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Business Administration MBA | Brunel Business School

Course code

N200PMBASE

Start date

January

September

Subject area

Business School

Mode of study

1 year full-time

2 years part-time

Fees

2020/21

UK £24,270

International £24,270

2020 changes

Click here to read about the changes we are making to our education delivery from September 2020, in response to COVID-19 restrictions.

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Overview

Are you an experienced manager who wants to take your career to the next level with professional development? Then the Brunel MBA is for you.

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 course 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 two year part-time course with three pathway options: The Brunel MBA, The Brunel MBA (Aviation Management), and The Brunel MBA (Healthcare Management).

The General Management MBA specialisation can help you become a more accomplished manager all-round. From finance to international strategy, harnessing technologies and marketing, this course will help you with senior management decision-making and solving business issues. We support you in identifying your strengths and weaknesses and working with them to help you progress.

The Digital Innovation Management MBA focuses on equipping future leaders and aspiring managers with the toolkit aimed at dealing with technological innovation, vast amounts of digital information, Big Data and using them to make strategic decisions. This matches and reflects upon the increasing digitalisation and the reliance on Big Data as well as the disruptive shifts taking place in the work environment and economy. The course is designed for professionals who work in the IT sector and have an engineering or technical background, as well as entrepreneurs. The Digital Innovation Management MBA has seven core modules (students do not take Operations Management) and two electives: Information Systems in Organisations and Managing Digital Technology and Innovation.

The Healthcare Management MBA focuses 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) course is designed for professionals in the NHS, public health services and outside suppliers and consultancies.

The Brunel MBA part-time course is designed to maximise your career impact in the global market over a two-year study period, without having to take a break from work. Study time for the part-time MBA is 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.

The Career Development Programme is an integral part of your professional development while you are studying your MBA. Landing a top job after completing your MBA is, of course, a key objective, and the Career Development Programme is designed to provide the tools to help you achieve your ambitions. The programme will help you define your career goals and create a personalised career action plan.

You’ll have access to one-to-one careers coaching to help you understand what makes you stand, out whether it’s your particular management experience and skills or specialist knowledge. We’ll also help you with your CV, LinkedIn profile, and a professional portfolio as well as providing support in building a career plan, job-hunting, writing applications that get noticed, and brushing up on interview techniques.

As part of your MBA course, Brunel provides an innovative series of Leadership Masterclasses. Sessions will help you with effective ways to present your ideas, the best methods for managing change, negotiating better and resolving conflict, as well as giving you deeper insight into cross cultural issues and corporate responsibility.

The Brunel Business School has links to many leading organisations such as Barclays, British Airways, Goldman Sachs, HSBC, IBM, Iraq Energy Institute, Jaguar, Johnson and Johnson, Microsoft, and Xerox. MBA students undertake regular visits to company head offices and representatives from these companies often visit campus as part of the MBA Guest Speaker Series, Let’s Talk Business.

The Graduate Entrepreneur programme allows selected graduates to stay on in the UK and work towards setting up their own business, under a special branch of the Tier 1 Route. Find out more about becoming a Graduate Entrepreneur.

The Brunel MBA is one of a distinguished group of MBA programmes worldwide to have achieved accreditation by both the Association of Masters of Business Administration (AMBA) and the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

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You can explore our campus and facilities for yourself by taking our virtual tour.

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Course content

The Brunel MBA programme is based upon key business concepts that can help managers and CEOs alike develop the expertise required to lead and manage in international business.

The highly commended Leadership Masterclass Series and the Career Development Programme, combined with over 500 hours of student-tutor direct contact hours, successfully maintain the balance between theory and practice, 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 Management or Digital Innovation Management and is crowned by a Business Project.

A typical selection of compulsory and optional modules can be found below. Optional modules are indicative and available subject to numbers.

This course can be studied 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time, starting in January. Or this course can be studied 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time, starting in September.

Year 1

The programme specification is in the process of being updated and may not be an accurate reflection of the programme.

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Careers and your future

As part of the MBA, students receive advice on all aspects of career planning, including a 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 so that they can progress further, now and in the future.

As well as regular visits to companies for MBA students, many representatives from these companies also visit campus as part of the MBA guest speaker series, Let’s Talk Business. Companies like Barclays, IBM, Microsoft UK and Goldman Sachs have an ongoing relationship with the Brunel MBA, giving students the chance to network and work with them during campus visits.

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UK entry requirements

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

Please note that the Admissions process for the MBA programme involves assessment in two stages:

Stage 1 - As part of the application process please provide documentary evidence to show:

  • A 2:1 (or above) UK Honours degree, or international equivalent.
  • A minimum of three years' full time work experience at managerial or professional level in managing people, budget or other resources following a degree. It is important for candidates to clarify that they have significant/focused sector experience with responsibility for people, budget, or other resources, which is supportable by official documentary evidence. Please supply a CV/resume as part of your application.
  • Copies of your English language qualification. (If you intend to take an English language test e.g. IELTS, or a pre-sessional English course please indicate this on your application.)

 Stage 2 - An interview will be conducted (via Skype or phone) with the MBA Programme Team. 

  • If an applicant has achieved a 2:2 degree and five or more years of required senior managerial or professional level work experience, in managing people, budget, or other resources - this will be reviewed by the MBA Director on a case-by-case basis.
  • We welcome applicants from different industries, from both the private and public sector. Previous applicants from IT, healthcare, education, engineering, aviation and many more have been considered.
  • Please note - meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee an interview, or a place on the programme.

Please visit the Brunel MBA webpage for full programme details.

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EU and International entry requirements

If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you must prove knowledge of the English language so that we can issue you a Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS). To do this, you will need an IELTS for UKVI or Trinity SELT test pass gained from a test centre approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and on the Secure English Language Testing (SELT) list. This must have been taken and passed within two years from the date the CAS is made.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6.5 (min 6 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 58 (51 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 65% (min 60% in all areas)
  • TOEFL: 92 (min 20 in all) 

You can find out more about the qualifications we accept on our English Language Requirements page.

Should you wish to take a pre-sessional English course to improve your English prior to starting your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider for the same reason. We offer our own BrunELT English test and have pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet requirements or who wish to improve their English. You can find out more information on English courses and test options through our Brunel Language Centre.

Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants. This information is for guidance only and each application is assessed on a case-by-case basis. Entry requirements are subject to review, and may change.

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Fees and funding

2020/21 entry

UK

£24,270 full-time

£12,135 part-time

International

£24,270 full-time

£12,135 part-time

UK/EU students can opt to pay in six equal monthly instalments: the first instalment is payable on enrolment and the remaining five by Direct Debit or credit/debit card.

Overseas students can opt to pay in two instalments: 60% on enrolment, and 40% in January for students who commence their course in September (or the remaining 40% in March for selected courses that start in January).

Some courses incur additional course related costs. You can also check our on-campus accommodation costs for more information on living expenses.

More information on any additional course-related costs.

Fees quoted are per year and are subject to an annual increase. 

Fees for EU applicants- For entry in 2021/22 academic year, eligible EU applicants will have the same tuition fees as UK students to support EU students during this transition period. These fees will be applied for the duration of the course. EU fees for 2022 entry are not yet confirmed.

See our fees and funding page for full details of postgraduate scholarships available to Brunel applicants.

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Teaching and Learning

The Brunel MBA is taught by a team of highly qualified, experienced, and research active academic staff at the forefront of their field. Many of our lecturers are internationally or nationally recognised for their innovative work and research, work as consultants for major companies worldwide, and have practical experience in business, sometimes having run their own companies.

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

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

You can engage with online material using the university’s web‑based learning facility, Blackboard Learn.

Should you need any non-academic support during your time at Brunel, the Student Support and Welfare Team are here to help.

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Assessment and feedback

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

Read our guide on how to avoid plagiarism in your assessments at Brunel.