Initial thoughts on Manchester MBA

On a dreary Wednesday, I went to the rather glamorous Institute of Directors building to find out more about Manchester Business School and its MBA offerings.

The Full-time MBA looks great with the number of team based projects. I also liked the number of opportunities to work on issues that companies face through projects. I don’t like the 18 month duration but I can see the benefit by getting summer internships. Though it seemed that team working element was a bit forced.

The part-time MBA grew on me, it felt like a very pale comparison to the Full -Time offer, I was worried about the lack of interaction with other students and the University. It was the current student that sold it to me. He emphasised the group element and how his study group regularly meets up in London. He also highlighted that through the online forum there is a potential to develop relationships with the students overseas who are the MBA in other centres across the world. I also liked the spread of industries that the students seemed to be from.

Though, for myself there is a risk that I would struggle to maximise the benefit from the course due to emphasis on self learning. If it is too book based and not enough interaction with people I would struggle to learn.

I liked the price, but don’t like the fact it has no scholarships for fees. Means I really need a big pay raise or get sponsored by my firm.

I also disliked that the part-time MBA was three years long. I mean, really, does the course need to be that long? I wonder what the drop out rate is like?

I really liked the people, they were friendly and down to earth. I would be happy to be stuck in a class room with them for a couple of years.

Overall would definitely consider the part-time MBA.

P.S I’ve just won an amazon voucher from filling in the feedback form! So pleased. Now what do I buy?


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