16. Warwick Business School
Warwick Business SchoolScarman Road
University of Warwick
Coventry, West Midlands CV4 7AL, United Kingdom
Admissions: +44 (0) 24 7652 4100
Application Deadline: July 31, 2012
In common with most European MBA programs, the full-time offering at Warwick Business School is an intensive 12-month effort. Students come to the University of Warwick’s campus in Coventry, about two hours north of London, in September and graduate in August. The school offers students the option to extend the program to 15 months by taking on an international exchange at a large number of schools all over the world, including the University of Chicago’s Booth School and Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business.
The program kicks off with a solid foundation of seven core modules that teach the business basics: accounting and financial management, economics of the business environment, marketing, modelling and analysis for management, operations management, organizational behaviour, and strategic advantage.
Then, you get to pick six elective modules from a menu of 39 different courses, ranging from Advanced Corporate Finance to Supply Chain Management. There are some fairly compelling electives here including “Managing the Digital Workplace,” “Leadership and the Art of Judgement,” and “Cross-Cultural Management.” The latter course dovetails nicely with the fact that 91% of the MBA students at Warwick come from outside the U.K.
The program also features consulting project that requires both a management report and what Warwick calls “an academic dissertation.” Don’t let the word “dissertation” put you off. The school says it needs to be about 15,000 words and its purpose is to show your “understanding and logical application of relevant concepts.” Students have worked on projects with such world-class companies as Accenture, Deloitte, IBM, Pepsico, Rolls-Royce, Siemens and Volvo.
Despite the 12-month schedule, Warwick says that students can take summer internships with companies of up to 12 weeks in length while they are working on their consulting projects.
Latest Up-to-Date MBA Rankings:
Poets&Quants (2012): 33 (among top non-U.S. schools)
BusinessWeek (2012): NR
Forbes (2011): 8 (international one-year programs)
Financial Times (2012): 27 (Global) 14 (Non-U.S.)
The Economist (2012): 60 (Global), 24 (Non-U.S.)
Rankings Analysis: Warwick Business School vastly improved its standing in Poets&Quants’ 2012 list of the best non-U.S. MBA programs in the world, moving up more than any other top 25 school. Warwick placed 16th, up from 33rd a year earlier. The P&Q ranking puts Warwick among the best business schools in the U.K. and Europe.
The improvement was largely due to a significantly better showing in the latest 2012 Financial Times’ ranking of global MBA programs. The FT awarded Warwick a global rank of 27 in 2012, one of the largest improvements of any of the schools in The Financial Times survey. Only a year earlier, the FT had ranked Warwick 58th globally. Among non-U.S. schools, the FT now ranks Warwick 14th, up 16 places from 32 in 2011.
The Economist, meantime, ranked Warwick 24th among non-U.S. schools in 2012, while Forbes gave Warwick its best ranking, an eight place finish among international schools with one-year MBA programs.
Tuition & Fees: 30,000 British pounds ($47,400)
Recommended Total Budget: 40,000 to 45,000 British pounds ($63,200 to $71,100)
Median GMAT: The school reports that 620 or more is “usually competitive”
Acceptance Rate: NA
Full-Time MBA Enrollment: 70
Mean Age: 31
Average Base Salary: 54,500 British pounds ($86,130)
Percentage of MBAs with Job Offers Three Months Later: 96% for the Class of 2010
FROM WARWICK BUSINESS SCHOOL:
Warwick Business School (WBS) is an international and highly-rated school, being one of only 3 UK schools to be rated both “excellent” for teaching and to have achieved the highest 5* rating for its research performance. WBS was the first business school in the UK to achieve the triple accreditation from AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS.
The Warwick MBA
The Warwick MBA programme enjoys global recognition for its leading edge thinking and world-leading resources. It offers one of the most flexible programmes in the UK today, with participants able to select from one of four different ways to learn – full-time, by distance learning, as an Executive MBA or through the specialist Global Energy MBA route. However you study, you are awarded the same qualification and can access the whole range of electives. You also have the flexibility to change your mode of study should your personal or professional circumstances change.
Ranked 27th in the world by the Financial Times (2012), the accelerated 12-month programme offers you a chance to share an intensive and challenging journey with your international and experienced classmates. We place great importance on collaborative learning, teamwork, a friendly personal approach and offer great opportunities to form social and professional networking groups. You will study an additional language, have the opportunity to go on exchange with our global partners and complete an in-company internship. You will also develop your personal and professional development through both the Practice of Management module and the comprehensive range of careers services available.
This is ideal for managers with busy professional and family lives who need a study programme that can be planned well in advance. Modules are delivered on a 5-day basis, usually Monday-Friday, and are repeated regularly, so that participants can plan their study around work and family commitments. The compact delivery format allows for concentration on a particular area of learning and a high quality peer group with a variety of management roles allows for both effective collaborative learning and valuable networking.
Distance Learning MBA
This is one of the highest quality programmes of its kind in the world. Rated #1 in the UK by the Economist (2010), the learning is interactive and challenging, with regular opportunities for face-to-face teaching and ongoing participation in local and virtual study groups. WBS has over 25 years of experience offering this programme to students from over 100 countries. This history, combined with the high standard of online study materials and the tutor support available, makes it the best choice for anybody looking for a combination of quality and convenience.
Warwick Global Energy MBA
This specialist MBA, launched in 2009, is a part-time programme which combines the development of strategic leadership skills with a focus on the global energy industry. Modules are taught through blended learning, using a combination of structured work books, online materials, collaborative online work and seminars, plus intensive, face-to-face, residential sessions at WBS.
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