Top 7 MBA in UK - Part 2

MBA in UKThis is the second part of the series – Top 7 MBA in UK. If you have missed the first part, read Top 7 MBA in UK - Part 1 (LBS, Judge and Said)

4) Cranfield School of Management

The Cranfield School of Management is located in Cranfield, around 60 kms from London. It is also easily accessible from Oxford, Cambridge and Birmingham making it close to a wide network of industries and institutions. The Cranfield MBA is more than 40 years old and combines practical learning with leadership development. The class represents a wide range of backgrounds and experiences, representing 31 countries. 70% of the class comes from outside Europe. Among the graduating class of 2011, 64% changed country, 65% found employment in the UK, and 71% shifted sector. The average salary was £63,929 and the major recruiters were Accenture, IBM, Infosys, Jaguar Land Rover, Philips, Prime Minister's Office (GB), Royal Bank of Scotland, Saint-Gobain and Shanghai Shenhua Holding.

The MBA program stresses on case studies and promotes experiential learning, team-based assignments, and leadership development.  An executive coach is assigned to each student to implement a personalized leadership development plan that cover teamwork, self-awareness, resilience, negotiation, sustainability, ethical leadership and crisis management. The school also fosters entrepreneurship through a business plan competition as well as entrepreneurial projects and electives. 

The Consultancy Project involves working as a student team in a company to tackle and solve real-life problems. The International Business Assignment (IBA) at Cranfield MBA offers studying opportunity either at a partner business school to complete an assignment independently or a consulting project for a non-profit company in a developing or underdeveloped country with the help of Challenges Worldwide, a partner who trains volunteers to work with local partners. The past countries that were part of the IBA include Brazil, China, Japan, USA, Uganda and Mexico. Students can also take part in Internships and company-based projects.  Cranfield graduates have a global alumni network of over 16,000 members in over 120 countries.

5) Cass Business School

Cass Business School is located in the London Borough of Islington, right beside the city’s   financial and commercial district. It offers a 1-year MBA program that leverages its proximity to the world of business. It offers a diverse peer group, with  international strength of 87%. In 2010, the average salary was £48,000 with an impressive 100% of the graduates finding employment within 3 months of graduation. Notable alumni include Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou, Founder- easyGroup, Muhtar Kent, CEO - Coca-Cola, Dick Olver, Chairman - BAE Systems & member of Board of Directors, Reuters.

The Cass MBA curriculum is case study based
and offer personal and professional enhancement program that includes one-to-one career coaching. There are 27 electives to choose from, including the Emerging Markets Consultancy Week, which gives on-site exposure to markets like China, Dubai and South Africa. With the Strategy Project, students work with consultancy teams and develop presentations to a panel of experts and alumni. The MBA program concludes with the Business Mastery Project where students tackle real world issue by designing and managing every aspect of the solution. The Consultancy Week gives students the opportunity of handling consultancy assignment at a SME in Poland. The international Cass network is spread over 40 overseas alumni groups with more than 31,000 alumni.

6) Aston Business School

The Aston business School is located in Birmingham, the second largest metropolis in the UK. The city is surrounded by industries and is a financial powerhouse. The Aston School’s 1-year MBA program is represented by 30 nationalities with 91% having an international upbringing.  The graduating class of 2010 had an average salary of £45,000. Prominent recruiters from Aston include BAE Systems, JLR, Nike, Deutsche Bank, McCann-Erickson, Euro-bank, BP, Sainsbury's, P&G, E&Y, and Rolls Royce.

The teaching methodology gives importance to Case studies and involves lectures, seminars and workshops. Students can choose from eight specializations and a host of projects and development programs. The Mindful Global Manager (MGM) is an individual development program to bolster self-awareness, critical thinking skills and intercultural dexterity to help students develop well-rounded management skills. The Business Project places students in the position of a consultant in a company to deliver solutions to actual problems faced by the company. The MBA Consultancy Project can involve an employer-sponsored consultancy task or a topic of the student’s choice. Previous project sponsors include British Telecom, Jaguar Land Rover, Deutsche Bank, the NHS and many small to medium enterprises.

7) Imperial College Business School

The Imperial College Business School is located in London, and has a 1-year MBA program that concentrates on innovation and entrepreneurship. The MBA class has a wide mix of cultures, with 65% from outside the UK in 2012. The class of 2010 graduated with an average salary of £51,423. The MBA program also has a distinct emphasis on Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Design.

The curriculum uses the case method as the base teaching methodology and promotes a balanced combination of theory and practice. Students can pick six electives from a choice of 25, which includes subjects like Entrepreneurship in Renewable Energy. Another option is the Experiential Leadership course that allows students to reach their leadership potential through experiential learning by doing a live project that benefits the non-profit sector. An external coach guides student teams of 5-6 in this endeavor. The Imperial MBA project gives students the opportunity to put classroom learning into practice by researching a live business problem. Projects can vary from consultancy to analysis. Students can take up internships, but it is not mandatory. Imperial MBA alumni network numbers at 10,000 and is spread across 110+ countries.

Business SchoolAverage GMAT ScoreAverage Experience (years)Financial AidAccreditationFees
London Business School7015YesAACSB, AMBA, EQUIS£57500
University of Cambridge: Judge6806.5YesAMBA, EQUIS£38000
University of Oxford: Said6866YesAMBA£44150
Cranfield School of Management6807YesAACSB, AMBA, EQUIS£35000
City University: Cass6308Yes AACSB, AMBA, EQUIS£34500
Aston Business School6207YesAACSB, AMBA, CIM, CIPD, EQUIS£24700
Imperial College Business School6587YesAMBA, EQUIS£38000
* fees depend on the number of terms taken to complete the program.

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