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Management and Business Analytics

MSc

Key facts

Start dates

September 2022 / January 2023 / September 2023

Location

Headington

Course length

Full time: Full time: 1 year or 2 years in sandwich mode which includes one year's full-time paid supervised work experience (a work placement). Sandwich mode is only available for September entry.

Part time: 24 months for UK students

Overview

Our MSc in Management and Business Analytics can help companies accurately predict future events that are related to the actions of consumers, market trends, and also assist in developing more efficient processes and appropriate strategic choices.This course will prepare you for a successful career in a commercial or not-for-profit organisation.

You will learn to:

  • identify, analyse and evaluate a range of business-related issues
  • develop suitable responses to these problems
  • select the most appropriate course of action

The programme combines Management and Business Analytics modules to address issues related to organisational decisions.  The programme prepares students with skills and knowledge for careers in management and complementary professions, which use business intelligence. It focuses on cutting edge challenges and contemporary management issues (such as sustainability, responsible and ethical management) and develops students’ skills in applying decision frameworks and models to various data related problems and issues. 

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How to apply

Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements

This course attracts students from a wide range of backgrounds and nationalities. A minimum of a second class honours degree (2:2) in any academic discipline, or equivalent overseas degree from a recognised institution or equivalent professional or other qualification.

Applicants who possess a diploma rather than a good degree may be eligible for entry provided they have compensatory work experience and can demonstrate career development. Applications are welcome from those in work and seeking continuing professional development.​​

Entry will also be subject to two satisfactory references (one of these must be an academic reference).

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you will need to satisfy the university's English language requirements:

  • IELTS minimum level 6.0, (with a minimum of 6.0 in reading and writing, and 5.5 in listening and speaking)
  • if you have completed your undergraduate degree in the UK (at least one full year of study) you will automatically meet our English language requirements

Please also see the University's standard English language requirements.

International qualifications and equivalences

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English requirements for visas

If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the University's requirements. Find out more about English language requirements.

Pathways courses for international and EU students

We offer a range of courses to help you meet the entry requirements for your postgraduate course and also familiarise you with university life in the UK.

Take a Pre-Master's course to develop your subject knowledge, study skills and academic language level in preparation for your master's course.

If you need to improve your English language, we offer pre-sessional English language courses to help you meet the English language requirements of your chosen master’s course.

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

Application process

Tuition fees

Please see the fees note
Home (UK) full time
£11,000

Home (UK) part time
£5,500

Home (UK) sandwich (placement)
£2,000

International full time
£16,200

International sandwich (placement)
£2,000

Home (UK) full time
£11,400

Home (UK) part time
£5,700

Home (UK) sandwich (placement)
£2,000

International full time
£16,800

International sandwich (placement)
£2,000

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees

2022 / 23
Home (UK) full time
£11,000

Home (UK) part time
£5,500

Home (UK) sandwich (placement)
£2,000

International full time
£16,200

International sandwich (placement)
£2,000

2023 / 24
Home (UK) full time
£11,400

Home (UK) part time
£5,700

Home (UK) sandwich (placement)
£2,000

International full time
£16,800

International sandwich (placement)
£2,000

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

+44 (0)1865 483088

financefees@brookes.ac.uk

Fees quoted are for the first year only. If you are studying a course that lasts longer than one year your fees will increase each year.

Financial support and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see our Fees and funding pages.

Additional costs

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed below.

We offer an International Business in Practice Study Trip module. This study trip is voluntary and all costs associated with the trip will need to be funded by you. 

The International Study Trip modules allow you to experience ideas and practices of global business. During the trip you will have direct interaction with management executives and practices. You will attend presentations from local management executives and experts and go on site visits to major corporations and agencies. These study trips are voluntary and you will need to fund most of the costs associated with the trip. We have run study trips to Boston, Chengdu, Kuala Lumpur and Budapest.

As an example of costs, the fees in 2020 varied between £350 - £1500 and included: accommodation for seven nights, insurance, company visits and group transportation for all activities. This fee did not include international airfare, visa application fee (if relevant), dinners and activities during your free time.

 

The published course and module descriptions were accurate when first published and remain the basis of the course, but the University has had to modify some course and module content in response to government restrictions and social distancing requirements

Learning and assessment

The programme’s assessment strategy has been designed to expose our students to various forms of assessment, in order to develop transferable skills and create a positive student experience. As such, individual essays and business reports, group presentations, oral exams, written exams and online discussion forums will assess students. We have embedded inclusivity and diversity into assessments throughout the programme, allowing students to select the focus of their assignment where appropriate.

The majority of assessments are based on individual contribution, but there is some assessed group work.

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Start this course in January

You have the option to start this course in January. You will study a range of modules between January and May. During the summer months of June, July and August you will study further modules and begin work on your dissertation. Between September and December you will complete your final modules and focus on your dissertation.

Study modules

Taught modules

Compulsory modules

Business Data Analytics

Business analytics is the new science of winning and the technology that enables fact-based decision-making. This module guides students on how to use data extensively, perform statistical and quantitative analysis in order to drive business decisions and actions. Students will learn how to do data preparation (cleaning & integration), pre-processing (standardisation and transformation), reduction (data selection), visualisation and modelling (choosing the right model and deploying it) before they discover knowledge from data.

Business Intelligence

Business Intelligence (BI) refers to technologies, applications, and practices for the collection, integration, analysis, and presentation of business information. The purpose of business intelligence is to support better business decision making. This course provides an overview of the technology of BI and the application of BI to an organization’s strategies and goals. This module equips students to apply data extensively using theory and knowledge to perform statistical and quantitative analysis to drive business decisions and actions. Students will learn the business intelligence techniques and skills to understand, evaluate and interpret business and performance metrics and tools, in order to improve individual and organisational performance, and use this to inform and update organisational policies and procedures.

Data Analysis for Managerial Decision Making

On this module students learn to critically evaluate and apply business analytics and decision-making frameworks, knowledge and models in a range of organisational contexts. The module develops a critical understanding of how data informs management decision making in a range of functions as well as how it creates strategic value. Students are encouraged to engage with contemporary, ethical issues around responsible decision-making practices by recognising the organisational and wider environmental context in which these decisions are made.

Developing Skills for Business Leadership

This module seeks to help learners to develop and improve a range of definable skills, which are pivotal to successful management practice and to effective leadership in particular. It seeks to develop learners’ skills of reflexivity and to develop the confidence and ability to articulate their skills and attributes as required for career and professional development, lifelong learning and employment.

 

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, responsible, and ethical management and leadership.

Innovation, Change and Organisations

The aim of this module is to provide insight into a series of topics that represent key issues around innovation and change and the organisational context in modern general management.  The module is forward looking from the contemporary organisation towards future developments.  A key perspective is the development to date of entrepreneurship, innovation, change and organisational practices making students aware of long-term patterns and cycles, and the way and extent to which the past can shape the present.

Operations 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. Issues covered include ethics, environmental sustainability, global business, complexity and uncertainty, and continuing professional development.

Research Methods

This module prepares you for completing high quality, systematic business and management research, and equips you to be successful in your final dissertation or other capstone module.  You will learn how to undertake effective research; drawing upon a range of secondary and primary data sources, and will be introduced to a range of tools required for research including methodological issues, data collection techniques and study skills.

Introduction to the Principles of Responsible Marketing

This module introduces the key principles of responsible marketing by studying the theories that underpin Better Marketing for a Better World. The module will explore the marketing environment, changing needs of customers, and how brands make choices about the marketing mix to meet those needs.

 

Optional modules

International Business in Practice: Study Trip

There is a second study trip on this course. Although this module provides you with no credit towards your degree, you will see directly how global leaders operate in an international environment.  Students on previous runs of this module have visited Boston, USA, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Chengdu, China.

Having successfully completed the assessment (pass/fail), this module will appear on your transcripts, which will enhance your employment potential. Please note that the number of students who can join this field trip is limited and the cost is not included in the course fees. (Further details can be found in the ‘Additional costs’ section.)

Dissertation / final project

Compulsory modules

Dissertation

The dissertation is an opportunity for you to carry out an in-depth investigation into a topic of 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 by detailed reference to relevant theories and concepts from literature.

Optional modules

Client Project

The work-based project is an opportunity for you to link theory with practice. You will analyse a real organisational issue from the inside and provide a workable approach. The issue may be a problem that the organisation currently encounters or concerns their future strategy. You are responsible for managing a significant proportion of your own learning, including tracking and recording your own progress.

Work placement

Optional modules

Work Placement

This module is a great opportunity to gain one year’s supervised paid work experience in the UK or internationally in a marketing role. You will investigate a marketing challenge in a commercial or non-profit organisation. Throughout this module, you apply the practical concepts you have learned on the course. When you are working for the organisation, you will be responsible for managing a large proportion of your own learning, including tracking and recording your progress.  

We provide lots of support to help you find paid work experience and gain connections with various organisations. Our placements team (WAVES) has a database which records work placement opportunities and they run numerous placements fairs where you could meet potential employers. Securing a work experience placement is your responsibility and does take a lot of effort, but this gives you valuable experience. You would need to cover your own living and travel costs throughout this duration.

Please note: As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you can choose from may vary from that shown here. The structure of the course may also mean some modules are not available to you.

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Learning and teaching

We have designed a course for a wide range of interests in a variety of different subject areas/roles/sectors. This course is suitable for individuals:

  • from a variety of educational backgrounds
  • who may have no previous work experience
  • who want to further their knowledge and understanding of business and management to support their career aspirations.

You will study a combination of compulsory and elective modules, and choose to complete either a dissertation or a client based research project.

Our teaching staff come from a variety of academic and non-academic backgrounds. This gives you a comprehensive and diverse learning experience.

Our student cohorts are international. So you will benefit from working with staff and peers with varied experiences and perspectives.

Our assessment strategy offers a variety of assessment formats including individual assignments, group reports and presentations, reflections, oral and written examinations.

Field trips

The International Business in Practice Study Trip module allows you to experience ideas and practices of global business. During the trip you will have direct interaction with management executives and practices. You will: attend presentations from local management executives and experts and on site visits to major corporations and agencies. This study trip is voluntary and you will need to fund all costs associated with the trip. We have also run study trips to Chengdu, Kuala Lumpur and Budapest.

Assessment

Assessment methods used on this course

The programme’s assessment strategy has been designed to expose our students to various forms of assessment, in order to develop transferable skills and create a positive student experience. As such, individual essays and business reports, group presentations, oral exams, written exams and online discussion forums will assess students. We have embedded inclusivity and diversity into assessments throughout the programme, allowing students to select the focus of their assignment where appropriate.

The majority of assessments are based on individual contribution, but there is some assessed group work.

Research

Business School academics explore core issues facing contemporary societies, in areas such as entrepreneurship, internationalisation, digital transformation, diversity, business innovation, big data analytics, data driven decision-making, coaching and mentoring security, and the changing world of work and organisations including the impact of artificial intelligence. We address questions such as:

  • What characterises the interconnections of trade, transportation and technologies?
  • How can social media address well-being and social isolation?
  • How can business models adapt to a digital environment?
  • How can individuals be happier and navigate the increasingly complex world of work?

We have expertise in the above research. We are always keen to include students into our projects where possible.

Please visit our research pages to learn more about the four research centres. Being a master’s student at OBBS offers many opportunities to be a part of our research culture.

After you graduate

Career prospects

The programme will prepare students for careers in management and complementary professions that use business intelligence but will also equip them with the data analysis, decision making, theoretical and some practical skills, which are in high demand. The knowledge of big data and business analytics is increasing in importance, as modern organisations need to deal with an ever-increasing volume of data.

Typical careers in this area are:

  • Business Intelligence Analyst,
  • Data Scientist,
  • Business Analyst,
  • Researcher,
  • Supply chain analyst, 
  • HR manager, 
  • Project manager 
  • Management consultant

This may be in commercial, non-profit or public organisations.

Recent graduates from the MSc Business Management courses have gone on to work at organisations such as: 

  • Deutsche Telekom
  • Deloitte
  • Oxfam
  • BASF Group
  • Kautex Unipart
  • Raiffeisen Bank
  • Revolution Insurance
  • American Business Conferences
  • Consilio Global.

This degree may also help prepare you for research in academia.

Programme Changes:

On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website.

For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.

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