Affordable Full Time MBA for a health professional in the Midlands/North West


dinkolfy
Hi all,

I am a registered health professional (after a 2:1 professional Hons degree) with nearly 15 years of work experience and a relatively steady career progression - recently in clinical team management positions.

I have realised that my strong area is management/business than clinical and would like to do a full time MBA from Sept 2018 - may be in healthcare management; I am open to even a career change.

My internet research so far tells me the MBA should be from a reputed business school like Manchester or Warwick (nearest good ones to me) but I would not be able to afford their hefty fees.

Would anyone here be able to advise/share their thoughts as I am in a deep dilemma.

Many thanks in advance!
Hi all,

I am a registered health professional (after a 2:1 professional Hons degree) with nearly 15 years of work experience and a relatively steady career progression - recently in clinical team management positions.

I have realised that my strong area is management/business than clinical and would like to do a full time MBA from Sept 2018 - may be in healthcare management; I am open to even a career change.

My internet research so far tells me the MBA should be from a reputed business school like Manchester or Warwick (nearest good ones to me) but I would not be able to afford their hefty fees.

Would anyone here be able to advise/share their thoughts as I am in a deep dilemma.

Many thanks in advance!
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George Pat...
Although Manchester and Warwick are probably better, Lancaster maybe around £10k-13k- less
May worth checking out
Although Manchester and Warwick are probably better, Lancaster maybe around £10k-13k- less
May worth checking out
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Duncan
Depending on the peaks, Sheffield or Birmingham are also close. Is location a solid constraint? Oxford and Cranfield are strong options. Please don't worry about the fees. It will double your salary. You will never find a better investment .
Depending on the peaks, Sheffield or Birmingham are also close. Is location a solid constraint? Oxford and Cranfield are strong options. Please don't worry about the fees. It will double your salary. You will never find a better investment .
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dinkolfy
Although Manchester and Warwick are probably better, Lancaster maybe around £10k-13k- less
May worth checking out


Thank you for your input; would certainly check out Lancaster.
[quote]Although Manchester and Warwick are probably better, Lancaster maybe around £10k-13k- less
May worth checking out[/quote]

Thank you for your input; would certainly check out Lancaster.
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dinkolfy
Depending on the peaks, Sheffield or Birmingham are also close. Is location a solid constraint? Oxford and Cranfield are strong options. Please don't worry about the fees. It will double your salary. You will never find a better investment .


Thanks much for your input,Duncan.

Location is a constraint as I have a family with a 9 year old boy and Mrs' job involves evening/late work responsibilities which means I have to pick DS from school etc.

Would be delighted to get into Oxford or Cranfield but:
1) wouldn't I need a GMAT score or similar (forgive my ignorance)
2) would I be able to get a student loan for the high fee
3) wouldn't I have to commute daily to/from Oxford/Bedford (thinking expense/time wise)

Thanks again.
[quote]Depending on the peaks, Sheffield or Birmingham are also close. Is location a solid constraint? Oxford and Cranfield are strong options. Please don't worry about the fees. It will double your salary. You will never find a better investment . [/quote]

Thanks much for your input,Duncan.

Location is a constraint as I have a family with a 9 year old boy and Mrs' job involves evening/late work responsibilities which means I have to pick DS from school etc.

Would be delighted to get into Oxford or Cranfield but:
1) wouldn't I need a GMAT score or similar (forgive my ignorance)
2) would I be able to get a student loan for the high fee
3) wouldn't I have to commute daily to/from Oxford/Bedford (thinking expense/time wise)

Thanks again.
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Duncan
You probably would need the GMAT, but I think you are a very interesting candidate who can get in with a below-average score. Cranfield and Manchester have their own GMAT-like test, which is not easier but is faster and free. You would have no trouble getting a loan for a good MBA because you really will be a very strong proposition.

I'm not sure where you are (I am guessing Stoke maybe) but Lancaster, Oxford and Cranfield are all a couple of hours. A good train connection can make a big difference.

An off-the-wall idea: one of the guys in my Executive MBA group at LBS was studying full-time. He'd missed the deadline for the full-time programme but knew that the EMBA would still meet his needs. He could still spend as much time as possible on campus so he used the career services fully and took part in everything the school had to offer. Thinking of Lancaster, for example, their EMBA is less costly than their full-time EMBA {which says something about the regional market). I recall that Lancaster also provides some master-level management programmes for the NHS (http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/cetad/individuals/postgraduate-study/). It is also one of the NHS MBA providers, and I suggest you also apply for that: https://www.leadershipacademy.nhs.uk/news/new-nhs-mba/
You probably would need the GMAT, but I think you are a very interesting candidate who can get in with a below-average score. Cranfield and Manchester have their own GMAT-like test, which is not easier but is faster and free. You would have no trouble getting a loan for a good MBA because you really will be a very strong proposition.

I'm not sure where you are (I am guessing Stoke maybe) but Lancaster, Oxford and Cranfield are all a couple of hours. A good train connection can make a big difference.

An off-the-wall idea: one of the guys in my Executive MBA group at LBS was studying full-time. He'd missed the deadline for the full-time programme but knew that the EMBA would still meet his needs. He could still spend as much time as possible on campus so he used the career services fully and took part in everything the school had to offer. Thinking of Lancaster, for example, their EMBA is less costly than their full-time EMBA {which says something about the regional market). I recall that Lancaster also provides some master-level management programmes for the NHS (http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/cetad/individuals/postgraduate-study/). It is also one of the NHS MBA providers, and I suggest you also apply for that: https://www.leadershipacademy.nhs.uk/news/new-nhs-mba/
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dinkolfy
You probably would need the GMAT, but I think you are a very interesting candidate who can get in with a below-average score. Cranfield and Manchester have their own GMAT-like test, which is not easier but is faster and free. You would have no trouble getting a loan for a good MBA because you really will be a very strong proposition.

I'm not sure where you are (I am guessing Stoke maybe) but Lancaster, Oxford and Cranfield are all a couple of hours. A good train connection can make a big difference.

An off-the-wall idea: one of the guys in my Executive MBA group at LBS was studying full-time. He'd missed the deadline for the full-time programme but knew that the EMBA would still meet his needs. He could still spend as much time as possible on campus so he used the career services fully and took part in everything the school had to offer. Thinking of Lancaster, for example, their EMBA is less costly than their full-time EMBA {which says something about the regional market). I recall that Lancaster also provides some master-level management programmes for the NHS (http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/cetad/individuals/postgraduate-study/). It is also one of the NHS MBA providers, and I suggest you also apply for that: https://www.leadershipacademy.nhs.uk/news/new-nhs-mba/[/quote]

Thanks for the detailed reply Duncan; much appreciated.

Unfortunately I do not work/have not worked for the NHS; all of my work experience is in the private sector. Nevertheless, I will certainly have a close look at what Lancaster has to offer.

Also, I would definitely have a look at Manchester & Cranfield as they have their own tests.

You have been very helpful, thanks again.
[quote]You probably would need the GMAT, but I think you are a very interesting candidate who can get in with a below-average score. Cranfield and Manchester have their own GMAT-like test, which is not easier but is faster and free. You would have no trouble getting a loan for a good MBA because you really will be a very strong proposition.

I'm not sure where you are (I am guessing Stoke maybe) but Lancaster, Oxford and Cranfield are all a couple of hours. A good train connection can make a big difference.

An off-the-wall idea: one of the guys in my Executive MBA group at LBS was studying full-time. He'd missed the deadline for the full-time programme but knew that the EMBA would still meet his needs. He could still spend as much time as possible on campus so he used the career services fully and took part in everything the school had to offer. Thinking of Lancaster, for example, their EMBA is less costly than their full-time EMBA {which says something about the regional market). I recall that Lancaster also provides some master-level management programmes for the NHS (http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/cetad/individuals/postgraduate-study/). It is also one of the NHS MBA providers, and I suggest you also apply for that: https://www.leadershipacademy.nhs.uk/news/new-nhs-mba/[/quote]

Thanks for the detailed reply Duncan; much appreciated.

Unfortunately I do not work/have not worked for the NHS; all of my work experience is in the private sector. Nevertheless, I will certainly have a close look at what Lancaster has to offer.

Also, I would definitely have a look at Manchester & Cranfield as they have their own tests.

You have been very helpful, thanks again.
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Duncan
Anyone can apply for the NHS MBA
Anyone can apply for the NHS MBA
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dinkolfy
Anyone can apply for the NHS MBA


That's great; just having a look at their various programmes now.
[quote]Anyone can apply for the NHS MBA[/quote]

That's great; just having a look at their various programmes now.
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dinkolfy

An off-the-wall idea: one of the guys in my Executive MBA group at LBS was studying full-time. He'd missed the deadline for the full-time programme but knew that the EMBA would still meet his needs. He could still spend as much time as possible on campus so he used the career services fully and took part in everything the school had to offer.


Hi Duncan,
Did you mean to say he was not working FT or PT but just doing his part time EMBA?
If yes, wasn't that a problem as most EMBA modules require practical/ work-focused assignments?

Many thanks.
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An off-the-wall idea: one of the guys in my Executive MBA group at LBS was studying full-time. He'd missed the deadline for the full-time programme but knew that the EMBA would still meet his needs. He could still spend as much time as possible on campus so he used the career services fully and took part in everything the school had to offer.
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Hi Duncan,
Did you mean to say he was not working FT or PT but just doing his part time EMBA?
If yes, wasn't that a problem as most EMBA modules require practical/ work-focused assignments?

Many thanks.
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Duncan
That's right. He'd quit his job, and I think he did a few consulting gigs during the course and was developing the idea for a start-up. I don't think it's the case that most EMBA modules require assignments that are done in your own workplace. Certainly it's useful to have the option to do that (I had just one elective at LBS where I did a work-based project, and that was massively valuable for the firm) but most firms won't want to make data available for student projects very often. He had no trouble doing projects on his own industry without being an employee. What worked for him was that he was able to meet with potential employers and could start work straight away, rather than waiting until the end of the course. Thinking back, my former colleague David did the flexible EMBA at Henley back in the days then their full-time MBA was also on the Henley campus. David spend a huge amount of time on the Henley campus and also got much more of the on-campus experience than the average part-time student.
That's right. He'd quit his job, and I think he did a few consulting gigs during the course and was developing the idea for a start-up. I don't think it's the case that most EMBA modules require assignments that are done in your own workplace. Certainly it's useful to have the option to do that (I had just one elective at LBS where I did a work-based project, and that was massively valuable for the firm) but most firms won't want to make data available for student projects very often. He had no trouble doing projects on his own industry without being an employee. What worked for him was that he was able to meet with potential employers and could start work straight away, rather than waiting until the end of the course. Thinking back, my former colleague David did the flexible EMBA at Henley back in the days then their full-time MBA was also on the Henley campus. David spend a huge amount of time on the Henley campus and also got much more of the on-campus experience than the average part-time student.
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Toluajayi
Please does anyone have any information on who has graduated from southwales MBA course. Can we know what was written on the certificate?

Thank you
Please does anyone have any information on who has graduated from southwales MBA course. Can we know what was written on the certificate?

Thank you
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Duncan
USW issues bilingual certificates that look like this: http://docnet.co.in/uploads/doc_images/doc_2963/training/2017-11-17-PHOTO-000002402.jpg It won't mention the mode or location of study.
USW issues bilingual certificates that look like this: http://docnet.co.in/uploads/doc_images/doc_2963/training/2017-11-17-PHOTO-000002402.jpg It won't mention the mode or location of study.
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dinkolfy
Thanks much for your time & input, Duncan.
I am working on my personal statement for the application atm; wish me luck :)
Thanks much for your time & input, Duncan.
I am working on my personal statement for the application atm; wish me luck :)


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dinkolfy
Although Manchester and Warwick are probably better, Lancaster maybe around £10k-13k- less
May worth checking out


Following an interview last week, I have received a conditional offer from Lancaster today; thanks much for your input!
[quote]Although Manchester and Warwick are probably better, Lancaster maybe around £10k-13k- less
May worth checking out[/quote]

Following an interview last week, I have received a conditional offer from Lancaster today; thanks much for your input!

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dinkolfy
Anyone can apply for the NHS MBA


That's great; just having a look at their various programmes now.


Following an interview last week, I have received a conditional offer from Lancaster today; thanks much for your input and valuable advice, Duncan!
[quote][quote]Anyone can apply for the NHS MBA[/quote]

That's great; just having a look at their various programmes now.[/quote]

Following an interview last week, I have received a conditional offer from Lancaster today; thanks much for your input and valuable advice, Duncan!
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anuje
Following an interview last week, I have received a conditional offer from Lancaster today; thanks much for your input and valuable advice, Duncan!

Hi, Congratulations! I am also a health professional invited for an interview at LUMS. Any advice regarding interview preparation? This is the first time i am appearing for an MBA admissions interview so feeling a bit nervous! Thank you and all the best for your career.
Following an interview last week, I have received a conditional offer from Lancaster today; thanks much for your input and valuable advice, Duncan![/quote]

Hi, Congratulations! I am also a health professional invited for an interview at LUMS. Any advice regarding interview preparation? This is the first time i am appearing for an MBA admissions interview so feeling a bit nervous! Thank you and all the best for your career.
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dinkolfy
Following an interview last week, I have received a conditional offer from Lancaster today; thanks much for your input and valuable advice, Duncan!


Hi, Congratulations! I am also a health professional invited for an interview at LUMS. Any advice regarding interview preparation? This is the first time i am appearing for an MBA admissions interview so feeling a bit nervous! Thank you and all the best for your career.

Thank you! The interview was semi-formal and quite straightforward. Very welcoming staff and interviewer, hence no need to be nervous. Make sure you are articulate re: your previous work experience and what you want to achieve with the course i.e., where you see yourself in another 10 years time. I am sure you'll be alright. All the best and hopefully see you on the course induction in September!
[quote]Following an interview last week, I have received a conditional offer from Lancaster today; thanks much for your input and valuable advice, Duncan![/quote]

Hi, Congratulations! I am also a health professional invited for an interview at LUMS. Any advice regarding interview preparation? This is the first time i am appearing for an MBA admissions interview so feeling a bit nervous! Thank you and all the best for your career.[/quote]

Thank you! The interview was semi-formal and quite straightforward. Very welcoming staff and interviewer, hence no need to be nervous. Make sure you are articulate re: your previous work experience and what you want to achieve with the course i.e., where you see yourself in another 10 years time. I am sure you'll be alright. All the best and hopefully see you on the course induction in September!
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anuje
Following an interview last week, I have received a conditional offer from Lancaster today; thanks much for your input and valuable advice, Duncan!


Hi, Congratulations! I am also a health professional invited for an interview at LUMS. Any advice regarding interview preparation? This is the first time i am appearing for an MBA admissions interview so feeling a bit nervous! Thank you and all the best for your career.


Thank you! The interview was semi-formal and quite straightforward. Very welcoming staff and interviewer, hence no need to be nervous. Make sure you are articulate re: your previous work experience and what you want to achieve with the course i.e., where you see yourself in another 10 years time. I am sure you'll be alright. All the best and hopefully see you on the course induction in September!

Thank you
[quote][quote]Following an interview last week, I have received a conditional offer from Lancaster today; thanks much for your input and valuable advice, Duncan![/quote]

Hi, Congratulations! I am also a health professional invited for an interview at LUMS. Any advice regarding interview preparation? This is the first time i am appearing for an MBA admissions interview so feeling a bit nervous! Thank you and all the best for your career.[/quote]

Thank you! The interview was semi-formal and quite straightforward. Very welcoming staff and interviewer, hence no need to be nervous. Make sure you are articulate re: your previous work experience and what you want to achieve with the course i.e., where you see yourself in another 10 years time. I am sure you'll be alright. All the best and hopefully see you on the course induction in September![/quote]

Thank you
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