Oxford Brookes Business School

Core Courses & Degree Modules | MBA

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  • As part of the MBA programme you will study a range of compulsory modules.

    Critical Approaches to Business

    On this module you will develop your knowledge of a range of research related approaches, methods and techniques appropriate to MBA study. You will be introduced to research methodology, and how research is written, circulated and evaluated. You will have the opportunity to explore and critique current research in business and management, while considering ethical and responsible business issues.

    Personal and Professional Development

    Designed to support you throughout your MBA, the Personal and Professional Development module helps you focus on your career and professional development throughout the programme. This important module starts at your induction and culminates with an assessment of your Career Plan at the end of your programme. How you use your MBA, your progress and your future career are important elements within the Action Plan. This gives you a personal plan to guide you through your future working life.

    Global Business Environment

    On this module you will develop the tools required to analyse the wider business environment, industry structure and business dynamics. You will be introduced to, and encouraged to critically discuss, the concepts, models and techniques that you will use throughout the MBA programme.

    Developing Leadership Capability

    Effective leadership is seen by organisations across the globe as a key contributor to organisational success. This module will help you to appreciate the importance of good leadership. Exploring the challenges faced by leadership, you will look at maintaining sustainable and responsible management in an unpredictable environment while developing your own personal leadership capabilities.

    Market and Supply Analysis

    In order to succeed in senior management, you need a broad understanding of management processes, organisational needs, and the contribution of central business functions to success. On this Market and Supply Analysis module, you will develop your understanding of marketing, operations management and supply chain management. The market and supply are combined to create a rounded view of the organisation and you work in diverse groups to help emphasise the global nature of these processes.

    Entrepreneurial Behaviours and Practices

    We recognise that tomorrow's organisations require innovative managers and employees. Focusing on entrepreneurial understanding, attitudes and behaviours, this module will sharpen your ability to operate in the global marketplace. You will experience a rich mix of teaching and learning strategies. Sessions range from lectures and workshops to practical simulation, individual reflection, and spontaneous participant discussion.

    Accounting and Finance for Managers

    Accounting is a core element of any business, instrumental in planning and central to organisational strategy. As such these are important areas for a manager to understand and to be able to ask the right questions to those preparing the financial information. This module will help you develop a greater understanding of accounting, giving you a better foundation for reporting, analysing and decision making based on financial data.

    Integrated Workshop 1

    Drawing together the four holistic themes of collaboration, creativity, connections and commercial practise, you will link your learning to the development of leadership skills through the residential workshop. Everyone takes part in group leadership challenges, working as a group to find creative solutions to real-life organisational problems. As well as leadership skills, you enhance your communication and team-working skills and are encouraged to develop a holistic view of organisations and the global business environment.

    Global Strategy and Innovation

    We will look at the challenges facing executives when pursuing growth and innovation in a globalising business world. You will explore opportunity-identification, global strategies, corporate expansion and new ways to do business. We concentrate on the entrepreneurial spirit of the executive in a dynamic world environment.

    Integrated Workshop 2

    In Integrated Workshop 2 you will continue to link your leadership development and managerial skills in an increasingly critical way. The workshop allows you to fully explore your final personal project ideas, working with your peers to complete this process.

    MBA Project

    For the MBA project you choose between a dissertation, individual consultancy project, group consultancy project or a new business start-up plan.


    A dissertation is aimed at those students who are interested in the self-managed process of academic enquiry. You will have the opportunity to explore an area of interest in greater depth. You select your own research topic and present the proposal. Once this has been done you begin work on your written dissertation.

    Individual Consultancy Project

    For those students interested in developing their consultancy skills within business and management, we provide the opportunity to fully experience consultancy. Working from the project negotiation to the delivery of solutions, a consultancy report and presentation is created for the end of the module, reflecting, with your client, upon the achievements of the project.

    Group Consultancy Project

    This module is ideal for students who want to develop their business and management consultancy skills within a group environment. Enabling you to experience consultancy from start to finish, the project is a perfect way to introduce you to consultancy. You engage with a client to conduct a piece of research, relevant to their situation and desires. You will practise many of the core skills, and draw from the core concepts developed throughout your MBA.

    Business Start-Up

    Business Start-Up is for those who intend to start a new business venture in any sector or country. You pursue your own business objectives and create a robust business plan, looking at how to obtain these goals. An initial business pitch is given and then you are finally assessed by a panel of academic and practitioner experts.