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About the course

The Brunel MBA is a research-led and applied programme for experienced professionals designed to maximise students' investment in a global executive career.

Whether you want to advance your existing career, move to a new field, or start your own business, the Brunel MBA can give you the tools you need. Every aspect of the programme is practical, fulfilling, integrated and, thanks to our world class teaching and research facilities, always relevant to today’s ever-changing business environment.

The Brunel MBA is a one year full-time or 2 year part-time programme with three specialisation options:

General Management
Aviation Management
Healthcare Management

A part-time MBA is now also available. The Brunel MBA part-time programme is designed to maximise your career impact in the global market over a 2 year study period, without having to take a break from work. Indicative study patterns for the part-time MBA are 12 hours per week over a maximum of three days (with some classes on Saturdays), making the programme an ideal option for full-time working professionals in and around London.

Practical Learning

Brunel MBA students benefit from rigorous corporate exposure designed to build global professional advantage throughtout the programme.

A rich calendar of internal and external events and training allows students to get the most of their MBA by activities such as annual international business tours, visits to companies in the UK, networking with companies on campus, Employee Best Practice Competencies training workshops, Business Games and Simulations, high-profile corporate guest speakers, showcase events to present student work to global companies, on-campus recruitment fairs, and many more.

Aims

The Brunel MBA recruits managers and other professionals of high calibre who can both benefit from and contribute to an intellectually challenging management programme.

Choosing the General Management specialisation can help students to become a better manager all-round – from corporate business finance to international strategy, from harnessing IT technology to marketing. Students gain a more informed output into senior management decision making or consultancy within the industry. This General Management specialisation focuses on giving students the skills of practical application of knowledge to solving contemporary business issues, identifying your strengths and weaknesses, maximizing your assets and turning them into a more profitable future.

The Aviation Management specialised MBA is deeply rooted in the Aviation industry and informed by extensive cutting-edge aviation research. It is designed for professionals working for airlines, airports authorities and supply and support services within the aviation sector such as engineers, logistics, catering, cargo, energy, safety, security, IT and travel and tourism. It is supported by our proximity to the world’s busiest passenger hub at Heathrow, Brunel’s growing reputations in aerospace and environmental research, and our close links with the aviation industry.

The Healthcare Management specialised MBA is focused on application of knowledge in the Healthcare industry and enables students to develop managerial skills to handle real-life business situations in the sector. The MBA (Healthcare Management) award is designed for professionals in strategic health authorities, primary care trusts and hospital administration, and for those working in the growing number of private health contractors, outside suppliers and consultancies.

Course Content

The richness of the Brunel MBA curriculum is based on the key business concepts that can help managers and CEOs alike to develop the expertise required to lead and manage in the international business context.

The highly commended Leadership Master Class Series and the Career Development Programme combined with over 500 hours of student-tutor direct (teaching) contact hours successfully maintain the balance between theory and practise and reflect the school’s ambitions for its graduates.

The Brunel MBA academic component comprises core modules, followed by elective modules in General Management, Healthcare or Aviation and is crowned by a Business Project.

The MBA consists of both compulsory and optional modules, a typical selection can be found below. Modules can vary from year to year, but these offer a good idea of what we teach.

Compulsory Modules:

Operations Management
Corporate and Competitive Strategy
Business Economics
Leading People and Managing Organisations
Corporate and Business Finance
Strategic Marketing Management
International Business
Business Project and Professional Portfolio

Optional Modules:

Managing for the Future
Airline Management, Economics and Ethics
Healthcare Policy
Information Systems in Organisations
Managing Service Operations and Change in Healthcare
Airport Operations Management

Special Features

Brunel Business School won the Times Higher Education Awards Business School of the Year 2013

AMBA Accreditation
The Brunel MBA is one of a distinguished group of MBA programmes worldwide to have achieved accreditation by the Association of MBAs (AMBA), the leading MBA accreditation body.

Two intakes per year
The intensive full time and part-time programme starts annually in early January and late September.

Leadership Masterclasses
The Brunel MBA incorporates an innovative series of Leadership Masterclasses (LMS) which aim to help you perform better as a manager.

Sessions in the series will help you improve the ways in which you present your ideas, teach you how to manage change, negotiate conflict, as well as give you deeper insight into cross cultural issues and corporate responsibility.

Masterclasses will help you to become a better negotiator, manage projects more efficiently, resolve conflict at work more effectively and present your ideas with greater credibility. Research indicates that these are employable skills that recruiting organisations look for in a senior manager.

Company Links and Visits
MBA students undertake regular visits to companies in the UK and many companies visit the students on campus as part of the MBA Guest Speaker Series: “Let’s Talk Business”. The following companies have an on-going relationship with Brunel MBA and our students have had the chance to network with representatives from:

Barclays
British Airways
Capital & Counties Properties PLC
Enterprise Rent-a-Car
Goldman Sachs
HSBC
IBM
Iraq Energy Institute
Jaguar
Johnson and Johnson
Lloyd Northover
Microsoft UK
Oxford Instruments
Radley Yeldar
Xerox

International Business Tour
MBA students have the opportunity to embark annually on a Business Tour to one of the main economic hubs in the world, where they learn about operations of multinational corporations. A recent visit included a weeklong trip to one of the leading BRIC economies: India. Students had a unique opportunity to meet with senior directors of companies such as Cadburys, McDonalds and Merrill Lynch – as well as a number of local social enterprises and SMEs.

Graduate Entrepreneur programme

Brunel University is pleased to announce that we have once again been awarded ten places on this year's Graduate Entrepreneur programme, plus an additional ten places just for Brunel MBA Graduates.
Under the scheme selected graduates can stay on in the UK and work towards setting up their own business, under a special branch of the Tier 1 Route. Brunel provides Immigration sponsorship and mentoring for those graduates selected.

Teaching

You will be taught by a team of highly qualified, experienced, research active academic staff at the forefront of their field or professionals with a wealth of commercial experience. Many of our lecturers are:

Internationally or nationally recognised for their innovative work and research;
Work as consultants for major companies worldwide;
Have practical and personal experience in business/have run their own companies.

Lectures
These provide a broad overview of key concepts and ideas. They provide a framework from which to carry out more in-depth study.

Group work and presentations
Throughout the course, you will also be expected to undertake group work and individual projects and presentations. There will also be research talks on key management issues and presentations by outside speakers from the industry.

Web-learning and Support
eLearning and knowledge management are now standard ways in which companies communicate with their employees. Students will be expected to engage with online material using the university’s web‑based learning facility, Blackboard Learn.

Assessment

Modules are typically assessed by individual assessment, or an examination.
Coursework and examinations place considerable stress on the ability to think and reason critically, but constructively.
The dissertation (12,000 words) is the capstone demonstration of these skills, requiring students to conceive, justify, design and execute a major project.

Career Coaching

As part of the MBA students receive advice on all aspects of career planning, including reassessment of their true strengths and weaknesses. This aspect of the MBA programme is invaluable to students who, having worked in managerial roles for a number of years may now wish to evaluate their experience to date and progress their careers into the future.

Visit the Business Administration MBA page on the Brunel University London website for more details!

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