Quant Guide 2022: Imperial College Business School

London, UK

Photo: Imperial College London/Christian Richters


Imperial College Business School’s MSc in Risk Management and Financial Engineering attracted the most applicants of any quant master’s degree in this year’s guide: a total of 1,567 for the 2021/22 programme. This marks a rise on the previous year’s 1,390.

The number of international students has also expanded, from 147 last year to 163. Meanwhile, fees have increased to £39,000 ($53,400) from £37,500.

In common with other institutions, the Covid pandemic has forced Imperial’s business school to adapt rapidly to online learning. Students are offered the choice of attending lectures in person or remotely. A maximum of 20% of teaching hours are presented purely online, in contrast with the 60% of teaching delivered remotely last year. Teaching hours across the programme have gone down from 433 to 402.

Christopher Neill, director for finance programmes at the business school, says the high proportion of online teaching last year did not have a significant effect on grades, although marking is still ongoing for exams and assessments conducted over that period.

Travel restrictions brought on by Covid prevented students from taking up international placements in 2020, limiting students to UK-based placements once domestic restrictions eased. Last summer, some students were able to undertake internships in their home countries, as well as in the UK.

The proportion of graduates continuing with further academic study has grown from 0.98% to 2%. Overall, the programme’s employment rate has held steady at 91%, matching last year’s.

Neill says students are “encouraged to be fully vaccinated and tested weekly” in line with new teaching policies.

View this institution’s entry in the 2021 guide

View other universities and a guide to the metrics tables

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