Tomás de Jesus Parreira Esteves Coluna
MSc International Health Management

About you

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

Before coming to Imperial, I had mostly focused on developing my academic and research background. This translated into work experiences where I carried out lab-based projects and clinical internships across both private and public hospitals. However, joining the Business School represented to me, in many ways, my first step toward exploring healthcare outside of academia.

Why did you decide to study an MSc International Health Management at Imperial College Business School?

I decided to join the MSc International Health Management programme with the intention of broadening my understanding of the health sector and its challenges. Likewise, I was looking for an environment where I could connect with like-minded individuals from different backgrounds.


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

The group projects were by far my favourite aspect of the programme. It was also the part which was often hardest given the diversity of academic backgrounds, cultures and interests, but there were the little things that I found just as rewarding as overcoming different hurdles with my syndicate teams.

What has been the most rewarding part of the programme?

The most rewarding part of the programme is by far the summer term. This is the point in the programme where you get the chance to really put your newly acquired skills into practice.

What has been the most challenging part of the programme? 

The most challenging part of the programme has been deciding what to pursue and what not to pursue. At Imperial, you will have a lot of different opportunities to develop both your network and academic knowledge. The hard part will always be deciding what you should do with the limited time you have.


How would you describe your cohort at Imperial?

I would describe my cohort as interesting, friendly and hard working. It’s been great to learn alongside such a diverse group of people.

Did you have a favourite professor/lecturer and why?

I don’t have one professor that I can pinpoint as my favourite, but I was very impressed by the energy and commitment that Professor Franco Sassi, Professor Pedro Rosa Dias and Dr Melek Somai, brought to their respective modules.


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

The greatest opportunity that I have experienced at Imperial is getting the chance to listen and talk to numerous different business leaders and entrepreneurs across industry sectors. It is honestly hard to recall a single week at Imperial where I didn’t find myself reviewing my inbox trying to decide which guest lectures I could attend and fit around my coursework.

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

The opportunity to have one-on-one meetings with the Careers services throughout the programme was one of the best resources available at the Business School. I met with them regularly for guidance throughout the programme and would recommend them highly to future students.

What clubs, societies or other activities have you been involved in at Imperial?

I was the Careers Leader for my cohort during my time at Imperial. I am extremely grateful for this as it gave me the opportunity to work with the Careers team and shape different events throughout my time at the Business School. Imperial benefits from an excellent alumni network and set of industry relations, which means that you have access to a huge pool of talent and information that is hard to find elsewhere.


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

Before joining Imperial, I was confident that I wanted to go into healthcare consulting following the programme. Thanks to the help of the Careers services I secured a job as an Analyst at Huron Consulting just before Christmas. In this regard, things could not have gone better. 

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

The Careers services helped me early on by bringing me up to speed with the assessment style that is encountered when applying to roles in consulting. Later in the assessment process, there was the opportunity to do a couple of mock interviews to help me with the recruitment process, which I also found very helpful.

London Location

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

During my time at Imperial I lived in West Kensington. I choose this location due to its close proximity to the Imperial campus.

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

In my free time, you will most likely to find me rock climbing, reading or exploring London.


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

I would highly recommend the programme to anybody with a science-based background, who is looking to take on a leadership position in a healthcare-related field. The programme was well rounded and helped me to build a set of essential skills, which I will surely use in my professional career moving forward.  

MSc International Health Management
Undergraduate education :

BSc Neuroscience, University College London

Job after Imperial College Business School :

Analyst, Huron Consulting