In September, we welcomed 317 students to Imperial College Business School as they began their one-year journey on our Specialised Master’s programmes in the class of 2018-19. These programmes are:
- MSc Business Analytics
- MSc Climate Change, Management & Finance
- MSc Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Management
- MSc International Health Management
In addition, we welcomed our inaugural cohort of MSc Business Analytics (online delivery, part-time) students in October.
Our Specialised Masters’ are highly-focused programmes that equip students with the relevant skills to launch them into their dream careers. Find out more about the class profiles, the fun-filled induction week and meet some of the new students.
A diverse cohort with a wealth of experience
At Imperial, we pride ourselves on attracting very diverse students including gender, nationality and academic backgrounds. This diversity enriches the students both academically and culturally, as they learn from their peers who bring a different set of experiences to the programme.
This year 54 per cent of students across our programmes are female, which demonstrates our tangible commitment to gender parity at the Business School. Mirabelle Muuls, (former) Academic Director of MSc Climate Change, Management & Finance says:
The MSc Climate Change, Management & Finance cohort has a very rich variety of academic and geographic backgrounds, which makes it a very vibrant and cohesive group of students. In particular, we are very much enthused by the fact that 49 per cent of the students on the programme are female. This diversity brings rich discussions in the classroom, effective group work and presentations. Such combinations of different expertise and different characters are key to develop thinking and creativity around the challenges and opportunities of climate change.
Students join our Specialised Masters’ from a myriad of countries and 74 nationalities are represented across the programmes. This internationality enables students to grow a valuable network of colleagues and friends from around the world.
Di (Nicole) Zhang talks about how she has benefited from her diverse cohort:
My experience on the programme so far has been amazing! Meeting your colleagues from all sorts of backgrounds and the opportunities to learn from each other through group projects have been the most exciting experiences. Also, everyone has been so supportive of each other during the stressful job application period.
Students also join from a wide range of educational backgrounds, having achieved academic excellence in their respective fields with 43% of students having a first class degree.
Pinelopi Chamalelli, a student on the MSc Business Analytics programme says:
As a Business Analytics student, I find myself in an academic environment with high-achieving and motivated students of diverse backgrounds that create a steep peer learning experience.
An induction week that was equal parts informative and fun welcomed students onto campus and gave them the first taste of life at Imperial. On their first day at the Business School, students were warmly greeted by the Dean of the Business School, Professor Francisco Veloso, Associate Dean Leila Guerra and the respective Programme Directors.
In true British style, the South Kensington Tea Party at the beginning of the week brought students across all programmes to mingle with their peers over finger sandwiches, sweet treats and of course, tea.
Owing to the nature of the specialised programmes, each programme had highly relevant induction week activities. The MSc Business Analytics induction was accelerated over two days with careers sessions, team building activities and icebreaker challenges for students to get to know each other before launching into the intensive programme.
MSc Climate Change, Management & Finance students were treated to multiple sessions with Imperial’s Grantham Institute, which is Imperial College London’s leading authority on climate change and the environmental science. Students also heard from PhD candidates completing work in science and solutions for a changing planet, as well as going on a field trip to the Tate Modern.
Students on MSc Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Management participated in a ‘Know your worth’ trading game, a personal branding workshop, heard from an entrepreneurship alumni panel and networking session as well as hub/incubator visits across various locations in London.
Wole Lawal on MSc Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Management talks about his highlights from induction week:
My first highlight when I arrived at Imperial College Business School was when I picked up my Identity card because it all felt like a dream to me until I actually arrived at the beautiful South Kensington campus, met my awesome classmates and went on a tour around the campus.
My second highlight was when I met with my syndicate team members and we all had to create a business idea which we then pitched to a panel in the lecture hall. When we were all discussing our business ideas, it was the moment that I knew that I was amongst intelligent minds and that my time at Imperial was going to be very interesting. So far everything has exceeded my expectations.
Unique to the MSc International Health Management programme was a special guest lecture on ‘A Day in a Life of an NHS CEO’ and a sequential simulation at the Chelsea & Westminster Hospital.
After a stimulating and social induction week, students were ready to begin their studies and continue to involve themselves in all of the exciting things Imperial has to offer.
Pinelopi Chamalelli, MSc Business Analytics
For her undergraduate, Pinelopi attended Athens University of Economics and Business studying a Bachelor’s Degree in Management Science and Technology, graduating first in the cohort. Before Imperial, she interned at EY in Advisory Services, working in the Big Data and Analytics sub-service line.
“Among all top universities around the world, Imperial College Business School was my first choice. The comprehensive programme structure along with its outstanding global reputation and location in London, the financial capital of Europe, will be a catalyst for my academic and professional growth. Through the MSc Business Analytics, I will gain the technical expertise as well as the business understanding to be able to derive insights from data, which will make me a highly skilled professional.”
Wole Lawal, MSc Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Management
Wole joins Imperial after completed his Bachelor’s in Biochemistry at the University of Essex. He brings a wealth of experience to the programme from Nigeria including placements at Seagle Properly Development Company and Fisdon Healthcare.
“My passion for studying business was fostered during my placement year which I spent at Fidson Healthcare Plc, a pharmaceutical company in Nigeria. I wanted to understand the business aspects of commodities since I had already gained the biochemical knowledge of the science behind things. For that reason, I decided to study the MSc Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Management programme at Imperial in light of the specialised content of the programme, the calibre and excellence of the Business School and the blend of theoretical learnings and practical application that the programme offers.”
Di (Nicole) Zhang, MSc International Health Management
Di (Nicole) studied a BSc Biomedical Sciences at Imperial College London before commencing her postgraduate studies at the Business School. She has completed a host of summer internships in China at Pfizer, Essence Securities Co. and the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
“Having completed my undergraduate degree here at Imperial, I have truly experienced the esteemed reputation of our university and a unique campus lifestyle. I have met the most supportive professors and the smartest peers ever. I wanted to stay and build my network in the Business School which will become extremely helpful in my future career. Coming from a science background, the Master’s is a spring broad for me to jump from medical research to overlooking healthcare as a business. I hope to build in-depth knowledge of business fundamentals and be able to apply that to specific cases within the context of healthcare.”