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Course content

This MSc Business Management course is focused on your career. With this master's degree accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA) and the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) you will be ready for a successful international career with a commercial or not-for-profit organisation.

On this MSc Business Management course you will learn to identify, analyse and evaluate a range of business related issues. You will develop suitable responses to these problems and be able to select the most appropriate course of action.

With a wide range of optional modules, you can specialise in an area of business such as Human Resource Management, Entrepreneurship, Economics or Marketing. If you would like some flexibility within your master’s, the MSc Business Management is the course for you.

Course content

Compulsory modules

On the MSc Business Management course you will study compulsory modules and then choose between completing a dissertation or synoptic research project.

  • Research Methods
  • Operations and Process Management
  • Introduction to the Principles of Marketing
  • Finance and Accounting for Business
  • Global Strategic Management
  • Developing Skills for Business Leadership
  • Managing the Contemporary Organisation

Optional modules

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
  • Global Marketing Strategy
  • International Trade and Globalisation
  • Principles of International Business Economics
  • Resourcing, Talent and Performance Management
  • Managing Employment Relations
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Planning for New Business Ventures
  • Strategic Business Simulation
  • Corporate Governance and Social Responsibility
  • Strategic Business Simulation (CSR focus)

Capstone Module Choice

You will choose one of the following capstone modules that best suits your academic interests or professional development requirements.

  • Dissertation
  • Synoptic Research Project
  • Client Project

Please see the course structure chart for September entry. 

Please see the course structure chart for January entry.

Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Accreditation

This course is dual accredited by CMI – a CMI accreditation means 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 accreditation is not only a hallmark of excellence, but also provides you with benefits. For example, student members can access online content, networking events, company visits, online seminars and mentoring.

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.

Specialist facilities

At Headington we have developed outstanding facilities. Our John Henry Brookes Building is 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. Find out more about the John Henry Brookes Building.

We're investing over £30m to create modern teaching and learning facilities and creating a new home at Headington for the Business School.

Set to be complete in 2017, you'll see:

  • The Business School brought together in a modern, professional environment
  • 30 teaching rooms and a collaborative lecture theatre
  • A new Main Hall with soundproof wall, perfect for teaching and events like graduations
  • Social learning spaces and a cafe
  • A new gateway into the Headington Campus.

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.

Field trips

By listening to our students and recognising the need for practice-oriented business and management education, we have introduced new ways to engage with companies from the public and the non-profit sector. You will have the opportunity to visit various company sites organised through our extensive network of corporate contacts and the Chartered Management Institute. We also host a number of guest speakers throughout the year who bring their business and management experience and expertise to the classroom.

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.

Field trips are optional and incur a cost.


Visit the Business Management MSc page on the Oxford Brookes University website for more details!

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