In September, we opened our doors to 499 intelligent and diverse students on our Finance Master’s programmes to Imperial College Business School as they embark on their one year Imperial journey. These programmes are:
- MSc Finance
- MSc Finance & Accounting
- MSc Investment & Wealth Management
- MSc Risk Management & Financial Engineering
We enter the 2018-19 academic year following on the success of our most recent classes. In the Financial Times Masters in Finance Ranking 2018 our MSc Finance programme ranked 1st in the UK (excluding multi-campus programmes) and 9th in the world.
Further, we also celebrated the success of the Class of 2016-17. 94% of graduates across our Finance programmes in this class accepted a job offer. World-class faculty and tailored support from the Careers service set out students up for success in the finance industry.
Find out about this year’s diverse and global class, our commitment to gender parity, induction week and meet some of our Finance Masters’ students.
Building a diverse, global network
At the Business School, we pride ourselves on diversity and the students on the Finance Master’s programmes are a truly international and diverse group – coming from varied academic backgrounds and countries.
With 68 different nationalities represented across the Finance programmes, students have the opportunity to build an international network of friends and future colleagues.
MSc Finance student, Nikita Oleinik says, “I am looking forward to networking opportunities with people across different countries and cultures. The internationalism and diversity of the Business School will broaden my knowledge of various cultures, global practices and financial systems, and will enhance my soft skills in communication, negotiation and teamwork that are so valued by employers.”
Our Finance Masters’ programmes are highly competitive, and are thus made up of the best and brightest minds. 58% of students achieved a first-class (or international equivalent) for their undergraduate degree.
Commitment to gender parity
Imperial College Business School is committed to gender parity, and we are delighted to announce this year 49% of students on our Finance Masters’ programmes are female – a five per cent increase on last year.
Clare Chan, a student on MSc Investment & Wealth Management says, “Apart from the academic excellence and its ranking as one of the top business schools worldwide, the gender equality and diversity of the Business School were also strong factors in my decision.”
In further recognition of this commitment, in the aforementioned Financial Times Masters in Finance Ranking 2018, MSc Finance ranked first overall in the UK for achieving equal gender representation on the programme, as well as being the only business school in the global top 10 to have achieved equal numbers of men and women on the programme. Dr Lara Cathcart, Director of the MSc Finance programme said:
(This) highlights the support that Imperial is giving female professionals in the Finance industry, which has for so long been male-dominated. We hope that the programme’s strong female representation will encourage greater diversity across our other MSc programmes and also in the City and elsewhere.
Welcome to Imperial
After months of preparation and applications, September arrived and it was time to step onto campus for the first time as students of Imperial College Business School. Each programme had a jam-packed first week for their individual welcome days and tailored induction week schedule.
On the first day, students listened to inspiring welcome talks from the Dean of the Business School, Professor Francisco Veloso, the Associate Dean, Leila Guerra, as well as opening talks from their Programme Directors.
To get to know their new classmates and surroundings, students attended a speed networking session and went on a scavenger hunt to explore campus in a fun way.
Another highlight of induction week was a field trip to the heart of London’s financial district, Canary Wharf. Group work forms an integral part of each programme’s assessment so the away day focused on developing teamwork skills, group dynamics, celebrating diversity and overcoming team challenges.
A dedicated Careers Day for each programme introduced students to Imperial College Business School Careers. Our Careers team offers personalised career support to put students on the path to their dream career. Students took the first step on that journey during induction week.
Giovanni Cervini on the MSc Finance said, “I am taking advantage of all the variety of resources and opportunities made available by Imperial College Business School Careers, including but not limited to one-to-one meetings, mock assessment centres and interviews, and the huge number of employers’ presentations and careers fairs.”
The induction was rounded off with a drinks reception that brought together all students from the Finance Master’s programmes, the first of many opportunities to practice their networking skills throughout their Master’s.
A month into the programme after students had settled into their classes and begun to form friendships with their classmates, they were invited to a very special welcome event at the Natural History Museum.
Giovanni Cervini, MSc Finance
Prior to Imperial, Giovanni Cervini completed his Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Economics at Queen Mary University of London. In the summer prior to joining the programme he also attended one of our Summer School courses in Accounting.
“I chose to join Imperial College Business School because of the hands-on teaching provided by experienced and internationally recognised academics, and the great network of alumni around the world. In particular, I was attracted by the mathematical nature of the MSc Finance programme, its wide range of electives, and the leading statistics for graduate employment. From the MSc Finance I hope to gain a thorough knowledge and understanding of the industry, while developing the required skills and network to achieve a successful career in finance.”
Clare Chan, MSc Investment & Wealth Management
Clare studied an International Foundation Program at London School of Economics and Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Financial Economics with Econometrics at the University of Kent. She worked as a Tax Summer Intern at PwC Hong Kong.
“Imperial College Business School is very reputable and well known for their academic prestige. The MSc Investment & Wealth Management programme provides a great opportunity to prepare us for challenges in the buy-side industry. The programme also equips us with the most advanced quantitative and programming knowledge which can be applied in practice. Throughout this year, I hope to create a lifelong network of friends and potential co-workers who can support each other in the future.”
Ece Tutuncu, MSc Risk Management & Financial Engineering
Ece studied a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Investment and Financial Risk Management at Cass Business School. She brings a wealth of work experience to the programme having worked as a Financial Advisory Trainee at PwC, a Corporate Finance Summer Analyst at AK Investment, both in Istanbul, Turkey, and a Graduate in Lending Operations at European Investment Bank in Luxembourg prior to Imperial.
“I chose to study my Master’s at Imperial College Business School given the school’s reputation, location, strong industry links and supportive careers team, all of which are important factors in my future employability. My experience so far has been amazing! Although the programme is very challenging, knowing that the skills I am acquiring will prove to be very useful as well as being surrounded by like-minded ambitious students are both great motivators.”