FAQs

What should I write in the career planning questions on the Masters/MBA application form?

One of the most important parts of our application form is the ‘Career Questions’ section, so please ensure that you give these questions proper consideration and answer them in the required format rather than as part of your personal statement.

Your answers should demonstrate well researched career goals, a clear understanding of your sector of interest, and the skills that employers are looking for, such as teamwork, problem-solving, leadership and communication.

For more detailed advice about completing this section of the application form please see the 'How to Apply' section for each programme.

How much work experience do students normally have before starting an Masters?

None of our full time MSc programmes require work experience as an entry requirement. Below is a breakdown of the average work experience that students have per programme:

  • MSc Economics and Strategy for Business - No more than 3 years work experience is permitted
  • MSc Finance - Average of 10 months
  • MSc Finance & Accounting - No data exists for this programme as the first intake was September 2014
  • MSc Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Management - Average of 11 months (no more than 3 years work experience is permitted)
  • MSc International Health Management - Average of 26 months
  • MSc Investment & Wealth Management - No data exists for this programme as the first intake was September 2014
  • MSc Management - Average of 11 months (no more than 3 years work experience is permitted)
  • MSc Risk Management and Financial Engineering - Average of 12 months
  • MSc Strategic Marketing - No more than 3 years work experience is permitted
When can I start using the Careers Service?
From the point at which you accept an offer to study at the Business School, you are able to contact our Careers Team directly to ask questions or book a 1:1 appointment with a Careers Consultant - in person or by telephone. Please email icbs.careers@imperial.ac.uk to do so.
How many appointments can I have with the Careers Service?
Once you have started your programme at the Business School, you have unlimited access to the Careers Service - including 1:1 appointments, although there are limitations on how many appointments you can book at one time.
Can I undertake a summer internship whilst studying my Masters?

Students on MSc Finance, MSc Finance & Accounting, MSc Investment & Wealth Management and MSc Risk Management and Financial Engineering are allowed to undertake a summer internship from July onwards if they are able to secure one. Students are also given the option to integrate their work experience into their Applied Financial Research report.

Other students may be able to undertake internships over the summer if approved by the Programme Director, although the majority choose to start permanent employment from September onwards.

Can I work whilst studying my Masters?

Our MSc programmes are very intensive and therefore we strongly discourage students from working during their degree. You should expect to be in College on a full time basis, as when you are not attending lectures or seminars, you will be spending your time on independent study, group work and class preparation.

Will the Careers Service find me a job?
The Careers Service will provide you with dedicated support via 1:1 appointments, workshops and networking opportunities to help you find employment, but they will not find a job for you. Particularly in the current highly competitive employment climate, it is essential that you are committed to managing your own career.
I'm an international student - how will the cancellation of the Post Study Work (PSW) visa affect my chances of working in the UK?

The 2 year PSW visa was abolished in April 2012, but students can remain in the country for 4 months after completion of their studies on their Tier 4 student visa.

Although international students are now not automatically entitled to apply for a PSW visa, employers can sponsor graduates by switching them to a Tier 2 visa once their degree has been awarded.

Employers do not have a quota of international students they can hire (although a quota will apply if you travel to your home country after studies and then come back to the UK to apply for jobs).

There are still plenty of opportunities for employment in the UK, and at the Business School, we are greatly focused on career development - an integral part of all our programmes. We have a number of links with key businesses and companies within the UK, and actively encourage and support our students to seek out opportunities throughout their studies.

What are the average starting salaries for graduates from the Business School programmes?
We do not release information about average starting salaries as they may be misleading, and are affected by a very wide range of factors including the country of employment, varying level of experience prior to joining the Masters programme, economic climate and so on.