During the application period, I interviewed with different organizations in the field of innovation and digitalization and always felt that the interdisciplinary Double Degree was considered a major asset by the firms. Also, the content and „vocabulary“ of the SSE courses in the MBM program were helpful. I felt that recruiters in the digital innovation field were looking for people who enjoy thinking across disciplines and who can communicate clearly why they are passionate about working in an interdisciplinary setting. In retrospect, I think the Double Degree equips every student with a whole bunch of unique stories and experiences that make up for a great and memorable conversation in interviews.
I would definitely encourage every future Double Degree student to simply seize as many opportunities as possible during the program and then see how this creates your very own story. I also think it’s good to emphasise that in the end you are perceived as a generalist rather than a specialist.
The double degree is a unique opportunity to study at two top-tier European institutions. I have gained valuable perspectives as well as a network that opened up many career opportunities and laid the foundation for a truly exciting international career.
Why did you choose this program?
I originally have a Business background from my undergraduate studies. During that time, I was often surprised that we learned a lot about how to succeed in Business, but very little about the broader economic framework and the implications of our actions on society as a whole. In my continued studies I wanted to better understand this interplay.
At the same time, however, I also intended to deepen my major academic interest in Finance. Studying International Economic Policy at Sciences Po and Finance at SSE in this Dual Degree allowed me to address both these interests, at two universities that truly excel in their fields.
What is your favorite part of the program?
I particularly enjoy spending two years in two impressively stimulating environments. First, Paris and Stockholm are highly historical, dynamic and diverse cities which are pleasures getting to know.
But even more, I feel privileged to be surrounded by people that inspire me. At Sciences Po, I didn’t only learn from professors that decisively shaped the institutional framework of our world, but also enjoyed exciting discussions with my local friends about topics like Financial Regulation or the Sustainable Development Goals.
Now at SSE we sometimes talk how actual Business is affected by, for instance, Regulation and how to cope with this from an organizational side. Moments like that show me the importance to understand both the international framework and the perspective of the individual organization.
Why would you encourage others to apply for the program?
This program is excellent for you if you want to intensively deepen your knowledge in two different fields and thereby develop a unique profile of expertise. Using the combination of two full master degrees can help you to become a reflected decision maker that can contribute in fields as diverse as international institutions, governments or business.
If you are eager to see many new perspectives and experience two highly enriching, yet fast and and sometimes challenging years, this program is right for you.