NTU or DURHAM


rayen1012
Hello there!
I'm targeting an online MBA program with data analytics. I've been browsing UK B-schools for long weeks and I've gone through tons of valuable of comments - special tribute to Duncan! I finally came out with 2 entries list: MBA with data analytics from NTU and MBA at Durham with technology pathway. I've found both of them particularly attractive in some respects and showing weaknesses in some other what makes my decision quite hard:
- NTU with data analytics: (pros) the curriculum is unique and big data modules are carefully designed to meet the expectations of IT professional candidates. Tuition fees are very affordable and besting most of the competitors. (cons) It's minimum 36 months duration and unranked by FT.
- Part-time MBA at Durham with technology pathway: (pros) it's an established B-school featuring high FT ranking with large connections with corporates. The online program has been recently revamped to make it as short as 2 years to graduate. (cons) data analytics is just an elective module mainly focused on management aspects rather than coding technical skills. Tuition is equally affordable - for me at least.
about me: am an IT engineer with over 10 years of experience. I'm afraid It's too long - at the risk of boring you - but I want to make it a good starting point for a thourough analysis. Waiting for your valuable input guys.

[Edited by rayen1012 on Sep 01, 2017]

Hello there!
I'm targeting an online MBA program with data analytics. I've been browsing UK B-schools for long weeks and I've gone through tons of valuable of comments - special tribute to Duncan! I finally came out with 2 entries list: MBA with data analytics from NTU and MBA at Durham with technology pathway. I've found both of them particularly attractive in some respects and showing weaknesses in some other what makes my decision quite hard:
- NTU with data analytics: (pros) the curriculum is unique and big data modules are carefully designed to meet the expectations of IT professional candidates. Tuition fees are very affordable and besting most of the competitors. (cons) It's minimum 36 months duration and unranked by FT.
- Part-time MBA at Durham with technology pathway: (pros) it's an established B-school featuring high FT ranking with large connections with corporates. The online program has been recently revamped to make it as short as 2 years to graduate. (cons) data analytics is just an elective module mainly focused on management aspects rather than coding technical skills. Tuition is equally affordable - for me at least.
about me: am an IT engineer with over 10 years of experience. I'm afraid It's too long - at the risk of boring you - but I want to make it a good starting point for a thourough analysis. Waiting for your valuable input guys.
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Duncan
I am not sure what your goals are or why you are looking for an MBA rather than a master fully focussed on data analytics from an excellent university like Glasgow (http://www.gla.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/dataanalyticsonline/) or UCD (http://www.ucd.ie/mathstat/study/graduatestudy/dataanalytics/).
I am not sure what your goals are or why you are looking for an MBA rather than a master fully focussed on data analytics from an excellent university like Glasgow (http://www.gla.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/dataanalyticsonline/) or UCD (http://www.ucd.ie/mathstat/study/graduatestudy/dataanalytics/).
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rayen1012
Thanks for your recommendation Duncan! I'm more focused on an MBA because I'm targeting the startup space and would like to apply knowledge and leadership skills acquired across MBA program to the successful development of my own project. Big data and machine learning are part of my job description so I'm not looking for a pure technical delivery as specified in the M Sc. You suggested to me, I prefer approach them from a business value angle. This is why I'm stucked between NTU and Durham cause I feel booth are serving some of my objectives. NTU is by far less reviewed and I'm afraid this might lead to a biased decision.

[Edited by rayen1012 on Sep 01, 2017]

Thanks for your recommendation Duncan! I'm more focused on an MBA because I'm targeting the startup space and would like to apply knowledge and leadership skills acquired across MBA program to the successful development of my own project. Big data and machine learning are part of my job description so I'm not looking for a pure technical delivery as specified in the M Sc. You suggested to me, I prefer approach them from a business value angle. This is why I'm stucked between NTU and Durham cause I feel booth are serving some of my objectives. NTU is by far less reviewed and I'm afraid this might lead to a biased decision.
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George Pat...
Overall there are very few online MBA (Technology) so your options if you go for concentration, are limited. But Durham is the better option

My humble advice is go for a great MBA, without the concentration.
Then enroll in some Moocs specialization (coursera) or micromasters (edx) or nanodegree (udacity) to get more knowledge, there are some great Machine Learning or Data science or data analytics Moocs out here that you can add to your CV. This adds great university names like Columbia or Stanford to your CV, and also get the specialized knowledge you want.

If I was interviewing you, I would be much more impressed with a great MBA, and the University of Washington Machine Learning Specialization ( https://www.coursera.org/specializations/machine-learning ) than with a medium MBA with Tech concentration
Overall there are very few online MBA (Technology) so your options if you go for concentration, are limited. But Durham is the better option

My humble advice is go for a great MBA, without the concentration.
Then enroll in some Moocs specialization (coursera) or micromasters (edx) or nanodegree (udacity) to get more knowledge, there are some great Machine Learning or Data science or data analytics Moocs out here that you can add to your CV. This adds great university names like Columbia or Stanford to your CV, and also get the specialized knowledge you want.

If I was interviewing you, I would be much more impressed with a great MBA, and the University of Washington Machine Learning Specialization ( https://www.coursera.org/specializations/machine-learning ) than with a medium MBA with Tech concentration
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rayen1012
Hi George, I really loved your advices as it revived some of my old options. Indeed, I enrolled in machine learning certificate by Coursera and University of Washington but dropped out afterwards as I changed my mind and started my search for an MBA with data analytics concentration. I think I'll dig up my old plans and go for Coursera certificate and Durham MBA. It's going to be more challenging as it requires better time management and self organization but the result would be great. Thank you again for the precious input.
Hi George, I really loved your advices as it revived some of my old options. Indeed, I enrolled in machine learning certificate by Coursera and University of Washington but dropped out afterwards as I changed my mind and started my search for an MBA with data analytics concentration. I think I'll dig up my old plans and go for Coursera certificate and Durham MBA. It's going to be more challenging as it requires better time management and self organization but the result would be great. Thank you again for the precious input.
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