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An MBA from UK is among the most highly respected business qualifications offered anywhere in the world

Business studies are increasingly popular with students from all countries and the MBA is the most popular business qualification. MBA programs are designed to develop management skills, business knowledge, the ability to analyse complex problem and make strategic decision. There are hundreds of MBA programs to choose from in the UK, from those that teach the principles of general management to highly specialized program tailored to careers such as agribusiness, business and finance, oil and gas, construction, health, hospitality, transport and technology. Many MBAs have links with industry to ensure their relevance to the world of work.

Many postgraduate courses – particularly MBAs where students tend to continue working while they study - can now be studied at a distance. This allows students to work from home with course material provided by the Institution. These aids can be paper based, on CD-Rom or accessible via the internet.

Choosing your MBA programme

There are dozens of UK institutions offering an MBA course and choosing which one to apply to can seem like impossible task – how do you know which particular course is the best one for you ? There are several factors you need to consider for example, your future employer will be interested in where you studied as the fact that you have studied for an MBA at all, so the reputation the institution you choose is important. Look where an institution’s alumni are now working get an idea of how highly they are rated.

The structure of the MBA course varies from institution to institution, but in general most follow a standard format, which consist of the following three distinct stages:

Stage 1: A general, or core programme that provides an introduction to broad subject areas such as finance, economics, marketing, human resourced and business strategy.

Stage 2: ‘Electives’, for which you choose your own areas of interest, drawn from options such as corporate responsibility, innovation, employment relation or entrepreneurship.

Stage3: A project or dissertation, usually based on original research. This may be an in-company project carried out in conjunction with a work placement.

Course Cost and Finance,

Cost varies dramatically between MBA courses – much more than for programmes in other subject areas. You may be able to find course for under £4,000 or be expected to pay above £30,000

Research the course and the institution before you apply and make sure that it provides everything you require. Ask yourself questions such as whether you are more interested in a course that focuses on broad basic area or specific area. Check also that your school has goo links with industry and ask to look at career profile of its alumni; you find interesting to see the kind of careers and companies former students went on to after they graduated and what kind of salaries they are now able to command.

Student Statistics

Student on MBA courses have an average age of 26 to 27, and the ratio of international to UK students is around 1:5. On executive programmes aimed at the senior management, students are likely to be in their late 30s to early 40s.