Why did I choose my programme (and CBS)?
Before starting my search for a master’s programme, I had only heard about CBS from a secondary connection. I didn’t know much about the school, but understood its reputation as a quality business school. Given that the IHC program is quite niche, I knew I might have some trouble finding what I was looking for, but luckily I found it at CBS. I researched many other universities but the IHC programme was very unique in the multidisciplinary approach it takes to healthcare, innovation and business administration.
What do I like the best?
I truly am impressed by the diversity of the programme. We are a mix of international students from both within and outside of Europe. Furthermore, the demographics are split between business and health with classmates from areas such as biological sciences, nursing, pharmacy, business administration and marketing. This brings many different perspectives to the class, which everyone benefits from.
How do I experience the difference in academic level between my bachelor and master programme?
Having done my bachelor in the US, it has been an adjustment coming to the Danish education system. Where as in the US grades are often a combinations of exams, projects, assignments and participation, at CBS only the final exam determines your grade. As class attendance and any assignments done during the semester are essentially optional, there is a greater self-responsibility to keep up with course content. Also, there is a much greater emphasis on theory-driven written assignments rather than the practical style of the US.
What are the biggest challenges in my programme?
Denmark has many different styles of exams which are different from the US, like oral exams, which can have seemingly ambiguous requirements if you are not familiar with them. The most challenging part is that many professors often assume you are familiar with these different styles of exams, so they won't always be so direct about the structure or format of what is expected in an exam. This can be a challenge, so it’s important to ask questions and also consult with peers who have done similar exams before.
What would I have liked to have known before starting my programme?
I would have like to known that there is a strong focus on academic reading and theory rather than practical case studies. There is still practical work done, but not as much as in the US. Therefore, it’s important that you brush up on your academic writing skills such as describing research design and methodological approaches for collecting data and conducting literature reviews. Also, take note that most classes in the programme run on a quarterly schedule, so you can expect to have fast-paced classes and two rounds of exams each semester.
What do I want to do after finishing my programme?
After graduation, I am planning to stay in Denmark for my work. There are many organisations here operating in the healthcare and life sciences spaces, making for plenty of employment opportunity. I’m still exploring career paths, but I’m aiming to work for a medical technology company in commercial excellence or market access. Alternatively, I’m considering working in more of a public health capacity within an organisation like the WHO or the European Medicines Agency.
If I could give myself a piece of advice, before starting it would be…
Get ready to read a lot and don't be afraid to team up with classmates. Most people in the programme are ambitious and looking to make the best of their education. By finding those who you are compatible to study and work alongside with, you can create a great network and a strong support system. As an international student, give yourself plenty of time to settle here. As someone who is well travelled, I didn't take warnings about how difficult it is to find accommodation too seriously. Come a few weeks early to find a place before classes begin.