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Oxford Brookes MBA

Course Description

Ranked 7th globally in the QS Distance Online MBA Rankings 2015

The Oxford Brookes Global MBA is the most flexible MBA programme available. Designed for the experienced professional, you can develop your management and leadership skills whilst working wherever you are in the world.

The combination of online and on-campus study allows you to balance your MBA with your personal and professional life. Studying while working means you can apply the latest management thinking directly into your workplace. You can choose to study online with attendance at two face-to-face workshops, or you can choose a more blended programme of on-campus and online learning. You can decide how much face-to-face teaching works best for you.

The Oxford Brookes Global MBA’s principles of connections, collaboration and creativity shape modern leadership. With our global community of participants, you’ll work with people from different countries, cultures and industries. You’ll develop the skills to adapt to the challenges of your managerial future.

Accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA)

See the website http://www.brookes.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/oxford-brookes-mba/

Why choose this course?

- We are accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA) and are ranked 7th globally in the QS Distance Online MBA Rankings 2015.

- Unrivalled flexibility makes the Oxford Brookes Global MBA more achievable. 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.

- The balanced ratio of male and female students offers a more even cohort than many other MBAs, creating an inclusive and realistic view of the modern working environment.

- You will learn and interact with our MBA community by engaging both face-to-face and online, giving you invaluable experience of today's global business environment by working in virtual teams.

- 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.

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 are put in groups for assessed work where you are presented with a series of leadership 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.

How this course helps you develop

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

We educate our students in 'the art and craft of management', equipping you to manage organisations, not simply learn management theory. Our focus is on individual development through collaboration and sharing of best practice.

We offer individual personal and career development guidance alongside a variety of activities which help you acquire the knowledge and skills required to lead and manage.

The Personal and Professional Development module focuses on your career and professional development and is embedded throughout the programme. This important module starts at your induction and culminates with an assessment of your Summative Reflective Action Plan at the end of your programme, which gives you a personal plan to guide you through your future career.

How you use your MBA, your progress and your future career are important elements within the Action Plan. It also helps you to make the most of your learning and development so you benefit from the MBA while studying as well as once you graduate.

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 Business School Alumni Association offers careers advice, events and networking appointments for personal development. As a programme we also benefit from the strong links between alumni and faculty.

Research highlights

Oxford Brookes' Business School has a strengthening research culture and support an expanding research community of research active staff and research students with wide-ranging interests in many specialist areas within the general field of business and management.

Our Business School comprises three distinct departments, each with their own research areas:
- Accounting, Finance and Economics
- Business and Management
- Marketing

Our researchers have been extremely active in disseminating their findings with numerous publications in refereed journals and papers have been presented at conferences in the UK and overseas. Best-selling textbooks have been written in subjects such as marketing, e-marketing, research methods, accounting, financial management and corporate governance.

We have also secured many research grants, often in partnership with other organisations. Researchers have been able to attract funds from such diverse organisations as:
- British Academy
- Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development
- Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
- Economic and Social Research Council
- Learning Skills Councils
- The Leverhulme Trust
- The EU
- The Wellcome Trust.

We have also successfully bid for significant Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) grants, often for research programmes dealing with the processes of learning and teaching, and dissemination of good practice throughout the higher education sector. In addition, we have undertaken consultancy and research to produce reports designed to provide information and competitive advantage to commercial clients.

Visit the Oxford Brookes MBA page on the Oxford Brookes University website for more details!

Student Profiles

MBA Scholarships 2011 - 3 Awards

Oxford Brookes University Business School is delighted to offer a number of scholarships for its full-time MBA programme ranging from £1000 to 50% of tuition fees (£9,195).

Value of Scholarship(s)



Consideration is given to applicants who * experience financial hardship;
* are able to contribute to the learning of others on the programme;
* can demonstrate academic or professional achievement;
* can outline the particular benefits of an MBA to their future career or personal life.

Application Procedure

To apply for an MBA scholarship, please email a statement outlining the reasons you are applying with reference to the criteria above. This should be a maximum of two sides of A4. Please send this to [email protected] If you have any queries about the MBA Scholarship Scheme, please contact: Felicity Bond on +44 (0)1865 485920 or [email protected]

Further Information



The Simon Williams Scholarship 2011 - 2 Awards

The Simon Williams scholarships have been established to commemorate the contribution to the Business School and the University of Simon Williams, Dean of the Business School from 1999 - 2005. The scholarship awards are £1,000 paid towards the cost of programme fees.Criteria
The award committee has identified several significant qualities associated with Simon which made his contribution so distinctive. A successful candidate will be able to demonstrate potential for achievement under these headings but the boundaries inevitably overlap and the committee will consider applications holistically, rather than expecting candidates to provide equally strong evidence under every heading. Candidates should, however, use the headings to structure the way in which they present their application.
1. Intellect
Academic achievement, both before and during an applicant’s time studying at Brookes, is one way of demonstrating intellectual potential but the committee will also be looking for other factors that indicate, for example, use of an analytical approach to solving practical problems or capacity to think creatively.
2. Industry
Under this heading the committee would expect to see evidence showing a high level of commitment to completing an undertaking, self-motivation and a willingness to work hard over and above general expectations.
3. Integrity
Under this heading the committee would expect to see demonstration of a candidate’s personal values in action – concern for others, understanding of the impact of their own behaviour on the groups to which they belong, high standards, loyalty and friendship.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Final year Oxford Brookes University Business School undergraduate students are eligible to apply.This includes students studying at Nilai College (Malaysia), CCCU (Hong Kong), POU (Poland), IIMT (India) and IBS (Hungary).This scholarship can be held simultaneously with other scholarships and awards.The scholarships will be announced annually.

Application Procedure

Applications should be made in writing with supporting documentation to include the names of two referees no later than 1 July 2011. The scholarship committee will announce its decision shortly after the deadline.Contact Laura Cox (Postgraduate Admissions Tutor) with any queries at [email protected] or +44 (0)1865 485911.

Further Information



Alumnus Discount Scheme - 20+ Awards

In recognition of the personal loyalty shown by recent graduates and alumni registering for a postgraduate degree, Oxford Brookes University Business School is pleased to announce a discount of 10% off tuition fees for its postgraduate programmes.Eligible students include any student who has graduated from Oxford Brookes University and wishes to stay on or return for an additional degree (e.g. an undergraduate student who then studies for a taught master's programme, or a taught master's graduate who enrols on another taught master's or a MPhil/PhD programme).

Value of Scholarship(s)

10% discount off tuition fees


Applicant must be an Oxford Brookes Graduate.

Application Procedure

Download an application form from our website.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

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).

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