MSc Int. Management at Manchester or Consumer Analytics at Leeds?? Watch

hayder.11
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I made the grave error of applying to 10 universities for my postgraduate study and went through hell to narrow it down to two.
I have unconditional offers for:

1. MSc International Business and Management at the University of Manchester
2. MSc Consumer Analytics and Marketing Strategy at the University of Leeds

I would like to know whether the course at Manchester will allow for a good gateway into graduate schemes in the UK or overseas. I have no work experience between my BBA in Marketing and this MSc.

The course at Leeds looks better for career prospects but I am average at best at statistical courses and I think this course would require rigorous study of statistics.

I would appreciate any comments from people that have taken similar courses or have attended these universities. I have two weeks to make up my mind.
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Hey Hayder!

Congratulations on getting the two offers!

I didn't study either of these, but they actually have very different profiles. Management is very high-level across a number of areas whilst consumer analytics will probably focus more on having a quantitative mind, making sense of numbers and market research/consumer insights. If this is something you are keen on (and I wouldn't let statistics deter you, as most of the heavy lifting is done through softwares anyway), it's a great option for you to go forward. If you aren't too keen into this kind of role and industry, then you're probably safer going for the Manchester offer.

Ultimately, grad schemes depend a lot on who you are and the impression you leave on people and I'm pretty sure that either degree would get you through a first screening. After that, it will be up to you. But then again, if you go through a grad scheme, you would probably benefit from a more generalist skill (jack of all trades sort of mindset) and go for Management.


Either way, celebrate the offers and make sure you know where the end goal is, that should help inform your decision!
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Hey Hayder!

Congratulations on getting the two offers!

I didn't study either of these, but they actually have very different profiles. Management is very high-level across a number of areas whilst consumer analytics will probably focus more on having a quantitative mind, making sense of numbers and market research/consumer insights. If this is something you are keen on (and I wouldn't let statistics deter you, as most of the heavy lifting is done through softwares anyway), it's a great option for you to go forward. If you aren't too keen into this kind of role and industry, then you're probably safer going for the Manchester offer.

Ultimately, grad schemes depend a lot on who you are and the impression you leave on people and I'm pretty sure that either degree would get you through a first screening. After that, it will be up to you. But then again, if you go through a grad scheme, you would probably benefit from a more generalist skill (jack of all trades sort of mindset) and go for Management.


Either way, celebrate the offers and make sure you know where the end goal is, that should help inform your decision!
Than you so much for your response!

To give you a little context, I'm from an entrepreneurial family. I'm not keen on a '9 to 5'. I'll be starting a business when I get done with my masters.
That being said, the reason I'm doing a masters is to create a sort of 'safety net' for myself. Starting a business doesn't guarantee it's success. That's the way I'm going about this. Secondly, I want to take a break before getting into it all. I know masters is hard work but the opportunity of spending a year in the UK and meeting new people is the idea of a break to me. Lastly, even with the motivation of my masters in mind, I want to get my money's worth as far as the course and its practicality goes, with the astronomical tution fees for international students.
I know the context I provided is of an extremely subjective orientation. But what would you recommend under this context?
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Well...

With this further context, and considering it's just my humble opinion (but seeing many similarities in your mindset to mine), I'd recomend you come (yes, come, because that's where I am based) to Leeds.

Two main reasons

* Analytics is a highly specialised skill that is really in demand, especially in the North of the country. This gives you incredible opportunities to stand out and grow in your career, as a back up plan.

* The greatest attract of a management degree, is the network and the brand for a grad programm, or the ability to work towards managing teams and businesses. But because this is not really your long term goal, and if you are anything like me, 2 years stuck at the bottom of the ladder through a graduate programme, it will be a painful agony.

As you're part of an entrepreneurial family and I feel from your message you're comfortable being an autodidact, a management degree is too generalistic for you and will end up feeling as a waste of money, as you will probably pick things up as you go by researching and studying things online and in books. None of my friends who studied management and want to do entrepreneurship felt it brought them a true differenciator.

That being said... my Alma Matter, Cranfield University, has a MSc in Entrepreneurship which is fantastic. I don't know if timings would work out but it has received a lot of praise recenlty and it could provide a real differenciator to you, should you not want to do analytics.

Either way, feel free to get in touch if you need Leeds advices.
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