Your Fellow MBAs
The extraordinary diversity of Brunel MBA students (by industry, profession, culture, nationality and job title) is one of the key strengths of the programme. There is therefore the guarantee of sitting next to a very interesting person!
The international quality benchmark statement for the MBA says that that it should represent a 'practice development masters degree.' Hence The Brunel MBA is a post-experience MBA, which means that all participants are required to have significant work experience, including at least three years’ experience at managerial or professional level before joining the course.
The average age of the current MBA intake is 34 and participants have an average of 7 years' professional work experience.
The class sizes are between 25 - 35 students, allowing for an excellent learning atmosphere and individual attention.
Here's what your fellow students have to say about their experience on the Brunel MBA.
Flavia De Facendis - 2011/12 MBA Student
After 6 years of work in the media industry, Flavia decided she wanted to add a stronger theoretical business foundation to her experience.
Having worked as Project Manager for Interact, a media firm which ranks as among Italy’s leading developer of solutions for digital media, she joined the BBC in 2006. Here she developed her project management and finance skills working in various roles and departments, including Sales and Distribution, delivering projects and solutions for Motion Gallery’s licensing business, and Repeats Unit, managing the costs for BBC Channels.
'I am thrilled about my MBA studies. I feel my horizons are already broadening and I see there are many new opportunities I can think about for my future. It seems like it will open doors to possibilities that I hadn’t considered before.'
Simon Nicholson - 2012 MBA Student
I’ve aspired to join an MBA course for many years as a formal, structured and well-rounded programme towards a senior manage/director role.
Following appointment as an Operations Director for a small family firm, I recognised that there was a vacuum in my formal business qualifications. I was seeking an opportunity to develop my significant business experience in a positive learning environment where I can share with others of a like mind and varied business experience across different sectors and industries.
After attending an open event at Brunel University, I enquired about the Brunel MBA and I was impressed with the course content and structure, and with the staff presentation and openness. It appeared to me to be a well-structured, open, honest MBA tailored towards students with significant business experience. The opportunities to learn with others, and apply shared knowledge back to the workplace left a lasting impression. The course timetable and geographical location were also reasons that attracted me to the Brunel MBA.
I have now managed to secure a new role and position as Director of Operations at Oxford Instruments, now a FTSE 250 company, which has been enhanced by my MBA experience and study.
I really enjoyed the course and the experiences and knowledge gained so far. Working with other students on the programme has benefited me greatly, and I have built new friendships and network links as a result.
Reginald Parkinson - 2009 MBA Graduate
Reginald Parkinson (left) is now Director of Housing for West London YMCA.
“The Brunel MBA has the perfect mix of essential business topics to help you succeed in your career,”
Craig Ferri - 2009 MBA Graduate
"The MBA had benefited me and my company.
Before my MBA I was the MD of a company with a multimillion pound turnover. My Business Project was on Middle East expansion and that’s exactly where we’re heading. It’s proved invaluable."
Craig Ferri MBA graduate 2009
Nikhil Lavanian - 2011 MBA Student
"Before joining the Brunel MBA programme I was a Risk Associate investigating online fraud for Google in Hyderabad, India. I decided I wanted a business school in the London area as I see London very much as the capital of the UK in terms of the jobs market.
"So far I’ve really enjoyed the programme. In particular, I’ve found I’ve learnt a great deal from the Leadership Masterclasses. I think all the sessions will help my future performance and some have surprised me: I always thought of myself as a good presenter until I did the Masterclass on Presentation Skills and now I realise there’s a lot more to presenting than I realised!"
Mohamed Abdelkhalek Mahmoud - 2011/12 MBA Student
"Every moment here at Brunel is a great memory. Group work and laughing with colleagues, making friends from different countries, these are the things that I really cherish. The learning experience is very important as well. Our MBA lecturers are very approachable, and we are actually asked to challenge them and discuss what we are being taught. We learn more from the class discussions and each other than from a traditional lecture style."
Mohamed Abdelkhalek Mahmoud, MBA 2011/12, Egypt
Jas Dhaliwal - 2008 MBA Graduate
Jas is currently Head of Communities for AVG Technologies, one of the market leaders in online security software. His role is to build and execute strategies to engage online communities via the social web. Immediately prior to joining AVG, Jas was global social media specialist for Microsoft’s Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Program.
"Whilst doing my MBA I leveraged my management experience within the tech industry to learn new skills across a wide range of business functions."