MBA hard choice


Lucius
Hi
I'm a Spanish with almost 18 years of work experience as electrical engineer in one of the biggest utilities (Enel) that purchased my former company Endesa in 2005.

After so many years decide to make a forward step in my career prospects. So I started applications for an MBA. At first I was really interested in MBA Energy in Aberdeen, but it seems that the business school doesn't have good reviews and the program is not accredited.

So I also applied to some other, and end up with planning to move to Scotland anyway.
So, there is the one of the most frequent questions, which one to choose? Here my list

Aberdeen (MBA Energy) seems more related to my professional background
Strathclyde (MBA)
Edinburgh (MBA)
Cranfield (MBA Energy) waiting for an offer. This is one is out of the list, because even the programme is related is obviously not in Scotland. But I may reconsider if I get an offer.

I prefer mature classmates than younger ones, and if that is possible more UK than worldwide because one of my goals is to stay in UK, and so make the best connections that may help me to find a suitable job.

Many thanks in advance.
Hi
I'm a Spanish with almost 18 years of work experience as electrical engineer in one of the biggest utilities (Enel) that purchased my former company Endesa in 2005.

After so many years decide to make a forward step in my career prospects. So I started applications for an MBA. At first I was really interested in MBA Energy in Aberdeen, but it seems that the business school doesn't have good reviews and the program is not accredited.

So I also applied to some other, and end up with planning to move to Scotland anyway.
So, there is the one of the most frequent questions, which one to choose? Here my list

Aberdeen (MBA Energy) seems more related to my professional background
Strathclyde (MBA)
Edinburgh (MBA)
Cranfield (MBA Energy) waiting for an offer. This is one is out of the list, because even the programme is related is obviously not in Scotland. But I may reconsider if I get an offer.

I prefer mature classmates than younger ones, and if that is possible more UK than worldwide because one of my goals is to stay in UK, and so make the best connections that may help me to find a suitable job.

Many thanks in advance.
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Duncan
Cranfield is the obvious choice: it's very strong, open to older candidates and has a good network in the oil and energy industry. The University of Aberdeen is not accredited but RGU's Aberdeen Business School is. Warwick and the University of Edinburgh are also strong options. UEBS has a senior cohort, and a very powerful network. It's also very strong on renewable energy and carbon finance.
Cranfield is the obvious choice: it's very strong, open to older candidates and has a good network in the oil and energy industry. The University of Aberdeen is not accredited but RGU's Aberdeen Business School is. Warwick and the University of Edinburgh are also strong options. UEBS has a senior cohort, and a very powerful network. It's also very strong on renewable energy and carbon finance.
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Razors Edg...
If you're Scotland-bound, Edinburgh or RGU.
If you're Scotland-bound, Edinburgh or RGU.
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Lucius
Hi Duncan,
In response to your comment:
From Aberdeen got an offer but is not accredited.
From Edinburgh I did not have an offer. Actually, the interview was a bit awkward.
From Strathclyde got an offer and a scholarship.
From Loughborough got an offer and scholarship.

Also from Kingston, Surrey and Brunel as well.
They were my first options initially for proximity,
as well as Reading, but this year they do not offer MBA full-time...?!

Cranfield is still my first option as I`ll have interview and exam
(I do not have a GMAT score) by mid July (couldn't do it sooner).
But I doubt if I will get a scholarship, and compared to others the fees are much higher.

The rankings I've check out are not MBA specifically, but management undergraduates and taken like just a quick reference.
Maybe they are not the best rankings to look at, but can be used to contrast with FT.
https://www.thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk/league-tables/rankings?s=Business+%26+Management+Studies
https://www.theguardian.com/education/ng-interactive/2019/jun/07/university-league-tables-2020

Actually I could have applied to IESE, ESADE or even EADA as I am from Barcelona, but moved to UK as a career choice.

Many thanks

[Edited by Lucius on Jun 15, 2019]

Hi Duncan,
In response to your comment:
From Aberdeen got an offer but is not accredited.
From Edinburgh I did not have an offer. Actually, the interview was a bit awkward.
From Strathclyde got an offer and a scholarship.
From Loughborough got an offer and scholarship.

Also from Kingston, Surrey and Brunel as well.
They were my first options initially for proximity,
as well as Reading, but this year they do not offer MBA full-time...?!

Cranfield is still my first option as I`ll have interview and exam
(I do not have a GMAT score) by mid July (couldn't do it sooner).
But I doubt if I will get a scholarship, and compared to others the fees are much higher.

The rankings I've check out are not MBA specifically, but management undergraduates and taken like just a quick reference.
Maybe they are not the best rankings to look at, but can be used to contrast with FT.
https://www.thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk/league-tables/rankings?s=Business+%26+Management+Studies
https://www.theguardian.com/education/ng-interactive/2019/jun/07/university-league-tables-2020

Actually I could have applied to IESE, ESADE or even EADA as I am from Barcelona, but moved to UK as a career choice.

Many thanks

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Duncan
Please don't use those undergraduate rankings unless you are taking an undergraduate degree.

England is a small country. Everywhere is close to everywhere. The jobs are not only in London: indeed there is more competition in London than elsewhere (that's why Strathclyde is so great at placement). I live in Edinburgh and travel every week for two days in London. It's not hard. A fun location but a bad outcome is worse than a dull location with a great outcome.
Please don't use those undergraduate rankings unless you are taking an undergraduate degree.

England is a small country. Everywhere is close to everywhere. The jobs are not only in London: indeed there is more competition in London than elsewhere (that's why Strathclyde is so great at placement). I live in Edinburgh and travel every week for two days in London. It's not hard. A fun location but a bad outcome is worse than a dull location with a great outcome.
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Lucius
Accepted with scholarship!
So any advice to a mature student going back to School (of Management)?
Thank you for the comments
Accepted with scholarship!
So any advice to a mature student going back to School (of Management)?
Thank you for the comments
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Razors Edg...
Where did you end up accepting?

The general advice would be not to take the age difference too seriously. There will be younger students in your cohort but it's not usually a big deal. You'll have something to bring to the table, as will they. And start early with time management! But that's advice for any incoming MBA student...
Where did you end up accepting?

The general advice would be not to take the age difference too seriously. There will be younger students in your cohort but it's not usually a big deal. You'll have something to bring to the table, as will they. And start early with time management! But that's advice for any incoming MBA student...
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Lucius
Accepted in the MBA Energy at Cranfield University.
Sorry, I assumed that the message was posted in the Cranfield thread.
Accepted in the MBA Energy at Cranfield University.
Sorry, I assumed that the message was posted in the Cranfield thread.
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Duncan
I am delighted for you.
I am delighted for you.
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