Aston vs Edinburgh

School selection
  • Posted by Orestis_7 on 04/17/13 10:07pm

    Hi all,

    I am currently on my last year as a Geology major in the University of Athens. I want to follow a career in Management and possibly get involved with energy-petroleum companies, with a view of going into consulting after a number of years.
    So far i have an offer from Edinburgh and Bath and waiting for a response from Aston.

    I know thαt the University of Edinbrugh is one of the best in the world and its MiM in the top 100. Aston is best known for its business department and relatively unknown for anything else, but gives you the opportunity for a double degree with ESCP, EADA or Erasmus university, without any further cost (although i don't know the conditions for getting accepted).

    Which one would you recommend and why?

    Thank you in advance,


    • Posted by Thomas Graf on 04/18/13 12:23am

      Hi Orestis,

      if you only look at the MIM Ranking, Aston is nearly double as good as Edinburgh. Bath is somewhere in the middle. But this is just one view. It doesn't tell you which program is better suited for you.

      All three schools are in the ranking and all are traditional UK schools. Aston, however, is the only school with the triple accreditation of AACSB, EQUIS, and AMBA. Not having these accredidation does not mean low quality - particularly when the respectives schools such as Edinburgh have prooved their quality in othr respects (e.g. rankings). But having these accreditations gives you a direct signal of quality.

      Based on this analysis, Aston appears to be the strongest - but it does not mean that Edinburgh or Bath are not suited for you. So what can you do as a next step?

      I recommend you to (1) try to find out which companies recruit at these campuses (are these the firms you want to work for), (2) how many percent of the graduates find a job within 3 months after graduation, and (3) how many students of your nationality are enrolled and whether they find a job or not. You can get this information from the schools' career services - and while they are answering you can immediately see how competent they answer and how serious they treat you.

      Second, I would ask the admissions offices to bring you in contact with current and ex students. Just talk to them (e.g. Skype) about their experiences.

      Best wishes

      • Posted by Orestis_7 on 04/18/13 5:31pm

        Thank you very much for your answer. It was realy helpful.

        Also do you have any feedback about the Double Degree option from Aston?

        • Posted by Thomas Graf on 04/18/13 8:59pm

          Hi there,

          do you mean the European Master in Management? Well, the most interesting aspect here seems to be that you can spend a period at a partner university. The double degree may only be important if you want to work in the respective country.

          Best wishes

    • Posted by Orestis_7 on 04/18/13 9:32pm

      I am refering to this course MSc in International Business

      Won't a double degree especialy from a Grand Ecole greatly enhance my career prospects?

      • Posted by Thomas Graf on 04/18/13 10:01pm

        Hi there,

        maybe... but why exactly? It would only increase your chances if your future employer values this degree, right?

        So, if you want to work in France or for a French company, I am confident that a degree from a Grand Ecole would be very helpful. But outside of France...?

        Try not to over-emphasize formal things like degrees (important as they are...). It is also important that you feel comfortable with the school, the firms that come to recruit there, and the positions where the graduates start to work afterward.

        Best wishes

    • Posted by Orestis_7 on 04/18/13 10:33pm

      Again thank you very much for all your feedback.

      I will surely spread the word about this website. Very helpful and enlightening.

      Best regards,