Oluwatooke Femi-Philips - Postgraduate - University of Derby


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Nigerian student Oluwatooke Femi-Philips came to the University of Derby to take her knowledge and skills to the next level on the MSc Accounting and Finance. 

She explains: “With the MSc, I now have a greater insight into the practical process of being an accountant, the techniques I need to make decisions, and a broader understanding of accounting and financial issues. The programme also gives me an added advantage when I take my ACCA professional exams. “A Masters requires 100% commitment, which has been the most challenging aspect of the programme – but it has been a very good experience and has definitely improved my knowledge and skills.” 

After completing her BSc in Accounting at Bowen University in Nigeria in 2011, Oluwatooke moved on to the National Youth Service Corps – a compulsory year of service which aims to involve graduates in the development of the country. She spent her year as a junior auditor at Boevi Lawson & Co Chartered Accountants. 

When she embarked on her studies at the University of Derby in October 2013, settling in was relatively easy as her elder sister was already studying here. She also appreciated the chance to go on a residential at the start of her course, where she got to know fellow students and took part in various outdoor activities. “This definitely built my leadership skills and improved my attitude towards teamwork, which has been very useful for the MSc,” she says.

These skills have also proved invaluable for projects such as her recent course work on Advanced Audit and Assurance, where – as part of a small group of students – she had to present a pitch for an audit engagement. “It has helped me gain not only confidence in public speaking but also an insight into what goes on in the boardrooms when auditors are appointed to tender.” Her current focus is on her dissertation exploring the impact of electronic banking in Nigeria, which includes assessing users’ level of knowledge about the system and how confident they feel about its security.

Oluwatooke concludes: “Derby is a small, quiet city and is a very conducive location for learning. The University itself has a good learning environment and  excellent lecturers who are willing to attend to your needs.”