Urgent Urgent-choosing MBA Imperial VS Manchester


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Hi, I will be very grateful if you can help me analysis my situation.
Any general insights or what you know by far are highly appreciated, for example:

1. Which one suits better for someone plans to change career? (e.g. to consulting)

-Imperial is 12 month, Manchester provides flexibility in choosing from 12/15/18 month. I don't need a visa working in the UK after MBA. So probably won't have too much pressure of visa limitation for the job hunting.
-Manchester promotes itself as the only program provides 3 live projects working with real clients up to 600 hours. It also got an international business project of three months working for a real company outside of UK. Plus internship.
Imperial provides internship too. They also have one Consulting project of three months. All of the rest studying are more in the classroom.

2. Which one has a strong performance in career service?
e.g. recruitment on campus, networking resources the school arranged for MBA students
3. Which one plays more brand impact to employers?
4. Location vs job opportunity

What will you do?
A scholarship from Manchester MBA, A waitlist from Imperial.

Originally, I had a strong interest in Imperial, mainly for 2 reasons: 1st is the brand of the University. 2nd is for the location. London has more opportunities, especially my family is also in this area. Unfortunately, it didn't go smoothly and I have to wait now. But it's running out of time with Manchester, I really want to know if I should give it a try to wait a bit longer for Imperial?

Thank you very much for your input, I think it will be very valuable for not only me but also many people who consider MBA in the UK. I've actually found out some people did have the same struggling in choosing between these two when LBS and Oxbridge are not the choices. As these two are quite close in MBA ranking these years.

Thanks again!
Hi, I will be very grateful if you can help me analysis my situation.
Any general insights or what you know by far are highly appreciated, for example:

1. Which one suits better for someone plans to change career? (e.g. to consulting)

-Imperial is 12 month, Manchester provides flexibility in choosing from 12/15/18 month. I don't need a visa working in the UK after MBA. So probably won't have too much pressure of visa limitation for the job hunting.
-Manchester promotes itself as the only program provides 3 live projects working with real clients up to 600 hours. It also got an international business project of three months working for a real company outside of UK. Plus internship.
Imperial provides internship too. They also have one Consulting project of three months. All of the rest studying are more in the classroom.

2. Which one has a strong performance in career service?
e.g. recruitment on campus, networking resources the school arranged for MBA students
3. Which one plays more brand impact to employers?
4. Location vs job opportunity

What will you do?
A scholarship from Manchester MBA, A waitlist from Imperial.

Originally, I had a strong interest in Imperial, mainly for 2 reasons: 1st is the brand of the University. 2nd is for the location. London has more opportunities, especially my family is also in this area. Unfortunately, it didn't go smoothly and I have to wait now. But it's running out of time with Manchester, I really want to know if I should give it a try to wait a bit longer for Imperial?

Thank you very much for your input, I think it will be very valuable for not only me but also many people who consider MBA in the UK. I've actually found out some people did have the same struggling in choosing between these two when LBS and Oxbridge are not the choices. As these two are quite close in MBA ranking these years.

Thanks again!
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Duncan
Manchester is better for a transfer into consulting because of the longer time period and the greater project work and group work. The other differences don't matter so much: if you were in consulting and looking to move up then Imperial's advantages would work. But without the ideal background, the school won't be able to place you so easily. Manchester's longer period also gives you much more time and a better tempo for networking.
Manchester is better for a transfer into consulting because of the longer time period and the greater project work and group work. The other differences don't matter so much: if you were in consulting and looking to move up then Imperial's advantages would work. But without the ideal background, the school won't be able to place you so easily. Manchester's longer period also gives you much more time and a better tempo for networking.
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ayweozww
Manchester is better for a transfer into consulting because of the longer time period and the greater project work and group work. The other differences don't matter so much: if you were in consulting and looking to move up then Imperial's advantages would work. But without the ideal background, the school won't be able to place you so easily. Manchester's longer period also gives you much more time and a better tempo for networking.


Hi Duncan, thank you so much for your quick response! I also feel 12 months maybe tight for changing career. I've also heard that Imperial is more about delving the networking by one's own effort. So I guess it leverages one's previous ability and level of position, so if someone is weak in the area that she or he wants to change to, then the length of the program is essential, but not the others, do I understand it well?
[quote]Manchester is better for a transfer into consulting because of the longer time period and the greater project work and group work. The other differences don't matter so much: if you were in consulting and looking to move up then Imperial's advantages would work. But without the ideal background, the school won't be able to place you so easily. Manchester's longer period also gives you much more time and a better tempo for networking. [/quote]

Hi Duncan, thank you so much for your quick response! I also feel 12 months maybe tight for changing career. I've also heard that Imperial is more about delving the networking by one's own effort. So I guess it leverages one's previous ability and level of position, so if someone is weak in the area that she or he wants to change to, then the length of the program is essential, but not the others, do I understand it well?
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Duncan
That seems like a good way to express it. 18 months gives you much more time to network and find the connections you need.
That seems like a good way to express it. 18 months gives you much more time to network and find the connections you need.
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ayweozww
Hi Duncan,
Do you know anything about their career service? I don't why, but I kind of have some impression that Manchester's career service performs better than Imperial's.
Hi Duncan,
Do you know anything about their career service? I don't why, but I kind of have some impression that Manchester's career service performs better than Imperial's.
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Duncan
Indeed, Imperial's career service has been well below average for a long time: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/25912080/global-mba-ranking-2017.pdf Manchester is, in comparison with other UK schools, slightly above average.
Indeed, Imperial's career service has been well below average for a long time: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/25912080/global-mba-ranking-2017.pdf Manchester is, in comparison with other UK schools, slightly above average.
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Duncan
Indeed, Imperial's career service has been well below average for a long time: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/25912080/global-mba-ranking-2017.pdf Manchester is, in comparison with other UK schools, slightly above average.
Indeed, Imperial's career service has been well below average for a long time: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/25912080/global-mba-ranking-2017.pdf Manchester is, in comparison with other UK schools, slightly above average.
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