Master in European Business at ESCP Europe

The key details and insights from a graduate and a professor

ESCP Europe's Master in European Business is an intensive general management programme with an MBA-style curriculum.

Here are the key details and some insights from a graduate of the course and a professor who teaches on it.

About the Master in European Business at ESCP Europe

  • Length One year.
  • Location Europe, Asia and Latin America.
  • Work experience Two real-life business consultancy projects and a 12-week internship.
  • Best suited to Master's graduates from any non-management discipline with two years of work experience.

My experience on the Master in European Business at ESCP Europe

Alexandre Lyneel is a graduate of the Master in European Business course.

"I did a master in politics in France, majoring in risk management. I gained professional experience at investment banks in France, but felt that my education had not covered the basics of business extensively enough.

A friend of mine had completed the Master in European Business at ESCP Europe before starting work for Amazon in Paris, and his success convinced me to apply too. I started the course in September 2010, finishing in August 2011.

In line with my professional goals, I decided to take the first semester in London and the second in Paris. However, I could have chosen to study in Mexico, Russia, India, Thailand, Spain, Italy or Germany.

In London, the approach was very pragmatic; there were plenty of integrated teamwork and practical projects. In Berlin, it was more theoretical. My time at the two campuses complemented each other very well.

The diversity of people on the programme impressed me a lot. In my group tasks, I worked with people from Iran, Russia, Germany, Italy and South America, as well as people from different academic and professional backgrounds, so there was always a real mix of experience within any team in which I worked. It was exciting and eye-opening.

Among all the positive aspects of the Master in European Business, what stood out most was the quality of the teaching.

I had one professor who used to be a bond trader; another who had held a very senior position within an accounting firm. These people know their subjects and the jobs market very well; their advice prepared us for life after the Master in European Business.

I'm now working in the wealth management department of the Swiss investment bank UBS. I think the content of the Master in European Business, along with its multicultural nature, set me up perfectly for joining a huge, global organisation like UBS. I would highly recommend it."

Meet the professor

Professor Anthony Evans is the director of the Master in European Business course.

How would you introduce the course?

The ESCP Europe Master in European Business 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.