MBA Business Administration

Brunel University

Application deadline: as early as possible
Tuition fee:
  • € 19,990 / Year (EEA)
  • € 19,990 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2014, February  2015
Credits: 180 ECTS
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time

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The Brunel MBA is a flexible programme designed to hone your development and enhance your value as a manager in an increasingly competitive job market. You can use the Brunel MBA to provide you with the necessary skills to advance your chosen career, to make a career change or to start or grow your own business.

It is designed to meet the needs of managers in the private or public sector who wish to develop skills and advance their understanding of the theory and practice of business and management in preparation for a senior management position.

The Brunel MBA is one of a distinguished minority of MBA programmes in the UK to have achieved accreditation by AMBA (The Association of MBAs) the leading accreditation body in the UK. It is designed to meet the needs of managers in the private or public sector who wish to develop skills and advance their understanding of the theory and practice of business and management in preparation for a senior management position.

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) is recognised worldwide as the pre-eminent business practice development qualification for aspiring senior managers.
The entire programme is designed to equip you with knowledge, skills, understanding, confidence and energy, to tackle the difficult demands which organisations face in
today´s rapidly changing business environment. Our MBA graduates consider the programme to be highly stimulating, intellectually challenging and a genuinely life-changing experience. And it is well respected by employers too.


The MBA Programmes comprises eight core module and a business research project.

Core Modules

* Corporate and Business Finance
* Operations Management
* Executive Perspectives on Information Technology
* Strategic Marketing Management
* International Business
* Leading People and Managing Organisations
* Corporate and Competitive Strategy
* Managing for the Future
* The Business Project

* Corporate and Business Finance

This module provides you with a thorough understanding of the world of finance in the global era; it also explains the concepts of risk and the cost of capital and teaches the process of financial management in the short and long term. You will learn the general principles of management accounting as well as systematic techniques for analysing and evaluating the financial health of an organisation including the construction and interpretation of financial statements.

* Operations Management

During this module you will explore the tools and techniques for managing operations. You will gain a greater awareness and understanding of the strategic issues involved in the way organisations manage their operational activities and facilities - both within and beyond the organisation´s boundaries. You will also develop a better appreciation of the relation between operations/service design choices and performance imperatives.

* Executive Perspectives on Information Technology

Over the course of this module, you will examine the debate on the role of information systems in globalisation and sustainable strategic advantage from intra-firm and extra-firm perspectives. You will also gain an understanding of the changing nature of information systems, new business practices and working practices in the competitive marketplace. The module will also teach how to leverage effectively information tools through an understanding of current practices, trends and the effects of IT on organisations and their trading partners.

* Strategic Marketing Management

By the end of this module, you will have a thorough knowledge of all the principal marketing concepts as well as how marketing has evolved as a business discipline following the introduction of new technology. You will also appreciate how best to evaluate the effectiveness of marketing activities, conduct a marketing audit and construct a marketing plan.

* International Business

This module considers the many challenges, both ethical and instrumental, of managing complex international operations and organisational processes across borders. It will also provide you with an understanding of the mechanisms for entering new markets and emerging economies and the consequent need to cope constructively with diversity, risk and uncertainty.

* Leading People and Managing Organisations

All good organisations consider their employees to be their key resource and all good managers should all also be leaders of their staff. This module explains the key issues and challenges that relate to people in organisations. It develops your understanding of people´s behaviour in an organisational context and teaches the theories and practices of effective people management. You will also gain a better appreciation of the significance of human resources for the successful operation of organisations and understand how best to motivate, lead, interview, communicate at work and manage conflicts of interest.

* Corporate and Competitive Strategy

Over the course of this module, you will be introduced to concepts and methodological tools and techniques for analyzing an organisation´s strategic position. You will gain a thorough appreciation of the issues and challenges that confront managers responsible for the strategic management of organisations in potentially complex, hostile and uncertain conditions.

* Managing for the Future

Managing the Future has been specifically designed to offer you an opportunity to tailor your MBA to your own specific circumstances and/or the needs of your employer. The module allows the opportunity to apply systematic enquiry methods and imaginative approaches to identify and evaluate the implications of future-oriented issues and challenges and to formulate appropriate responses to these issues.
However, it goes beyond the concept of narrowly-focused electives, with an approach that challenges MBA participants to select and integrate their later-stage learning and it will be up to you - in conjunction with your fellow students - to determine precisely the issues you study.

* The Business Project

To complete your MBA, you will be required to undertake extensive research into a business and management challenge of particular interest to you. You will then have to analyse your findings in depth. You can draw from issues that you have come up against in your career to date, or consider those challenges that your organisation currently faces, or explore an issue outside your own experience. It is up to you. The business project allows you the chance to demonstrate your business acumen as well as the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills you have learnt on the programme. The project provides another opportunity to tailor your MBA to your own specific needs.

Before you embark on your project, we provide comprehensive guidance and then coach you right the way through from first draft to your completed 12,000 word report.

In addition, the MBA also comprises compulsory workshops designed to enhance your key management and interpersonal skills.


Candidates are normally expected to have a good first degree or a recognised professional qualification together with at least three years' postgraduate work at managerial level. Candidates who do not have a first degree but who can demonstrate several years' managerial experience at a senior level will be considered. Candidates whose first language is not English will be expected to demonstrate a high level of competence in English Language.

English Language Requirements

Studying at University level in the UK means you need a good understanding of the English Language. If you are applying as an international student then you will need to submit evidence of your English ability, even if English is your native language.

* IELTS 6.5 (at least 6.0 for writing, 5.5 all other sections),
* TOEFL (Internet) 92 (at least 20 writing, 15 in all other sections),
* TOEFL (paper) 580 (plus TWE 4.5).

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IETLS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

60 (Grade C)
TOEFL paper-based test score : 580
TOEFL iBT® test: 92

IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.


The Brunel International Scholarship

The Brunel International Scholarship is an annual award scheme designed to promote talent and encourage excellence in scholars coming to Brunel from around the globe. For 2010/11, 35 awards of either £3,000 or £2,000 are available to both undergraduate and postgraduate students who have been offered a place on a full-time course at Brunel.

All applications must be submitted online before 26 May 2010.


Bursaries may be available from your School, and your course director once you have secured and accepted a place on a course for information on any funding opportunities.

* A limited number of part-scholarships of £1,500 are available for the MA programmes in Music and Drama. Details will be sent to candidates who have confirmed their intention to study at Brunel in the 2010/11 academic year.
* The Leaders of Tomorrow PhD Bursary in Human Centred Design is supported by a donation from Brunel graduate and philanthropist Peter Ilori. The bursary provides £5,000 of financial support towards the study fees of high-achieving graduates who wish to pursue a PhD in Human Centred Design. Selection is based on the quality of applicants´ PhD study proposal.

Extra-curricular scholarships

Extra-curricular scholarships do not cover living costs or tuition fees. They are available to both taught and research students.

A number of Music Awards to help cover music tuition costs are made each year to students who are not studying music performance as part of their academic course.

The Brunel Sports Scholarship helps elite performance athletes by supporting their academic study and sporting needs simultaneously.

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