Bristol Business School, UWE

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Age: 116

History: Roots go back to the 16th-century Merchant Venturers' Navigation School. The school dates from the Bristol College of Commerce and later the South-west regional management centre at Bristol Poly.

Address: Part of the University of the West of England, a highly rated university in Frenchay, north of Bristol, located in a major centre for industry and commerce, including organisations such as the Ministry of Defence, Hewlett-Packard, Airbus, Rolls Royce, Axa Sunlife and Orange.

Ambience: A £200 million capital investment programme, including a student village and sports facilities, was completed in 2006. The full-time MBA has dedicated teaching and computer rooms and the part-time executive MBA is housed in the new Executive Development Centre.

Vital statistics: The full- and part-time courses are fully accredited by AMBA and specialist pathways are offered in finance, global operations and entrepreneurship. Other programmes include the Masters in international and financial management, and marketing.

Added value: Strong international profile of staff and students, and an innovative MBA syllabus. There is also an extensive professional development programme, with a particular focus on supporting career development.

Easy to get into? You'll need a minimum three years' appropriate work experience and a degree. Candidates without a degree are required to have at least five years' managerial experience.

Glittering alumni: Andrew Manning, chief executive of law firm, Bevan Brittan; Dr Nick Smith, international product manager, Raychem.

International connections: Students from UK, Europe, Asia and Africa on full-time MBA. Links with universities in Europe, Asia, North America and Australasia, including the renowned Tsinghua University, Beijing; plus Utah State University; Virginia Commonwealth University; Taylors College, Malaysia; Escuela de Negocios, Spain; University of Technology, Sydney; Vietnam International University; and Odette Business School, Windsor, Canada.

Student profile: Average age on part-time MBA is 35, on full-time 32. Male to female ratio is 65:35 on part-time and 83:17 on full-time.

Cost: £16,200

Return on investment? Excellent career prospects. Average salary for graduating full-time MBA students is £50,000. Caring environment, personal development programme and great networking opportunities.

Who's the boss? Warwick Jones, an MBA and marketer with an international business background.

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