MBA at Edinburgh, Cranfield or Warwick?


Hi,

I am european and I have decided to study an MBA in the UK. After applied to some of them I have an offer for a place at those three universities abovementioned. I have done a deep research by forums, Linkedin, and talking to many alumni but I am stuck and I consider your opinion could help me to decide.

I do want to work in the UK after graduate to get more experience and grow there so I would like to choose wisely the university which can provide me the best knowledge and opportunities (amongst those three) to increase my possibilities as much as possible.

Could you please let me know your opinion ?

Thank you

Hi,

I am european and I have decided to study an MBA in the UK. After applied to some of them I have an offer for a place at those three universities abovementioned. I have done a deep research by forums, Linkedin, and talking to many alumni but I am stuck and I consider your opinion could help me to decide.

I do want to work in the UK after graduate to get more experience and grow there so I would like to choose wisely the university which can provide me the best knowledge and opportunities (amongst those three) to increase my possibilities as much as possible.

Could you please let me know your opinion ?

Thank you
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StuartHE

Do you have any specific career goals? 

Do you have any specific career goals? 
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Hi Stuart,


My background is in Aerospace industry (Airbus) in the procurement department. I would like to boost my career and get to role as manager, head of procurement, project manager, operations manager and so on.

Concerning the companies I would like to get into Amazon, but I also consider other companies too.

The point is that when I see the subjects of each programe I would say that I feel more attracted by Cranfield, but it is an important decision and I do not want to rush into anything just because it seems to be more attractive. As I said before I want to work in the UK afterwards so I want to choose the option which widens my chances the most.

Thank you again

[Edited by Mirindipity on Sep 13, 2021]

Hi Stuart,<br><br><br>My background is in Aerospace industry (Airbus) in the procurement department. I would like to boost my career and get to role as manager, head of procurement, project manager, operations manager and so on.<br><br>Concerning the companies I would like to get into Amazon, but I also consider other companies too.<br><br>The point is that when I see the subjects of each programe I would say that I feel more attracted by Cranfield, but it is an important decision and I do not want to rush into anything just because it seems to be more attractive. As I said before I want to work in the UK afterwards so I want to choose the option which widens my chances the most.<br><br>Thank you again
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Do you have any specific career goals? 



[quote]Do you have any specific career goals?&nbsp; [/quote]<br><br><br>
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Duncan

Cranfield and Toulouse stand out for aviation. For Amazon, just use LinkedIn to see where they hire. 

Cranfield and Toulouse stand out for aviation. For Amazon, just use LinkedIn to see where they hire.&nbsp;
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Cranfield and Toulouse stand out for aviation. For Amazon, just use LinkedIn to see where they hire. 



Hi again, I did it. And Cranfield and Warwick both have alumni working in Amazon, but does not mean they are working there thanks to the MBA. Linkedin just reflects people who has written the word Amazon and the word Cranfield or Warwick in their profiles. So maybe they did some other studies in one of those careers and then started to work in Amazon.

In addition Amazon has a wide range of roles availables and many alumni of those universities are working in Amazon for other reasons. So how can I shorten the filters to be more accurate?

[quote]Cranfield and Toulouse stand out for aviation. For Amazon, just use LinkedIn to see where they hire.&nbsp; [/quote]<br><br><br>Hi again, I did it. And Cranfield and Warwick both have alumni working in Amazon, but does not mean they are working there thanks to the MBA. Linkedin just reflects people who has written the word Amazon and the word Cranfield or Warwick in their profiles. So maybe they did some other studies in one of those careers and then started to work in Amazon.<br><br>In addition Amazon has a wide range of roles availables and many alumni of those universities are working in Amazon for other reasons. So how can I shorten the filters to be more accurate?<br><br>
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To summarise, my places offered are:

Cranfield
Warwick
Nottingham Trent
Edinburgh

could you please give me some help to decide?

thank you

To summarise, my places offered are:<br><br>Cranfield<br>Warwick<br>Nottingham Trent<br>Edinburgh<br><br>could you please give me some help to decide?<br><br>thank you
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Duncan

With LinkedIn, add "MBA" to your search. With the schools take a look at the average salary and percentage employed. 

With LinkedIn, add "MBA" to your search. With the schools take a look at the average salary and percentage employed.&nbsp;
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With LinkedIn, add "MBA" to your search. With the schools take a look at the average salary and percentage employed. 


Hi again Duncan,

The most important to me is to find a job in the UK after graduate. 
Forgetting about specific brands, what I am going to do is to try to change of sector. Do you think that in that sense, for my case would be better Cranfield or Warwick? I find that Cranfield program is wider than Warwick.

And do you consider that if I choose Cranfield I would be reducing my possibilities of finding a job because of the lack of the big reputation, as Warwick has indeed? 

thank you

Obviously, if I dont get to change the sector I will take a job in aerospace again as there is my main experience, which I am sure will be useful

[Edited by Mirindipity on Sep 16, 2021]

[quote]With LinkedIn, add "MBA" to your search. With the schools take a look at the average salary and percentage employed.&nbsp; [/quote]<br><br>Hi again Duncan,<br><br>The most important to me is to find a job in the UK after graduate.&nbsp;<br>Forgetting about specific brands, what I am going to do is to try to change of sector. Do you think that in that sense, for my case would be better Cranfield or Warwick? I find that Cranfield program is wider than Warwick.<br><br>And do you consider that if I choose Cranfield I would be reducing my possibilities of finding a job because of the lack of the big reputation, as Warwick has indeed?&nbsp;<br><br>thank you<br><br>Obviously, if I dont get to change the sector I will take a job in aerospace again as there is my main experience, which I am sure will be useful
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Duncan

Cranfield has a much wider reputation in aerospace than Warwick. Focus on your goals. 

Cranfield has a much wider reputation in aerospace than Warwick. Focus on your goals.&nbsp;
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Cranfield has a much wider reputation in aerospace than Warwick. Focus on your goals. 


Hi Duncan,

I have rejected Edinburgh for price reasons as Cranfield and Warwick have both offered me a quite competitive scholarship.

I am honestly struggling to see clearly where I should go. Regarding to the structure and program content, I am much more likely to go to Cranfield. The program is wider than Warwick’s and there are some subjects that I find more interesting too. 

I am not looking for switch into consultancy, nor finance or fintech. I want to work as operations manager, or head of procurement or something related to procurement but managing people. 
Of course I have some target companies, but they are different companies and some of them appear to hire more people from Cranfield, and other more from Warwick.

Forgetting about brands, what really worries me is finding a job in the Uk after graduate. I am more fixed to get in some of those roles in the english market than getting into a particular company directly after graduate. After all there are many ways to get into a big company. What I expect is to boost my career and find a job in the Uk after graduate (London or somewhere around) where I can put into practice what I have learnt.

I know that Cranfield is more popular in the aerospace sector, but what I am going to do is a general MBA, is not a Msc in engineering so what I need to know is, how good both schools are regarding this specific type of master. Plus, I am not engineer.

What makes me hesitate between both schools is the reputation. It is well known that Warwick appears in many rankings while Cranfield not that much, but regarding the syllabus I have the impression that Warwick is more focused to financial and consultancy people (it is just an impression maybe I am wrong)

My doubt is so, if I choose Cranfield would I be reducing my choices of being hired in the Uk because of the lack of brand equity that Warwick provides? If my CV was competing with another CV with the same experience but that person had gone to Warwick, would my cv be dismissed? To what extent does the reputation and rankings matter for recruiters in the Uk when they are looking for people to call to come to the interviews?

Does any of those universities open (or close) more doors than the other?

Please Duncan I would appreciate your insights. I have to give a response before monday.

Thank you

[Edited by Mirindipity on Sep 17, 2021]

[quote]Cranfield has a much wider reputation in aerospace than Warwick. Focus on your goals.&nbsp; [/quote]<br><br>Hi Duncan,<br><br>I have rejected Edinburgh for price reasons as Cranfield and Warwick have both offered me a quite competitive scholarship.<br><br>I am honestly struggling to see clearly where I should go. Regarding to the structure and program content, I am much more likely to go to Cranfield. The program is wider than Warwick’s and there are some subjects that I find more interesting too.&nbsp;<br><br>I am not looking for switch into consultancy, nor finance or fintech. I want to work as operations manager, or head of procurement or something related to procurement but managing people.&nbsp;<br>Of course I have some target companies, but they are different companies and some of them appear to hire more people from Cranfield, and other more from Warwick.<br><br>Forgetting about brands, what really worries me is finding a job in the Uk after graduate. I am more fixed to get in some of those roles in the english market than getting into a particular company directly after graduate. After all there are many ways to get into a big company. What I expect is to boost my career and find a job in the Uk after graduate (London or somewhere around) where I can put into practice what I have learnt.<br><br>I know that Cranfield is more popular in the aerospace sector, but what I am going to do is a general MBA, is not a Msc in engineering so what I need to know is, how good both schools are regarding this specific type of master. Plus, I am not engineer.<br><br>What makes me hesitate between both schools is the reputation. It is well known that Warwick appears in many rankings while Cranfield not that much, but regarding the syllabus I have the impression that Warwick is more focused to financial and consultancy people (it is just an impression maybe I am wrong)<br><br>My doubt is so, if I choose Cranfield would I be reducing my choices of being hired in the Uk because of the lack of brand equity that Warwick provides? If my CV was competing with another CV with the same experience but that person had gone to Warwick, would my cv be dismissed? To what extent does the reputation and rankings matter for recruiters in the Uk when they are looking for people to call to come to the interviews?<br><br>Does any of those universities open (or close) more doors than the other?<br><br>Please Duncan I would appreciate your insights. I have to give a response before monday.<br><br>Thank you
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Duncan

Warwick is certainly the better business school, with stronger employer connections and a more valuable cohort. Cranfield is probably better in the areas it is famous for: aeronautics, defence, natural resources, manufacturing, supply chain....

Don't focus on overall fame or brand equity. Focus on the strength of the MBA network in the industries and firms you are focussed on. If you don't have a specific goal, consider pausing until you do. 

Warwick is certainly the better business school, with stronger employer connections and a more valuable cohort. Cranfield is probably better in the areas it is famous for: aeronautics, defence, natural resources, manufacturing, supply chain....<br><br>Don't focus on overall fame or brand equity. Focus on the strength of the MBA network in the industries and firms you are focussed on. If you don't have a specific goal, consider pausing until you do.&nbsp;
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mba hipste...

The tuition cost is also something that you shouldn't exclude schools over. If something is more expensive, but it will mean a higher post-degree salary, it may be worth it. You should instead do an ROI calculation. It's usually that the more you spend the better the payoff is, and since your salary accrues over time this can really make a huge difference. 

The tuition cost is also something that you shouldn't exclude schools over. If something is more expensive, but it will mean a higher post-degree salary, it may be worth it. You should instead do an ROI calculation. It's usually that the more you spend the better the payoff is, and since your salary accrues over time this can really make a huge difference.&nbsp;
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