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:
MSc International Health Management (now MSc Global Health Management)
In this article, you will discover more about each class, including insights into the students, their reasons for enrolling in their respective programmes, and the exciting journey that lies ahead of them.
Throughout their studies, students will delve into their specialised subjects through a diverse range of core modules, electives, and projects. These components are designed not only to enhance their knowledge in the field but also to equip them for securing impressive roles within established organisations or founding innovative enterprises, driving meaningful change on a global level.
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. The current cohort, consisting of 491 members hailing from 64 different nationalities, provides an abundance of learning opportunities for all involved.
MSc Business Analytics
Ranked 6th in the world (QS Business Master’s Rankings 2024, Business Analytics), 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 (61% female) and has students that come from a wide variety of academic backgrounds, with the most popular being: Engineering/Technology (24%), Economics (20%), Business/Management (17%), and Science/Medicine (12%).
The online, part-time programme students have an average age of 29, 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 (full-time, on-campus) student
Undergraduate education: Management, Universidade Católica Portuguesa
How does the curriculum of MSc Business Analytics align with your career goals?
The curriculum of MSc Business Analytics provides a strong framework of data analytics fundamentals through the core modules. After that, it delves into more specialised industry-related subjects through electives. Alongside this, we get hands-on experience in workshops and seminars focusing on specific tools such as Tableau, along with other relevant topics.
The structure of the programme really enables me to develop the necessary skills to jumpstart my career as a Data Analyst and to be able to harness the power of Big Data to provide meaningful insights.
What hobbies or interests do you have outside of your academic life?
It is very important to balance academic life with other activities, such as doing physical exercise and taking part in social events. Ethos, one of Imperial College’s sports facilities, is right next to the Business School and makes it easier to achieve a regular physical exercise routine. Besides that, I love to play Padel through the Imperial College Padel Club.
I have also joined the Imperial College Data Science Society, which organises weekly workshops and has enabled me to learn more about Machine Learning, which will be very important in my future career.
Meet an MSc Business Analytics (part-time, online) student
Undergraduate education: BSc Information and Communications Technology Management, De La Salle University Manila
In what ways do you hope to grow and develop personally and professionally during your time at the Business School?
Although I've worked in data and analytics throughout my career, there were areas of my skills that needed honing. My undergraduate degree focused more on technology, and I wanted to bolster my knowledge in business and maths. The programme suits me perfectly as it addresses this blend of practices, helping me develop a comprehensive skillset.
In my current experience in the analytics industry, lacking strong business knowledge limits the full potential of technology in solving business problems. Without a solid grasp of technology, processes can become costly, inefficient, and fail to enhance overall business operations. Additionally, lacking strong maths skills means solutions aren't fully optimized, and the technology used for problem-solving can lead to unnecessary overheads and processes.
Another area I aim to develop during my time at the Business School is time management. Balancing work, life, and studies while learning to plan ahead and prioritise activities will be challenging but also rewarding.
How does the Hub support your learning?
For those studying an online programme like me, the Hub is the core of where our learning happens. Module content for the current term is uploaded there and is a mix of readings, videos, and interactive exercises. The interactive exercises are really helpful as our professor and teaching assistants provide feedback on our answers, which helps clarify our understanding on the lessons. There are also cases where the answers are shared across the class which also helps us learn from each other. The built-in calendar also ensures that we have visibility on when assignments and quizzes are due, so we could properly plan our time completing them.
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 166 students, with 62% of those students being female. A truly global cohort, 35 nationalities are represented in the class having studied a range of undergraduate subjects such as Business/Management (31%), Economics (22%), Finance/Accounting (15%), Arts/Humanities (11%).
Meet an MSc Climate Change, Management & Finance student
Sara Valenzuela Cruz
Undergraduate education: Chemical Engineering, Tecnologico de Monterrey
How was your first week on-campus?
I will always remember the first week on campus. It was such a great experience. I had the opportunity to meet almost everyone from MSc Climate Change, Management & Finance and a lot of students from different programmes. Everyone shared their excitement about starting this new journey and the adventures ahead. We had “This is the way” sessions that were really helpful in knowing more about the different sectors such as energy and sustainability, finance, and consulting. The Welcome Day at the Science Museum was a great kickstart of the year.
How does the curriculum of your Master's programme align with your career goals?
My career goal is to become an environmental business leader. The first step towards this goal is to pursue this programme, which in tandem with the Grantham Institute and the Centre for Climate Finance & Investment will provide me with interdisciplinary skills, and allow me the opportunity to work with industry experts. Hence, I will be able to understand the conditions and mechanisms of climate finance.
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 91 students come from across the world, representing 37 different nationalities with 51% female students. On this programme, the most common degree that students have is in Business/Management (46%), while the other half of the cohort have a rich range of backgrounds. Subjects that students have studied prior include Arts/Humanities (23%), Economics (13%), Engineering/Technology (11%), and Finance/Accounting (10%).
The nature of the programme means that all students, no matter their previous experience, are united by a true passion for entrepreneurship.
Meet an MSc Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Management student
Undergraduate education: Design, Product Development & International Manufacturing, Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising
Why did you choose to study MSc Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Management at Imperial College Business School?
After completing my studies in design, I launched a fashion apparel business. However, I soon realised that creativity alone was not enough to succeed in the industry. I faced numerous challenges, which led me to seek out an environment that could help me become the entrepreneur I had always aspired to be. That's when I discovered the Innovation Entrepreneurship & Management Master’s programme at Imperial College Business School. I am confident that this programme will equip me with the necessary tools to achieve my goals in starting a textile manufacturing company, and pioneering industry innovation in my home country, Nigeria.
In what ways do you hope to grow and develop personally and professionally during your time at the Business School?
I plan to take advantage of the resources available for existing and aspiring entrepreneurs at the Business School. The Enterprise Lab offers numerous opportunities that I have been exploring and hope to gain more insight into throughout the academic year. Also, I have had the pleasure of meeting a diverse group of students with similar interests and aspirations to me. I look forward to building a network and exploring ways in which we can support each other as we embark on our individual business ventures. Lastly, I am looking towards developing my communication and leadership skills throughout the programme.
MSc International Health Management
MSc International Health Management (now MSc Global Health Management) 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 97 students represent a vast range of nationalities with students joining the class from all over the world. Due to the subject matter, the majority of students (45%) 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
Undergraduate study: Management and Technology (specialisation: Medical Science), Technical University of Munich
Why did you choose to study International Health Management at Imperial College Business School?
Having a background in both medicine and business, the decision to pursue MSc International Health Management at Imperial College Business School was a straightforward next step in my academic and professional development. I discovered my true passion at the intersection of healthcare and business after earning my degrees.
Combining business and healthcare education, the International Health Management programme at Imperial College Business School was an ideal fit for me owing to its stellar reputation and interdisciplinary approach. It is essential for addressing global healthcare challenges that the programme provides a comprehensive comprehension of global healthcare systems, models, and policies; thus, its international focus is vital. Additionally, this program prepares me to make impactful investment decisions in the healthcare sector by providing a unique blend of business and medical knowledge, which is in ideal harmony with my career objective of entering healthcare investment.
How does the curriculum of MSc International Health Management align with your career goals?
The curriculum of Imperial College Business School's Master's programme in International Health Management is highly congruent with my professional ambitions in the field of health investment. Through the integration of accounting, economics, business strategy, and mergers and acquisitions, the programme imparts an all-encompassing comprehension of the healthcare and business environments. Employing this integrated approach provides me with the essential competencies required to navigate the intricate realm of healthcare investment. I acquire a comprehensive understanding of financial analysis, market dynamics, and strategic decision-making processes, all of which are indispensable for the identification and assessment of prospective healthcare investment opportunities. My extensive and diverse educational background has equipped me with the knowledge and skills necessary to make well-informed decisions that promote advancements and progress in the healthcare sector.
*Please note MSc International Management is now MSc Global Health Management