Which MBA should I pursue?


cch_2022

Hello,

I'd like to seek some advice on MBA choice.

I'm 37 yo female from China with previous postgraduate study experience in the UK but wasn't employed so returned to China after graduation.

My career in China was mainly managerial position in aerospace, including supply chain and project management. However my role is not of very high level and I don't have any engineering background.

I'm hoping to pursue a full-time MBA in the UK and desire to land a job and stay in the UK. Ideally in aerospace industry but not necessary. In terms of visa, I guess I can use PSW for the first two years and have to secure future sponsorship within two years.

I applied in both 2020 and 2021 and below is a summary:
University of Edinburgh: applied twice and both declined.
Queen't University Belfast: offered a place but I think I should try a better one.
Strathclyde: waiting for interview result.

My question for now:
1. Which other schools are worth trying considering my experience in aerospace?
2. If I end up being offered by both QUB and Strathclyde, which one should I choose?
3. Would the MBA in schools like QUB and Strathclyde help much to secure a job in the UK? If not, at least I should look at school of which level?

Thank you in advance!

Hao

Hello,

I'd like to seek some advice on MBA choice.

I'm 37 yo female from China with previous postgraduate study experience in the UK but wasn't employed so returned to China after graduation.

My career in China was mainly managerial position in aerospace, including supply chain and project management. However my role is not of very high level and I don't have any engineering background.

I'm hoping to pursue a full-time MBA in the UK and desire to land a job and stay in the UK. Ideally in aerospace industry but not necessary. In terms of visa, I guess I can use PSW for the first two years and have to secure future sponsorship within two years.

I applied in both 2020 and 2021 and below is a summary:
University of Edinburgh: applied twice and both declined.
Queen't University Belfast: offered a place but I think I should try a better one.
Strathclyde: waiting for interview result.

My question for now:
1. Which other schools are worth trying considering my experience in aerospace?
2. If I end up being offered by both QUB and Strathclyde, which one should I choose?
3. Would the MBA in schools like QUB and Strathclyde help much to secure a job in the UK? If not, at least I should look at school of which level?

Thank you in advance!

Hao
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Duncan

Cranfield stands out for aviation connections. Strathclyde is certainly a better MBA than Queens. I also wonder if a MSc course more focussed on the supply chain or project management might suit you. Cranfield is strong for supply chain issues and doesn't Strathclyde has a double MSc with Politecnico di Milano in project management. 

PS I suspect there might be some concerns hiring a Chinese national in parts of aviation manufacture because the defence sector is a major customer for firms like Leonardo and Airbus. 

[Edited by Duncan on Feb 20, 2022]

Cranfield stands out for aviation connections. Strathclyde is certainly a better MBA than Queens. I also wonder if a MSc course more focussed on the supply chain or project management might suit you. Cranfield is strong for supply chain issues and doesn't Strathclyde has a double MSc with Politecnico di Milano in project management.&nbsp;<br><br>PS I suspect there might be some concerns hiring a Chinese national in parts of aviation manufacture because the defence sector is a major customer for firms like Leonardo and Airbus.&nbsp;
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cch_2022

Cranfield stands out for aviation connections. Strathclyde is certainly a better MBA than Queens. I also wonder if a MSc course more focussed on the supply chain or project management might suit you. Cranfield is strong for supply chain issues and doesn't Strathclyde has a double MSc with Politecnico di Milano in project management. 

PS I suspect there might be some concerns hiring a Chinese national in parts of aviation manufacture because the defence sector is a major customer for firms like Leonardo and Airbus. 


Hi Duncan,

Thanks for your kind reply!

Thanks for pointing out the possibility of employer's concern over hiring a Chinese national in aerospace. I think you might be right. I tried applying Leonardo a couple times when I was in Edinburgh but didn't hear from them at all. If this's the case I might need to re-strategise. Because if I study in the UK again I really hope to find a job and stay after graduation.

I had a look in Strathclyde for the double MSc with Politecnico di Milano in project management. It does look very interesting! Thanks for the great info! 

Then I'd like to ask, in your opinion, if I don't confine myself in aerospace, which path might be more practical for me to find a job in the UK after graduation, Strathclyde MBA or the double MSc?

Look forward to hearing from you. Thanks again!

Hao

[quote]Cranfield stands out for aviation connections. Strathclyde is certainly a better MBA than Queens. I also wonder if a MSc course more focussed on the supply chain or project management might suit you. Cranfield is strong for supply chain issues and doesn't Strathclyde has a double MSc with Politecnico di Milano in project management.&nbsp;<br><br>PS I suspect there might be some concerns hiring a Chinese national in parts of aviation manufacture because the defence sector is a major customer for firms like Leonardo and Airbus.&nbsp; [/quote]<br><br>Hi Duncan,<br><br>Thanks for your kind reply!<br><br>Thanks for pointing out the possibility of employer's concern over hiring a Chinese national in aerospace. I think you might be right. I tried applying Leonardo a couple times when I was in Edinburgh but didn't hear from them at all. If this's the case I might need to re-strategise. Because if I study in the UK again I really hope to find a job and stay after graduation.<br><br>I had a look in Strathclyde for the double MSc with Politecnico di Milano in project management. It does look very interesting! Thanks for the great info!&nbsp;<br><br>Then I'd like to ask, in your opinion, if I don't confine myself in aerospace, which path might be more practical for me to find a job in the UK after graduation, Strathclyde MBA or the double MSc?<br><br>Look forward to hearing from you. Thanks again!<br><br>Hao
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StuartHE

Honestly, I would struggle to give you the best recommendation without finding out more about you and about the value of your transferrable skills in the market. My feeling is that supply chain and operation management could be very promising because your knowledge of China (In particular, of Mandarin and the business culture of greater China) could be very useful in trade. Take a look at the UK exports table on page eight at https://researchbriefings.files.parliament.uk/documents/CBP-7379/CBP-7379.pdf  and perhaps use LinkedIn to see which of these is most open to MBA-type talent. Which of these is growing, or perhaps most profitable? Perhaps an MSc in supply chain or engineering project management would be effective. I also found myself thinking of these courses: https://www.bayes.city.ac.uk/study/masters/courses?query=trade  

Honestly, I would struggle to give you the best recommendation without finding out more about you and about the value of your transferrable skills in the market. My feeling is that supply chain and operation management could be very promising because your knowledge of China (In particular, of Mandarin and the business culture of greater China) could be very useful in trade. Take a look at the UK exports table on page eight at https://researchbriefings.files.parliament.uk/documents/CBP-7379/CBP-7379.pdf&nbsp; and perhaps use LinkedIn to see which of these is most open to MBA-type talent. Which of these is growing, or perhaps most profitable? Perhaps an MSc in supply chain or engineering project management would be effective. I also found myself thinking of these courses: https://www.bayes.city.ac.uk/study/masters/courses?query=trade&nbsp;&nbsp;
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