Advice regarding Management MSc and reputation of B-Schools?


King Boo

Hello all,

I am aware this isn't specifically in regards to an MBA, however Im stuck for anyone else who may know solid info about b-schools that I can actually ask, so any general info would be greatly appreciated, even if its just about the overall reputation of the schools im looking at.

Im a 21 y/o British student who has just graduated this year from the University of Sussex in Biomedical Science. I scored 86% average (so a good first), and ranked top of the entire Biomedicine cohort in both 2nd and third years, and won the School of Life Sci Biomedical Prize for attaining the best overall degree average.

However, given my career goals, business interests and personal skillset, im more keen to go into business management / business development, with the intent of eventually getting into pharmaceutical business consultancy/ development.

Im looking at Management conversion courses that specialise in students not having a pre-existing knowledge of business, and do not require work experience - and the ones im looking at currently are; Manchester, Durham, Birmingham, Lancaster and Bath. Potentially also Warwick (albeit whilst finances are not a problem for me, its fee's are much more expensive than the others listed), I may apply here too.

I have spoken with admissions officers informally from Birmingham and Bath, and both gave hints that I would make a very strong candidate. Similarly, Manchester did inform me that I fulfill above the entry requirements and would make a competitive candidate.

Considering you all have much more business sector related insider knowledge, of these schools, which would you perhaps advise leaning towards, and similarly are there any that you would somewhat say be wary of?

As I said, I know this isnt strictly about an MBA, but any advice is welcomed. Im leaning towards Manchester at the moment, as a larger proportion of their grads go into healthcare etc, but if anyone can shed any more light that would be wonderful.

Many thanks.

[Edited by King Boo on Nov 10, 2016]

Hello all,

I am aware this isn't specifically in regards to an MBA, however Im stuck for anyone else who may know solid info about b-schools that I can actually ask, so any general info would be greatly appreciated, even if its just about the overall reputation of the schools im looking at.

Im a 21 y/o British student who has just graduated this year from the University of Sussex in Biomedical Science. I scored 86% average (so a good first), and ranked top of the entire Biomedicine cohort in both 2nd and third years, and won the School of Life Sci Biomedical Prize for attaining the best overall degree average.

However, given my career goals, business interests and personal skillset, im more keen to go into business management / business development, with the intent of eventually getting into pharmaceutical business consultancy/ development.

Im looking at Management conversion courses that specialise in students not having a pre-existing knowledge of business, and do not require work experience - and the ones im looking at currently are; Manchester, Durham, Birmingham, Lancaster and Bath. Potentially also Warwick (albeit whilst finances are not a problem for me, its fee's are much more expensive than the others listed), I may apply here too.

I have spoken with admissions officers informally from Birmingham and Bath, and both gave hints that I would make a very strong candidate. Similarly, Manchester did inform me that I fulfill above the entry requirements and would make a competitive candidate.

Considering you all have much more business sector related insider knowledge, of these schools, which would you perhaps advise leaning towards, and similarly are there any that you would somewhat say be wary of?

As I said, I know this isnt strictly about an MBA, but any advice is welcomed. Im leaning towards Manchester at the moment, as a larger proportion of their grads go into healthcare etc, but if anyone can shed any more light that would be wonderful.

Many thanks.
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Duncan

I think you can do better than Birmingham or Lancaster. Warwick is certainly the school to aim for. Durham, Bath and Manchester are similar, but salaries are higher at Durham making it better value. I'd avoid Manchester just because it's a building site right now. Why not consider the Strathclyde MBM as well?

I think you can do better than Birmingham or Lancaster. Warwick is certainly the school to aim for. Durham, Bath and Manchester are similar, but salaries are higher at Durham making it better value. I'd avoid Manchester just because it's a building site right now. Why not consider the Strathclyde MBM as well?
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Johnykc

I think you can do better than Birmingham or Lancaster. Warwick is certainly the school to aim for. Durham, Bath and Manchester are similar, but salaries are higher at Durham making it better value. I'd avoid Manchester just because it's a building site right now. Why not consider the Strathclyde MBM as well?


Hi Duncan, may I know how would you rank the schools according to the reputation of their MBA programme?

[quote]I think you can do better than Birmingham or Lancaster. Warwick is certainly the school to aim for. Durham, Bath and Manchester are similar, but salaries are higher at Durham making it better value. I'd avoid Manchester just because it's a building site right now. Why not consider the Strathclyde MBM as well?[/quote]

Hi Duncan, may I know how would you rank the schools according to the reputation of their MBA programme?
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King Boo

I think you can do better than Birmingham or Lancaster. Warwick is certainly the school to aim for. Durham, Bath and Manchester are similar, but salaries are higher at Durham making it better value. I'd avoid Manchester just because it's a building site right now. Why not consider the Strathclyde MBM as well?


Thank yo for this insight L it's really invaluable to hear from people who have this sort of knowledge. I'm looking for 2017 entry so won't be going there until Oct 2017. The thing about Warwick is obviously how much more expensive it is, and they say they don't require the gmat but it can help your application.I don't really want to have to sit the gmat, so may contact the admissions office about that and how much weight they put on it.

I didn't even consider Strathclyde, I've checked it out and it looks like a great course, but I really want to go to the best school for employment and how it is viewed in the industry. Are there any other schools you'd advise (that don't definitely require gmat or gre)??

Finally if it were you, where would you be applying as your top three of all the ones we've discussed??

[Edited by King Boo on Nov 11, 2016]

[quote]I think you can do better than Birmingham or Lancaster. Warwick is certainly the school to aim for. Durham, Bath and Manchester are similar, but salaries are higher at Durham making it better value. I'd avoid Manchester just because it's a building site right now. Why not consider the Strathclyde MBM as well?[/quote]

Thank yo for this insight L it's really invaluable to hear from people who have this sort of knowledge. I'm looking for 2017 entry so won't be going there until Oct 2017. The thing about Warwick is obviously how much more expensive it is, and they say they don't require the gmat but it can help your application.I don't really want to have to sit the gmat, so may contact the admissions office about that and how much weight they put on it.

I didn't even consider Strathclyde, I've checked it out and it looks like a great course, but I really want to go to the best school for employment and how it is viewed in the industry. Are there any other schools you'd advise (that don't definitely require gmat or gre)??

Finally if it were you, where would you be applying as your top three of all the ones we've discussed??
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Duncan

Take the Gmat. Use the FT masters in management ranking for employment data. The FT MBA ranking is good but you are not applying for an MBA. I would attend the best school available for my career goal.

Take the Gmat. Use the FT masters in management ranking for employment data. The FT MBA ranking is good but you are not applying for an MBA. I would attend the best school available for my career goal.
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