So you’ve taken the big decision - you want to get an MBA. There is no doubt that as a qualification it is well-respected by employers around the world.

MBA courses can vastly improve the prospects and quality of your career, enabling you to reach the highest echelons of the business world – particularly those from a UK business school. You’ve made a good choice.

It seems increasingly normal for the MBA to be part of a process of lifelong learning, representing the need to constantly keep your knowledge, skills and competence up-to-date. Modern employers have exceptionally high standards, and are likely to expect constant development from their staff - on both a personal and managerial level.

The MBA is probably the most internationally recognised degree in existence, and with the amount of distance learning opportunities and universities across the world that are now offering courses the world is your oyster when considering your study options.

Why the UK?

The UK is top of many people’s lists. Statistics reveal that business and management is the most popular area of study by far for international students coming to the UK. For many, the prospect of an MBA course set in the UK economy, noted as much for its friendly cosmopolitan welcome as its rich traditions and heritage, is an appealing prospect.

Don’t be afraid to ask for testimonials from universities on your shortlist, or from former students who have successfully completed their MBA programmes. The alumni network should be an important factor in your eventual selection.

If for whatever reason you can’t or don’t wish to study in the UK itself, you can consider the possibility of Distance Learning MBA courses. There are several very well established UK business schools that have proved that they can bring their MBA programmes to students in many countries and regions of the world. Such programmes are global in scope yet locally delivered. Ask about the nature of the learning support that will be provided, and also the completion rate of the course. The support and interaction offered can have a huge impact on your eventual success and satisfaction.

How to choose a UK MBA institution?

Firstly, you can contact the Association of Business Schools (ABS). ABS produces a comprehensive Directory of all major MBA courses in the UK and includes details about the courses, including costs, entry requirements and independent quality ratings for both teaching and research. The ABS Directory should also be available at your local British Council office.

Read through our ranking tables to see which UK universities offer the best course and apply early – UK MBAs, particularly those in London, are highly competitive and places fill up early.

When you have considered all the factors involved in selecting your MBA course and have produced a shortlist you might still find it difficult to make the final decision. After all, an MBA is a major investment with or without employer support - so don’t be afraid to ask for advice from every source. 

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