On the MSc Business Management (Entrepreneurship) course you will study
the modules listed below, and then choose between completing a dissertation,a
synoptic research project or work-based project.
You can view the course structures here:
Research Methods: 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 research.
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
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 environment.
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 and pricing.
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 leadership.
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 development.>
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.
Entrepreneurship: This module enhances your understanding of
enterprise and entrepreneurship, and helps you develop vital entrepreneurial
skills. These skills include idea generation and evaluation, communication,
networking and the evaluation of risk. In addition, you will develop an
understanding of the social and economic impact of entrepreneurialism. The
module focuses on developing an understanding of factors relating to the
development of the entrepreneur, the entrepreneurial idea and the
entrepreneurial organisation. By studying these topics the module is bridges
the gap between theory and practice.
Planning for New Business Ventures (available for September entry only): This module
develops your business planning skills and is essential for those students who
intend to start and run their own businesses. At the heart of the module is an
evaluation of a firm's business model. You will prepare a business plan in
groups for a new or existing venture, which will be assessed by a panel. You
will be evaluated on its economic logic, value to customer and return on
investment for its owners.
Strategic Business Simulation (available for January entry only):This module teaches
you about group decision making. It involves a live new business development
scenario, through which you apply your understanding of business and
entrepreneurship principles to a computer simulation. The simulation will
challenge your business, entrepreneurial and responsible management decisions
when running an international business and will consider a range of business
functions. You will develop management skills such as team management,
budgeting, strategising, implementing a communications strategy and coping with
unexpected competitor activity.
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.
Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Accreditation
This course is dual accredited by CMI – a CMI accreditation means you have the option to graduate with your degree and gain a professional CMI qualification (Level 7 diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership) and there’s no extra study involved. This accreditation is not only a hallmark of excellence, but also provides you with benefits. For example, student members can access online content, networking events, company visits, online seminars and mentoring.
A CMI Induction event will be held so you can find out about the CMI qualification and membership and choose whether you would like to qualify and join. If you do choose to gain the CMI qualification you will need to pay a non-refundable fee for the CMI level 7 qualification in Strategic Management & Leadership, which is currently £265 and includes one-year membership of the CMI.
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 offer an International Business in Practice Study Trip module. The purpose of this study trip 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 will have direct interaction with management executives and practices through site visits to major corporations and agencies.
This study trip is voluntary and all costs associated with the trip will need to be funded by you. It is not linked to university assessments in any way. If you successfully complete this module you will have the following non-credit bearing module recorded on your transcript: P58335 International Business in Practice: Study Trip.