MBA at Brunel, Surrey or Southampton?


Hi,
I am in the process of finalizing my choice for the MBA for the September 2018 session and I’m trying to decide which one to pick.

My profile is as follows:

BA in Hospitality & Tourism Management from Argentina
3 Years work experience in a multi-national 5 star hotel chain
Currently working as a Brand manager
No GMAT

I have offers from all three Universities each one with part or half scholarships. And Im trying to stay close to London also.
Hi,
I am in the process of finalizing my choice for the MBA for the September 2018 session and I’m trying to decide which one to pick.

My profile is as follows:

BA in Hospitality & Tourism Management from Argentina
3 Years work experience in a multi-national 5 star hotel chain
Currently working as a Brand manager
No GMAT

I have offers from all three Universities each one with part or half scholarships. And Im trying to stay close to London also.
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Duncan
You have any criteria, other than proximity to London? Why not aim at better schools?
You have any criteria, other than proximity to London? Why not aim at better schools?
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Well it´s actually proximity and tuition $, I can´t afford top 10 universities. And this three universities have MBA´s under 24.000 pounds.
Well it´s actually proximity and tuition $, I can´t afford top 10 universities. And this three universities have MBA´s under 24.000 pounds.
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Duncan
Okay, so then you can use rome2rio.com to compare travel times. But really, no other criteria?
Okay, so then you can use rome2rio.com to compare travel times. But really, no other criteria?
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Well, at first I’ve applied to the Chevening Scholarship, so I had to pick 3 Universities with programmes under 24k since the scholarship only covers programmes till 20k or less.
As you probably already know, MBA’s are probably the most expensive programmes in any University.
Of course (I knew this) I was not a Chevening scholarship candidate, I’ve just don’t have their public and “wanna save the world” profile. And they don’t tend to fund MBA.
Also, I was aiming for Universities related to Tourism and Hotel management, Surrey has a great Hospitality School and Southampton has some programmes oriented in Hospitality also. Brunel was under 24k and was ranked between “the best 100” business school worldwide.
I have a career in Tourism and Hospitality management, and I want to open my academic skills in Business Administration. That’s it, I don’t intend to become the world’s next top business manager.
I can’t afford top 10/20 universities, I’m trying to stay close to London since Hospitality and service itself abunds in big and capital cities, and I would probably would like to apply for a job there. Criteria enough?
Well, at first I’ve applied to the Chevening Scholarship, so I had to pick 3 Universities with programmes under 24k since the scholarship only covers programmes till 20k or less.
As you probably already know, MBA’s are probably the most expensive programmes in any University.
Of course (I knew this) I was not a Chevening scholarship candidate, I’ve just don’t have their public and “wanna save the world” profile. And they don’t tend to fund MBA.
Also, I was aiming for Universities related to Tourism and Hotel management, Surrey has a great Hospitality School and Southampton has some programmes oriented in Hospitality also. Brunel was under 24k and was ranked between “the best 100” business school worldwide.
I have a career in Tourism and Hospitality management, and I want to open my academic skills in Business Administration. That’s it, I don’t intend to become the world’s next top business manager.
I can’t afford top 10/20 universities, I’m trying to stay close to London since Hospitality and service itself abunds in big and capital cities, and I would probably would like to apply for a job there. Criteria enough?
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Duncan
Yes, Surrey has a great hospitality school. Why not apply to it, rather than to the business school?
Yes, Surrey has a great hospitality school. Why not apply to it, rather than to the business school?
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Cause I´m looking for an MBA, I want to grow apart a bit from the Hospitality Industry.
So going back to my question, do you have any suggestions? If you can´t pick between this three, maybe you can recommend other ones with similar characteristics, now that you know my criteria.
Cause I´m looking for an MBA, I want to grow apart a bit from the Hospitality Industry.
So going back to my question, do you have any suggestions? If you can´t pick between this three, maybe you can recommend other ones with similar characteristics, now that you know my criteria.
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Duncan
I still don't really get your plan, sorry. If you want to progress in hospitality then apply to the hospitality school at Surrey instead. If you want to get out of hospitality, then is it more important for you to be close to London or to find a school that will help you meet your goal? Are you sure that 24k is your maximum?
I still don't really get your plan, sorry. If you want to progress in hospitality then apply to the hospitality school at Surrey instead. If you want to get out of hospitality, then is it more important for you to be close to London or to find a school that will help you meet your goal? Are you sure that 24k is your maximum?
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Duncan
If you want to get out of hospitality, then what industry are you targeting? Do you want to be a brand manager in this other industry? If so, why take an MBA rather than an MSc at a much better school with better outcomes? If not, what role do you want to move into?
If you want to get out of hospitality, then what industry are you targeting? Do you want to be a brand manager in this other industry? If so, why take an MBA rather than an MSc at a much better school with better outcomes? If not, what role do you want to move into?
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I do want to get out of Hospitality, but you never know maybe after finishing the MBA I fell back again with the Industry. For example, I haven´t try the Airlines Business, and for that I may need a more Business background rather than just having a major in Tourism and Hotel Mangement. What I want to do is to "widden my academic skills", and I believe an MBA will help me do that. That´s why Im not considering an MSC. Regarding other roles, I´m into the Beauty industry, cosmetics, etc. I will love to try a shot in Marketing or Product development. Yes, I know what you are thinking, really?
I do want to get out of Hospitality, but you never know maybe after finishing the MBA I fell back again with the Industry. For example, I haven´t try the Airlines Business, and for that I may need a more Business background rather than just having a major in Tourism and Hotel Mangement. What I want to do is to "widden my academic skills", and I believe an MBA will help me do that. That´s why Im not considering an MSC. Regarding other roles, I´m into the Beauty industry, cosmetics, etc. I will love to try a shot in Marketing or Product development. Yes, I know what you are thinking, really?
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Duncan
Academically, I guess Loughborough and Southampton are the unranked schools closest to London within your budget but still produced great research (see the most recent RAE at https://www.timeshighereducation.com/sites/default/files/Attachments/2014/12/17/x/o/z/sub-14-01.pdf). Nottingham and Birmingham, which are very good, are just a little over your budget and will have much better placement support. Stretch the budget more and Durham, Lancaster and Strathclyde come into view. While they are further from London, this is a tiny island with a high-speed rail network and deep discounts for student tickets. Southampton is 1h30m from London and Lancaster is 2h30m.... not really such a big difference.
Academically, I guess Loughborough and Southampton are the unranked schools closest to London within your budget but still produced great research (see the most recent RAE at https://www.timeshighereducation.com/sites/default/files/Attachments/2014/12/17/x/o/z/sub-14-01.pdf). Nottingham and Birmingham, which are very good, are just a little over your budget and will have much better placement support. Stretch the budget more and Durham, Lancaster and Strathclyde come into view. While they are further from London, this is a tiny island with a high-speed rail network and deep discounts for student tickets. Southampton is 1h30m from London and Lancaster is 2h30m.... not really such a big difference.
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