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What are Royal Holloway MBAs like?

Boutique class size – ‘friends for life’

Over the years the Royal Holloway MBA has enjoyed strong demand for a boutique sized cohort that averages 30 students. This approach is strongly supported by the teaching team, who enjoy working with an intimate group of engaged, highly motivated, and mature students. The School of Management prides itself in having a very open and friendly culture, there are plenty of social activities organized throughout the year. And, with a class of thirty, a strong, tight group of MBA students can develop, which enhances the learning experience for everyone. The international study visit offers a unique social experience, and has been extremely popular with students (see here: Berlin-Prague’17). MBAs often talk about having developed ‘friends for life’ through their intensive year at Royal Holloway.

Diversity and equality – truly international experience

Established as UKs second education institute admitting women during the reign of Queen Victoria (hence ‘Royal’ name), it is perhaps unsurprising that the Royal Holloway MBA attracts a good number of female applicants. Globally a 30:70 bias towards men is typical on an MBA course, whereas we enjoy a consistent gender equality, with women even slightly more numerous in the last few years.

London is widely recognised as a global city, a genuinely international metropolis, which is proudly multi-racial and multi-religious. Royal Holloway University of London reflects this cherished attribute. Whilst other MBA programmes might see a large proportion of students hailing from one or two countries, the Royal Holloway tends to be truly global with applicants from Americas, Europe, and Southeast Asia Region. A typical 30 strong MBA cohort will usually include nationals from 15 to 20 different countries. This makes for a particularly diverse and stimulating learning environment, and gives students an opportunity to build a strong cultural self-awareness and a valuable experience of working in a cross-cultural context.  

Our MBA does not aim to produce cookie-cutter business school clones but brings together highly motivated, interesting individuals,  facilitates, via rigorous educational challenges, a very diverse personal learning journeys and thus cherishes diversity and individuality. 

Varied, experienced professionals – rich peer learning

An essential entry requirement is extensive work experience, and a variety evident in the MBA work profiles is very impressive. MBA candidates are typically in their late 20’s and early 30’s. Industry experience has included; accounting, advertising,  IT, banking, oil, insurance, finance, telecoms, construction, aviation, NGO (United Nations) and charities, brand management, and entrepreneurship.

Royal Holloway is proud of its AMBA accreditation, which requires MBA students to have at least three years postgraduate work experience. This experience becomes invaluable in practical projects in various courses and in the Consultancy Project module when you are required to work in groups as management consultants and recommend a feasible solution to a real business problem set by one of our industry partners. 


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