Bradford University School of Management

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Age: 48

History: Set up in 1963, the Bradford University School of Management is one of the longest-established university-based business schools. Partly financed by industrialist and philanthropist Sir Titus Salt, the neo-Gothic Emm Lane building was originally built as the Congregationalist Airedale College in 1874-1877.

Address: Located in an attractive, self-contained campus occupying 5.7 hectares on the north-west side of Bradford, some four kilometres from the University's city campus. With a recent multi-million pound investment in facilities, the campus successfully integrates Victorian and contemporary architecture, to provide a high-quality learning environment.

Ambience: The campus, with views stretching to towards the Yorkshire Dales and Brontë country, has a library, restaurant, bar and catering staff.

Vital statistics: One of Europe's leading and longest-established, university-based business schools. The Bradford MBA dates back to 1968. The full-time, one-year programme was launched in 1974. The executive part-time MBA followed in 1982, and the first corporate MBA was launched in 1988. The Bradford distance-learning MBA is now in its 13th year.

Added value: The school offers a strong focus on the "real" world of employment, underpinned by an international research capability based on academic excellence and business relevance.

Easy to get into? Normally requires a first degree from an approved university or an acceptable professional qualification, and at least three years' significant post-study employment. Applicants will also be considered on their merits.

Glittering alumni: Kate Swann, chief executive, WH Smith Retail; Paul Donavan, chief executive, Other Vodafone Subsidiaries.

International connections: Students come from more than 30 countries. Over half of the full-time MBA students come from outside the EU – from Asia, Africa, the Americas and Australasia. Bradford runs a range of programmes around the world in the Netherlands and Germany with their sister business school Tias NIMBAS. They also have links to institutions in France, Spain, Poland, Oman, India, Hong Kong, Singapore and Dubai.

Student profile: The average age on the full-time MBA is 29; part-time is 33. The male to female ratio is around 3:1 on both courses.

Cost: £19,950 full-time; £15,500 part-time.

Return on investment: Full-time students more than doubled their salary on average four years after beginning the programme. Part-timers have seen an 81 per cent increase after three years.

Who's the boss? Dr Sarah Dixon joined the School in September 2010.

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