Good MBA program for Product Management role in the UK


Hi,
I'm a fullstack software developer with 5+ years of experience in building products in various domains (logistics, sales ops, KYC/AML) and I'm looking to pursue an MBA in the UK with the intention of landing a tech product management role in the UK. My application status is as follows:

Nottingham - received, with scholarship
Durham - interviewed on January, still waiting on them
Edinburgh - pending
Lancaster - pending
Exeter - rejected

I understand Nottingham's MBA is slightly inferior compared to Durham/Lancaster/Edinburgh, but do those colleges offer some sort of an advantage with regards to the tech industry? Also, how slim are my chances of getting a scholarship from these 3 unis in the late rounds?

Hi,
I'm a fullstack software developer with 5+ years of experience in building products in various domains (logistics, sales ops, KYC/AML) and I'm looking to pursue an MBA in the UK with the intention of landing a tech product management role in the UK. My application status is as follows:

Nottingham - received, with scholarship
Durham - interviewed on January, still waiting on them
Edinburgh - pending
Lancaster - pending
Exeter - rejected

I understand Nottingham's MBA is slightly inferior compared to Durham/Lancaster/Edinburgh, but do those colleges offer some sort of an advantage with regards to the tech industry? Also, how slim are my chances of getting a scholarship from these 3 unis in the late rounds?
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Duncan

Most MBAs won't really have much product management content. Why not take a masters degree on product management or software management? 

Nottingham's MBAs have much worse outcomes than the MiM students at top business schools. It's far below Durham/Lancaster/Edinburgh. Edinburgh has a huge tech scene. 

Most MBAs won't really have much product management content. Why not take a masters degree on product management or software management?&nbsp;<br><br>Nottingham's MBAs have much worse outcomes than the MiM students at top business schools. It's far below Durham/Lancaster/Edinburgh. Edinburgh has a huge tech scene.&nbsp;
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I did think about Masters, but I did not want to be shoehorned into the product track, and branch out into purely non-tech business roles in the long term. I'm not interested in software management since I desire to move out of core tech and into a tech business role. 

I understand that MBAs generally don't have too much content on product mgmt, but having worked closely with several product folks, I've gained a good grasp of what the role entails. It's just that the role is generally taken up a B-school grad (at least in India)

Would it be worth skipping Notts and waiting on the results of one of the Durham/Lancaster/Edinburgh, even if the prospects of securing a scholarship are low?

I did think about Masters, but I did not want to be shoehorned into the product track, and branch out into purely non-tech business roles in the long term. I'm not interested in software management since I desire to move out of core tech and into a tech business role.&nbsp;<br><br>I understand that MBAs generally don't have too much content on product mgmt, but having worked closely with several product folks, I've gained a good grasp of what the role entails. It's just that the role is generally taken up a B-school grad (at least in India)<br><br>Would it be worth skipping Notts and waiting on the results of one of the Durham/Lancaster/Edinburgh, even if the prospects of securing a scholarship are low?
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Duncan

Definitely, it's worth aiming at a better school. 

Definitely, it's worth aiming at a better school.&nbsp;
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greatans

Hi,
You must have applied in Round-2 for Durham. For round 2, Durham has given out the results. Please check its Application Portal for details. In case you have no update, you may contact Admissions Team for details.

Hi,<br>You must have applied in Round-2 for Durham. For round 2, Durham has given out the results. Please check its Application Portal for details. In case you have no update, you may contact Admissions Team for details.<br>
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Hi greatans, my application still shows 'Awaiting Decision'. Not sure what's the hold up. I've dropped multiple mails to them but no response as of yet

Hi greatans, my application still shows 'Awaiting Decision'. Not sure what's the hold up. I've dropped multiple mails to them but no response as of yet
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aslamo

I did think about Masters, but I did not want to be shoehorned into the product track, and branch out into purely non-tech business roles in the long term. I'm not interested in software management since I desire to move out of core tech and into a tech business role. 

I understand that MBAs generally don't have too much content on product mgmt, but having worked closely with several product folks, I've gained a good grasp of what the role entails. It's just that the role is generally taken up a B-school grad (at least in India)

Would it be worth skipping Notts and waiting on the results of one of the Durham/Lancaster/Edinburgh, even if the prospects of securing a scholarship are low?


I'd consider getting on the best MBA course you can and doing a separate Product management course in parallel or afterwards. I've just done Boston University's Product Management course along with an experienced Product Manager friend, via EdX. We both thought it was a very good course. 
It takes less than 2 months at about 10-12 hours a week and it's a thorough introduction to product management. In particular, you get the chance to do a simulation of developing a digital product from vision to conception to design, prototyping, build and market launch. The choices are based on Amazon Alexa, Twitch gaming platform or LinkedIn. 

The course also covers a lot on business strategy, different approaches like agile and lean start up and also a module on Product Management career paths and development.

The course is only $399 and Boston is ranked as one of the best universities in the world for digital business in some rankings. It's also part of Boston's Digital Transformation Micromasters which is also a good course (I'm on the 4th of 5 modules.)
Message me directly if you want to know more. 

[quote]I did think about Masters, but I did not want to be shoehorned into the product track, and branch out into purely non-tech business roles in the long term. I'm not interested in software management since I desire to move out of core tech and into a tech business role.&nbsp;<br><br>I understand that MBAs generally don't have too much content on product mgmt, but having worked closely with several product folks, I've gained a good grasp of what the role entails. It's just that the role is generally taken up a B-school grad (at least in India)<br><br>Would it be worth skipping Notts and waiting on the results of one of the Durham/Lancaster/Edinburgh, even if the prospects of securing a scholarship are low? [/quote]<br><br>I'd consider getting on the best MBA course you can and doing a separate Product management course in parallel or afterwards. I've just done Boston University's Product Management course along with an experienced Product Manager friend, via EdX. We both thought it was a very good course.&nbsp;<div><div><br>It takes less than 2 months at about 10-12 hours a week and it's a thorough introduction to product management. In particular, you get the chance to do a simulation of developing a digital product from vision to conception to design, prototyping, build and market launch. The choices are based on Amazon Alexa, Twitch gaming platform or LinkedIn.&nbsp;</div><br><br><div>The course also covers a lot on business strategy, different approaches like agile and lean start up and also a module on Product Management career paths and development.<br><br>The course is only $399 and Boston is ranked as one of the best universities in the world for digital business in some rankings. It's also part of Boston's Digital Transformation Micromasters which is also a good course (I'm on the 4th of 5 modules.)</div><div><br></div><div>Message me directly if you want to know more.&nbsp;</div></div>
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aslamo

Just to add to my post above, Product Management is a field which requires a very high level of soft skills and emotional intelligence. Which, to be honest, is not very common in most people who work in IT and technology. Look for an MBA that is strong on leadership and development of soft skills.

Just to add to my post above, Product Management is a field which requires a very high level of soft skills and emotional intelligence. Which, to be honest, is not very common in most people who work in IT and technology. Look for an MBA that is strong on leadership and development of soft skills.
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I did a small course on Product Management from Udemy, but I'll definitely look into the EdX course, thanks. I understand the Product role requires empathy and assertion, but I have done this role in bits-and-pieces over the last few years and I'm confident I have the drive to perform as a PM. 

I wanted an MBA that had a good focus on leadership/entrepreneurship and strategy, with elective modules focused on tech. Durham's program stands out like that

I did a small course on Product Management from Udemy, but I'll definitely look into the EdX course, thanks. I understand the Product role requires empathy and assertion, but I have done this role in bits-and-pieces over the last few years and I'm confident I have the drive to perform as a PM.&nbsp;<br><br>I wanted an MBA that had a good focus on leadership/entrepreneurship and strategy, with elective modules focused on tech. Durham's program stands out like that
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Received a conditional offer from Lancaster with a good scholarship. Thanks for the help everyone!

Received a conditional offer from Lancaster with a good scholarship. Thanks for the help everyone!
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greatans

Received a conditional offer from Lancaster with a good scholarship. Thanks for the help everyone!


Congratulations for you offer from Lancaster.
How about Durham and Edinburg? Any decision from them?
How much scholarship amount you received from Lancaster?

[quote]Received a conditional offer from Lancaster with a good scholarship. Thanks for the help everyone! [/quote]<br><br>Congratulations for you offer from Lancaster.<br>How about Durham and Edinburg? Any decision from them?<br>How much scholarship amount you received from Lancaster?
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They offered a scholarship of 8500 GBP.
Durham has still not responded, and Edinburgh was a negative. Did not even get to the interview stage

They offered a scholarship of 8500 GBP.<br>Durham has still not responded, and Edinburgh was a negative. Did not even get to the interview stage
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