Distance Learning Exams for UK MBA


badfish09
Hi all,

I have received offers for an MBA distance learning at Manchester and Aston in the UK. I am spending this Sunday afternoon evaluating my options but was wondering if anyone had insight to the way exams work at these schools? I am in a particularly remote location of the world where I would either have to drive 600 km or spending 1200$ in flights to get to the nearest city so I am hoping this remote location wont be an obstacle to my studies.

Thanks

Badfish
Hi all,

I have received offers for an MBA distance learning at Manchester and Aston in the UK. I am spending this Sunday afternoon evaluating my options but was wondering if anyone had insight to the way exams work at these schools? I am in a particularly remote location of the world where I would either have to drive 600 km or spending 1200$ in flights to get to the nearest city so I am hoping this remote location wont be an obstacle to my studies.

Thanks

Badfish
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Duncan
That seems like a great question to have asked them before applying. From what I can see, Aston doesn't have examinations and I would be surprised if Manchester did.
That seems like a great question to have asked them before applying. From what I can see, Aston doesn't have examinations and I would be surprised if Manchester did.
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badfish09
That seems like a great question to have asked them before applying. From what I can see, Aston doesn't have examinations and I would be surprised if Manchester did.


Thanks Duncan for the quick reply.

I have done distance education before in remote locations with two different organizations but neither in the UK. I had sent e-mails earlier week before accepting but have yet to hear back. I was hoping these types of details would be in my offer package but have thus far found the information to be quite sparse.

Thanks again.
[quote]That seems like a great question to have asked them before applying. From what I can see, Aston doesn't have examinations and I would be surprised if Manchester did. [/quote]

Thanks Duncan for the quick reply.

I have done distance education before in remote locations with two different organizations but neither in the UK. I had sent e-mails earlier week before accepting but have yet to hear back. I was hoping these types of details would be in my offer package but have thus far found the information to be quite sparse.

Thanks again.

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cvm
Hi,

For AMBS part time MBA, you have different type of final examinations, either final essays or written exams. For the written ones, AMBS uses some partners (British Council for example) where you are scheduled for the exam (this was my case). They receive the topics in a sealed envelope, and you have 2 or 3 hours from case to case (+10-15min reading time) from the moment the examination starts. They send the papers back to AMBS and you receive a mark after few weeks. So, I think you can schedule/will be scheduled in the nearest town where they have such a partner.

Regards,
Hi,

For AMBS part time MBA, you have different type of final examinations, either final essays or written exams. For the written ones, AMBS uses some partners (British Council for example) where you are scheduled for the exam (this was my case). They receive the topics in a sealed envelope, and you have 2 or 3 hours from case to case (+10-15min reading time) from the moment the examination starts. They send the papers back to AMBS and you receive a mark after few weeks. So, I think you can schedule/will be scheduled in the nearest town where they have such a partner.

Regards,
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badfish09
Hi,

For AMBS part time MBA, you have different type of final examinations, either final essays or written exams. For the written ones, AMBS uses some partners (British Council for example) where you are scheduled for the exam (this was my case). They receive the topics in a sealed envelope, and you have 2 or 3 hours from case to case (+10-15min reading time) from the moment the examination starts. They send the papers back to AMBS and you receive a mark after few weeks. So, I think you can schedule/will be scheduled in the nearest town where they have such a partner.

Regards,


Thanks CVM. Do you happen to know how frequent the written exams are? I've tried contacting the university again this morning and haven't received anything back yet. I'm closing in on my deadline to accept and the details about exams are my only hesitation right now.
[quote]Hi,

For AMBS part time MBA, you have different type of final examinations, either final essays or written exams. For the written ones, AMBS uses some partners (British Council for example) where you are scheduled for the exam (this was my case). They receive the topics in a sealed envelope, and you have 2 or 3 hours from case to case (+10-15min reading time) from the moment the examination starts. They send the papers back to AMBS and you receive a mark after few weeks. So, I think you can schedule/will be scheduled in the nearest town where they have such a partner.

Regards,
[/quote]

Thanks CVM. Do you happen to know how frequent the written exams are? I've tried contacting the university again this morning and haven't received anything back yet. I'm closing in on my deadline to accept and the details about exams are my only hesitation right now.
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cvm
When I attended the part time MBA, the program was 3 years in length (2.5 years with lectures/assessments/exams + the last half for the final project). At that time, I used to have 2, 3 or even 4 study topics per semester. I remember that at the end of each semester (end of May - beginning of June / end of November - beginning of December) I had to write 2 exams, most of the time. However, these are not the only assessments you have to pass. For each course you have to submit a first essay/mini-project till you go to the f2f workshops (usually in the middle of the semester). At the end of each workshop you have to present a group project (examination status) and at the end of the semester you have the written exams, as I have mentioned above. Recently, AMBS reduced the length of its part time MBA to 2.5 or even 2 years (?), therefore the number of topics per semester will be higher, I think, assuming that the entire number of courses is unchanged. Also, an important aspect to be mentioned is that most of the written exams are of open book type.

[Edited by cvm on Jun 12, 2017]

When I attended the part time MBA, the program was 3 years in length (2.5 years with lectures/assessments/exams + the last half for the final project). At that time, I used to have 2, 3 or even 4 study topics per semester. I remember that at the end of each semester (end of May - beginning of June / end of November - beginning of December) I had to write 2 exams, most of the time. However, these are not the only assessments you have to pass. For each course you have to submit a first essay/mini-project till you go to the f2f workshops (usually in the middle of the semester). At the end of each workshop you have to present a group project (examination status) and at the end of the semester you have the written exams, as I have mentioned above. Recently, AMBS reduced the length of its part time MBA to 2.5 or even 2 years (?), therefore the number of topics per semester will be higher, I think, assuming that the entire number of courses is unchanged. Also, an important aspect to be mentioned is that most of the written exams are of open book type.
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