Studying MSc Finance
Why did you choose to study MSc Finance at Imperial College Business School?
Having studied BSc Accounting at Tsinghua University, I had a good fundamental knowledge of the financial market, but I wanted to build my quantitative knowledge further.
I chose Imperial College Business School largely because of its relationship with Imperial College London, a world-class university which is famous for its Engineering and Medical departments. I believe that a strong science background is also reflected through a reputation for quantitative education, such as financial mathematics and statistics, which is of course highly beneficial for financial modelling skills. Secondly, Imperial College Business School is located in London which is one of the biggest financial centres in the world. This made it easy for me to commute to different companies for interviews.
How was the programme structured?
The programme consisted of three semesters, with four compulsory courses in the first semester, two compulsory and two selective courses in the second semester, and another three selective courses in the third semester. After the three semesters, you have two months to work on your dissertation.
It is a very well-organised programme, but a very intensive one as well. My time management skills developed greatly through the programme in order to make full use of the limited time after lectures each day. My ability to deal with high pressure deadlines and to multi-task also really improved.
Career & professional development
How has the Business School helped with your career development?
The Business School’s Career and Professional Development Service helped me to get a place on Standard Bank’s Graduate Programme and to set up my long term career goal with Standard Bank.
The programme is only for one year and I found that that is not a very long time period if you don’t make good use of it. However, if you do make good use of your time here then the programme will push you to your limit, and lead you to your dream career path.
The Imperial community
What was the Business School community like?
My class mates were all from very different backgrounds and cultures. Students are exposed to a diverse cultural environment and able to learn a lot from one another. The community is very smart and I found that this challenged me and encouraged me to push myself. Most importantly, I became lifelong friends with many of my classmates and gained exposure to a large alumni network.
Life as a student in London
How did you find living in London?
Living in London is certainly fun. There is no shortage of activities to do here, whether it’s going to a museum, restaurant, theatre or doing some shopping. I’ve found that people in London are very friendly and open to different cultures. London is one of the most diverse cities in the world and it is also one of the top financial centres of the world so I feel privileged to be living here.