Kent Business School, University of Kent

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Age: 22

History: Celebrated 20 years of business and management education in 2009. In 1992, it moved into a new purpose-built facility on the University of Kent's Canterbury campus.

Address: Overlooks the beautiful cathedral city of Canterbury, which is a Unesco heritage site.

Ambience: The main building has teaching and seminar rooms exclusively for MBAs, as well as catering facilities and WiFi throughout.

Vital statistics: The MBA is taken over one-year full-time, or the executive modular is spread over five weeks in year one and five weeks in year two, or as a weekend executive modular programme in Athens over two years). The course calls on eight compulsory themed modules. Students choose two electives and complete a management skills and business report.

Added value: Small intake of carefully handpicked professionals creates a superb learning environment and allows for individual attention, focusing on business skills and an emphasis on personal development. Full-time and executive modular MBA students study and network together and there is flexibility to switch between modes of study. All graduates are eligible to join a current class elective as part of the alumni update scheme, free of charge.

Easy to get into? Applicants need a good degree, of 2.1 or above, and a minimum of three years' managerial experience, although the average work experience of recent cohorts has been seven years. A professional qualification and a career profile showing progression may also be sufficient. GMAT scores should be 580 or above. Professionals with more than five years' work experience may be eligible to waive the GMAT.

Glittering alumni: Many extremely successful alumni in diverse sectors around the world.

Gurus: Dr Andy Fearne, an expert in value chain management. Professor Dennis Tourish, academic in leadership and corporate communication .

International connections: Academic staff represent 20 different nationalities. It has a campus in Brussels and Paris, while the business school has partnerships with organisations in India, China, Malaysia, Greece and Romania.

Student profile: Around 45 participants from 20 different countries each year, are divided evenly between the modular executive and full-time MBAs. Ages range from 26 to 53, but averages around 29 on the full-time course, typically with seven years' experience. The average executive MBA student is 34, with 15 years' experience.

Cost: £17,800

Who's the boss? Professor Paul Phillips is the business school director and Rajendra S Shirolé is the MBA programmes director.

Prospectus: +44 (0)1227 827 726;;