Paul Prins, MSc Finance & Accounting 2020-21, student at Imperial College Business School

Programme: MSc Finance & Accounting

Nationality: German

Education: Economics and Business Economics, Maastricht University

About you

What work experience/internships did you have before beginning with Imperial College Business School?

I completed a variety of internships during my bachelor’s degree and after I finished I worked full-time at Lufthansa Technik for just over two years. I was overseeing a team responsible for process changes and implementations.

Why did you decide to study MSc Finance & Accounting at Imperial College Business School?

Imperial College Business School’s outstanding academic reputation means that it attracts the brightest students from across the globe. I find it remarkable that the Business School picks its students not only based on a GMAT score but emphasises the importance of personal profiles. The programmes offered can be tailored by each student to fulfil their respective needs.

Did you receive a scholarship?

I received a partial scholarship from the Business School, which significantly decreased the investment needed in my education. I believe I received the scholarship by representing myself in a truthful and interesting manner.


What aspects of the programme do you most enjoy the most?

I appreciate the practical application of concepts. I can make valuable connections to observations I have made in my career so far. The approach will enable me on board a lot quicker to whatever comes next in my career.

Which has been your favourite module so far and why?

Corporate Finance has enabled me to undertake professional financial advisory projects. I am very glad I was taught practical and applicable concepts.

What has been the most rewarding part of the programme?

Even though COVID-19 has had major implications on interacting with fellow students, I have been able to engage in lively and insightful discussions. I find the interaction with bright students from across the globe most rewarding.

What has been the most challenging part of the programme? 

The programme contains a lot of group work. At times this becomes rather time consuming. Time management is absolutely essential for everyone studying at the Business School.

How have you found the multi-mode teaching delivery?

The multi-mode teaching has worked as well as it can. However, the interaction between students and the professors is significantly reduced. It is very much in the hand of every student to make the best of the situation.


How would you describe your cohort at Imperial?

The cohort is truly international and has a diverse background. Cultural differences are very noticeable and stimulate everyone’s awareness. This is a major added value to the programme.


What has been the greatest opportunity you have had at Imperial?

The Business School has its own investment fund – The Student Investment Fund. As a member of this fund, I have been able to apply the concepts I have learned in a professional manner right away. I strongly believe that the experiences made will help me a lot in future.

Have you had opportunities to work/socialise with students across programmes within the Business School?

At the Student Investment Fund, I have met and worked with a variety of students from different programmes at Imperial. Now that we are getting into the elective modules of the programme the collaboration with students from other programmes will increase.


What are your future career goals and how have they been realised since being at Imperial?

I strive to combine the financial theory, which I have studied in both my bachelor and my Master’s programme, with the operational knowledge I have gained during my professional career thus far. I have been in discussion with companies that offer such a combination. Specifically, I am aiming to enter the small to mid-capacity Private Equity industry.

How did the services from Careers help you secure employment/in your professional development?

The Careers team has been a very valuable asset for me during the document preparation for applications.

London Location

Where do you live in London and why did you choose to live there?

I currently live in Fulham. A lot of my fellow students live in this area. It takes me 10 minutes to cycle to campus. I highly recommend everyone to look for a place to live in this area.

When you’re not studying, what do you enjoy doing?

As long as COVID restrictions allow, I love exploring London. The restaurants London offers are outstanding. Furthermore, hanging out with friends and doing sports consumes most of my spare time.

What have been the benefits and challenges of moving to London?

I highly recommend everyone to move to London for their studies. The life here is exciting in all aspects. However, flats in London are ridiculously expensive. I highly advise everyone to start early with the search for a place. Living close to campus is crucial. London is a very large city and personally, I hate to commute.


What advice would you give someone who is thinking about applying for the programme?

Good friends of mine have studied at Imperial College Business School. Before and during the application I chatted a lot with them about what the School had to offer. If you can, reach out to current students. I am sure people will be happy to have a quick chat!

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Programme: MSc Finance & Accounting

Nationality: German

Education: Economics and Business Economics, Maastricht University