital world.  

“The online degree was just as good as an on-campus degree – especially for sciences like management and IT where it actually gives you an insight because most of management and IT is a lot of online work,” she said.

“I could still continue to be a mother and a surgeon and I don’t think that a campus degree would have given me that.”

Educational and emotional support

Dr Bijlani found the ongoing support from the University’s Student Support centre kept her going whenever her motivation waned, and the academic staff were second to none.

“The staff and tutors were outstanding and I had great exposure to international students – you get a good perspective on how the rest of the world thinks. I think that’s very important as the world becomes global now.”

Capping her hard work and dedication to her studies, Dr Bijlani celebrated completing her Master’s degree by attending the graduation ceremony on campus in Liverpool.

“I’m very proud to be a graduate of the University of Liverpool,” she said. “When you tell someone you’ve done a University of Liverpool online degree, they know that University of Liverpool wouldn’t be dishing out degrees.”

Find out how the online MSc in Management could help you succeed.

1 Many countries have their own accrediting bodies, and degree recognition differs from country to country. If you reside outside of the United Kingdom, please review your country of residence’s requirements to confirm recognition of your programme. The University is approved and recommended as an online education provider by the UAE’s Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research.

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