MSc Economics & Strategy for Business Class of 2017-18

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In September and October, we welcomed 479 students across our suite of specialised Master’s programmes, as they start their one-year journey at Imperial College Business School. Our 2017-18 specialised Master’s programmes include:

Gender parity

The Business School is committed to achieving gender parity and we’re delighted that this year 54% of students on our specialised Master’s programmes are female.

Empowering ambitious, talented women with the skills, business acumen and network to achieve their potential in graduate management education and beyond is a crucial step to tackling the global issue of gender equality in business and leadership.

A truly diverse cohort

Programme Director of MSc Climate Change, Management & Finance, Dr Mirabelle Muuls, says,

The new cohort of MSc Climate Change, Management & Finance students is extremely strong and diverse. Climate change is a problem that needs to be tackled by innovative thinking, and having students from backgrounds in engineering, science, business and economics from around the world is key to the success of the year. It is an honour to welcome a group of intellectually stimulating, enthusiastic and committed students.

Across the specialised Master’s programmes, students come from a range of academic backgrounds and countries. 68 nationalities are represented across the suite, a diversity that will enable students to grow a valuable network. 

Sara Moubarak, MSc Climate Change, Management & Finance student says, “Aside from being a world-renowned university buzzing with activity, Imperial is also a huge melting pot of international students from diverse backgrounds making it an extremely enriching environment to thrive in.”

The myriad of backgrounds students have access to expands their global awareness and learning opportunities, as they are exposed to a variety of business cultures and working practices, especially as students collaborate on group projects throughout the year. Each student on our specialised Master’s programmes has achieved academic excellence in their respective educational background.

Dr Renata Kosava, Programme Director, MSc Economics & Strategy for Business, says,

“Not only is the cohort diverse, but almost half of students studying MSc Economics & Strategy for Business earned a first-class degree or equivalent. A recent survey found that 75% of alumni said the programme helped them secure positions in top consulting firms, and in the financial and the technology sectors. I strongly believe that our 2017-18 cohort will continue to push the boundaries in what they can accomplish.”

Dr Omar Merlo, Programme Director, MSc Strategic Marketing, says,

“MSc Strategic Marketing is now in its seventh year and in 2017-18 welcomes 192 students across 47 countries. I can’t think of many other instances where someone gets to work, network and socialise with such an international group of people in one place. Our students bring with them a wonderful and diverse set of experiences alongside their outstanding academic and professional accomplishments.” He adds,

We continue to attract some of the best marketing students in the world.

MSc Business Analytics Class 2017-2018


The term began with a series of induction activities designed to introduce students to their programme, each other, Imperial College and London. Offering a warm welcome, Dean Professor Francisco Veloso and the Programme Directors greeted the new class with an overview of what they can expect in the exciting year ahead.

In addition to enhancing the students’ academic skills and knowledge, the Business School is committed to teaching students interpersonal and teamwork skills, essential for an international career in business. Alison Christensen, MSc Strategic Marketing student said, “The most informative and useful session on the induction programme was the Marketing Case Interviews Workshop.”

Students also took part in a host of team-building induction activities to prepare them for group projects on the programme and to build networks across the Business School, including an international showcase, the Imperial Scavenger Hunt and the annual Imperial College Business School quiz.

MSc Business Analytics student Samantha Tia says, “The scavenger hunt was a great way to get to know both the Business School and the team that I am going to work with for the next few months.”

Students were exposed to cutting edge research from faculty experts at the Imperial Business Insights 3:20 event, and networked with top consultants and companies at the Finance and Consulting Careers Fair organised by our Careers & Professional Development Service, including EY, McKinsey & Co, Bloomberg and Deloitte.

In addition to the induction activities, students also had the option to attend masterclasses hosted by the Careers & Professional Development Service, including a “Success at Selection” session from EY and a talk from Lombard Odier’s Head of Family Office Ahmed Husain.

Aly Ibrahim says, “MSc Economics & Strategy for Business at Imperial provides me with the best platform to kickstart my professional career.”

Meet the students on our specialised Master’s programmes:

Alison Christensen was previously Meeting Manager & Marketing Specialist at The International Association of Credit Portfolio Managers, Inc, before starting MSc Strategic Marketing at Imperial College Business School. With a BA in Media Communications & Marketing from New York University, Alison chose Imperial for its “extensive range of topics. No other marketing programmes provided the same breadth of marketing and business strategy.” After the programme, Alison plans to work in London for a global firm. Her role model in business is Sheryl Sandberg and she says Lean In changed her life: “It’s essential reading for any young woman entering business.”

Sara Moubarak studied Economics at McGill University before joining Imperial’s MSc Climate Change, Management & Finance programme. She says the best part of the programme so far is “undoubtedly the people”. Sara was also accepted at LSE and UCL, but chose Imperial because “the programme goes beyond theory and studies practical business issues such as risk management and carbon finance. This unique combination of business and science is what’s needed at the macro level to solve the problem of climate change.” After her MSc, Sara plans on working for a consulting firm or an international organisation, dealing with climate and sustainability issues. She has multiple role models in business and is particularly inspired by Indraa Nooyi at the moment for “her leadership style and for courageously attempting to shift PepsiCo’s portfolio to a healthier one with a limited environmental footprint.”

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