University of Cambridge (undergraduate) MSc in International Health Policy, LSE
What work experience/internships (if any) did you have before beginning with Imperial College Business School?
I am enjoying a career as a qualified actuary working in the insurance industry. I develop models to analyse business risk and communicate findings to senior stakeholders.
Why did you decide to study an MSc Business Analytics (part-time delivery, online) at Imperial College Business School?
The MSc Business Analytics (online delivery, part-time) allows me to further develop my practical skills in data science and business analytics. Building expertise in analysing data in a business context is important in an increasingly data-driven world. Imperial College Business School has a first-rate reputation and the online delivery is flexible, allowing me to balance working full-time as an actuary while pursuing my studies at Imperial.
Did you receive a scholarship? If so, what were the benefits of receiving this?
I was fortunate to be awarded a scholarship on the strength of my achievements to date. I am grateful for this opportunity and I am enjoying contributing to life at Imperial College Business School and playing an active role in the community for the online cohort.
What aspects of the programme do you most enjoy the most?
The programme is allowing me to further develop my understanding of analytics. I most enjoy the hands-on nature of the course. Practical exercises and group work encourage us to approach business problems in new ways through applying the skills and tools we’ve been learning about.
Which has been your favourite module so far and why?
I’ve really enjoyed all the modules so far as they’ve been very practical with the opportunity to enhance my skills in R, Python and SQL. The initial modules help to form robust technical foundations that we can build on for learning more advanced topics such as network analytics and machine learning later on in the course.
How would you describe your cohort at Imperial?
It’s been great to get to know the talented colleagues in my cohort. We enjoy working together on group work and learning from one another through the online platform and lectures. In addition, I really enjoyed meeting everyone at the on-campus week in December.
What have been the benefits and challenges of studying part-time and online? How do you find using the programme’s purpose built learning platform, The Hub?
The online course is flexible allowing me to fit studying around my work schedule. The Hub, our online learning platform is first-rate. Content is delivered in a diverse set of ways including videos and online lectures as well as interactive exercises and the more traditional approach of assigned reading. I also appreciate how responsive the faculty is when I have questions.
The programme includes two on campus sessions. How did you find coming on campus to London, and does the programme foster a sense of cohort belonging in his online format?
The on campus sessions are a great way to further enhance the learning experience, allowing us to meet our classmates and the faculty face-to-face. I found this a great way to further strengthen ties with classmates, colleagues and Imperial and it helps to enhance the overall learning experience.
Looking back to when you were applying for the programme, did you attend any online webinars or on-campus information sessions? Did you find these a useful part of the recruitment process? Would you recommend that prospective students attend these events?
I found the online webinar information session a really valuable way to learn more about the programme. I’d recommend prospective students to attend one of these sessions to find out more about the course from the faculty and the current cohort.