Philipp Stolten
MSc Finance & Accounting

About you

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

Before starting at the Business School I had several years of experience as a trainee in different finance departments in the oil and gas sector, while studying my BSc in Business Administration. After that, I worked one year full-time in corporate M&A in the oil and gas sector.

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

I decided to study on the MSc Finance & Accounting programme to deepen my knowledge in the area of finance, especially in the English language. Another reason was to make sure that I’m prepared for future challenges that may arise on the job.


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

The aspects of the programme that I enjoy the most are the discussions during the lectures, participating in group work and the coding classes.

Which has been your favourite module so far and why?

I personally really enjoyed the Advanced Corporate Finance module, since it was highly interactive and practical. The professor used a very good and easy-to-understand approach to teach the content.

What has been the most rewarding part of the programme?

The most rewarding part of the programme (which is still to come) is the final project. I chose to do the 10,000 word empirical research project and I can’t wait to hand it in and feel the accomplishment of knowing that I have completed my last task for the programme.

What has been the most challenging part of the programme?

The most challenging part of the programme has been two of the tasks - the extensive empirical assignment in the Applied Econometrics module, as well the Derivatives module.


How would you describe your cohort at Imperial?

I would describe my cohort as a very diverse group, full of smart students. Having such a bright group of people around you only encourages you to do better yourself and push for the best results possible.

Did you have a favourite professor/lecturer and why?

I really enjoyed lectures by Professor David Miles, Dr Emiliano Pagnotta and Dr Raj Iyer. Professor David Miles has incredible experience and knowledge and a great sense of humour. Dr Pagnotta is also very knowledgeable and has a very strong teaching style.  Dr Iyer also has extensive experience and uses a very interactive approach when teaching.


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

One of the greatest opportunities I have had at Imperial has been to represent the Business School as a Student Ambassador and engage with prospective students. Another big plus for me has been being able to attend the Business School and become part of the wider Imperial College London community.

Which workshops, events or guest lectures at the school have been useful in developing your skills and knowledge?

The best events that I have attended have been the Canary Wharf Away Days, the opportunity to be part of the panel discussions at the Master’s in Finance information sessions and attend guest lectures in real estate investment.

How have you benefited from being part of the wider Imperial College London community?

I have benefited from the reputation of the wider Imperial College London community, as well as the overall impact that the Business School has with its content within the programme. Imperial is a university that offers a world-class education in quantitative and qualitative subjects, which is also reflected in the syllabus of the MSc programme.


Have you received any job offers since commencing your programme?

Yes, I’m happy to say that I have accepted an offer from the EY Transaction Advisory Services (M&A Consulting).

London Location

Do you think studying in a central location such as London is beneficial for networking and career opportunities?

Yes, since London is one of the main financial hubs in the world, it offers many chances to meet finance professionals or attend guest lectures, seminars and other events presented by high-profile bankers, consultants and other finance professionals.

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

I live in Griffon Studios, Battersea. It’s only 25-minutes away from the Business School. Plus, rent there is a “good” price in comparison to other options. Another plus is that my rent also includes all of my bills, so I don’t need to worry about insurance, water and electricity and tax bills.

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

When I’m not studying you will find me trying out new London-based restaurants with friends, playing football and watching Chelsea FC play at Stamford Bridge.

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

The benefits have been that the city never sleeps – there’s always something fun to do I London, at any time of the day. Other perks are the parks are awesome, public transport is great (which makes it super easy to get to the Business School). The only downfall of the city is the incredibly high living expenses.


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

My advice to someone who is thinking about applying for the programme would be, be confident and have faith in your skills. I never expected to get accepted at this great university. Now, I feel very proud that I decided to apply, which paid off in the end.

MSc Finance & Accounting
Undergraduate education :

BSc Business Administration (Finance), Hamburg School of Business

Job after Imperial College Business School :

Consultant, EY Transaction Advisory Services