After graduating from the MSc Sport Management in 2023, Yuyang moved back to China to kickstart her career. We spoke to her to find out why she chose to study in the UK, and how the interdisciplinary master’s has helped set her up for a career in the Chinese sporting industry.
Combining sport and business to further my career
Before I moved to the UK, I did my bachelor’s in economics and management in Shanghai, China. I felt that going straight onto my master’s, rather than taking a gap year, was the right way to go, as I wanted to try and finish my studies quickly.
I love sporting events and the atmosphere they create, so when I was looking for master’s programmes, I chose to study sport management. I wanted to see how different countries teach knowledge about the sports industry and gain a broader perspective. As England has more sports professionals than China, I chose to study in the UK.
While I’m not an athlete like some of my peers on the Sport Management course at Bath, I’ve always liked many types of sport. I really liked volleyball when I was in high school, and I also enjoy skiing and water sports. I also participated in sporting events in both China and the UK, so when I started the degree in Bath, it was nice to have athletes on the course with me and to have the opportunity to talk to them about different sports.
From Shanghai to Bath
After living in Shanghai for my bachelor’s degree, I knew I wanted to live a quieter life for my master’s.
One reason that Bath appealed to me was because of its location. Other universities were near London, which is very busy and more expensive. Bath, on the other hand, is quiet and clean, but it’s not in the middle of nowhere as it is near Bristol.
However, the biggest reason I chose Bath over other universities was because of the many resources it provides its students. Often we would have guest lectures, where an expert from the sports industry would be invited to share their knowledge and expertise with us.
The university also has many support services for students, and the Student Union were great at providing opportunities for students to participate in different activities and societies. I also liked that there are facilities like gyms or swimming pools available both on campus and in the city.