Which MBA is more suitable for me? Manchester or Imperial?


Hi to all,

I am new and since there are less helpful and first-hand information in my own country to compare these two programms, I would like to ask help from you and thank you for any suggestion if possible.

Personal Profile:
Chinese, 7 years working experience in public relations, digital marketing and social media marketing; helped over 30 international brands improve their impression and consumer consideration specialised in cosmetics,IT and auto industries; Worked in two large-scale local agencies and had 4-year management experience.

Short-term career goal:
intend to transfer myself from solely agency practitioner to in-house marketer in an international organisation such as Google, Amason,L'Oreal, Landrover or any others.
As for the location, I intend to work 1-2 years in UK if possible but due to the long-term consideration, I will go back to my own country.

Situation:
I have got an offer from the Alliance Mancherster Business School and I am waiting for the offer from Imperial College Business School. If I am lucky enough to receive the offer from IC as well, which b-school would you advice to entry in according to my previous background and future career plan?

Personal Considerations:
As for the ranking,I think IC has a better international brand name but MBS has a better MBA ranking due to the FT ranking 2018. They both provide internship and international exchange opportunity.

In terms of the curriculum, IC seems to provide more compulsories and electives related to Hi-tech, which is the field that I have great interest.But on the other hand,MBS provides unique 4 live challenging projects while IC provides only one consultancy group project. I prefer the practical learning than case studies so I am not sure due to this preference, which one looks more fit?

Besides, I am not sure which school would be more competitive in the marketing area or actually they are similar to get the chance to look for the internship in a famous organisation?

Last but not least,what about the faculty and career development support?

To conclude, in my point of view, I think IC is more prestigious in general but MBS is more flexible and ranked a slight higher in this specific programme. Now, I would appreciate it very much if you could share more insightful views to help me know more about these two b-shcools in terms of an overview comment on the faculty, the reputation, the programme and the career support.

Thanks a lot!
Hi to all,

I am new and since there are less helpful and first-hand information in my own country to compare these two programms, I would like to ask help from you and thank you for any suggestion if possible.

Personal Profile:
Chinese, 7 years working experience in public relations, digital marketing and social media marketing; helped over 30 international brands improve their impression and consumer consideration specialised in cosmetics,IT and auto industries; Worked in two large-scale local agencies and had 4-year management experience.

Short-term career goal:
intend to transfer myself from solely agency practitioner to in-house marketer in an international organisation such as Google, Amason,L'Oreal, Landrover or any others.
As for the location, I intend to work 1-2 years in UK if possible but due to the long-term consideration, I will go back to my own country.

Situation:
I have got an offer from the Alliance Mancherster Business School and I am waiting for the offer from Imperial College Business School. If I am lucky enough to receive the offer from IC as well, which b-school would you advice to entry in according to my previous background and future career plan?

Personal Considerations:
As for the ranking,I think IC has a better international brand name but MBS has a better MBA ranking due to the FT ranking 2018. They both provide internship and international exchange opportunity.

In terms of the curriculum, IC seems to provide more compulsories and electives related to Hi-tech, which is the field that I have great interest.But on the other hand,MBS provides unique 4 live challenging projects while IC provides only one consultancy group project. I prefer the practical learning than case studies so I am not sure due to this preference, which one looks more fit?

Besides, I am not sure which school would be more competitive in the marketing area or actually they are similar to get the chance to look for the internship in a famous organisation?

Last but not least,what about the faculty and career development support?

To conclude, in my point of view, I think IC is more prestigious in general but MBS is more flexible and ranked a slight higher in this specific programme. Now, I would appreciate it very much if you could share more insightful views to help me know more about these two b-shcools in terms of an overview comment on the faculty, the reputation, the programme and the career support.

Thanks a lot!
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Duncan
It's important that you compare the MBAs rather than the brand names of the schools. If your work experience is not in the UK, then the added value of the long internship and projects at Alliance MBS will be huge. The extensive MBS campus network, in Shanghai, Hong Kong and Singapore will also be useful.
It's important that you compare the MBAs rather than the brand names of the schools. If your work experience is not in the UK, then the added value of the long internship and projects at Alliance MBS will be huge. The extensive MBS campus network, in Shanghai, Hong Kong and Singapore will also be useful.
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Duncan
The superiority of MBS for most students making major changes (two or three of role, country or industry) isn't in just one ranking, but in the consistently better outcomes for international students.
The superiority of MBS for most students making major changes (two or three of role, country or industry) isn't in just one ranking, but in the consistently better outcomes for international students.
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It's important that you compare the MBAs rather than the brand names of the schools. If your work experience is not in the UK, then the added value of the long internship and projects at Alliance MBS will be huge. The extensive MBS campus network, in Shanghai, Hong Kong and Singapore will also be useful.


Hi Duncan,

Many thanks for your so quick reply! Yes, I do agree the MBS MBA seems more practical but I heard some voices from local forum to say that IC would be more competitive for looking for a internship or work opportunity than MBS because IC is the target school for some famous organisation such as Google or Amazon and other companies I mentioned above and these organisations pay more attention to the whole university ranking? Does it make sense?I am not sure and I think I might have some misunderstanding.

Besides,to be honest, I have no idea of the actual reputation about these two b-schools in the UK. I mean out of the ranking, what do you think the word of mouth for these two b-schools?Because I noticed that MBS has longer history in MBA,but it seems going down?

I look forward to your further reply if you are convenient and thank you so much again.
[quote]It's important that you compare the MBAs rather than the brand names of the schools. If your work experience is not in the UK, then the added value of the long internship and projects at Alliance MBS will be huge. The extensive MBS campus network, in Shanghai, Hong Kong and Singapore will also be useful. [/quote]

Hi Duncan,

Many thanks for your so quick reply! Yes, I do agree the MBS MBA seems more practical but I heard some voices from local forum to say that IC would be more competitive for looking for a internship or work opportunity than MBS because IC is the target school for some famous organisation such as Google or Amazon and other companies I mentioned above and these organisations pay more attention to the whole university ranking? Does it make sense?I am not sure and I think I might have some misunderstanding.

Besides,to be honest, I have no idea of the actual reputation about these two b-schools in the UK. I mean out of the ranking, what do you think the word of mouth for these two b-schools?Because I noticed that MBS has longer history in MBA,but it seems going down?

I look forward to your further reply if you are convenient and thank you so much again.
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Duncan
If you were an undergraduate that could be right. I invite you to get on LinkedIn see which schools have the most MBA alumni in marketing roles in your target industries.

[Edited by Duncan on May 25, 2018]

If you were an undergraduate that could be right. I invite you to get on LinkedIn see which schools have the most MBA alumni in marketing roles in your target industries.
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Duncan
More or less all the UK schools are falling in the FT ranking, in the medium term, for macroeconomic reasons and because of PPP. In the last few years MBS has been relatively stable, and I think even improving in terms of career progression for graduates.

Evidently, the 18 month model gives it (and HEC, ESADE, etc) particular advantages for people making complex transitions.
More or less all the UK schools are falling in the FT ranking, in the medium term, for macroeconomic reasons and because of PPP. In the last few years MBS has been relatively stable, and I think even improving in terms of career progression for graduates.

Evidently, the 18 month model gives it (and HEC, ESADE, etc) particular advantages for people making complex transitions.
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More or less all the UK schools are falling in the FT ranking, in the medium term, for macroeconomic reasons and because of PPP. In the last few years MBS has been relatively stable, and I think even improving in terms of career progression for graduates.

Evidently, the 18 month model gives it (and HEC, ESADE, etc) particular advantages for people making complex transitions.


Thank you so much, Duncan, your advice is so helpful that I'll do more research to make decision and especially I'll search the specific role through linked-in according to your suggestion. Thank you again and I think I have clearer picture now. : )
[quote]More or less all the UK schools are falling in the FT ranking, in the medium term, for macroeconomic reasons and because of PPP. In the last few years MBS has been relatively stable, and I think even improving in terms of career progression for graduates.

Evidently, the 18 month model gives it (and HEC, ESADE, etc) particular advantages for people making complex transitions. [/quote]

Thank you so much, Duncan, your advice is so helpful that I'll do more research to make decision and especially I'll search the specific role through linked-in according to your suggestion. Thank you again and I think I have clearer picture now. : )
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Dear Duncan,

So whats your opinion if the comparison is between Imperial online MBA and AMBS global MBA and not the fultime version. If i am settled in my home country egypt and planning to shift my career to consultany here in egypt (i.e the networking part of the MBA is not important for me) so which school is better in such a case?

Hansk,
Best regards
Dear Duncan,

So whats your opinion if the comparison is between Imperial online MBA and AMBS global MBA and not the fultime version. If i am settled in my home country egypt and planning to shift my career to consultany here in egypt (i.e the networking part of the MBA is not important for me) so which school is better in such a case?

Hansk,
Best regards
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Duncan
Manchester's Global MBA is, as far as I can see, the closest thing you can get to an on-campus MBA experience. The emphasis on group work and skills development makes it very different from the Imperial course, which is more of a personal journey. Given MBS has a campus in Dubai, I think the stronger regional network could be an asset to you.
Manchester's Global MBA is, as far as I can see, the closest thing you can get to an on-campus MBA experience. The emphasis on group work and skills development makes it very different from the Imperial course, which is more of a personal journey. Given MBS has a campus in Dubai, I think the stronger regional network could be an asset to you.
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Manchester's Global MBA is, as far as I can see, the closest thing you can get to an on-campus MBA experience. The emphasis on group work and skills development makes it very different from the Imperial course, which is more of a personal journey. Given MBS has a campus in Dubai, I think the stronger regional network could be an asset to you.


Dear Mr. Duncan,

thanks for your prompt response. from your percpective, do you think that networking is the most important part of the MBA? in fact, i am a good self-lerner and i can study independantly online (e.g imperial online MBA). do you think it is better to study online MBA? or take online business courses (e.g. coursera courses) that can constitute an imaginary online MBA without paying all this amount of money. in other words, is there a difference between an online MBA and online courses?
thanks

[Edited by Afelbassiouny on Jun 21, 2018]

[quote]Manchester's Global MBA is, as far as I can see, the closest thing you can get to an on-campus MBA experience. The emphasis on group work and skills development makes it very different from the Imperial course, which is more of a personal journey. Given MBS has a campus in Dubai, I think the stronger regional network could be an asset to you. [/quote]

Dear Mr. Duncan,

thanks for your prompt response. from your percpective, do you think that networking is the most important part of the MBA? in fact, i am a good self-lerner and i can study independantly online (e.g imperial online MBA). do you think it is better to study online MBA? or take online business courses (e.g. coursera courses) that can constitute an imaginary online MBA without paying all this amount of money. in other words, is there a difference between an online MBA and online courses?
thanks
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Duncan
No, I think the educational experience is the most important.
No, I think the educational experience is the most important.
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