On the MSc Business Management (Corporate Social Responsibility) course you
will study the modules listed below, and then choose between completing a
dissertation, a synoptic research project or work-based project. Please see the course structure chart.
This module will prepare you to undertake effective research drawing upon a
range of secondary and primary data sources in preparation for your coursework.
You will be introduced to a range of tools required for research including
methodological issues, data collection techniques and study skills. This module
prepares you for completing high quality, systematic business and management
Operations and Process Management:
In this module you will develop your understanding of an organisation's ability
to deliver goods and services of the quality, quantity and cost that will
satisfy customers' needs, while making efficient use of resources. The key
principles introduced in this module can be applied to any business sector and
function. You will explore the complex relationships between functional areas
and the real world of business. Your studies will develop your understanding
about how business operations can be most effectively managed. This includes
issues of ethics, environmental sustainability, global business, complexity and
uncertainty, and continuing professional development.
Introduction to the Principles of Marketing:
In this module you will be introduced to the key principles of marketing. You
will explore the roles of buyers, the marketing environment, and the ways
marketers plan, manage, and monitor marketing programmes in an international
Finance and Accounting for Business:
In this module you will develop your critical assessment of corporate financial
information from the users' perspective. You will study both financial and
management accounting covering three areas: basics (terminology, purposes,
users), rules and regulations, and business entities.
- Financial accounting - key financial statements, published accounts and
analysis and interpretation through ratios.
- Management accounting - costing, budgeting and forecasting, budget management
Global Strategic Management:
Strategic management is the process by which managers formulate and implement
strategies to generate high performance. In this module you will develop your
understanding of the managerial strategic challenge; how to deliver sustainable
competitive advantage. You will engage in critical evaluation of the key
strategic issues. You will consider the wider economic environment and explore
why strategy is important, how organisations make strategic decisions through
the processes of analysis, choice and responsible and ethical management and
Developing Skills for Business Leadership:
Successful leaders have different approaches to their work, sharing a range of
diverse personality traits. They are central to a manager's effectiveness and
are developed over time and with an awareness of the differing cultural
contexts. A key purpose of this module is to encourage you to develop a strong
sense of self-awareness of your own strengths and weaknesses as a manager and
colleague. In addition, you will develop a range of definable skills which are
pivotal to successful management practice. These include decision-making
skills, team-working and interpersonal skills and others associated with
developing personal effectiveness. You will develop your skills of reflexivity
to explore the implications for professional practice. This module helps you
develop the confidence to articulate your skills necessary for career
Managing the Contemporary Organisation:
This module aims to develop your understanding of the principles of leading and
managing international contemporary organisations. Although the focus is on
contemporary organisations, a historical perspective is a thread that runs
through the module to provide a context for current issues and practices in
leading and managing organisations. You will explore long term patterns and the
extent to which the past can shape the present.
Corporate Governance and Social Responsibility:
In this module you will learn about alternative perspectives on strategic
management and corporate governance. This will encompass stakeholder issues
including ethics, sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR). You
will develop your understanding of approaches to solving problems when
governing in the corporate sector. Your studies will consider current issues
and consider the social implications of governance. You will also focus on the
impact of globalisation on international management practices. You will be
equipped with the knowledge to enhance management decisions involving ethical
choices. Finally, you will consider your assumptions about the role of managers
and organisations in a complex and challenging context through the exploration
of contemporary issues in CSR.
Strategic Business Simulation (CSR focus):
This module teaches you about group decision making. It involves a live new
business development scenario, through which you apply your understanding of
business principles to a computer simulation. The simulation will challenge
your ethical, environmental and sustainability decisions when running an
international business and will consider a range of business functions. You
will develop management skills such as team management, budgeting, implementing
a communications strategy and coping with unexpected competitor activity.
Capstone Module Choice
will choose one of the following capstone modules that best suits your academic
interests or professional development requirements.
Dissertation: This is an opportunity for you to
carry out an in depth investigation into a topic of Business Management which
is of particular interest to you. It should have an appropriately clear focus
and be an investigation based on primary and/or secondary data, justified and
supported by detailed reference to relevant theories and concepts from
Synoptic Research Project: In this
module you are expected to integrate, apply and extend the knowledge and skills
gained within the core modules of the field. It is conceptualised as a
retrospective and integrative academic experience. This module will provide you
with a structured opportunity to demonstrate and learn more about the
complexity of business and management knowledge by emphasising your capability
for synthesis, and applying and connecting the learning gained in core modules
of the programme. The module includes the analysis of a substantial case study
and an oral viva at the end of the programme.
Client Project: You have the opportunity to link theory to practice by analysing a real organisational issue. Having identified a project (with the approval of both the client company and the Module Leader) you investigate a particular issue, one that can be supported through the relevant literature and by conducting primary research with the client. This module is not an internship but can be taken in conjunction with an internship you have identified and are participating in. The ‘issue’ in question may be current management problem for the client organisation or related to future strategic choices. The Client Project provides you with a significant learning and personal development experience. As courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the list of
modules you choose from may vary from that shown here.
Teaching and learning
Much of the teaching on the course takes the form of interactive workshops, but there are also lectures from staff and visiting speakers. Lectures, discussions, role-play exercises and seminars are linked with selected case studies and assessments to strengthen your practical analysis and decision-making skills. You will have the opportunity to develop your skills in working as part of a team through structured group assignments.
Teaching staff at the Business School are academic researchers and/or from an industry background with an in-depth practical experience of business and management issues. Visiting speakers from business, industry, consultancies and research bodies provide further input.
Approach to assessment
Each module is assessed individually, generally on the quality of written or visual presentation work, and to some extent on verbal presentations. Assessment methods may include reports, seminar papers, formal written examinations, in-class tests, project work, visual and verbal presentations, workshops, simulations, oral exams (viva) and practical exercises. The majority of assessments are based on individual assignments, but there is some assessed group work.
At Headington we have developed outstanding facilities. Our John Henry Brookes Building is the most significant project in the history of Oxford Brookes University. Set at the heart of our Headington campus, it has been designed for the future of higher education and has transformed the experiences of our students and the entire University community. Find out more about the John Henry Brookes Building.
A new fresh space on the Headington Campus is being created specifically for the Business School and our business students.The Clerici building is being refurbished to accommodate new teaching rooms, a lecture theatre, new social learning spaces, offices and a clear glazed new entrance.
At the current Wheatley campus our Business School Postgraduate Centre offers a state-of-the-art lecture theatre, well equipped seminar rooms and a postgraduate lounge and private study area.
The Wheatley Campus library provides specialist business resources including UK and overseas companies' annual reports, statistics on all aspects of business and management, postgraduate MA, MBA, MSc and PhD theses in marketing and marketing examination papers.
If you are starting the course in January 2017 most the taught element of the course is likely to be based at the Wheatley Campus. If you are starting your course in September 2017 you are likely to experience all your teaching at the Headington Campus.
By listening to our students and recognising the need for practice-oriented business and management education, we have introduced new ways to engage with companies from the public and the non-profit sector. You will have the opportunity to visit various company sites organised through our extensive network of corporate contacts and the Chartered Management Institute. We also host a number of guest speakers throughout the year who bring their business and management experience and expertise to the classroom.
We also offer the International Business in Practice - Study Trip. The purpose of this Study Trip Module is to give postgraduate students a hands-on, intensive experience with the ideas and practices of global business. The programme will include presentations from local management executives and experts. Students on this study trip will have direct interaction with management executives and practices through site visits to major corporations and agencies.
Field trips are optional and may incur an additional cost.