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Re: Cranfield or Manchester Full Time MBA --- need your help [#permalink]
23 Feb 2013, 21:07
This is my first post.
I am a silent reader of this forum for last 6 months and had learned a lot. I read this exhaustive thread with great interest and it helped me a lot in my own research.
I will add a new dimension to this love triangle, Warwick!!
Recently I have been selected for both Cranfield and Warwick and I am a bit confused. I am from the manufacturing sector with 9 years of experience in factory environment. After my course, I want to work in UK in similar industry. I am open for SCM, General Management or Consulting types of opening. I did a bit research and following are what I gathered, in fact it confused me further.
Cranfield has 10 core modules Vs Warwick's 8 modules. The key differences are: CF has 2 Economics modules, one project management and Venture capital module. On the other hand, WBS has Org Behaviour and double strategic modules.
Electives wise, WBS has a wider choice compared to CF. Surprisingly, WBS has a SCM module but CF does not have. Some electives are similar but WBS has some focus on emerging trends such as online marketing, social media, etc.
In conclusion, module wise, there is not any major difference.
Both are old and matured schools with great brand recognition in UK.
I heard that WBS has a better brand value in India.
Both the schools are known for SCM/Operation management and General Management.
WBS is a full fledged university, whereas CF is graduate only university.
Location wise, WBS a bit far from London but WBS campus is closer to habitated place, rather than CF's at the middle of nowhere.
Both schools focus on personal development and career service is proactive. Placement stats a bit better in WBS but ave salary is a bit higher at CF. Although these finer details are subjective and i would say, they are very close in terms of placement.
Current student and alumni engagement seems a bit better in CF.
Fees are almost same and cost of living is also comparable. Although, accommodation at WBS seems a tad higher than CF.
Scholarships are similar in both the schools although WBS flaunts their 2M scholarship kitty.
Student mix is similar, both the schools are full of Indians. Average WE is 6-8 years. CF probably a bit more.
Ave GMAT score is almost similar at 650
So, if you are selected for both then which one will you pick and why?
Please help with your views. Many thanks in advance.