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Oxford Brookes MBA

MBA

Key facts


Start dates

September 2019 / March 2020 / September 2020

Course length

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

Department

Oxford Brookes Business School

Accreditation(s)

Association of MBAs

  • EPAS - EFMD Programme Accreditation System
  • Association of MBAs

Overview


The Oxford Brookes Global MBA is a flexible part-time programme. It is designed for experienced, globally-connected working professionals. And gives 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 encourage you to connect with your peers and think creatively. You will solve problems and spot 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.

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How to apply


Entry requirements

Specific 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.

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

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.

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

Please apply using our application form. 


 

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Tuition fees


Please see the fees note
Home/EU distance learning
£11,240 ACCA member or £15,740 for a non ACCA member

International distance learning
£11,240 ACCA member or £15,740 for a non ACCA member

Home/EU distance learning
£14,100 ACCA member or £18,600 for a non ACCA member

International distance learning
£14,100 ACCA member or £18,600 for a non ACCA member

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees


2019/20
Home/EU distance learning
£11,240 ACCA member or £15,740 for a non ACCA member

International distance learning
£11,240 ACCA member or £15,740 for a non ACCA member

2020/21
Home/EU distance learning
£14,100 ACCA member or £18,600 for a non ACCA member

International distance learning
£14,100 ACCA member or £18,600 for a non ACCA member

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088

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.

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.

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.

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.

Learning and assessment


You will begin with an induction programme to ensure that you understand the rigours of MBA study. This will also equip you with the key study skills required to succeed.

We encourage you to take stock of your career up to this point. And undertake an honest self-audit to appraise your personal development and professional career path. 

We also encourage you to consider what you expect to get out of the MBA. As well as what you are prepared to put in. 

The ethos of our MBA is collaborative, rather than competitive. It is crucial to contemplate how your contribution will add value to the class and your own learning. 

You will take core compulsory modules - find out more on the Business School website.

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

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.

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Study modules

Taught modules

Compulsory modules

Critical Approaches to Business

On this module you will develop your knowledge of a range of research related approaches, methods and techniques appropriate to MBA study. You will be introduced to research methodology, and how research is written, circulated and evaluated. You will have the opportunity to explore and critique current research in business and management, while considering ethical and responsible business issues.

Personal and Professional Development

Designed to support you throughout your MBA, the Personal and Professional Development module helps you focus on your career and professional development throughout the programme. This important module starts at your induction and culminates with an assessment of your Career Plan at the end of your programme. How you use your MBA, your progress and your future career are important elements within the Action Plan. This gives you a personal plan to guide you through your future working life.

Global Business Environment

On this module you will develop the tools required to analyse the wider business environment, industry structure and business dynamics. You will be introduced to, and encouraged to critically discuss, the concepts, models and techniques that you will use throughout the MBA programme.

Developing Leadership Capability

Effective leadership is seen by organisations across the globe as a key contributor to organisational success. This module will help you to appreciate the importance of good leadership. Exploring the challenges faced by leadership, you will look at maintaining sustainable and responsible management in an unpredictable environment while developing your own personal leadership capabilities.

Market and Supply Analysis

In order to succeed in senior management, you need a broad understanding of management processes, organisational needs, and the contribution of central business functions to success. On this Market and Supply Analysis module, you will develop your understanding of marketing, operations management and supply chain management. The market and supply are combined to create a rounded view of the organisation and you work in diverse groups to help emphasise the global nature of these processes.

Entrepreneurial Behaviours and Practices

We recognise that tomorrow's organisations require innovative managers and employees. Focusing on entrepreneurial understanding, attitudes and behaviours, this module will sharpen your ability to operate in the global marketplace. You will experience a rich mix of teaching and learning strategies. Sessions range from lectures and workshops to practical simulation, individual reflection, and spontaneous participant discussion.

Accounting and Finance for Managers

Accounting is a core element of any business, instrumental in planning and central to organisational strategy. As such these are important areas for a manager to understand and to be able to ask the right questions to those preparing the financial information. This module will help you develop a greater understanding of accounting, giving you a better foundation for reporting, analysing and decision making based on financial data.

Integrated Workshop 1

Drawing together the four holistic themes of collaboration, creativity, connections and commercial practise, you will link your learning to the development of leadership skills through the residential workshop. Everyone takes part in group leadership challenges, working as a group to find creative solutions to real-life organisational problems. As well as leadership skills, you enhance your communication and team-working skills and are encouraged to develop a holistic view of organisations and the global business environment.

Global Strategy and Innovation

We will look at the challenges facing executives when pursuing growth and innovation in a globalising business world. You will explore opportunity-identification, global strategies, corporate expansion and new ways to do business. We concentrate on the entrepreneurial spirit of the executive in a dynamic world environment.

Integrated Workshop 2

In Integrated Workshop 2 you will continue to link your leadership development and managerial skills in an increasingly critical way. The workshop allows you to fully explore your final personal project ideas, working with your peers to complete this process.

Optional modules

Digital Strategy and Leadership

You will learn about the organisational challenges and opportunities for digital innovation and transformation. You will understand the strategic and leadership issues managers face and the concepts, theories and frameworks to use in response. You explore developments in digital technologies and how to develop and justify digital strategy. You will learn about the importance of IT leadership, management and the changing relationships with IT experts and business personnel.

This module is studied by distance learning.

Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development

Entrepreneurial people learn by doing, often within the context of uncertainty. You will be taught in a way that encourages responsible entrepreneurial behaviour. You will have the opportunity to gain real, practical-based experience whilst working on a company project. We aim to develop your entrepreneurial aspirations by promoting your values and self-belief.

Studied on a block basis on campus and involves a study trip.

Global Marketing Strategy

The growing nature of global business has led to an increase in global marketing strategies. You will learn about how to create sustainable competitive advantage within the world market, developing products that have universal application and appeal. Because more and more companies now face competition from overseas, you need to know how to compete in a challenging global economic market.

This module can be studied by distance learning or on campus on a block basis.

Planning for a New Business Ventures

You will develop the necessary skills to start and run your own business, or to be involved in the growth of an existing business. You will evaluate business models in terms of their economic viability, ability to deliver and quality of deliverance. You will create your own business plan for a new venture or an existing business.

This module can be studied by distance learning or on campus on a block basis.

Project and Contract Management

You will focus on principles, practices and techniques vital to leading and managing business projects. You develop the skills to ensure projects are delivered on time, to a high quality and meet budgets. You explore project environments and the critical role of stakeholders. Approaches and techniques to plan, control and deliver projects successfully give you the essential tools for decision making. You learn to influence and negotiate with stakeholders and to understand the commercial and contractual aspects of supplier management.

This module is studied by distance learning.

Strategic Accounting and Finance

Your study will be focused around the corporate lifecycle. You will develop your knowledge of business models, techniques and theories, while learning more advanced methods, applying your new knowledge to a company's strategic position. You will engage in individual problem solving and group investigations, exploring issues in financial management through case studies, exercises and virtual presentations.

This module is studied by distance learning.

Service Marketing and Operations Management

While studying this module you will raise your awareness of modern management theories, relating to both public and private service operations. Your work will build upon the expertise within our teaching team, using simulations, modelling and case material to put you in analytical decision-making roles. We will critically assess commercial practices and question similar roles within the public sphere.

This module is studied by distance learning.

Final project - choose one of:

Compulsory modules

Dissertation

A dissertation is aimed at those students who are interested in the self-managed process of academic enquiry. You will have the opportunity to explore an area of interest in greater depth. You select your own research topic and present the proposal. Once this has been done you begin work on your written dissertation.

Individual Consultancy Project

For those students interested in developing their consultancy skills within business and management, we provide the opportunity to fully experience consultancy. Working from the project negotiation to the delivery of solutions, a consultancy report and presentation is created for the end of the module, reflecting, with your client, upon the achievements of the project.

Group Consultancy Project

This module is ideal for students who want to develop their business and management consultancy skills within a group environment. Enabling you to experience consultancy from start to finish, the project is a perfect way to introduce you to consultancy. You engage with a client to conduct a piece of research, relevant to their situation and desires. You will practise many of the core skills, and draw from the core concepts developed throughout your MBA.

Business Start-Up

Business Start-Up is for those who intend to start a new business venture in any sector or country. You pursue your own business objectives and create a robust business plan, looking at how to obtain these goals. An initial business pitch is given and then you are finally assessed by a panel of academic and practitioner experts.

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

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

You'll build a network of worldwide contacts and engage with live business projects. And apply your newly acquired expertise and knowledge directly to your workplace. 

You’ll strengthen your practical analysis and decision-making skills with:

  • lectures
  • discussions
  • role-play exercises.

These are linked with selected case studies and assessments. 

Our leading academics provide up-to-the-moment, cutting-edge thinking. And experience of contemporary business problems. They use a supportive, collaborative approach to your learning to help maximise your potential.

You will be part of an international cohort of MBA students who:

  • network
  • share experiences
  • support each other in a collaborative environment.

The knowledge of life and work that you and your fellow students bring to discussion and debate will enhance your learning experience.

Assessment

Assessment methods used on this course

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.

Research


There are three research centres which relate to this subject:

Much of our research is applied. We are involved in an abundance of knowledge transfer with regional, national and global organisations.

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After you graduate


Career prospects

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.

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.