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At Imperial College Business School, we are committed to closing the gender gap in business and are passionate about supporting talented women pursuing a career in finance.  What was once a traditionally ‘male dominated’ industry is now changing to ensure it is inclusive and accessible to both genders.

To help towards closing the gender gap in business, Imperial offers a Women in Finance scholarship of £25,000 (for 2024 entry) to those demonstrating academic excellence and leadership potential. In addition to the financial reward, recipients gain access to networking events and can share their outstanding achievement with recruiters when applying for jobs.

Finance is traditionally seen as a ‘male-dominated' industry, and as a result some women may have reservations about working in this area. However, this shouldn’t be the case as steps are being made to make the industry inclusive for all, beginning at institutions like Imperial.

This award is available for all five Finance Master’s programmes at Imperial, which range from the broader to more specialised topics like fintech and risk management:

Huge progress has been made to address the gender disbalance in the finance industry with the number of women the financial services workforce reaching 43% in 2019.

Despite this improvement, in the top levels of the industry, the disbalance prevails. In 2021, within financial services institutions, women held 21% of board seats, 19% of C-suite roles, and 5% of CEO positions in 2021

Why are we pushing for more women in finance?

Supporting more women to study our Finance Master’s programmes is part of our wider efforts towards diversity and inclusion. Imperial College Business School aims for diversity across all of our programmes, not just in terms of gender but in terms of nationality and academic backgrounds.

A diverse classroom creates a safe learning environment where all can feel encouraged to speak up, challenge and engage in interesting conversation with their peers.

How do we support women in finance?

Building your network while at business school is one of the best ways to get ahead in the industry. A wide network gives you a pool of like-minded professionals to take advice from, hear about job opportunities and learn more about the industry you're about to step into.

At Imperial, you can develop connections at the School from the moment you accept your offer. The Women in Business Club and Finance Club offer excellent opportunities to connect with peers from all our programmes and attend insightful events hosted by inspiring leaders.

"I was extremely honoured to receive the Women in Finance scholarship which enabled me to connect with some amazing people I would not have met otherwise. I was also part of the Student Investment Fund, which enabled me to observe how to apply all my learnings from the programme in a real life setting."
MSc Financial Technology 2020
Yanina Opanasenko, MSc Financial Technology 2020

Expert career advice is also available from our outstanding Careers team. They provide support throughout your time at Imperial which includes one-to-one consultations, CV and cover letter workshops and mock interviews, to ensure that you are prepared from the moment you start applying for your first graduate job.

But your network doesn't just stop at those working alongside you. By tapping into the Imperial alumni network, you will be exposed to accomplished business leaders from around the world, who are happy to share their experience and open doors that lead to career opportunities.

There’s no one-size-fits-all in finance, so at Imperial, we offer a broad range of Finance Master’s’ that allow you to tailor your expertise in a specific area. Our programmes teach you how to practically apply the theory you learn in class to real-life business scenarios. Preparing you for your first graduate job, and beyond.

We are proud to see the women on our Finance programmes committed to developing their knowledge in the industry and go on to exciting careers where they can have a real impact on the future of finance. These are the women who are defying stereotypes, breaking the bias, and helping change the industry.