On the MSc Business Management course you will study the compulsory
modules listed below, and then choose between completing a dissertation
or synoptic research project.
see the course structure chart for September entry.
see the course structure chart for January entry.
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 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
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
You can take two of a range of optional modules that we offer throughout
the year. These are available during different semesters – for
more information please refer to the course structure diagram. Some
optional modules may be dependent on student numbers.
Understanding Customer Behaviour: You will critically
appraise the behaviours of customers and their interactions with
marketing. Informed by behavioural science, you will analyse why
customers behave as they do and how marketing activity influences their
behaviours. This analysis informs your critical understanding and
implementation of both strategic and responsible marketing practice. An
innovative dimension of this course is the investigation of change
agents that will significantly influence the behaviours of customers in
the future, for example neuroscience, climate change and technology
innovation. This is an analytical module that utilises research
evidence to inform evaluation, behavioural and communications research.
Global Marketing Strategy: In this module you will
apply concepts you studied earlier with an emphasis on the global
environment of marketing. You will develop your understanding of
creating sustainable competitive advantage in a global context,
implementing strategies to take into account both the convergence and
divergence of consumer preferences, creating global products and brands
that have near-universal application and appeal, and the importance of
ethical and social issues in the global marketplace.
International Trade and Globalisation: Increasingly,
businesses have to operate in an environment where commodity and
capital markets are highly integrated. Awareness of the issues
surrounding globalisation allows you to make informed decisions in a
business context. You will explore the theoretical and empirical
framework, which will enhance your awareness of the issues of
globalisation. You will study international trade theory and recent
patterns in international trade.
Principles of International Business Economics: This
module introduces you to the key concepts of economics. Subsequently
you will focus on the topics of economics that are essential in
understanding how businesses function internationally and how they
interact with the external environment. You will examine the strategic
pricing-output decisions of a firm in different market structures as
well as the characteristics and the institutions of international
Resourcing, Talent and Performance Management: A major
objective of the human resources (HR) function is the mobilisation of a
workforce. Organisations can only function if they are able to assemble
teams of people with the necessary skills to meet their goals and
retain effective performers. In this module you will focus on the
practical aspects of recruitment, selection, employee retention and
exiting. You develop the knowledge and skills required for resourcing
and talent management within a global context. You will gain an
understanding of how performance management can support the strategic
objectives of an organisation, how the performance of people can be
enhanced and inspired by leadership, and how it contributes to
high-performance work organisations.
Managing Employment Relations: This will develop your
understanding of managing employment relations within a global
business. Employment relations is a changing subject which is
influenced by external factors (political and economic) and internal
factors (management and management style). You will explore the impact
of different national environments on employment and the roles of
different stakeholders in employment relation systems. You will also
critically review employment relations in an organisation and make
suggestions to drive improvements to human resource management. This
module includes a practical skills workshop.
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: 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: 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
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.
Corporate Finance Concepts: You will study how
businesses manage their finances within a company in line with their
corporate strategy. This includes understanding the different methods
used for valuing a businesses. You will also understand how key
business decisions are made from a financial perspective, such as the
investment in major projects, managing working capital and evaluating
Financial Markets and Institutions: You will study how
businesses interact in an external financial context by understanding
how funds are provided through markets and institutions. This module
looks at how financial markets operate, including stock markets,
markets for fixed income assets and derivative markets and focuses on
issues of asset pricing and market efficiency. With regard to
institutions we examine the transformation of the financial sector as a
result of globalisation, technical innovation and regulatory change.
Capstone Module Choice
You 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 literature.
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 a 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
Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Accreditation:
This course is accredited by CMI – CMI accreditation means that
this professional chartered body in management recognises the strengths
of the programme and the quality it adds to educate successful and
capable graduates in Business and Management. As an added value, if you
decide to become a member of the CMI, you have the option to graduate
with your degree and gain a professional CMI qualification (Level 7 in
Strategic Management and Leadership) and there's no extra study
involved. This membership 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 become a member of the CMI and
gain the Level 7 CMI qualification you will need to pay a
non-refundable fee, which was £289 in 2018 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 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.
Oxford Brookes Business School has now moved to its new home at our
Headington Campus. The university’s Headington Campus have
undergone a £30m refurbishment to provide a new home for the
Business School, which consists of a lecture theatre, teaching rooms,
social learning space and a café. There is a new modern hall for
teaching and special events like graduation.
This new home will help us to collaborate even more closely with
university colleagues in other departments. It also provides a new Main
Hall and a vibrant gateway into the Headington Campus. With these
innovative spaces, students and staff can interact and collaborate in
The Headington Campus is also home to the new John Henry Brookes
Building, being 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.
The John Henry Brookes Building brings together the library and
essential support services that offer academic, careers and
international student advice. Find out more about the John
Henry Brookes Building.
The majority of our student halls are close to the Headington Campus.
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.
Whilst the destination and therefore precise costs vary from year to year, as an example, the programme fee of the study trip to Boston USA in July 2018 was £1380, which included 7 nights’ accommodation in the Boston area, insurance, the company visits, group transportation for all activities and some of the meals, but excluded for example International airfare, Visa application fee (if relevant), dinners and activities during your free time.
If you choose the study trip, you will be provided with additional details regarding the trip (which runs in July) by March, in order to inform decision making, ahead of the trip in July.
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