Please help in choosing: Cranfield MSc Management or University of Liverpool MBA or University of Bristol MSc Management


Harshendu

Hi all,

Hoping for your guidance. I have work experience of 5 years in India in generalist, government affairs roles (working as Manager - Government affairs in an MNC) and wish to pursue a management course from the UK for gaining some international exposure and work experience and hope that the degree will improve my employability prospects in the UK.

I have received the following offers -

1. MSc Management at University of Bristol - https://www.bristol.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/2021/ssl/msc-management/

2. MSc Management at Cranfield University (CMI accredited) - https://www.cranfield.ac.uk/som/masters-courses/management

3. The Liverpool MBA at University of Liverpool (Triple accredited) - https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-taught/taught/the-liverpool-mba/module-details/


I have received scholarship of £4500 from Cranfield and £11250 from University of Liverpool. University of Bristol seems to have good employer reputation but the course is not accredited as the School of Management at the University of Bristol is new.

Kindly help me make a decision with your suggestions and inputs.

Thank you.
Regards,
Harsh

Hi all,

Hoping for your guidance. I have work experience of 5 years in India in generalist, government affairs roles (working as Manager - Government affairs in an MNC) and wish to pursue a management course from the UK for gaining some international exposure and work experience and hope that the degree will improve my employability prospects in the UK.

I have received the following offers -

1. MSc Management at University of Bristol - https://www.bristol.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/2021/ssl/msc-management/

2. MSc Management at Cranfield University (CMI accredited) - https://www.cranfield.ac.uk/som/masters-courses/management

3. The Liverpool MBA at University of Liverpool (Triple accredited) - https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-taught/taught/the-liverpool-mba/module-details/


I have received scholarship of £4500 from Cranfield and £11250 from University of Liverpool. University of Bristol seems to have good employer reputation but the course is not accredited as the School of Management at the University of Bristol is new.

Kindly help me make a decision with your suggestions and inputs.

Thank you.
Regards,
Harsh
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Duncan

Wow, I had missed that Liverpool became Triple Crown in December: https://news.liverpool.ac.uk/2020/12/09/amba-accreditation-confirms-management-schools-place-among-global-elite/ That's a big shift, closing off their MBA to freshers. 

What are your career goals? What industry, role and function? 

Wow, I had missed that Liverpool became Triple Crown in December: https://news.liverpool.ac.uk/2020/12/09/amba-accreditation-confirms-management-schools-place-among-global-elite/ That's a big shift, closing off their MBA to freshers.&nbsp;<br><br>What are your career goals? What industry, role and function?&nbsp;
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Duncan

My gut feeling is that Liverpool and Bristol management schools have trivial career resources and almost no track record of placing international students into UK roles. I suggest you ask them. Liverpool's website has a vague statement about 2017, shich is a long time ago. 

My gut feeling is that Liverpool and Bristol management schools have trivial career resources and almost no track record of placing international students into UK roles. I suggest you ask them. Liverpool's website has a vague statement about 2017, shich is a long time ago.&nbsp;
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Harshendu

Wow, I had missed that Liverpool became Triple Crown in December: https://news.liverpool.ac.uk/2020/12/09/amba-accreditation-confirms-management-schools-place-among-global-elite/ That's a big shift, closing off their MBA to freshers. 

What are your career goals? What industry, role and function? 

I have been working in government relations profile as a Manager but hope to switch to more strategic and leadership roles. Sustainability is also one of my interest areas. 

Yes, there is lack of clarity regarding the employability prospects and employer reputation regarding University of Liverpool. But then again, can the triple crown accreditation status help me in better than the other two courses? 

Also, University of Bristol claims here http://www.bristol.ac.uk/management/    that the University of Bristol is in the top 10% for Employer Reputation within Business and Management studies. Would like to know if that is validated with respect to international students as well. 

Bristol and Liverpool are larger cities in comparison to the location of Cranfield, does that translate to more employment/job opportunities for Bristol and Liverpool than Cranfield graduates? 


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[quote]Wow, I had missed that Liverpool became Triple Crown in December: https://news.liverpool.ac.uk/2020/12/09/amba-accreditation-confirms-management-schools-place-among-global-elite/ That's a big shift, closing off their MBA to freshers.&nbsp;<br><br>What are your career goals? What industry, role and function?&nbsp; [/quote]<br>I have been working in government relations profile as a Manager but hope to switch to more strategic and leadership roles. Sustainability is also one of my interest areas.&nbsp;<br><br>Yes, there is lack of clarity regarding the employability prospects and employer reputation regarding University of Liverpool. But then again, can the triple crown accreditation status help me in better than the other two courses?&nbsp;<br><br>Also, University of Bristol claims here http://www.bristol.ac.uk/management/&nbsp; &nbsp; that the University of Bristol is in the top 10% for Employer Reputation within Business and Management studies. Would like to know if that is validated with respect to international students as well.&nbsp;<br><br>Bristol and Liverpool are larger cities in comparison to the location of Cranfield, does that translate to more employment/job opportunities for Bristol and Liverpool than Cranfield graduates?&nbsp;<br><div><br></div><div><br>
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Duncan

Leadership and sustainability seem to be elements in many industry, roles and functions. You need to focus more specifically. 

Triple crown accreditation is about academic quality. Cranfield, obviously, also has triple crown accreditation and has had for a long time. 

Bristol does not seem to be in top 10% of British universities for employability now: https://www.timeshighereducation.com/student/best-universities/graduate-employability-top-universities-uk-ranked-employers  However, that doesn't mean is it placing international students into UK jobs. 

Leadership and sustainability seem to be elements in many industry, roles and functions. You need to focus more specifically.&nbsp;<br><br>Triple crown accreditation is about academic quality. Cranfield, obviously, also has triple crown accreditation and has had for a long time.&nbsp;<br><br>Bristol does not seem to be in top 10% of British universities for employability now: https://www.timeshighereducation.com/student/best-universities/graduate-employability-top-universities-uk-ranked-employers&nbsp; However, that doesn't mean is it placing international students into UK jobs.&nbsp;
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Duncan

Liverpool seems to have twice as many alumni with MBAs in London than in Liverpool. Cranfield is basically a commutable suburb of London in the same way as Oxford, Cambridge, Henley, Ashridge etc. Cranfield has been one of the UK's top business schools for 50 years: the location is not a disadvantage. 

Liverpool seems to have twice as many alumni with MBAs in London than in Liverpool. Cranfield is basically a commutable suburb of London in the same way as Oxford, Cambridge, Henley, Ashridge etc. Cranfield has been one of the UK's top business schools for 50 years: the location is not a disadvantage.&nbsp;
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Duncan

I suggest you ask these schools: how many of the international students on these programs in recent years found work in the UK.

I suggest you ask these schools: how many of the international students on these programs in recent years found work in the UK.
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Harshendu

I suggest you ask these schools: how many of the international students on these programs in recent years found work in the UK.


Thank you. I will have to ask them. Also, is MSc Management from Cranfield a better option than MBA from the University of Liverpool, if I am trying to land management roles in the UK, as Cranfield seems to have a better reputation than University of Liverpool, however an MBA might be preferred over MSc Management degrees as MSc Management might be designed for people with less work experience. 

[quote]I suggest you ask these schools: how many of the international students on these programs in recent years found work in the UK. [/quote]<br><br>Thank you. I will have to ask them. Also, is MSc Management from Cranfield a better option than MBA from the University of Liverpool, if I am trying to land management roles in the UK, as Cranfield seems to have a better reputation than University of Liverpool, however an MBA might be preferred over MSc Management degrees as MSc Management might be designed for people with less work experience.&nbsp;
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Duncan

Surely the obvious choices are Henley, the RAU or Harper Adams? For example https://www.henley.ac.uk/study/masters/msc-rural-land-and-business-management 

Surely the obvious choices are Henley, the RAU or Harper Adams? For example https://www.henley.ac.uk/study/masters/msc-rural-land-and-business-management&nbsp;
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Harshendu

Surely the obvious choices are Henley, the RAU or Harper Adams? For example https://www.henley.ac.uk/study/masters/msc-rural-land-and-business-management 


Thank you. But, I believe I have to stick to the options I have at present, as it might be too late for fresh applications. Or will have to try again for next year.

[quote]Surely the obvious choices are Henley, the RAU or Harper Adams? For example https://www.henley.ac.uk/study/masters/msc-rural-land-and-business-management&nbsp; [/quote]<br><br>Thank you. But, I believe I have to stick to the options I have at present, as it might be too late for fresh applications. Or will have to try again for next year.
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Duncan

If one of these schools can give you a solid, confident response that most international students found work in the UK, then go there. Otherwise, it will be wise to take an extra year to become a stronger candidate and get into a better school. 

If one of these schools can give you a solid, confident response that most international students found work in the UK, then go there. Otherwise, it will be wise to take an extra year to become a stronger candidate and get into a better school.&nbsp;
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