Swansea University School of Business and Economics

Age: The MBA has been running for 13 years.

History: King George V laid Swansea University's foundation stone in 1920. The MBA began started in 1998.

Address: Stands in Singleton Park on Swansea Bay, overlooking the sea on the edge of the beautiful Gower Peninsula. On one side of the campus is Swansea, Wales's thriving second city, which is fast developing as a centre for the knowledge economy. On the other side is the charming fishing village of Mumbles, famed for its pubs, restaurants and seafront strolls.

Ambience: Lively and cosmopolitan, yet safe and friendly. Modern teaching facilities include a lecture theatre, computer labs, study and common rooms. The school actively helps and encourages students to interact with the local business community.

Vital statistics: There are 30 students on the small, high quality full-time MBA programme. Around 180 postgraduates study a broad range of programmes including MScs in management, marketing, finance and business economics. The school delivers the MBA programme in both a full-time (12 months) and modular-executive (two years) formats. Both programmes are AMBA-accredited.

Added value: Leadership and personal skills are embedded in the programme, and students take part in a number of weekend personal development courses in the glorious Welsh countryside. During the report-writing period of the MBA, the school helps students establish a link with a company, and there's also dedicated careers support. The practical nature of the programme is further enhanced by company visits and a series of seminars given by company directors.

Easy to get into? A good degree with three years' work experience for the MBA, and an equally good degree for the MSc programmes. Non-graduates are considered for both, depending on their experience.

International connections: Strong relationships with institutions in North America and Europe and an increasing number of Asian organisations.

Student profile: On the MBA the average age is 29, and most students have around six years of work experience. Students come from all corners of the world; the current cohort boasts students from 14 different countries.

Cost: Full-time MBA is £14,000

Return on investment: Greatly enhanced job prospects and earnings.

Who's the boss? Professor Andrew Henley, an expert in human resources and entrepreneurship.

Prospectus: +44 (0)1792 295549; www.swansea.ac.uk/sbe/pgrad/mba

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