Our Specialised Masters’ are a set of uniquely crafted programmes designed for students looking to develop theoretical and practical knowledge in some of the most rapidly evolving industries.
In September we welcomed five new Specialised Masters’ cohorts to Imperial College Business School, eager to start their journey towards expert-level knowledge and a successful career in the sector of their choice.
The Specialised Masters’ suite covers a wide range of subjects. The programmes available are:
In this article you will find out more about each class, the students, their motivations for joining their programme, and what’s in store for them.
During their studies, the students will learn about their specialised subject through a variety of core modules, electives, and projects, which will not only educate them in the field but help them to secure incredible roles within or found innovative organisations and drive impactful change on a global scale.
Welcome to the Specialised Masters’ class of 2022-23.
What does the new class look like?
Fostering a diverse and inclusive learning environment is one of Imperial’s key priorities, and is reflected in the melting pot of backgrounds and nationalities that make up the newest Specialised Masters’ cohort.
Having a class that is made up of such varied individuals challenges our students and encourages them to consider alternative ways of thinking. This year’s group have a wealth of learning opportunities available to them thanks to the 64 nationalities that make up the 420 strong cohort.
MSc Business Analytics
Ranked #5 in the world in the QS World University Rankings: Masters in Business Analytics Rankings 2023, MSc Business Analytics at Imperial prepares graduates for a future of data-driven and evidence-based decision-making. Although grounded in rigorous technical and quantitative training, our programme also provides opportunities to apply your learning in a practical setting. Electives and projects are sector-focussed, giving students the opportunity to tailor the programme to their interests.
This year’s full-time, on-campus programme achieved strong female representation (49% female) and has students that come from a wide variety of academic backgrounds, with the most popular being: Engineering/Technology (25%), Economics (24%), Finance/Accounting (17%) and Business/Management (16%).
The online, part-time programme students have an average age of 27, with many of them choosing to take advantage of the part-time nature of the programme and continue working in their current role where they can apply the learnings to their day-to-day projects.
Meet an MSc Business Analytics student
Why did you choose to study MSc Business Analytics?
While completing my undergraduate degree, I gained an interest in platform-based business solutions by developing an analytical management platform for a leading automotive company. After gathering academic and professional experience, I identified the huge potential of data analytics. Imperial College Business School’s innovative MSc Business Analytics programme offers the unique opportunity of pursuing these academic interests at a leading university while networking with the diverse Imperial community and benefitting from the incredible offering of the Business School’s career services.
What are your future career plans?
Imperial College Business School’s MSc Business Analytics programme offers a world-class analytics education and extremely valuable insights into machine learning. After receiving support from the Business School’s incredible Careers Service, I am currently applying for roles as Data Analyst, Business Analyst and Strategy Consultant.
MSc Climate Change, Management & Finance
MSc Climate Change, Management & Finance is a one-year programme that prepares the next generation of climate change and sustainability business leaders. On this ground-breaking programme, students learn from leading practitioners and world leading climate change faculty to put the latest academic thinking on business and climate science strategies into practice.
This year’s MSc Climate Change, Management & Finance cohort is made up of 112 students, with 53% of those students being female. A truly global cohort, 29 nationalities are represented in the class of 2021-22 having studied a range of undergraduate subjects such as Business/Management (33%), Economics (20%), Science/Medicine (16%), Arts/Humanities (15%) – all united by the desire to make the world a greener place.
Meet an MSc Climate Change, Management & Finance student
Nationality: St Lucian
Why did you choose to study MSc Climate Change, Management & Finance?
While I enjoyed working in finance, I desired a career more closely aligned with the causes I care about. I had always been environmentally conscious, and as a Caribbean national, I had seen first-hand the negative impacts of climate change as storms and droughts became more severe and unpredictable. Given that financial markets and corporations play a key role in the transition to a low-carbon world, I viewed this connection as an excellent opportunity to make an impact using my finance skills. I grew curious about sustainable business, climate finance, and climate change adaptation, which led me to pursue this Masters’ programme at Imperial College Business School. And so far, the programme has not disappointed!
What do you hope to achieve with the programme?
Before I started this programme, I mainly looked forward to business-related modules. However, after two months of studies, I find the science and technology-based modules equally (if not more) interesting! I now hope to graduate with a solid, modern knowledge of cleantech, sustainable finance, and everything in between, allowing me the flexibility to work in various capacities in the sustainability sector. I am also excited to build the technical skills necessary for success in this area, and most importantly, to gain a network of ambitious professionals who share my passion for climate change.
MSc Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Management
MSc Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Management is a one-year full-time programme that builds students’ toolkit in the three key areas of innovation, entrepreneurship and management, teaching them how to manage successful outcomes to create, deliver and capture value from innovation. These students are future angel investors, unicorn founders, innovators and creators.
As well as the varied programme content, there are many opportunities for students to get involved in Imperial’s dynamic enterprising culture including the Imperial Enterprise Lab.
This year’s cohort of 84 students come from across the world, representing 31 different nationalities with 48% female students. On this programme, the most common degree that students have is in Business/Management (44%), while the other half of the cohort have a rich range of backgrounds. Subjects that students have studied prior include Arts/Humanities (18%), Engineering/Technology (12%), Finance/Accounting (10%), and Economics (8%).
The nature of the programme means that all students, no matter their previous experience, are united by a true passion for entrepreneurship.
Meet MSc Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Management students
Why did you choose to study MSc Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Management?
Having been in industry for a little while before embarking on a Masters’ programme, I was clear that my long-term career goals encompassed technology product leadership and venture building in emerging markets. While going through the process of selecting a school and programme, it was important to me that both serve as a launchpad for these goals.
The unique mix of business, technology, innovation and leadership concepts in MSc Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Management made it a no-brainer. Looking through the outline, I noticed programmes at the Business School are specially tailored to emphasise how leaders should think to drive their organisation's business and growth. The opportunity to do work placements and get involved in startup activities made the programme an excellent choice for me.
Beyond the academics and considering the reputation of Imperial College Business School, I also had expectations of meeting a rich range of talented people with diverse perspectives. The MSc Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Management class 2022/23 and the larger student base have certainly delivered in this regard.
What are your future career plans?
My goal is to combine my interest in sustainable fashion with my previous experience in impact investing to join a venture capital firm that finances companies shaping the future of responsible fashion and fast-moving consumer goods. My previous work experience allowed me to see how necessary sustainable innovations are for the fashion industry. Through the MSc in Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Management I am sure I will be well equipped with both the managerial knowledge and the entrepreneurial mindset to achieve my career goals.
MSc International Health Management
This programme combines business-focussed teaching and cutting-edge research, giving students the chance to learn from internationally recognised faculty at the forefront of health management research. The programme is specifically designed to give an overview of the UK health system and its application in a global context.
This year’s class of 83 students represent a vast range of nationalities with students joining the class from all over the world. The top countries that the students have joined us from are China, India, UK, Indonesia, the United States of America and France. Due to the subject matter, the majority of students (71%) come from a Science/Medicine background looking to enhance their knowledge of business and the health management sector.
Meet an MSc International Health Management student
Why did you choose to study MSc International Health Management?
I chose to study MSc International Health Management because I knew I wanted to get exposure to the global healthcare sector via the scope of business. Through my research, I found that Imperial College Business School’s prestigious programme, excellent faculty, and global focus would help me achieve my career goals. Since arriving here, I have also had the opportunity to meet incredibly talented and impressive peers from a wide variety of diverse sectors. I have been able to learn not only from the faculty, but also the outstanding cohort in my programme. It has been an incredible opportunity to discuss current healthcare issues with future healthcare leaders.
What do you hope to achieve with the programme?
While it is a lofty goal, I genuinely want to make the world a better place through business. My passion is international health access and equity. While I have dedicated my career to these goals thus far, the education from Imperial is incredibly impactful, both in technical skills as well as career planning resources. My hope is to take the lessons, skills, and connections I achieve from this programme in order to work in operations of a major hospital or health system. My long-term goal is to be the CEO of a hospital, and I believe the lessons learned in my time at Imperial will get me there!