MBA programme structure

The six core (compulsory) modules of the Oxford Brookes Global MBA give you insights into the key areas of business and what it takes to build, lead and think strategically in an organisation.

These six modules are complemented by a suite of short Professional Development modules, providing you with the tools to reflect on how to get the most out of your MBA journey and beyond.

In turn, as you build your insights, you select two optional modules (one for exempted ACCA members) that allow you to explore areas of interest in more detail, and which can provide themed pathways for your MBA in, for example, Entrepreneurship, Strategy, Marketing or Operations.

Finally, you undertake a final 'capstone' project (consultancy project, research dissertation or business start-up venture) to help you bring your new insights together in a major project that is of interest to you as you set out your future direction. 

MBA Modules

Development and Support Modules


Personal and Professional Development

Integrating Residential Workshop 1

Integrating Residential Workshop 2

Core Modules

Global Business Environment

Market & Supply Analysis

Entrepreneurial Behaviours & Practices

Accounting & Finance for Managers

Developing Leadership Capability

Global Strategy & Innovation

Elective Modules

Digital Strategy & Leadership

Project & Contract Management

Strategic Accounting & Finance

Service Marketing & Operations

Planning New Business Ventures

Global Strategy Marketing

Entrepreneurship & Enterprise Development

Consultancy (International Exchange)

Capstone: Proposal and Project

Critical Approaches to Business (Proposal)

Final MBA Project Choose from: Consultancy Project, Dissertation, Business Start-Up (Individual Supervision)

Key to Modules:

  Development and Support   Core Modules   Elective Modules   Capstone: Proposal and Project

Core modules

The Global MBA has a backbone of six core modules that all students take, providing each and every one with key insights into business, enterprise, strategy and personal leadership. These core modules cover the principle areas of focus in international business and enterprise, together with the help to build your leadership and strategic thinking capabilities:

Professional Development module

The core modules are complemented by a Professional Development module and career support to help you choose your pathway through the MBA and identify options for your future career beyond your MBA journey.

Elective Modules

The Oxford Brookes Global MBA offers you the opportunity to learn more about specific areas that appeal to you through a choice of elective modules. This allows you to build themed pathways through your MBA in a sector or specialism you currently work in, aspire to work in or have a particular interest in. Electives are regularly updated to maintain relevance to the global business environment.

Electives are delivered through a blended mixture of on-campus and online learning. You choose two elective modules, with exempted ACCA members choosing one elective.

Building a themed pathway as part of your MBA journey

The Oxford Brookes Global MBA provides you with the leadership skills, strategic thinking, and overall insights that you would expect to build and manage a complete business organisation. The flexibility of the programme, choice of electives, and the scope to choose your own capstone project topic allows for personalised themed pathways through your MBA in a sector or specialism you currently work in or aspire to work in. Your personal Academic Advisor and our tutors can help you shape these pathways.

MBA structure
Pathway themes Core Modules Electives Capstone project
Global Strategy Leadership
  • Global Business Environment
  • Global Strategy & Innovation
  • Developing Leadership Capability
  • Digital Strategy & Leadership
  • International Consultancy
  • Consultancy Project
  • or Dissertation
  • Market & Supply Analysis
  • Global Strategy Marketing
  • Service Marketing & Operations
  • Consultancy Project
  • or Dissertation
Operations & Project Management
  • Market & Supply Analysis
  • Service Marketing & Operations
  • Project & Contract Management
  • Consultancy Project
  • or Dissertation
Entrepreneurship & Innovation
  • Entrepreneurial Behaviours & Practices
  • Developing Leadership Capability
  • Global Strategy & Innovation
  • Entrepreneurship & Enterprise Development
  • Planning New Business Ventures
  • Business Start-Up
  • or Consultancy Project
  • Accounting & Finance for Managers
  • Strategic Accounting & Finance
  • Planning New Business Ventures
  • Consultancy Project
  • or Dissertation
  • or Business Start-Up

The Final MBA ‘Capstone’ Project

Finally, you will undertake a ‘capstone’ final project to help integrate your learning, apply the key insights you've gained from the MBA in practice, and provide an opportunity to develop deeper expertise in an area of interest for your future direction. This project can take the form of one of a Research Project (Dissertation); Consultancy Project; or Business Start-up.

For your capstone projects, an individual supervisor will be appointed to help advise you on your project on a one-to-one basis.

Students are encouraged to undertake projects of direct interest and relevance to themselves, and examples of past final MBA ‘capstone’ projects demonstrate the wide diversity of our students’ interests.