Master in European Business at ESCP Europe: professor Q&A

Professor Anthony Evans, the director of the course, tells Katie Morley how it works

For students interested in an international business career, the Master in European Business at ESCP Europe offers an exciting mix of studying and travel.

To find out more about ESCP Europe and this unusual masters degree, we spoke to Professor Anthony Evans, the director of the programme.

How would you introduce the course?

The ESCP Europe MEB course is unique. We're the only business school with multiple campuses in different countries across the world - currently the UK, France, Germany, Spain and Italy - so you'll get to develop your practical business skills in two different European countries of your choice.

You'll also do an internship as part of the course, after your formal study.

How is the course structured?

The year is split into two semesters which are spent at the two campuses of your choice.

The core modules cover all the basics of business in the same way that an MBA does: everything from accountancy, finance and economics modules through to things like interpersonal skills and human resource management. They're all assessed by coursework with exams at the end.

Simultaneously, you'll be working on a company project, replicating a real business scenario by working in a group to come up with a business solution.

What are the company projects like?

Our students are competing with real consultancy firms when they undertake these projects and the assignments, completed over several weeks, are very varied.

Each of our campuses has a different relationship with the clients in question and the nature of the project also depends upon the needs of the businesses at the time, but we always make sure that there are strong managerial and strategic elements to them.

What kind of academic backgrounds do people on the course have?

It's a real mix of people from a variety of cultures and backgrounds.

The people who benefit the most from this course tend to be those who have specialised and excelled in one specific area, but feel that they lack basic business skills.

I'd describe it as a bridge-building course between university and the workplace, as it's designed to make you work-ready.

What kinds of careers do people tend to go into after the course?

Again, it's a real mixed bag, though many of our alumni start out in management positions in global companies. Often the internships that people do as part of the course lead to full-time employment.

We're always receiving feedback from employers, telling us how quickly our students adapt to the workplace. They like this because it means they don't have to invest their time and money in training!

We're also seeing an increasing number of our alumni go on to set up their own companies all over Europe.

Do students need to have travelled in Europe to get a place on the course?

We're not interested in people who just want to visit a foreign country. We're looking for people who can actually engage in different environments and immerse themselves in different business cultures.

Many people have travelled nowadays, but I look out for people whose trips haven't only been passive (just sightseeing and so on), and those with a genuine interest in understanding other cultures.