Forum: School selection (4 Comments)

Bradford, Strath, St Andrews, Manchester, Aston...

  • Posted by - MKI - on 18 April 2013 - 8:31pm


    Just out of curiosity, what can you tell me about the following Business Schools:

    • Strathclyde;

    • St Andrews;

    • Aston;

    • Manchester;

    • Bradford;

    .If you had to choose one of those UK Business Schools... ?

    I have done my research but was wondering about other opinions. Some are better then others but they are all good universities.

    Strathclyde seems great, good in every aspect of it and Manchester is highly regarded even if the financial times doesn't.

    However there is little info on St. Andrews, it as great reputation but what about the Business School? What about other Scottish business schools?

    What about their marketing department?

    • Posted by - Thomas Graf - on 18 April 2013 - 10:27pm

      Hi there,

      well, on a general level you won't get too many useful information.

      Check the rankings:
      In the FT Master in Management Ranking you find Strathclyde, Aston, Manchester, and Bradford - not St. Andrews. Check the other rankings as well, e.g. the European Business School Rankings.

      Check the accreditations:
      Manchester, Bradford and Aston have the triple accreditation of AACSB, EQUIS, and AMBA. The other don't have one of these accreditations (as to my best knowledge).

      Now does this tell you that one is preferable over the other? I think no. It only gives you a first impression and a certain indication that Manchester, Bradford, and Aston have some advantages regarding the international recognition and quality control. But it can still be that the others are better for YOU depending on their regional network, their career srevice and the specifc firms that come to campus, their personal assistance and your gut feeling.

      I really think that you will find your decision if you go beyond these general indicators.

      As for the marketing department, why don't you contact the school and try to find out which firms recruit graduates from the marketing master? This will provide you with more hands-on information than the general stuff.

      As for Scottish schools, I am only aware of the University of Edingburgh, Strathclyde, and St. Andrews. The first two seem to be more recognized outside of Scotland than St. Andrew. But again: This is the moment where you should specify your questions and dig deeper in what you want from a school and which one of them will be more beneficial for you.

      Best wishes

    • Posted by - Thomas Graf - on 18 April 2013 - 8:56pm

      Hi there,

      thank you for your question. I recommend you to look less at the schools as a next step - but instead to reflect your own goals and preferences. How should the ideal school or program look like? Then use this private ideal profile as a lens and re-screen the schools. Then you will find differences and I can help you fund answers by yourself if necessary.

      To give you an example: What do you want to learn? => Which program reflects this content the most in its curriculum?

      Where do you want to work after graduation? => Which school has the firms come to campus that you want to work for...?

      Best wishes

      • Posted by - MKI - on 18 April 2013 - 8:59pm

        Thank you but I did all that. I was searching for more of a general opinion on the universities international reputation as (i) a Business School and as (ii) Marketing department.

        That's what I'm looking for, not so much the subjective stuff I have already considered but the more general ones.