Manchester's Global MBA redesign: now 2.5 years


Duncan

I had a note today about the new Manchester Global MBA. The programme has been substantially redesigned. The programme is now taught over two years rather than three, and that taught element is followed by a six-months project.

I think that's a clever move: by shifting the teaching into two years rather than three they can substantially reduce the administrative burden and increase graduation rates.

However, I do wonder if the new programme doesn't have a very different impact on soft skills, because there's one major project at the end rather than several small projects as has been the case in the three year programme.

I had a note today about the new Manchester Global MBA. The programme has been substantially redesigned. The programme is now taught over two years rather than three, and that taught element is followed by a six-months project.

I think that's a clever move: by shifting the teaching into two years rather than three they can substantially reduce the administrative burden and increase graduation rates.

However, I do wonder if the new programme doesn't have a very different impact on soft skills, because there's one major project at the end rather than several small projects as has been the case in the three year programme.
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Optidorf

I wonder what the structure of the new programme will look like. Doing the MBA in three years is already a stretch for me so I can't imagine what the workload will be if it's even shorter.

I wonder what the structure of the new programme will look like. Doing the MBA in three years is already a stretch for me so I can't imagine what the workload will be if it's even shorter.
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Duncan

The new structure is at http://mbs.ac.uk/mba/_assets/img/global/programme_structure_13.jpg Are there fewer courses?

The new structure is at http://mbs.ac.uk/mba/_assets/img/global/programme_structure_13.jpg Are there fewer courses?
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Optidorf

From what I can see the first year remains more or less the same. Only business simulation is moved from the second to the first year. For the second year they have added the fifth semester which means that the second year now contains 8 full modules and a part of Professional Development. So there's no reduction in modules, but it seems that hey have instead reduced the throughput time of the semesters in the second year. I assume that a module will now last four months instead of the current six months. If they don't have reduced the workload I think it will be very ambitious to finish the programme in 2.5 years.

From what I can see the first year remains more or less the same. Only business simulation is moved from the second to the first year. For the second year they have added the fifth semester which means that the second year now contains 8 full modules and a part of Professional Development. So there's no reduction in modules, but it seems that hey have instead reduced the throughput time of the semesters in the second year. I assume that a module will now last four months instead of the current six months. If they don't have reduced the workload I think it will be very ambitious to finish the programme in 2.5 years.
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It's interesting because it doesn't seem like there's any information about the updated program on the Manchester website - and even a lot of the current info says that it's a three-year program.

Personally, I like the idea. The project component is a great way for students to build their skills in a hands-on environment, and six months is a good amount of time. However, it's kind of a risky addition for what is primarily a distance learning program, where many students are already working, and might not want to have six months of immersion.

It's interesting because it doesn't seem like there's any information about the updated program on the Manchester website - and even a lot of the current info says that it's a three-year program.

Personally, I like the idea. The project component is a great way for students to build their skills in a hands-on environment, and six months is a good amount of time. However, it's kind of a risky addition for what is primarily a distance learning program, where many students are already working, and might not want to have six months of immersion.
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Optidorf

The company project is already a part of the Global MBA course at Manchester, so there's no difference between the on-going and new version of the course regarding the project. The only difference is as far as I know year two that will have more modules and a shorter time frame per module.

The company project is already a part of the Global MBA course at Manchester, so there's no difference between the on-going and new version of the course regarding the project. The only difference is as far as I know year two that will have more modules and a shorter time frame per module.
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saroo

my friend is doing mba from Dubai branch but they are not giving good career support he want to change job but no help so far.

my friend is doing mba from Dubai branch but they are not giving good career support he want to change job but no help so far.
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The company project is already a part of the Global MBA course at Manchester, so there's no difference between the on-going and new version of the course regarding the project. The only difference is as far as I know year two that will have more modules and a shorter time frame per module.

I see - thanks for clarifying that.

<blockquote>The company project is already a part of the Global MBA course at Manchester, so there's no difference between the on-going and new version of the course regarding the project. The only difference is as far as I know year two that will have more modules and a shorter time frame per module. </blockquote>
I see - thanks for clarifying that.
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BigD

Course is compressed: taught component is 2 years instead of 2.5 years, same modules but more of them undertaken in year 2 on. Project is done six months earlier bring overall duration to 2.5 years rather than the previous 3years.

Course is compressed: taught component is 2 years instead of 2.5 years, same modules but more of them undertaken in year 2 on. Project is done six months earlier bring overall duration to 2.5 years rather than the previous 3years.

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