Institute and subject studied for Undergraduate degree: University College London, BSc Statistics
Work experience/internship(s): I had a two month sales summer internship at ChinaAMC, an asset management company in China.
Greatest academic, professional or personal awards/achievements: Awarded First Class Honour degree of BSc Statistics at UCL.
Why did you decide to study an MSc in Risk Management & Financial Engineering and why specifically at Imperial College Business School?
The quantitative, intensive and well-structured course modules that RMFE has is one of the reasons I decided to choose this MSc programme. Good reputation and the scholarships also attracted me to study my Master’s at Imperial College Business School.
What makes the MSc Risk Management & Financial Engineering at Imperial College Business School unique?
The programme covers a wide range of academic studies required in the field of quantitative finance. The intensiveness of this programme also makes this MSc degree unique compared with programmes at other universities.
What aspects of the programme do you most enjoy?
Challenging but rewarding.
What has been the most challenging part of the programme?
Being able to manage your time effectively all year round is very important, not just for the weeks before the exam period.
Which has been your favourite module so far and why?
Stochastic Calculus: it gives the fundamental mathematics required for other areas of quantitative finance.
Imperial places a large emphasis on group work; what inspires you the most about working in this type of environment, whether it be group assignments or class discussions?
Group coursework from the modules helps to connect people with other backgrounds and improves communication and team-working skills.
Where do you see yourself upon completing the programme?
A quantitative role in investment banks or asset management companies.
Whereabouts do you live in London and why did you choose to live there?
I lived in Gradpad studios in White City. The environment of the student studio is great and you can meet other people from Imperial College Business School. Although it is quite far away from central London, the free shuttle bus service provides a good connection to Imperial College Business School.
What can a weekend in London look like for an MSc student?
Weekends can include a short trip to other cities or just studying in the library.
If you had to move to London for the programme, what have been the benefits and challenges of moving to London? What advice would you give to someone in a similar position?
It is a great place for shopping with a lot of good restaurants. There are many museums and places to visit, however the living cost in central London can be high compared with other cities.
What advice would you give someone who was thinking about applying for the course?
You should consider applying this programme if you want to get some insight to what quantitative finance is like. This programme can provide a good foundation for quantitative analysis.
Looking back to when you were applying for the programme, did you attend any online or on campus information sessions? Did you find these a useful part of the recruitment process? Would you recommend that prospective students attend these events?
I attended an online information session. It was quite useful in gaining an idea of what to expect from this programme.
Share with us a handy hint or trick which makes campus life that much easier!
Attend lectures, take notes and study hard.