Biomedical Sciences, UCL
What work experience/internships did you have before beginning with Imperial College Business School?
Prior to the beginning of the MSc, I worked in a digital health tech startup in London for over a year. I was involved in both research and marketing duties.
Why did you decide to study an MSc International Health Management at Imperial College Business School?
After my BSc in Biomedical Sciences at UCL, I wasn’t quite sure what other career options were available other than laboratory research. My experience in a startup opened up my mind on what other possibilities were available to me, and the MSc in International Health Management felt like the natural path for me to follow in order to improve my business acumen and increase my knowledge of international healthcare systems.
Which has been your favourite module so far and why?
All modules brought me a greater understanding of the healthcare sector and its challenges, but my favourite module has to be Health Economics in the Spring term. It was something I had never really done before, and it was able to give me another perspective on the healthcare sector as a whole. The coursework we had to prepare was especially interesting, as we were able to put into practice everything we had learned and understand real-world applications.
What has been the most rewarding part of the programme?
The most rewarding part has been to learn so much from our diverse cohort as well as from professionals in the industry, such as lecturers, guest speakers and industry representatives at events organised within the Business School.
What has been the most challenging part of the programme?
I would have to say that the most challenging part of the programme was working on many assignments at once as part of large groups. During my undergraduate degree, most coursework, if any, was individual, so learning to work with a group and juggling different assignments at once was the most challenging for me.
How would you describe your cohort at Imperial?
Our cohort this year is very diverse. It is great to learn from individuals from such different backgrounds and cultures.
What has been the greatest opportunity you have had at Imperial?
The greatest opportunity I would say is the networking possibilities with both current students and alumni from Imperial. I have contacted several alumni during my time at Imperial and they were always glad to help out.
What clubs, societies or other activities have you been involved in at Imperial? Do you hold a student leadership position?
During my time at Imperial, I have been the Event Coordinator of the Healthcare Club. Our role is to organise events with healthcare representatives, in order to make members discover areas of the industry they may not be familiar with and bringing them closer to their career goals.
What are your future career goals and how have they been realised since being at Imperial?
I am very passionate about the role and impact of innovation in healthcare. By shifting the focus of healthcare systems to innovative technologies that offer personalised approaches to health, I believe that we can limit the prevalence of preventable and chronic conditions. My goal is to work for a small to medium-sized company that work towards implementing innovations within the NHS and other healthcare systems around the world, and I believe that the MSc is the right step towards achieving that goal.
Do you think studying in a central location such as London is beneficial for networking and career opportunities? Please share any positive experiences you have had.
Studying in London is great! There are always events and networking opportunities happening around campus.
Where do you live in London and why did you choose to live there?
I live in Paddington as it is only a short walk away from campus. Even better, I walk through Hyde Park to get to School which is great for those rare sunny days.
Looking back to when you were applying for the programme, did you attend any online webinars or on-campus information sessions?
I attended one of the on-campus information sessions at Imperial. I would recommend prospective students to attend one of these events if they have the opportunity to, as it allows you to ask questions to current students or alumni from the programme and find out more about how the programme is structured.
What advice would you give someone who is thinking about applying for the programme?
If you are passionate about the healthcare sector and want to gain strategic knowledge and insights on the challenges within the industry, this is the right Master’s right for you!