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Oxford Brookes MBA


Oxford Brookes Business School

Accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA)

The Oxford Brookes Global MBA is a flexible part-time programme. It is designed for experienced, globally-connected working professionals, giving you the confidence and inspiration to reveal your leadership potential and entrepreneurial flair.

Whether you choose to work online or during study visits on campus, you will be immersed in an environment that asks much of you and emphasises collaboration and openness.

Our collaborative and creative learning experience brings our MBA community to you wherever you are in the world. You’ll forge a wide range of professional contacts across different industries, institutions and geographies.

We’ll encourage you to connect with your peers and think creatively, solving problems and spotting opportunities for your own development, whatever the world throws at you.

With the option to study online and face-to-face on campus you have the flexibility to create an MBA that’s as individual as you are.

Connect, Collaborate, Create. Welcome to the Oxford Brookes Global MBA

Come to our next Open Day or join us at our MBA live information sessions.

Available start dates

March 2019 / September 2019 / March 2020 / September 2020

Teaching location

Headington Campus / Wheatley Campus / Distance learning

Course length

  • Part time: 30 months depending on the learning style and modules that you choose throughout your programme.

For full application details, please see the 'How to apply / Entry requirements' section.

  • We are accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA) and are ranked top 10 in the QS Distance Online MBA Rankings 2018. We also work in partnership with the ACCA.
  • We offer exceptional flexibility, providing you with a world-class education in a format that suits your work and personal life. You choose between online study and study on campus so whatever the demands of your current career we help you to balance your workload and study at times to suit you.
  • Our diverse and experienced international MBA community provides impressive global networking opportunities. The diverse age range, different industries, varied professions and contrasting cultures means you access a wealth of experience during your MBA via our virtual learning platform.
  • The Oxford Brookes Global MBA offers one-to-one tutor support and the opportunities and challenges that will bring out your creative and entrepreneurial spirit, harnessing your ideas, dynamism and ambition and giving you the confidence to express your creativity.
  • With a focus on personal and professional development, the Oxford Brookes Global MBA is a life changing experience. Oxford Brookes Global MBA students and alumni go on to influence decisions at the highest levels of their organisations.

The Oxford Brookes Global MBA begins with an induction programme to ensure that you understand fully the rigours of MBA study and to equip you with the key study skills required to succeed.

You will be encouraged to take stock of your career up to this point, undertaking an honest self-audit, in which you appraise your personal development and professional career path. You are encouraged, also, to think very carefully about what you expect to get out of the MBA, and what you are prepared to put in. The ethos of our MBA is collaborative, rather than competitive, so it is crucial to contemplate how your contribution will add value to the class and, ultimately, your own learning.

Core modules

To this The Oxford Brookes Global MBA has a range of core compulsory modules and you can view the programme structure here section and find out more on the business school website.

While you study disciplines separately, you also analyse how they interrelate in practice through studying integrative cases and applying knowledge to practice through a series of 'Leadership Engagement' challenges.

Elective modules

After the core modules, you choose two elective modules which enable you to follow a specialist pathway through the MBA.

MBA Project

For the final stage of your programme you choose an MBA project. This can be a dissertation, an individual consultancy project, a group consultancy project or a business start-up plan. This final project connects the knowledge and expertise you have gained throughout the programme and gives you the opportunity to pursue an area of interest in depth.

Personal and Professional Development

Throughout your programme, the Personal and Professional Development module and Critical Approaches to Business modules act as pillars of support for your MBA studies and career development.

The Personal and Professional Development module begins at your induction, during which you prepare a Personal and Professional Development Journal. On completion of the module you will have an assessed Action Plan to help guide you through your career development. The Critical Approaches to Business module helps you develop the critical thinking and research skills needed for MBA study.

You choose how you study

The Oxford Brookes Global MBA is a blended programme and you can choose how you study. MBA modules can be studied online or intensively on-campus for one-week periods or a combination of both. This gives you the flexibility to fit the MBA programme around your work and personal commitments. In addition, you experience learning and interaction with our MBA community both face-to-face and online, which reflects today's dynamic global working environment.

The MBA is highly interactive, challenging and supportive. Tutors facilitate business debates, involving MBA participants worldwide, making this a truly global programme where experiences are shared and networks developed. You can complete the programme in 30 months. ACCA members can receive credit for certain modules, enabling them to complete the distance learning programme in 24 months. 

As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you choose from may vary from those listed here.

Teaching and learning

This MBA programme provides a distinctive, collaborative learning experience. At the core, it emphasises working effectively in diverse teams, from different countries with different technical and organisational backgrounds, and develops your personal and professional competencies. You'll build a network of worldwide contacts and engage with live business projects, enabling you to apply your newly acquired expertise and knowledge directly to your workplace.

Our leading academics on the Oxford Brookes Global MBA programme provide up-to-the-moment, cutting-edge thinking, as well as experience of contemporary business problems. They employ a supportive, collaborative approach to your learning to help you maximise your potential.

Your study experience is highly personal, whether online or face-to-face. Wherever you are living or working during your studies, you are part of an integrated, international cohort of MBA students who network, share experiences and support each other in a collaborative environment.

We are more interested in you and your personal and intellectual development than where you are ranked amongst your peers in terms of ability and achievement. This approach is embedded in our teaching, learning and assessment on the MBA programmes.

Lectures and discussions, role-play exercises, learning packages and seminars are linked with selected case studies and assignments to strengthen your practical analysis and decision-making skills. Your learning experience will be greatly enhanced through the knowledge of life and work that you and your fellow students bring to discussion and debate.

You study in groups for some assessed work where you are presented with a series of engagement challenges. These are designed to stretch you intellectually, as well as providing opportunities for each student to take on a leadership role and receive feedback on their performance from their fellow students. The Developing Leadership Capability module provides a framework for further development of leadership capabilities within a safe and supported environment.


Teaching and learning takes place in 6-month blocks (September-February and March-August). Teaching schedules are provided in advance to help with planning.

Specialist facilities

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 first-class facilities.

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.

Our library provides specialist business resources (both hard copy and via online access) to UK and overseas companies' annual reports, statistics on all aspects of business and management, a wide range of constantly updated key texts, and postgraduate MA, MBA, MSc and PhD theses.

Teaching Location

The majority of our student halls are close to the Headington Campus.

What is included in your MBA fee?

Your MBA fee includes the cost of all teaching, and, for the two compulsory residential workshops, also includes hotel accommodation and food and drink. If you take two compulsory residential workshops together you will need to make arrangements and pay for one night's accommodation in between the end of the first workshop and the start of the second workshop.

If you choose to study a compulsory or elective module face-to-face rather than online, we will provide lunch and refreshments. You will need to arrange and cover the cost of your accommodation, including breakfast and evening meal. These costs will vary depending on where the face-to-face teaching is held and the standard of accommodation you choose. For examples of accommodation costs please contact the MBA Team: mbaoxford@brookes.ac.uk.

You will need to pay for your own travel to and from all workshops and face-to-face modules.

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.

Tuition fees

Home/EU - distance learning fee: 2019/20: £11,240 for ACCA member or £15,740 for a non ACCA member 2020/21: £14,100 ACCA member or £18,600 for a non ACCA member

International - distance learning fee: 2019/20: £11,240 for ACCA member or £15,740 for a non ACCA member 2020/21: £14,100 ACCA member or £18,600 for a non ACCA member

Fees stated are for the duration of your studies, fees are payable in 4 instalments over 2 years

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 in the 'This course in detail' window above.

Questions about fees?
Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088

Funding and scholarships

Entry requirements

We welcome students from all regions of the world and from a wide range of sectors and job functions. Our students come from technical or engineering backgrounds; they’re experienced project managers, local government or healthcare professionals, doctors and accountants working in the energy, IT, education and charity sectors. And it’s this diversity which enhances your MBA journey and provides you with an experienced MBA network to work with and learn from.

You will need:

  • a minimum of three years' relevant managerial or professional experience
  • a good degree (or GPA equivalent) or relevant postgraduate/post-experience qualification from a recognised institution, or a professional qualification from an approved and recognised body which is equivalent to a degree;
  • two written references (normally one academic).

Alternatively it is possible to enter the MBA programme without a degree on the basis of a minimum of seven years' relevant managerial or professional experience.

English language requirements

If your first or main language is not English, you must show the university that your level of English is good enough to study at MBA level.

In addition to the standard entry qualifications, you must have a British Council IELTS qualification (or equivalent); normally 6.5 and a minimum of 6.0 in reading and writing.

We can advise you on other acceptable alternatives.

If you need to improve your English language skills to meet the entry requirements of the MBA, you can join our pre-sessional courses including a Summer School at our International Centre. Please ask us for advice.

Please also see the university's standard English language requirements

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.

International applications

Preparation courses for International and EU students

We offer a range of courses to help you to meet the entry requirements for this course and also familiarise you with university life. You may also be able to apply for one student visa to cover both courses.

  • If you need to take a pre-master's course to help you to meet both the English language and academic entry requirements for your master's course, you can take our two year master’s course. This course combine the pre-master's diploma and your master's in one application. You can apply for one visa for the two years of study.
  • If you need to improve your English language, we have pre-sessional English language courses available to help you to meet the English language requirements of your chosen master’s.

If you are studying outside the UK, for more details about your specific country entry requirements, translated information, local contacts and programmes within your country, please have a look at our country pages.

How to apply

Please complete our application form: APPLY ONLINE NOW

* Our application form is hosted externally by our trusted partner, Student CRM.

If you would like to discuss your application or need any assistance, please call +44 (0) 1865 485800 or email mbaoxford@brookes.ac.uk

For further information about applying visit our school website.

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.

How this course helps you develop

Our focus on your career and professional development, with an emphasis on management in practice, enables you to take the next steps in your career, confident in your own knowledge and abilities.

We offer individual personal and career development guidance along with a range of activities which give you the knowledge, skills and confidence to lead and manage global teams.

The Personal and Professional Development module focuses on your career and professional and supports you throughout your MBA programme.

An individual Personal Development Journal helps you to make the most of your learning so you directly benefit from the MBA while studying as well as after graduation.

With support from your Academic Advisor, both virtually and face-to-face during the two workshops, you keep track of your development and actions for future growth.

The Personal and Professional Development module ends with an assessed Career Action Plan, which helps guide you through your future career.

Reflective assignments and coaching and leadership challenges provide you with the practical experience to develop your critical thinking skills and leadership capability. At MBA Community events, industry visits and the MBA Summer School you have opportunities to soak up knowledge from industry experts and network with executives.


We make sure you are well supported for your future career during your MBA programme. As well as the Personal and Professional Development Module, which helps you develop and action plan to guide you through your career, you’ll benefit from our links with industry and working with companies on live commercial projects.

The Oxford Brookes Alumni University services provide careers advice, events and networking appointments for personal development. Alumni are also strongly involved with the programme. The Annual Summer School is organised by a steering group made up of alumni and current students and offers a great opportunity for networking and maintaining currency of their MBA.

MBA Summer School

How Brookes supports postgraduate students

Wherever you are living or working during your studies you are part of an integrated, international cohort of MBA students who network, share experiences and support each other in a collaborative environment.

Our integrated blend of learning styles means, whether you are studying a module by distance learning or during an intensive week on campus, you receive the fully supportive experience that you would expect from a top ranking MBA programme.

The Oxford Brookes Global MBA is designed and administered to ensure that you are well connected and well supported. There will always be help on hand from lecturers and tutors, administrators, student support coordinators and specialist subject librarians to ensure you get the most out of your studies.

For online learning options we bring the university to you and provide you with a virtual learning environment that is both challenging and supportive. Through structured, tutor facilitated online debates on global business issues you connect with students from all over the world, making this a truly global programme where international experiences can be shared and global networks developed. This provides companionship and support.

This supportive environment is a fundamental aspect of the Oxford Brookes Global MBA experience, however you choose to study.

Supporting your learning

From academic advisers and support co-ordinators to specialist subject librarians and other learning support staff, we want to ensure that you get the best out of your studies.

Research areas and clusters

Research introduction

Within the Business School, there are three Research Centres; the International Centre for Coaching and Mentoring, the Centre for Diversity Policy Research and Practice and the Centre for Business, Society and Global Challenges

Much of the research is applied and we are also involved in an abudance of knowledge transfer with regional, national and global organisations.