Programme: PhD Student at Imperial College London
Nationality: Uzbekistani, Uzbek
Institute and subject studied for Undergraduate degree: BSc Economics, MSc Risk Management and Financial Engineering
What is your previous work experience and how did this prepare you for the programme?: I do not have relevant work experience prior to studying at the Business School but will be commencing a PhD internship with the Bank of England this summer.
Greatest academic, professional or personal awards/achievements: I have received an Imperial Graduate Teaching Assistant scholarship and a DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) scholarship
Why did you decide to study the Doctoral programme at Imperial College Business School and what makes this programme unique?
For me the most rewarding thing is probably the feeling of fulfilment that I get when my next set goal is achieved, next problem is solved or next task is accomplished. Moreover, I enjoy the everyday intellectual challenge and exploration of something new that comes along with the PhD studies.
What aspect/s of the Doctoral programme have been the most challenging?
As a Doctoral student one can quite often feel lost, stuck trying to solve a particular problem or not knowing what to do next. I know that every time I find myself in such situation I can always seek an advice from fellow students, my supervisors and other faculty members who are at all times there to help and guide you.
Have you had any unexpected changes to the development of your research? How has this affected your experience?
I changed my research direction at the end of my second year. It was a bit stressful and felt like starting it all over again, however the support the Business School offers has helped me stay on track and keep the momentum going. During our study we have interim reviews where we present our work and achieved progress in front of the school faculty and other PhD students. The comments and guidance received during those reviews were particularly useful.
What is your key takeaway from the programme so far?
It is a long way, with its ups and downs, however it definitely pays off and those downs and moments of frustrations make the ups even more gratifying and enjoyable.
How would you sum up the Business School faculty?
I believe the Business School has a world-class faculty who are truly experts in their fields. There is a series of internal finance group seminars where our faculty members present their work in progress and share their knowledge and ideas. Those seminars, along with the weekly external ones, are a great opportunity for us to learn about current developments in various research areas and hot topics, and tailor our research accordingly.
Whereabouts do you live in London and why did you choose to live there?
I live in Canary Wharf, a very nice area in the East of the city (which I like to call “New London”). It is quite distanced from Imperial but I like to get off a couple of stations earlier and enjoy the nice walk (also good exercise that compensates for hours sitting in the office).
If you had to move to London for the programme, what have been the benefits and challenges of moving to London? What advice would you give to someone in a similar position?
I moved to London in 2012 when I started my MSc and stayed here for the Doctoral programme. London is international and multicultural, you can have long walks enjoying the view, there are beautiful historical and modern buildings standing next to each other and of course parks, parks, and parks.
Be ready for the tube strikes though!