MBA online: Leicester, Birmingham or Durham


Shaltaf

Hello everyone,

I am currently interested of joining MBA online program, I am looking for accredited university which ranking on top 500 worldwide (required by ministry of higher education in my country - Jordan).

If I need to take my decision to chose on of above 3 universities:
1. Ranking: Durham and Birmingham is much better than Leicester.
2. I surprised as per Duncan post that Birmingham is new on MBA online program, should this be a concern?
3. Cost (GBP): Leicester 11.3K, Birmingham 18K, Durham 19K

I assume all 100% online and no need to travel to UK

What do you think is better?

[Edited by Shaltaf on Sep 24, 2015]

Hello everyone,

I am currently interested of joining MBA online program, I am looking for accredited university which ranking on top 500 worldwide (required by ministry of higher education in my country - Jordan).

If I need to take my decision to chose on of above 3 universities:
1. Ranking: Durham and Birmingham is much better than Leicester.
2. I surprised as per Duncan post that Birmingham is new on MBA online program, should this be a concern?
3. Cost (GBP): Leicester 11.3K, Birmingham 18K, Durham 19K

I assume all 100% online and no need to travel to UK

What do you think is better?
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Duncan

Durham will be better, simply because any new course will have teething pains and a less smooth experience. Bradford is a strong option too, but I am not sure which top 500 ranking you use, but University of Nebraska–Lincoln is in the top 300 for THES and is also a strong option.

Durham will be better, simply because any new course will have teething pains and a less smooth experience. Bradford is a strong option too, but I am not sure which top 500 ranking you use, but University of Nebraska–Lincoln is in the top 300 for THES and is also a strong option.
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Duncan

PS but just no to Leicester. Great university. Terrible MBA.

PS but just no to Leicester. Great university. Terrible MBA.
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Shaltaf

Thank you Duncan.

The ministry using 3 websites ranking:
http://www.shanghairanking.com/ARWU2015.html
https://www.timeshighereducation.com/world-university-rankings/2015/world-ranking
http://www.topuniversities.com/qs-world-university-rankings

Nibraska-Lincoln can be a choice but it is accredited by AACSB only and almost the same cost as Birmingham and Durham.

I am disappointed from your feedback for Leicester as it is the cheapest one! do you have more details or link for previous review?

Appreciate your support

Thank you Duncan.

The ministry using 3 websites ranking:
http://www.shanghairanking.com/ARWU2015.html
https://www.timeshighereducation.com/world-university-rankings/2015/world-ranking
http://www.topuniversities.com/qs-world-university-rankings

Nibraska-Lincoln can be a choice but it is accredited by AACSB only and almost the same cost as Birmingham and Durham.

I am disappointed from your feedback for Leicester as it is the cheapest one! do you have more details or link for previous review?

Appreciate your support
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Duncan

Search this site for Leicester and RDI.

Search this site for Leicester and RDI.
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Duncan

AACSB is the gold standard. It is naïve to expect a US school with few European students to additionally take UK and EU accreditation. I am not saying it is better, but perhaps compare the curricula.

AACSB is the gold standard. It is naïve to expect a US school with few European students to additionally take UK and EU accreditation. I am not saying it is better, but perhaps compare the curricula.
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jimshui

I am studying Durham Online MBA. The quality is OK, the requirement is high and most important thing is that Durham run its online MBA itself. I agree that the content is rather academic, not much case studies are provided but tutor does provide some cases for discussion on discussion board.

No idea on Birmingham one but I would not suggest that you select Leicester as I find many bad comments against Leicester online MBA and seem that their programme is run by 3rd party.

[Edited by jimshui on Sep 25, 2015]

I am studying Durham Online MBA. The quality is OK, the requirement is high and most important thing is that Durham run its online MBA itself. I agree that the content is rather academic, not much case studies are provided but tutor does provide some cases for discussion on discussion board.

No idea on Birmingham one but I would not suggest that you select Leicester as I find many bad comments against Leicester online MBA and seem that their programme is run by 3rd party.

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laurie

What are your goals?

What are your goals?
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Shaltaf

Basically good MBA knowledge and leadership skills.

Reputable university, DL/Online MBA and reasonable fees

That's all!

Basically good MBA knowledge and leadership skills.

Reputable university, DL/Online MBA and reasonable fees

That's all!
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jimshui

You may consider Durham or Bradford. If you can travel to UK for some of the modules, Warwick will be the best choice.

I got offers from all 3 universities and eventually selected Durham as I could not attend residential block taught modules due to cost and time issue.

You may consider Durham or Bradford. If you can travel to UK for some of the modules, Warwick will be the best choice.

I got offers from all 3 universities and eventually selected Durham as I could not attend residential block taught modules due to cost and time issue.
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Basically good MBA knowledge and leadership skills.

Reputable university, DL/Online MBA and reasonable fees

That's all!

If these are your goals and you're not looking for substantial career growth, and of the online programs mentioned in this thread (save Leicester) would be fine. I'd look closely at each program's platform and course delivery methods and see which one best matches your expectations. You can ask the schools for information, and they may even give you demos of how the platforms work. My feeling is that there is probably a gap in quality - in terms of the robustness of the "classroom" experience - between the ranked programs and the non-ranked ones like Birmingham.

[quote]Basically good MBA knowledge and leadership skills.

Reputable university, DL/Online MBA and reasonable fees

That's all!
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If these are your goals and you're not looking for substantial career growth, and of the online programs mentioned in this thread (save Leicester) would be fine. I'd look closely at each program's platform and course delivery methods and see which one best matches your expectations. You can ask the schools for information, and they may even give you demos of how the platforms work. My feeling is that there is probably a gap in quality - in terms of the robustness of the "classroom" experience - between the ranked programs and the non-ranked ones like Birmingham.
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does the Durham MBA certificate specify that the course has been taken online

does the Durham MBA certificate specify that the course has been taken online
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Duncan

Are there *any* degree certificates that specify that the course has been taken online? That would be very curious.

Are there *any* degree certificates that specify that the course has been taken online? That would be very curious.
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jimshui

I have checked with Durham before and also confirmed with an Online MBA graduate, the certificate does not state "online" or "distance learning". But the transcript does mention the mode of study.

[Edited by jimshui on Oct 13, 2015]

I have checked with Durham before and also confirmed with an Online MBA graduate, the certificate does not state "online" or "distance learning". But the transcript does mention the mode of study.
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Seriously - how many employers would ask to see your actual degree? Seems like something not to worry about, I'd say.

Seriously - how many employers would ask to see your actual degree? Seems like something not to worry about, I'd say.
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