MT MBA & Business Education Guide - Spring 2011

MT's guide to the great and the good of the UK's business schools.

by MT Staff
Last Updated: 09 Oct 2013

Name of establishment: Ashridge Business School

Address: Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire HP4 1NS, UK

Tel: +44 (0)1442 841483

Fax: +44 (0)1442 841144



Contact for admissions: Rebecca Brown, MBA admissions

Status of establishment: Ashridge is a private business school and registered charitable trust

Date founded: 1959

Head/principal directors: Kai Peters, CEO

Business school ranking: Economist MBA (2010): 25th in Europe, 10th in UK; first globally for salary increase (2005-09) FT EMBA (2010): 20th in Europe, seventh in UK

Staff/student ratio: 1:2

Number of full-time faculty: 79

Numbers of students, full-time: 30-36

... and part-time (executive MBA): 30-36

Proportion of female staff (%): 35%

... and of female students (%): 40%

Proportion of overseas students (%): 92% on the full-time MBA; 85% on the executive MBA

Proportion of MBA students: sponsored (%): 68% on the executive MBA

self-funded (%): 100% on the full-time MBA; 32% on the executive MBA

Typical course costs: Full-time MBA £32,500 (incl. VAT); exec MBA £32,350 (excl. VAT)

Profile: Ashridge combines the best of a business school with an innovative organisational consultancy, which works with thousands of executives from organisations across the globe each year. Ashridge is one of a small percentage of schools worldwide to achieve triple accreditation from AMBA, EQUIS and AACSB - the UK, European and American accreditation bodies for MBA programmes. The school is set in a country estate surrounded by National Trust woodland, only 30 minutes from London.

Areas of specialisation: Ashridge MBA programmes are specifically designed for experienced practitioners looking to develop their leadership capability. We go beyond theory by giving participants the opportunity to put their learning into practice via organisation-based assignments throughout the programme and a 'live' consulting project. Participants work with a client organisation to deliver a major strategic consulting assignment. The international study week is designed to consolidate learning by giving participants direct experience of the complex issues faced by businesses in an emerging market. Class sizes are personalised, which optimises individual attention, peer learning and a highly interactive approach.

Ashridge MBA participants have rich, global professional backgrounds, which makes it one of the most experienced and diverse cohorts in the world. Our faculty comprise business professionals, consultants and researchers, who bring in-depth industry experience and the latest management thinking to the learning process.

Recent clients: Recent clients include Balfour Beatty, Bosch, BP, Centrica, EDF, House of Lords, London Underground, Lufthansa, Royal and Sun Alliance, Merck, NHS, Orange, Pfizer, Rockwell Collins, Shell and Vodafone.


Name of establishment: Oxford University Said Business School

Address: Park End Street, Oxford, OX1 1HP, UK

Tel: 0845 190 0060



Contact for admissions: Charlene New, MBA Admissions Manager

Status of establishment: Said Business School is an integral part of Oxford University

Date founded: 1996

Head/principal directors: Colin Mayer, Peter Moores Dean of the Said Business School

Business school ranking: In the Financial Times' Global MBA ranking (January 2011), Said Business School's MBA programme is ranked 27th in the world and third in the UK. Our programme is in the top five globally for international mobility and student diversity. Our one-year MBA is ranked in Business Weeks top 20 business schools outside the USA.

Numbers of students: Each year the school welcomes approximately 240 full-time MBA students, 50 Executive MBA students, 70 MSc in financial economics students, 15 doctoral students and around 105 undergraduates.

Proportion of female students (%): 30%

Proportion of overseas students (%): 95% of the class is international.

Typical course costs: £36,300 tuition fees plus £3,300 college fees

Profile: Established in 1996, Oxford University's Said Business School is one of Europe's youngest and most entrepreneurial business schools, with a reputation for innovative business education. The school combines the highest standards of academic rigour with a practical understanding of business and wealth creation. Our faculty are engaged in boundary-extending research on key management issues, in dialogue with the wider intellectual community and with practitioners.

Oxford has been educating leaders for over 800 years and it's universally recognised as one of the world's greatest universities. A degree from the University of Oxford will open doors in every country across the globe. Oxford is a city that lives and breathes education. As an MBA student you will share in the rich social and academic resources of the wider university.

In little more than a decade, the Oxford MBA has become one of the best one-year programmes in the world. We offer a flexible, but rigorous course delivered by international scholars.

Areas of specialisation: Entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship, finance, strategy

Recent MBA recruiters: Apple; Citibank; Deloitte; Deutsche Bank; Google; JP Morgan; McKinsey & Company; Morgan Stanley; Twitter.

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