Choosing a MBA school in UK


kumar112

Hi,
i have close to 5 year work experience.Though i have done my engineering in Mining.
i have been woking as senior Analyst engineering in embedded software for CATERPILLAR .
As already this looks diversified. in a good or a bad way i am not sure of.
i want to purse MBA
General managment or IT consultancy is what i am thinking because of my Work exp.i am not sure it will do me good if i choose any specialization in MBA again.

i had taken gmat in 2012 i had score very poorly 550.
i havent retaken it again.
But i assume GMAT is not manadatory for many UK schools.i also came to know through several threads that it would do me good to retake it again.

i still want to give it a try without that.

so my query is
Any good schools which don't much need pre-req of GMAT score
which would offer a MBA in general Management or Consultancy or IT.(looks i might have better chance if i am focused on these because of my work exp).??
or
is it good to go for a MSC in a specialization then later do a MBA so that helps me to change a career.
And a Great Many Thanks to contributors for these discussion forums. i could get a lot of info to make up my mind

[Edited by kumar112 on Nov 14, 2014]

Hi,
i have close to 5 year work experience.Though i have done my engineering in Mining.
i have been woking as senior Analyst engineering in embedded software for CATERPILLAR .
As already this looks diversified. in a good or a bad way i am not sure of.
i want to purse MBA
General managment or IT consultancy is what i am thinking because of my Work exp.i am not sure it will do me good if i choose any specialization in MBA again.

i had taken gmat in 2012 i had score very poorly 550.
i havent retaken it again.
But i assume GMAT is not manadatory for many UK schools.i also came to know through several threads that it would do me good to retake it again.

i still want to give it a try without that.

so my query is
Any good schools which don't much need pre-req of GMAT score
which would offer a MBA in general Management or Consultancy or IT.(looks i might have better chance if i am focused on these because of my work exp).??
or
is it good to go for a MSC in a specialization then later do a MBA so that helps me to change a career.
And a Great Many Thanks to contributors for these discussion forums. i could get a lot of info to make up my mind
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Duncan

Read: Why you should take the GMAT http://www.find-mba.com/board/38939

And don't put your company name in capital letters.

Read: Why you should take the GMAT http://www.find-mba.com/board/38939

And don't put your company name in capital letters.
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kumar112


Thanks for the reply.
The capital letters I pretty much used it unknowingly I won't use it again.
I will try again for GMAT.
Will MSC and a MBA in a specialization can help me in changing the career path or its is more advantageous to have work exp in a specific field and only for them specialization would do good

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Thanks for the reply.
The capital letters I pretty much used it unknowingly I won't use it again.
I will try again for GMAT.
Will MSC and a MBA in a specialization can help me in changing the career path or its is more advantageous to have work exp in a specific field and only for them specialization would do good
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Mamit

Well, people who pursue MBA/MSC for different reasons; sometimes it is to gain specialization in their chosen work field and sometimes to make a cross industry or cross domain switch. So identify your goal and accordingly look for suitable program.

Well, people who pursue MBA/MSC for different reasons; sometimes it is to gain specialization in their chosen work field and sometimes to make a cross industry or cross domain switch. So identify your goal and accordingly look for suitable program.
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Razors Edg...

Usually, for people with the kind of work experience you have, an MBA program is by far superior to most MSc programs. The exception of course being if you were able to get into a ranked MSc program, that would most likely be better than doing an unranked MBA.

I'm assuming that you would enroll as an international student and that you are looking to work in the UK after graduation. If this is the case, you'd have the best success with a ranked MBA program: Cranfield, Manchester, Oxford, Warwick, Cass... These are good business schools to start researching. You'll need a much better GMAT score to be competitive at these schools, though.

Usually, for people with the kind of work experience you have, an MBA program is by far superior to most MSc programs. The exception of course being if you were able to get into a ranked MSc program, that would most likely be better than doing an unranked MBA.

I'm assuming that you would enroll as an international student and that you are looking to work in the UK after graduation. If this is the case, you'd have the best success with a ranked MBA program: Cranfield, Manchester, Oxford, Warwick, Cass... These are good business schools to start researching. You'll need a much better GMAT score to be competitive at these schools, though.
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Interesting discussion, as I am in a similar boat as the original poster... Razors Edge, what would you say the cut off is for work experience in terms of applying to MBA programs? I've heard it's two or three years.

Interesting discussion, as I am in a similar boat as the original poster... Razors Edge, what would you say the cut off is for work experience in terms of applying to MBA programs? I've heard it's two or three years.
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Duncan

Yes, for AMBA schools it is three years.

Yes, for AMBA schools it is three years.
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badux

Yes, but often business schools actually recruit students with more work experience than that. The ranked schools that Razors Edge suggested: Oxford, Cranfield, Manchester, etc., all usually recruit students with 6+ years of work experience.

Yes, but often business schools actually recruit students with more work experience than that. The ranked schools that Razors Edge suggested: Oxford, Cranfield, Manchester, etc., all usually recruit students with 6+ years of work experience.
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pnch

hi
my name is pn chaturvedi. i am from India with about 20 years experience in govt administrative job. i am planning to do DLMBA from edinburgh business school UK. any suggestions.

hi
my name is pn chaturvedi. i am from India with about 20 years experience in govt administrative job. i am planning to do DLMBA from edinburgh business school UK. any suggestions.
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badux

What exactly are you looking for, in terms of suggestions? Heriot-Watt is not accredited by AACSB, AMBA, or EQUIS, so it's probably not the best option. A good place to start if you are looking for an online MBA is the ranking from the Financial Times:

http://find-mba.com/mba-rankings/financial-times-online-mba-2014

UK-based options include Warwick, Durham, the Open University, and Bradford.

What exactly are you looking for, in terms of suggestions? Heriot-Watt is not accredited by AACSB, AMBA, or EQUIS, so it's probably not the best option. A good place to start if you are looking for an online MBA is the ranking from the Financial Times:

http://find-mba.com/mba-rankings/financial-times-online-mba-2014

UK-based options include Warwick, Durham, the Open University, and Bradford.
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Hi guys, how does the online MBA program for Leicester compare to these online MBA programs from other UK universities? The reason that I ask is that they offer discounts on tuition for students from developing countries, like India for example...

Hi guys, how does the online MBA program for Leicester compare to these online MBA programs from other UK universities? The reason that I ask is that they offer discounts on tuition for students from developing countries, like India for example...
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Duncan

You can search the board to get some insight on these courses delivered by RDI. They are not comparable to the ranked schools.

You can search the board to get some insight on these courses delivered by RDI. They are not comparable to the ranked schools.
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kumar112

I am adding this question as part of "Choosing an MBA school in UK"
I have got a conditional offer from university of Strathclyde .
I have work experience in software/IT side of Automotive /Manufacturing business.
My goal is to move towards project management and consultancy in any of these domain IT,Manufacturing or Mining(i do have a btech degree in Mining).
As discussed across the forum many times about the importance of GMAT. i am preparing for the same and would take the exam by April.
If i have good score of 650 or so i would like to apply for Manchester Business school or any higher ranking school
If i don't end up in a good score(going by the past experience of 550 when i took it 3 years ago) ,i will have no choice to accept the university of Strathclyde.(i am getting married in sept leaving me no choice to try again for next year).

Will it be a bad choice if i accept this offer or should i apply for some other university ?

i tried talking to current alumni about the quality and details of the program but most of them are all answering in generic terms and when i talked about the job prospects after MBA they answer it depends on profile ,domain,work exp etc.

How to go about this now ? will it be a very bad choice to take up the offer or continue my life without an MBA ?

[Edited by kumar112 on Feb 23, 2015]

I am adding this question as part of "Choosing an MBA school in UK"
I have got a conditional offer from university of Strathclyde .
I have work experience in software/IT side of Automotive /Manufacturing business.
My goal is to move towards project management and consultancy in any of these domain IT,Manufacturing or Mining(i do have a btech degree in Mining).
As discussed across the forum many times about the importance of GMAT. i am preparing for the same and would take the exam by April.
If i have good score of 650 or so i would like to apply for Manchester Business school or any higher ranking school
If i don't end up in a good score(going by the past experience of 550 when i took it 3 years ago) ,i will have no choice to accept the university of Strathclyde.(i am getting married in sept leaving me no choice to try again for next year).

Will it be a bad choice if i accept this offer or should i apply for some other university ?

i tried talking to current alumni about the quality and details of the program but most of them are all answering in generic terms and when i talked about the job prospects after MBA they answer it depends on profile ,domain,work exp etc.

How to go about this now ? will it be a very bad choice to take up the offer or continue my life without an MBA ?
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Duncan

If you want to move up in management, then an MBA from good schools like the ones you are considering is a good idea. Tale a look at How to use LinkedIn to find the best school www.find-mba.com/board/33571 to find out how to see which schools have the best alumni network in the industries you are targetting. Manchester has a project management track in its part-time MBA, so I guess ti has a more project managers than other schools.

If you want to move up in management, then an MBA from good schools like the ones you are considering is a good idea. Tale a look at How to use LinkedIn to find the best school www.find-mba.com/board/33571 to find out how to see which schools have the best alumni network in the industries you are targetting. Manchester has a project management track in its part-time MBA, so I guess ti has a more project managers than other schools.
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kumar112

Thanks again

Thanks again
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