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Business Management (MSc)

Course Description

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.

The specialist pathways allow you to focus your studies in a particular area of Business Management. If you start in September you can choose from one of four areas: Entrepreneurship, Marketing, Human Resource Management or Economics. If you start in January you can focus your studies on one of three areas: Entrepreneurship, Marketing or Corporate Social Responsibility.

See the website http://www.brookes.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/business-management/

Why choose this course?

- Employability: You will develop the skills, knowledge and ability to work in a multicultural environment. Our graduates go on to successful international careers with a range of commercial and not-for-profit organisations. Upon graduating you will be eligible for Chartered Management status from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), the hallmark of any professional manager. We emphasise developing your CV and interview skills through the support of our Careers Centre.

- Opportunities: We provide you with new experiences and the chance to really interact with industry. You will be invited on a trip to Boston, USA. Here you will meet company executives, go on study tours, as well as a lot of sightseeing!

- Teaching and Learning: Oxford Brookes University Business School offers a great environment for studying Business Management. We have a track record of excellence in teaching, learning and research and you will be supported in your studies and beyond. Oxford Brookes University Business School received the top award from the Higher Education Funding council for England to become a Centre of Excellence in Teaching and Learning.

- Student support: As a student you will be assigned to an Academic Adviser who will provide both academic and personal support. Student Support Co-ordinators provide guidance for your course and university-wide administrative issues. They organise a range of events to help you adjust to postgraduate study and are able to help you get advice about any issues you may have during your studies.

- Oxford Location: Oxford offers everything you could want as a student and more. As one of the world's great centres of learning, it is a bustling and stunning cosmopolitan city full of history and beautiful buildings. Located just over an hour from the hub of business life in London with easy access to international airports, you'll be at the heart of the UK's most successful economic region. Oxford will provide you with a host of learning and employment opportunities with a range of internships and graduate jobs available.

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

The Business School Postgraduate Centre has a state-of-the-art lecture theatre, well equipped seminar rooms and a postgraduate lounge and private study area.

The Wheatley Campus library provides specialist business resources including more than 1,000 sets of UK and overseas companies' annual reports, statistics on all aspects of business and management, postgraduate MA, MBA, MSc and PhD theses in business and management and examination papers.

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 also offer the International Business in Practice - Study Trip. The purpose of this Study Trip Module 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.

Field trips are optional and may incur a cost.

How this course helps you develop

You will develop advanced level knowledge of organisations, their management and the environment in which they operate through:
- Learning about contemporary business/management issues at both micro and macro levels

- Undertaking an integrated, multi-disciplinary approach to business problem solving

- The business experience of teaching staff. Many academics undertake consultancy work in commercial and non-commercial organisations and visiting guest speakers contribute to modules and extra-curricular activities

- Various company visits are organised, e.g. ASDA distribution centre in Didcot and BMW in Oxford

- The accreditation of this course by the CMI. This enables our students to be in closer contact with the local branch of CMI and take part in their events, lectures and company visits.

You will develop the ability to apply your knowledge and understanding of business and management to complex issues by:
- Being encouraged to critically review (both individually and through group activities) real-world cases

- Your involvement in group work with an international group of students. This provides you with different and interesting perspectives on the world, enhancing your business and management knowledge

- Being encouraged to integrate knowledge and understanding across the modules, mirroring the complexities of decision making across the functional units of an organisation

- Taking a professional business-like approach to your studies, providing oral and written presentations to a high standard.

You will develop an understanding and gain experience of global business issues through:
- Being encouraged to appreciate that decision making must be informed from a variety of stakeholder perspectives of a national, international and inter-cultural nature

- Taking the International Business In Practice: Study Trip module. This gives you a hands-on, intensive experience. You will explore the impact of the national and international business environment upon business decision making, being aware of the different cultural perspectives that operate to inform ideas and issues.

You will develop an understanding of responsible risk management and sustainable value creation on the basis of the environmental, social and governance impacts of business through:
- Being encouraged to critically evaluate evidence drawn from a wide variety of sources being mindful of bias and subjectivity

- Being guided to demonstrate increasing competence in self-management, communication, team working and problem solving.

You will gain lifelong learning and personal development by:
- Developing as an independent learner with the ability to diagnose, plan and implement personal learning objectives

- Exploring the world you inhabit, not just from the specific discipline of business. Increasingly other disciplines influence and impact upon business and management decision making

- Taking the Personal Development and Leadership module which helps you develop your skills of reflection

- Engaging with our alumni association, which provides a framework for you to stay in touch with your network well beyond the course.


You will graduate with highly relevant knowledge as well as practical experiences on how to manage different functional units in organisations.

Many of our graduates find managerial positions at a wide range of organisations, including companies producing fast moving commercial goods, airlines, financial institutions, retail giants and charities.

Examples of these employers include: Deutsche Telekom, Deloitte, Oxfam, BASF Group, Kautex Unipart, Raiffeisen Bank, Revolution Insurance, American Business Conferences, Consilio Global.

Research highlights

Research within the department of Business and Management brings together corporate strategy, competitive strategy, growth strategies, global business, international trade and foreign direct investment with subjects that focus on leadership, culture, motivation, practices, strategic human resource management and the management of the globalisation process.

Research areas and clusters

Research in this department is grouped around two clusters: International Strategy, Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Operations and Critical Management Studies.

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

Student Profiles

John Henry Brookes Scholarship Scheme 2011 - 7 Awards

A total of £13,000 worth of £1,000 or £2,000 scholarships will be awarded to students applying for full-time Masters courses in the Business School and Publishing, starting in September 2011.Full details available on the webpage below.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Various - £1,000 or £2,000


You must be a new full-time masters student starting your course in September 2011.These awards are open to UK, EU and International students unless otherwise stated. (2 x £2,000 awards are for international students only)You should have, or expect to obtain, a good honours degree or equivalent from a recognised institution of higher education, or have experience which demonstrates appropriate knowledge and skills at honours degree standard.Candidates receiving awards from other sources of funding which cover all their tuition fees will not be eligible for a John Henry Brookes Scholarship; eligibility is not affected by funding covering maintenance costs.

Application Procedure

Applicants should complete ALL relevant sections of the application form which can be downloaded from the webpage below along with notes for guidance. The form should be emailed to Laura Cox, Postgraduate Admissions Tutor on the email address given on the form. The deadline for receipt of applications is Friday 1 July 2011.

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

This course attracts students from a wide range of backgrounds and nationalities. A minimum of a second class honours degree (2:2) in any academic discipline, or equivalent overseas degree from a recognised institution or equivalent professional or other qualification. Applicants who possess a diploma rather than a good degree may be eligible for entry provided they have compensatory work experience and can demonstrate career development. This course attracts students from a wide range of backgrounds and nationalities. Applications are welcome from those in work and seeking continuing professional development.

Course Fees

Home / EU: Full-time £8,000, Part-time £4,910; International: Full-time £13,970

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