Building networks

One of the best things about undertaking an MBA is the network that you build. Your time at Imperial College Business School offers you an unrivalled opportunity to make long-lasting contacts that will prove vital in your future career.

You can expect to mix with fellow students, alumni, world-leading faculty and senior business professionals – all with the potential to enrich you, both professionally and personally.

Your MBA cohort

The Full-Time MBA cohort is a small, close-knit community, where you will work in syndicate groups and teams that allow you to form a professional network – and life-long friends – to take with you after the MBA is finished.

My MBA cohort are a really awesome bunch of people. We are all very different but get along really well and I think the respect we have for each other plays a key part. There is a really good mix of nationalities and work experiences.

Jimena Gonzalez MardjetkoFull-Time MBA 2015-16Hear more from Jimena Gonzalez Mardjetko

Group projects

An MBA isn’t just about individual wins. Imperial is about bringing together the rocket scientist with the engineer with the marketer and exploring the creative process that comes from combining the different disciplines. Groupwork is a huge part of the Imperial MBA, simulating real world cross-cultural and interdisciplinary teams and delivering something in a short space of time. It’s a great opportunity to learn from your diverse cohort and benefit from their areas of expertise.

Data Sparks is just one of the possible group projects our students can participate in. The Data Sparks Scheme gives students the chance to look at existing data within companies to uncover insights and opportunities you may not have seen before. Leveraging some of the world’s best academics, industry experts and technologies, the Data Spark is an end-to-end process that helps you get more from your data.

It was an incredible opportunity to be able to road test my skills on a real-world client problem. Both KPMG and the client were thrilled with our work, both the presentation and the final report, with the client very kindly offering to hire us all on the spot!

Suzy McClintockFull-Time MBA 2016-17Hear more from Suzy McClintock

Your Imperial network

During your time at Imperial, you’ll mix with fellow students, alumni, industry players, adjunct professors and visiting lecturers – all with the potential to enrich you both professionally and personally.

Electives are shared across our MBA suite community, giving you the opportunity to network with other impressive students from our Executive MBA, Weekend MBA and Global Online MBA programmes. School-wide speaker events and cross-programme socials put you face-to-face with MSc students and give you the time to reinforce these new relationships with brilliant minds across the Business School.

You’ll be able to pull on business knowledge, tap into expert networks around Imperial’s science, engineering and medicine faculties and potentially meet students from around Imperial at the forefront of inventions and discoveries.

That network expands when you graduate and you will have access to alumni based in over 150 countries, with regular events organised worldwide. Our alumni network is a vibrant community and you’ll be part of a network with links to several key business sectors. You will gain lifelong access to leading business people, thinkers and decision makers across all industries.

Social events play a big part in each cohort getting to know one another outside the lecture theatres and Imperial’s smaller class sizes allow you to build strong relationships with all students.

When you participate in some of Imperial’s clubs and societies you will meet many of the talented students from across the Imperial College London community.

Imperial College is a top sporting university and whether you are looking to introduce a bit of exercise into your daily routine, want to join a club sport or are competing at a national or international level, Sport Imperial can help you to achieve your goals.

Students get free access to Ethos, Imperial’s state-of-the-art facilities in South Kensington, with access to a gym, 25 metre swimming pool, 9 metre climbing wall and air-conditioned exercise studio.

Focusing on fitness and wellbeing alongside your studies is a fantastic way to meet other students across the College, work as a team and enjoy competition, as well as establishing a balanced lifestyle that will help you to become a resilient leader throughout your career.

Impetus, the Sport Imperial Recreational sports programme, is a fun and easy way to embed sport and fitness in your routine, offering one-off taster sessions, weekly drop-in sessions and intermural leagues and a football five-a-side league for staff and students.

Sport Imperial also runs exciting initiatives throughout the year, such as Imperial Girls Can, Healthy Living Week and the Go Fit Challenge! All events offer free taster sessions, one off competitions, advice, new challenges and an opportunity to engage with the Imperial College community.

Imperial College Union has over 340 clubs, societies & projects which are all student-led and student-run. This is one of largest varieties of student-led activities at a university in the UK and Imperial College Union is immensely proud of this. There are opportunities to join sporting clubs, such as Imperial’s highly successful Boat Club, on a competitive or social basis. Sign up for one of the societies which cover several activities, such as debating or choir, or cultural groups, such as the Hindu Society. Alternatively, students can join projects, student-led initiatives that provide support to the community, including Project Nepal. The Give it a Go programme is an exciting way to try something new, meet new people and discover the huge variety of opportunities available.

Imperial College Business School students have access to a wide range of events across the Business School and College: from guest speakers, workshops and seminars to festivals, performances and social events.

Student social events are an integral and fun part of campus life. In addition to events during induction, such as the school-wide quiz, our social activities leaders work together across programmes to organise two Business School-wide social events: a talent show in February and a sport event in the summer term. The Students’ Union also run a range of social events for the Imperial College community, such as postgraduate socials, the College summer ball and regular theme nights, such as wine-tasting and quiz nights, at the postgraduate bar.

Hear from inspirational guest speakers at the Business School speaker series and Imperial College public lectures, or attend exhibitions, concerts and creative workshops with Imperial music and arts.

Explore the unexpected side of science at Imperial Fringe events throughout the year and see the very best in science and arts at the annual Imperial Festival, which features interactive activities, tours, inspirational talks, performances and engaging workshops. This is a great opportunity to learn about ground-breaking research from international experts in departments including Mechanical Engineering and Materials.

At Imperial College Business School there are a range of leadership opportunities through which you can work in partnership with us to have a valuable impact on your programme, across the Business School community and on Imperial College.

The Deans’ Student Advisory Council brings together representatives of the 1400 students across the Business School to work in partnership with the senior leadership of the Business School to look at the impact they can have on the student community and on society. The Council consists of the Staff-Student Committee Chairs of each programme along with the Academic and Welfare Officer for the Business School, which is an Imperial College Union role and a key link between the Business School and the Graduate Students’ Union. The Council works together to identify common challenges and opportunities across programmes and establish priorities, to lead school-wide innovation and to integrate the Business School student body in order to build a strong, cohesive community.

Student leaders across Careers Clubs, the Deans’ Student Advisory Council, Student Ambassadors, and organisers of the student-led conference attend the Student Leadership Day at the beginning of the academic year. Student leaders work to improve all aspects of the student experience and organise a broad portfolio of events across the year including talks, networking events, conferences and social events. On the leadership day, they get interactive leadership training and receive training on the overall mission of the School to have a positive impact on each other and society.

Everybody says that the network gained is one of the best things about an MBA, and it is definitely true. The ‘contacts’ gained are people who have seen you through good and bad times, they are people whom you have a genuine bond with, as opposed to someone who simply has your business card.

Claudia MairFull-Time MBA 2016-17

Full-Time MBA 2016-17 class celebrating Christmas.

Full-Time MBA 2016-17 class at Aladdin the musical.

Corporate connections

Imperial is based in London which gives us great access to leading companies, as well as Europe’s largest entrepreneurial ecosystem. Imperial’s connections with the business world mean you’ll find yourself faced with incredible guest speakers from industry. These talks are a valuable opportunity to learn from and network with senior leaders.

As part of the Personal Leadership Journey that is led by our Career and Professional Development Service, you will undertake an Interview a Leader project. This project is a great networking experience that grows your network of potential employer contacts. It is your opportunity to approach a senior leader in business that inspires you, and connect with them over a coffee or phone interview.

Alisa, a Full-Time MBA student from the 2015-16 cohort, interviewed Dr Zeljka Davis, Managing Partner at EMG Group. Read Alisa’s interview with Dr Zeljka Davis.

Female students can also apply for a stipend to attend the annual Forté MBA Women’s Leadership Conference, organised by the Forté Foundation. The conference is a great opportunity to meet like-minded women, develop leadership skills and build your professional network.

The Imperial MBA really pushed my boundaries to network more, have the courage to approach people I don’t know, be more confident and authentic and to be proud of myself. The Imperial MBA brand helped to open doors for me and I feel like I definitely stand out from the crowd with the Imperial MBA brand behind me.

Tatiana NikiforovaFull-Time MBA 2016-17Hear more from Tatiana Nikiforova

A world-leading MBA network

Imperial is in the top realm of Business School’s, giving our students access to networking events with other MBAs from the world’s leading Business Schools through competitions, sporting events and conferences.

A snapshot of the events our 2015-16 cohort participated in:

  • Participating alongside teams from other schools including London Business School, Oxford Said Business School and Warwick Business School, a team of our MBA students won the Financial Times FTMBA Quiz for the third year in a row.
  • With an opportunity to showcase their sporting prowess, some of our Full-Time MBA cohort also participated in a friendly competition at the 2016 IESE Spring Games in Barcelona against MBA students from across Europe.
  • Our Forté Foundation membership also saw three of our female Full-Time MBA students join the 2016 MBA Women’s Leadership Conference in Austin, USA alongside hundreds of impressive MBA women from fellow Forté schools.

Imperial Full-Time MBA students competing at the IESE Spring Games.

After graduation

You’ll have access to a wealth of opportunities to develop your professional and business networks after you graduate. These include inspiring professional development events, as well as sector-specific interest groups, guest lectures and presentations, and the opportunity to participate in electives alongside current students. Examples of organisations that have recently appeared at Imperial College Business School networking events include Siemens, American Express, Dyson, Vodafone, Nissan, 1000mercis Group, Thomson Reuters and Capco.

We also offer the chance to build business and personal networks with like-minded professionals through a range of social events organised across the globe in conjunction with our active international network.

With a great alumni network I will definitely make an effort to stay connected so that I’m always open to opportunities to attend events or open days.

Bryon McCaugheyFull-Time MBA 2016-17Hear more from Bryon McCaughey