Imperial vs Durham vs Birmingham vs Edinburgh Online MBA


Vojtonus

Hello everyone,

I'm seeking your advice and suggestions regarding my choice of business school to pursue an Online MBA. Here's a brief overview of my background and the offers I have received:

Background:
- Currently working as a Supply Chain Manager in UK based engineering company, being responsible for international supply chain development at the business.
- Previously employed as a Mechanical Engineer.
- Seeking career progression in the technology sector, with more responsibilities and challenging roles like Chief Operations Officer.
- Successfully developed a corporate strategy for our division in India, and I am currently involved in developing and optimising the supply chain in my current workplace.

School Offers:
1. Imperial College Business School: Offer received; scholarship received.
2. Durham University Business School: Offer received; awaiting scholarship information.
3. Birmingham Business School: Offer received.
4. University of Edinburgh Business School: Offer received.

I am particularly interested in pursuing an Online MBA that aligns with my career goals and provides a strong foundation in business and leadership skills, especially concerning the technology/engineering sector. I am considering factors such as the institution's reputation, curriculum flexibility, networking opportunities, and career support services.

I kindly request your recommendations and any personal insights you may have regarding these programs or institutions. Your guidance will greatly assist me in making an informed decision.

Thank you all for your time and input.

Hello everyone,

I'm seeking your advice and suggestions regarding my choice of business school to pursue an Online MBA. Here's a brief overview of my background and the offers I have received:

Background:
- Currently working as a Supply Chain Manager in UK based engineering company, being responsible for international supply chain development at the business.
- Previously employed as a Mechanical Engineer.
- Seeking career progression in the technology sector, with more responsibilities and challenging roles like Chief Operations Officer.
- Successfully developed a corporate strategy for our division in India, and I am currently involved in developing and optimising the supply chain in my current workplace.

School Offers:
1. Imperial College Business School: Offer received; scholarship received.
2. Durham University Business School: Offer received; awaiting scholarship information.
3. Birmingham Business School: Offer received.
4. University of Edinburgh Business School: Offer received.

I am particularly interested in pursuing an Online MBA that aligns with my career goals and provides a strong foundation in business and leadership skills, especially concerning the technology/engineering sector. I am considering factors such as the institution's reputation, curriculum flexibility, networking opportunities, and career support services.

I kindly request your recommendations and any personal insights you may have regarding these programs or institutions. Your guidance will greatly assist me in making an informed decision.

Thank you all for your time and input.
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Duncan

Why limit yourself to an online MBA?

Why limit yourself to an online MBA?
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Vojtonus

Why limit yourself to an online MBA?

I should explain in my original post.
I wish I could take a full-time MBA, but due to work and family commitments, it would be tough for me to take a break from work for a year with two children under 2yo without family support in the UK (I was born in Poland). I think it is the only but very significant reason for me.

[quote]Why limit yourself to an online MBA? [/quote]<br>I should explain in my original post.<br>I wish I could take a full-time MBA, but due to work and family commitments, it would be tough for me to take a break from work for a year with two children under 2yo without family support in the UK (I was born in Poland). I think it is the only but very significant reason for me.<br>
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StuartHE

Why not take a part-time or executive MBA on campus, since those generally offer better networking and are more respected? 

Why not take a part-time or executive MBA on campus, since those generally offer better networking and are more respected?&nbsp;
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aslamo

Why limit yourself to an online MBA?

I should explain in my original post.
I wish I could take a full-time MBA, but due to work and family commitments, it would be tough for me to take a break from work for a year with two children under 2yo without family support in the UK (I was born in Poland). I think it is the only but very significant reason for me.


Don't underestimate how demanding combining a course (even part time) with bringing up a family can be. I did it when my kids were 10 and 14 and that was hard enough! 

[quote][quote]Why limit yourself to an online MBA? [/quote]<br>I should explain in my original post.<br>I wish I could take a full-time MBA, but due to work and family commitments, it would be tough for me to take a break from work for a year with two children under 2yo without family support in the UK (I was born in Poland). I think it is the only but very significant reason for me.<br> [/quote]<br><br>Don't underestimate how demanding combining a course (even part time) with bringing up a family can be. I did it when my kids were 10 and 14 and that was hard enough!&nbsp;
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Vojtonus

Why not take a part-time or executive MBA on campus, since those generally offer better networking and are more respected? 


I don't meet the experience criteria for many EMBA courses. I have applied to some, but I still await decisions. 

I have chosen Imperial and Durham specifically because they have the option to attend some electives on campus.

[quote]Why not take a part-time or executive MBA on campus, since those generally offer better networking and are more respected?&nbsp; [/quote]<br><br>I don't meet the experience criteria for many EMBA courses. I have applied to some, but I still await decisions.&nbsp;<br><br>I have chosen Imperial and Durham specifically because they have the option to attend some electives on campus.
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Duncan

The Manchester Global MBA is an option. Warwick and Henley also have face to face elements.  

The Manchester Global MBA is an option. Warwick and Henley also have face to face elements.&nbsp;&nbsp;
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Vojtonus

The Manchester Global MBA is an option. Warwick and Henley also have face to face elements.  


I considered Manchester, but I don't have GMAT at the moment.

I am still considering WBS, but I haven't applied yet. I undertook a short leadership course (4 weekends) about two years ago. Is it stronger than ICBS for technology management?

I have never considered Henley, should I? If so, why?

[quote]The Manchester Global MBA is an option. Warwick and Henley also have face to face elements.&nbsp;&nbsp; [/quote]<br><br>I considered Manchester, but I don't have GMAT at the moment.<br><br>I am still considering WBS, but I haven't applied yet. I undertook a short leadership course (4 weekends) about two years ago. Is it stronger than ICBS for technology management?<br><br>I have never considered Henley, should I? If so, why?
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StuartHE

Warwick, Henley and Manchester are long-established massive, full-service, business schools. They are probably very good at every topic. They key issue for you, however, is really which of these schools will have the best alumni network for you. ICBS has a much smaller scale. See the post on my profile page about using LinkedIn. 

Manchester and Cranfield have their own admissions tests, similar to the GMAT in content, but easier to schedule and of course you don't have to pay the GMAC for them. 

Warwick, Henley and Manchester are long-established massive, full-service, business schools. They are probably very good at every topic. They key issue for you, however, is really which of these schools will have the best alumni network for you. ICBS has a much smaller scale. See the post on my profile page about using LinkedIn.&nbsp;<br><br>Manchester and Cranfield have their own admissions tests, similar to the GMAT in content, but easier to schedule and of course you don't have to pay the GMAC for them.&nbsp;
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