Imperial vs Bocconi (Master in Int. Management)

Hi everyone!

My goal - management consulting job in the UK or Western Europe (not sure about the exact destination yet); plan B - position in corporate strategy etc. in other industries

I got rejected by LBS MIM and LSE master programmes in management.

Now I received offers and have a choice between Imperial and Bocconi (International Management programmes).

My experience - bachelor + master's from top Ukrainian university (economic-related major)
almost 1.5 years in audit + M&A and transaction services (Big-4)

Below you can see some of my thoughts regarding the studies and opportunities afterwards (Bocconi vs Imperial)

Pros and cons

I wonder which option would be the best choice in my case? Thanks in advance for your replies.

Comments (11)

Jan 21, 2022 - 12:17pm

If your goal is consulting in the UK I'd go with Imperial. Consulting firms tend to hire at regional level (i.e. it's tough to find someone from Bocconi/HEC etc. doing consulting in the UK, with exceptions obvs.).

Also you'll have a tough time finding a job in Milan if you're not fluent in Italian (B1 doesn't cut it I'm afraid).

Jan 21, 2022 - 12:45pm

I'd go Bocconi. Imperial is rather expensive and does not provide an as good ROI compared to Bocconi (even if it is 2 years vs one). Plus considering the scholarship award the choice is rather fast. 

Good luck 

  • Analyst 1 in RE - Comm
Jan 21, 2022 - 1:54pm

I went to Bocconi,  "more relaxed lifestyle and lower job market competition" are definitively not a thing lol

  • Intern in CorpStrat
Jan 30, 2022 - 3:13pm

Fair enough. What exactly leads you to say that? It can't just be raw coursework can it? 

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  • Analyst 1 in RE - Comm
Jan 31, 2022 - 3:36am

I can only speak directly for the MSc in Finance and not for IM. Courses are unnecessarily hard, c. 60% of the class is made of Italians that did their BSc at Bocconi and had very high GPAs, these guys care a lot about their GPA to the point that some will straight lie if you ask them something or refuse to share notes etc. That alone makes for a very toxic environment.

Competition is not only for grades but for jobs as well; when you hear people saying "Bocconi places very well in London IB", that's only half the truth, considering that the MSc in Finance has 3 classes (2 in English, 1 in Italian) that results in c. 210 students per year, even if the MSc sends 30 people to London IB per year that would still be only 15% of the students -> a lot of discontent among those that didn't get one. People will lie about their applications or refuse to help. So yeah competition is a real thing.

Let me know if you have any other specific questions

  • Prospect in PE - Other
Jan 31, 2022 - 7:31am

Imperial, easily, for consulting. If it was finance, I'd go Bocconi. The business school is much weaker than the College itself but Imperial is a full target for consulting and MBB at least don't distinguish between the university and business school as separate. Including the College, Imperial probably has the best MBB reputation outside of Oxbridge (better than LSE) and even being the business school I would take it in your case.

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