UK MBA Oil and Gas/Energy sector


Yury

Hi Duncan and all forum participants,

I would like to ask your expert opinions about the best option for me from you point of view.

I am 33, from Russia, more than 10 years of experience in Oil and Gas industry, primarily in international O&G services companies, technical and sales roles.
Looking for MBA full-time program considering only UK variant.
My goals: boosting my career to more senior positions, relocation/working in UK if possible.
I don’t want to change the industry, so planning to develop in O&G/Energy sector.
Also I am not considering US variants at all, nor for relocating neither MBA studying or any online MBA variants.
So considering my budget limitations (20K-30K) the variants are:
- RGU MBA Oil and Gas management (good business location and specialization, budgetary variant)
- Durham MBA (good FT rating, 10K more expensive variant)
- Edinburgh (good location, lower FT rating, almost the same fee as DBS)
So the thing is RGU has more specialized MBA and location where many industry companies are based at the same time DBS is more «prestigious» but completely away from Energy sector. Only few percentage of DBS alumni work in energy sector from my observations (through LinkedIn and university’s site info). Have no ideas about Edinburgh so this is the less valuable variant I think.
Currently I am waving between these variants with particular different fees and MBA programs and wondering what would fit for me best in case of future employment, career growth and relocation.
Appreciate for your review in advance.

Hi Duncan and all forum participants,

I would like to ask your expert opinions about the best option for me from you point of view.

I am 33, from Russia, more than 10 years of experience in Oil and Gas industry, primarily in international O&G services companies, technical and sales roles.
Looking for MBA full-time program considering only UK variant.
My goals: boosting my career to more senior positions, relocation/working in UK if possible.
I don’t want to change the industry, so planning to develop in O&G/Energy sector.
Also I am not considering US variants at all, nor for relocating neither MBA studying or any online MBA variants.
So considering my budget limitations (20K-30K) the variants are:
- RGU MBA Oil and Gas management (good business location and specialization, budgetary variant)
- Durham MBA (good FT rating, 10K more expensive variant)
- Edinburgh (good location, lower FT rating, almost the same fee as DBS)
So the thing is RGU has more specialized MBA and location where many industry companies are based at the same time DBS is more «prestigious» but completely away from Energy sector. Only few percentage of DBS alumni work in energy sector from my observations (through LinkedIn and university’s site info). Have no ideas about Edinburgh so this is the less valuable variant I think.
Currently I am waving between these variants with particular different fees and MBA programs and wondering what would fit for me best in case of future employment, career growth and relocation.
Appreciate for your review in advance.
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StuartBB

Looking on LinkedIn, it seems RGU and LBS are best, then Warwick and Imperial, then Edinburgh >Durham

Looking on LinkedIn, it seems RGU and LBS are best, then Warwick and Imperial, then Edinburgh >Durham
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Duncan

Durham is not more prestigious than Edinburgh academically. 

Durham is not more prestigious than Edinburgh academically. 
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Duncan

And as a whole Edinburgh alumni are paid slightly more than Durham's. 

And as a whole Edinburgh alumni are paid slightly more than Durham's. 
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Yury

Duncan, thanks.What about fee-ROI result? How do you think Is it worth to pay more expensive Edinburgh MBA than RGU for energy sector? Also living costs in Edinburgh almost double higher as in Aberdeen:)

[Edited by Yury on May 19, 2020]

Duncan, thanks.What about fee-ROI result? How do you think Is it worth to pay more expensive Edinburgh MBA than RGU for energy sector? Also living costs in Edinburgh almost double higher as in Aberdeen:)
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Yury

Stuart, thanks. It seems EBS is better variant than DBS)

Stuart, thanks. It seems EBS is better variant than DBS)
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StuartBB

I think mean UEBS. EBS, at Heriot-Watt, is much worse than Durham.
Edinburgh is 1% more expensive than Aberdeen https://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/compare_cities.jsp?country1=United+Kingdom&city1=Aberdeen&country2=United+Kingdom&city2=Edinburgh

I think mean UEBS. EBS, at Heriot-Watt, is much worse than Durham.<div><br></div><div>Edinburgh is 1% more expensive than Aberdeen&nbsp;<a href="https://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/compare_cities.jsp?country1=United+Kingdom&amp;city1=Aberdeen&amp;country2=United+Kingdom&amp;city2=Edinburgh">https://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/compare_cities.jsp?country1=United+Kingdom&amp;city1=Aberdeen&amp;country2=United+Kingdom&amp;city2=Edinburgh</a></div>
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Yury

Yes, I meant University of Edinburgh.Well the cost of normal (not bad) rental accomodation in Aberdeen is 400-500 pounds per month while in Edinburgh is 700-800.As per my observations in web.

[Edited by Yury on May 19, 2020]

Yes, I meant University of Edinburgh.<div>Well the cost of normal (not bad) rental accomodation in Aberdeen is 400-500 pounds per month while in Edinburgh is 700-800.</div><div>As per my observations in web.</div>
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Duncan

Take a look at the prices on that Numbeo link. Rents are currently higher in Edinburgh because of the low price of oil. But for most of the last 30 years Aberdeen has been the more expensive city to live. 

Take a look at the prices on that Numbeo link. Rents are currently higher in Edinburgh because of the low price of oil. But for most of the last 30 years Aberdeen has been the more expensive city to live.&nbsp;
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