I am having 13 years of experience as business analyst and looking for MBA in UK as a route to get work visa into product management. I am confused about in which universities should I apply. I do not have GMAT score.
You should attend a very good business school if you want to work in the UK: that will mean taking the GMAT. Take a look at:
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Thankyou Duncan for the reply.
Though I am too late for Sept 2023 but still applying in Cranfield, Lancaster, Manchester, Birmingham, Durham and Edinburgh to see if I can take their internally conducted exam or based on experience if the profile can be considered.
Also, want to check if can I apply in Jan 2024 again (with GMAT score) in the same universities If I do not get admit in Sept 2023.
[Edited by Poornima Maheshwari on Feb 23, 2023]
You can sit for GMAT and target better schools next year if you prefer. However, for September/October ‘23 session, you can confidently apply to Lancaster, Durham and Edinburgh. Your application can be well considered without a GMAT score. Lancaster will also most likely assess your application a bit faster because they will have less applications this year having dropped off the FT rankings.
Manchester has its own variant of the GMAT. It’s not quite easy as many people think but you could give that a shot. Warwick also has its own administered test in place of the GMAT, if you don’t have the GMAT.
Make a run for Durham and Lancaster.
[Edited by Obinna on Feb 23, 2023]
Thanks for the guidance.
Will apply and keep you posted in case I receive the offer. Though I have an apprehension that being an international student I would be the employability aspect from these universities.
More or less all the students in these MBAs are international students, so you should be not concerned. If you don't have UK work experience and are also changing role, I strongly recommend Manchester. It and LBS have a longer format that is idea for career changers.
I have an offer from Strathclyde (with scholarship of 12000 pounds sterling), Birmingham and Lancaster MBA course. I am still waiting for Durham result but I have to reserve a seat before May 12 deadline. Please suggest which university shall I consider, I am looking for business and management consultancy job profile post MBA as I am currently working as business analyst with 13 years of IT industry experience.
Out of the schools that you have already applied to I think Lancaster, Durham and Edinburgh are the ones which are in top 10 list in the UK without requiring a GMAT score. Warwick and Cranfield have their own alternative tests but I am sure the deadline for these schools is over at least for International students. Now coming to he offers you have I would choose Lancaster over the rest so if you want to go this year then choose Lancaster or Durham (provided you get an offer from them). Another thing I would like to point here is that students with 650-690 GMAT scores too choose Lancaster MBA, as it's one of the best in the UK and Europe and has a solid foundation globally. So I would definitely suggest you take Lancaster for 2023 intake and if you want to sit for the GMAT next year then too you can consider Lancaster MBA along with other b schools.
This depends on your goals and alternatives. I don't understand why you are avoiding the GMAT schools when you know they offer the most effective path to your goals.
Thanks for your reply.
Also, looking at current UK market is it worth doing MBA from Lancaster or Strathclyde?
Lancaster MBA is a top 10 MBA programme in the UK and is very well known globally so yeah it's definitely worth doing a MBA programme from Lancaster University, regarding Strathclyde I still have my reservations but it's a decent programme though. Now coming to job opportunities in the UK at present the scenario is not good but it's not that Lancaster's graduates haven't found jobs. You can check the data from the 2021-22 batch and connect with a few graduates in LinkedIn. Moreover, your previous experience and skill sets will matter the most rather than the brand name of the b school (unless say you are graduating from LBS, Cambridge, Oxford, Imperial, ect.). The UK employers prefer your past experience more than the degree or the school you have graduate with or from.
Another thing I would like to add here, I have come across graduates (2021-22 batch) from Warwick, Manchester, Imperial and Bayes who haven't yet found a job so just keep this in mind that graduating from a top tier b school doesn't mean that you will be guaranteed a job. When looking for a job your past experience and skill set will hold the most weightage rather than the b school and the degree.
[Edited by overlord47 on May 03, 2023]
Thanks @overload47 for you inputs.
I have two more questions:
1. I believe, both Lancaster and Strathclyde are tier 3 colleges (though Lancaster is more renowned) but is it worth to ignore 12000 pound sterling scholarship of Strathclyde and get admin in Lancaster MBA with full tuition fees.
2. I also have an admin of MSc in Management Consultancy and MSc in Strategic Management from UCD, Ireland. Tuition fee is lower for this program than MBA so in your opinion shall I choose Ireland MSc vs UK MBA, considering I want to work in product management or consultancy role post masters in the respective country for 1-2 year and then will return back to India.
If you want to work in product management then a more generalist degree like an MBA might be a better fit, especially as you'll study marketing and finance which is absent from the consulting degree.
The scholarship amount will usually be far less than the increased lifetime earnings you would get by going to the best school you can.
So you mean MBA with Lancaster is better option?
You can research this yourself in the FT rankings - compare the the post graduation salaries and percentage increase.
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