The skills and techniques learnt on this course are sought by all sorts of organisations – investment banking, environmental charities, government, agriculture, healthcare and technology.
Career options can be rewarding, both intellectually and financially. The satisfaction of solving problems, working with people in other professions, thinking through solutions and then communicating them, is often matched with a good salary.
Check out what our graduates have gone on to do and how studying at Kingston helped them achieve their goals.
Former student: Armandos A Constantinides
Year of graduation: 1999
Current job: Managing Director, LOGISTIKA
Location: Ilioupolis, Greece
Armandos chose to study statistics with business management because he felt it would provide him with a valuable skill set. This proved correct and, just one year after graduating, he launched his own company. Within six years, it had become one of Greece's most successful consultancy firms thanks to the unique services he is able to provide.
"I was looking for a course that would enable me to develop a professional expertise. I noticed that there was a demand for statisticians and by studying statistics in combination with business I hoped to provide innovative services using scientific analysis of business matters.
"I chose to study at Kingston because a lot of friends suggested it was one of the best universities for business studies. Moreover, Kingston is near London, which is the business centre of the UK.
"I found the course difficult at first. However, all the lecturers did a lot to help me and I acquired the necessary skills. My favourite module was Operational Research, which has enabled me to develop some innovative business services.
"I was employed on graduation by a consulting firm in Greece as senior business research manager. I was responsible for restructuring the business research department and developing new tools for market research.
"Early in 2000 I started my own consulting firm, named LOGISTIKA. The company offers a variety of services such as market and consumer research, surveys, business consulting, customer service consulting and tax and accounting services. It has exhibited in international franchise exhibitions and publishes the annual 'Franchising in Greece: Investors Profile Survey'.
"LOGISTIKA has now been in business for six years and I am a member of the European Society for Opinion and Market Research. I have been the key speaker at over 20 seminars and have written more than 30 newspaper and magazine articles. I have also become a certified e-commerce concept analyst and chartered accountant and auditor.
"These activities have resulted in my company becoming one of the most successful consulting firms in Greece with clients such as Pfizer Canada, EVOBUS Gmbh (Mercedes-Benz and Setra Busses), EuroGnosi SA and Marasil. Late in 2005 we also created a consulting firm in London called LOGISTIKA UK LTD.
"Because my degree was a harmonious mix of statistics with business management I have been able to develop services that mix mathematical and economical approaches, offering something unique to my clients – most consulting firms use one approach or the other.
"I enjoy developing new ideas and continually creating innovative services. Processing new statistical and management techniques in order to make them useful to my clients is the most exciting part of my work. If you are looking for a managerial career, this degree provides the basic elements you need to develop and apply innovative techniques."
The Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing has a specialist employability team. It provides friendly and high-quality careers and recruitment guidance, including advice and sessions on job-seeking skills such as CV preparation, application forms and interview techniques. Specific advice is also available for international students about the UK job market and employers' expectations and requirements.
The team runs employer events throughout the year, including job fairs, key speakers from industry and interviews on campus. These events give you the opportunity to hear from, and network with, employers in an informal setting. For example, here students are practising their interview skills with employers at a 'speed interviewing' event on campus.
In addition to building expertise in your own discipline, our courses will also help you to develop key transferable skills that you'll need for professional life or further study once you graduate.
As well as a range of careers and employability activities at Kingston, we also offer you the chance to apply and develop your skills in live contexts as an integral part of your course. Opportunities include:
In your final year, you'll get the opportunity to complete a major 'capstone' project where you can apply the knowledge and skills you have acquired to a range of real issues in different contexts. This is a great way to learn and is a valuable bridge to employment or further research at masters level.