Which Online MBA to pick (in Europe / with specialisation / within 12 to 24 months)?


Tina Rex
Good evening everyone :-),

I am looking for a Distance Learning / Online MBA or MSc programme in Europe, preferably the UK, ideally with a specilisation in digital leadership / innovation / change / transformation to be completed within ideally 12, max 24 months. Budget should not exceed 30k Euros in total.

Reason Why: my Human Sciences master from 20 years ago will not suffice me to advance my career, especially with in global corporations where I work, looking at the well educated colleagues around me. The idea is to enhance my practical on-the-job-experience and get an in-depth insight into international business topics and aspects, coupled with a speicalisation.

About me: in my mid-forties, fully employed, no kids but keen to advance my career in international environments, preferably in Germany but commuting is fine (I live in Berlin).

I have checked the FT Business Ranking of March 2017 and found the following programmes which I thought would be worth to check:

- UK: Durham Business School:
- UK: Warwick Business School
- UK: Bradford Business School
- Netherlands: EuroMBA: not sure what to think about this one?

I also just found the brand new University of London / QMUL Global Online MBA with four specialisations but the programme website looks already odd. There is no one to talk to (the chat does not work). I have registered for their enquiry portal but there are nothing but FAQ and I did not even see a portal registration confirmation. No one came back to me. Since the programme is new, I guess there is no one to talk to...

Any feedback or any other suggestions for other programmes in that range (especially from you, Duncan, in case you're still around :-)) will be highly appreciated.

Many thanks in advance
Tina
Good evening everyone :-),

I am looking for a Distance Learning / Online MBA or MSc programme in Europe, preferably the UK, ideally with a specilisation in digital leadership / innovation / change / transformation to be completed within ideally 12, max 24 months. Budget should not exceed 30k Euros in total.

Reason Why: my Human Sciences master from 20 years ago will not suffice me to advance my career, especially with in global corporations where I work, looking at the well educated colleagues around me. The idea is to enhance my practical on-the-job-experience and get an in-depth insight into international business topics and aspects, coupled with a speicalisation.

About me: in my mid-forties, fully employed, no kids but keen to advance my career in international environments, preferably in Germany but commuting is fine (I live in Berlin).

I have checked the FT Business Ranking of March 2017 and found the following programmes which I thought would be worth to check:

- UK: Durham Business School:
- UK: Warwick Business School
- UK: Bradford Business School
- Netherlands: EuroMBA: not sure what to think about this one?

I also just found the brand new University of London / QMUL Global Online MBA with four specialisations but the programme website looks already odd. There is no one to talk to (the chat does not work). I have registered for their enquiry portal but there are nothing but FAQ and I did not even see a portal registration confirmation. No one came back to me. Since the programme is new, I guess there is no one to talk to...

Any feedback or any other suggestions for other programmes in that range (especially from you, Duncan, in case you're still around :-)) will be highly appreciated.

Many thanks in advance
Tina
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Duncan
I don't think any one programme will meet all those needs, and I think you need to think more carefully about career directions. Warwick probably has the widest range of electives.

Given your Berlin location, I think the ESCP masters in innovation could be a better fit: http://www.escpeurope.eu/escp-europe-programmes/executive-masters-part-time/digital-innovation-and-entrepreneurship/overview/overview-executive-master-in-digital-innovation-and-entrepreneurial-leadership-escp-europe/

Personally, as an HHL fan, I would pick Euro*MBA.
I don't think any one programme will meet all those needs, and I think you need to think more carefully about career directions. Warwick probably has the widest range of electives.

Given your Berlin location, I think the ESCP masters in innovation could be a better fit: http://www.escpeurope.eu/escp-europe-programmes/executive-masters-part-time/digital-innovation-and-entrepreneurship/overview/overview-executive-master-in-digital-innovation-and-entrepreneurial-leadership-escp-europe/

Personally, as an HHL fan, I would pick Euro*MBA.
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Tina Rex
duncan,

many thanks for your comments which i really appreciate :-)!

in regards to my career, i would like to learn different aspects about management, ideally with a specialisation as mentioned. no specific career ambitions but i would like to advance in multinational companies (as i have in my previous positions). the industry is not as important but i would like to deepen my knowlege in digital / innovation / leadership topics.

i had looked into the escp innovation master in but besides this requires a lot of presence days (in berlin and abroad) which i cannot really afford, it is also too expensive.

why would you choose warwick rather than durham? what has the euro mba as opposed to HHL?

and have you heard about the UoL/QMUL Global MBA (http://www.londoninternational.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/queen-mary/global-mba)?

have a great day.
tina
duncan,

many thanks for your comments which i really appreciate :-)!

in regards to my career, i would like to learn different aspects about management, ideally with a specialisation as mentioned. no specific career ambitions but i would like to advance in multinational companies (as i have in my previous positions). the industry is not as important but i would like to deepen my knowlege in digital / innovation / leadership topics.

i had looked into the escp innovation master in but besides this requires a lot of presence days (in berlin and abroad) which i cannot really afford, it is also too expensive.

why would you choose warwick rather than durham? what has the euro mba as opposed to HHL?

and have you heard about the UoL/QMUL Global MBA (http://www.londoninternational.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/queen-mary/global-mba)?

have a great day.
tina
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Duncan
Hi Tina,

I'm not opposing HHL to the Euro*MBA: the Euro*MBA is an HHL programme and you would become an alumnus of the HHL and the other consortium schools.

The ESCP programme is under your €30000 budget, or did I misunderstand?

I would recommend Warwick for you above Durham because your interests are not focussed on a specific career goal. Warwick helps more by [a] having a smaller core and more electives and being a better school, as reflected in the rankings.

I would, personally, not choose Warwick. I would choose the Euro*MBA.

Of course I have heard of the QMUL MBA. I don't think that purely academic and individual programme will give you the same outcome as a world-class business school.

[Edited by Duncan on May 19, 2017]

Hi Tina,

I'm not opposing HHL to the Euro*MBA: the Euro*MBA is an HHL programme and you would become an alumnus of the HHL and the other consortium schools.

The ESCP programme is under your €30000 budget, or did I misunderstand?

I would recommend Warwick for you above Durham because your interests are not focussed on a specific career goal. Warwick helps more by [a] having a smaller core and more electives and [b] being a better school, as reflected in the rankings.

I would, personally, not choose Warwick. I would choose the Euro*MBA.

Of course I have heard of the QMUL MBA. I don't think that purely academic and individual programme will give you the same outcome as a world-class business school.
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Tina Rex
thanks duncan - i am really impressed about your knowledge but looking at your profile, i can see why. chapeau :-)!

euro mba looks interesting indeed, but they do also 6 presence weeks :-(... other than that, it sounds really interesting.

escp berlin: you are right: the programme would be below 30k but they have a lot of presence (5 x 5-10 days) :-(...

i am sure you have heard of it but do you have an opinion about this mba from robert kennedy college: http://bit.ly/2qzfNdD? sounds a bit odd to be honest...

last not least: if not an mba, is there an online programme on digital transformation / innovation / change you would be able to point me to? not too easy to find the right thing....

have a great evening.
tina
thanks duncan - i am really impressed about your knowledge but looking at your profile, i can see why. chapeau :-)!

euro mba looks interesting indeed, but they do also 6 presence weeks :-(... other than that, it sounds really interesting.

escp berlin: you are right: the programme would be below 30k but they have a lot of presence (5 x 5-10 days) :-(...

i am sure you have heard of it but do you have an opinion about this mba from robert kennedy college: http://bit.ly/2qzfNdD? sounds a bit odd to be honest...

last not least: if not an mba, is there an online programme on digital transformation / innovation / change you would be able to point me to? not too easy to find the right thing....

have a great evening.
tina
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mcgr
Tina - I'm no Duncan and don't have any direct experience with any of these programs, but can I ask what the issue is with the in-person time? Do you think it would be difficult to get that kind of time away from work, or do you have personal/family obligations, or is it just the added expense of travel? I ask because from my limited research, it seems (in general) the programs that have a semi-sizable in person commitment are also the ones that have the better ROI. So I would think if you could swing the away time (and 6 weeks away over two years is not all that much), then it would be worth considering.
Tina - I'm no Duncan and don't have any direct experience with any of these programs, but can I ask what the issue is with the in-person time? Do you think it would be difficult to get that kind of time away from work, or do you have personal/family obligations, or is it just the added expense of travel? I ask because from my limited research, it seems (in general) the programs that have a semi-sizable in person commitment are also the ones that have the better ROI. So I would think if you could swing the away time (and 6 weeks away over two years is not all that much), then it would be worth considering.
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