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My Cranfield Experience: Investment Management MSc Student


Living in an internationalised world with demands for high-quality professionals, education has been a key driver for passionate individuals to sharpen their skills and networks to benefit themselves and society. My name is Christoforus Andriawan, and I am an Indonesian student and course representative of Investment Management MSc at Cranfield School of Management.

My Cranfield journey began when I was looking to add to my experience and skills that I can utilise to leverage my career in finance. Coming from a non-finance background, I had 3 years of expertise in business analytics in Australia and took business as my undergraduate major. When considering where to study my postgraduate degree, what impressed me about Cranfield is the positive feedback from alumni cross-continent and their motivational stories about their experiences as students at Cranfield School of Management, particularly in finance courses. I had an opportunity to speak with an inspirational alumnus who resides in Sydney, Australia, and we had a chat during my office lunch break. What I can say is that the alumnus inspired me to select Cranfield as the place that can leverage my educational and career potential in the finance industry.

I joined Cranfield during the Covid-19 pandemic, and as I come from a red list country, I had to undertake two weeks of hotel quarantine before I could start my life at Cranfield. Quarantine was alright for me, and I was lucky to be placed in a decent accommodation with a window looking directly to the airport, so I was not bored at all. Once this was complete, I moved to campus, residing at Fedden House, a campus-managed accommodation for students who bring their partners. Living on campus has great benefits for me; however, it is also a trade-off between living urban life at places like Milton Keynes and Bedford, or living in a study-focused environment on campus. The first week passed and I began to cover materials for the classes. The Investment Management MSc programme at Cranfield is generally delivered in person, although some special circumstances allow us to have online classes. There are many clubs and societies at Cranfield which I joined, such as Cranfield Finance Society and Cranfield Consulting Club. I am also meeting many students from international backgrounds, and I am honoured to call some of them my friends.

As I said previously, studying Investment Management MSc has broadened my perspective about the financial industry and specialised my skills to be impactful in the industry that I am really into. Not having a financial background does not stop you from enriching yourself with knowledge at master’s level. Cranfield provides face to face learning opportunities with the highest standards. Managing time is important as a student and learning with the right mindset will be helpful toward study. Enjoy the study experience while you can and best of luck.

Read Christoforus's Top Time Management Tips for Masters Students

Managing time as a master's student

Many of you ask how one can manage time as an Investment Management MSc student and still be able to contribute to societies and personal commitments. The key is that I always plan my schedule ahead, writing it on a smartphone calendar. To simplify, let me give you some tips and tricks.

Firstly, pay attention to the guidelines and syllabus that each module and course descriptor provide regarding how many hours an average student is required to work on a particular topic if they want to perform well in their respected subjects. This is very crucial, and I can guarantee that the biggest mistake is that some of us do not take this seriously. Most of the modules agree on having at least 80 hours of self-study to cover all the materials needed.

Secondly, always preview your material ahead of the game and do all exercises given by the lecturers so you are familiar with the subjects. Practice makes perfect. Do not give up on reading and take some time to absorb the knowledge from relevant materials. Do not only study from slides but also take time to read books. Lastly, ask questions if you are not familiar with terms and formulas. Students and lecturers are more than willing to assist if you at least put effort first and ask them if you really cannot find the solutions. Believe in the process and enjoy the study and I can assure you all will be alright in the end!

Interested in learning more about our Investment Management MSc? Click here to find out more.

Christoforus Andriawan

Written By: Alix Elwin

Christoforus is an Investment Management MSc student studying at Cranfield School of Management.

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