Business Administration MBA

  • Overview
  • Course Content
  • Special Features
  • Teaching & Assessment
  • Employability
  • Fees
  • Entry Criteria
Business School of the Year 2003

Brunel Business School has won the Times Higher Education Awards Business School of the Year 2013

About the Course

The Brunel MBA is an intensive, research-led and applied programme for experienced professionals designed to maximise students' investment in a global executive career. 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 programme 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 programme with three specialisations:

What do Our Students say? 

The Brunel MBA Students benefit from an intensive corporate exposure designed to build Global Professional Advantage thought their programme. A rich calendar of internal and external events and training allows students to get the most of their MBA by activities such as annual international business tours, visits to companies in the UK, networking with companies on campus, Employee Best Practice Competencies training workshops, Business Games and Simulations, high-profile corporate guest speakers, showcase events to present student work to global companies, on-campus recruitment fairs, and many more.

Please visit the Brunel MBA webpage for full programme details.

Aims

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

Choosing the General Management specialisation can help students to become a better manager all-round – from corporate business finance to international strategy, from harnessing IT technology to marketing. Students gain a more informed output into senior management decision making or consultancy within the industry. This General Management specialisation focuses on giving students the skills of practical application of knowledge to solving contemporary business issues, identifying your strengths and weaknesses, maximizing your assets and turning them into a more profitable future.

The Aviation Management specialised MBA is deeply rooted in the Aviation industry and informed by extensive cutting-edge aviation research. It is designed for professionals working for airlines, airports authorities and supply and support services within the aviation sector such as engineers, logistics, catering, cargo, energy, safety, security, IT and travel and tourism. It is supported by our proximity to the world’s busiest passenger hub at Heathrow, Brunel’s growing reputations in aerospace and environmental research, and our close links with the aviation industry.

Learning on the Healthcare Management specialised MBA is focused 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) award is designed for professionals in strategic health authorities, primary care trusts and hospital administration, and for those working in the growing number of private health contractors, outside suppliers and consultancies.

Enquiries

Business School Enquiries Desk

Email brunelmba@brunel.ac.uk
Tel +44 (0)1895 265910

MBA Course Director
Prof Francesco Moscone
Email francesco.moscone@brunel.ac.uk
Tel +44 (0)1895 266833

Admissions Centre: for applications already submitted
Contact Admissions online
Tel +44 (0)1895 265265

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Course Content

The richness of the Brunel MBA curriculum is based on the key business concepts that can help managers and CEOs alike develop the expertise required to lead and manage in the international business context. The highly commended Leadership MasterClass Series and the Career Development Programme combined with over 500 hours of student-tutor direct (teaching) contact hours successfully maintain the balance between theory and practise 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 or Aviation and is crowned by a Business Project.

Please visit the Brunel MBA webpage for full programme details.

Business School of the Year 2003

Brunel Business School has won the Times Higher Education Awards Business School of the Year 2013

Special Features

AMBA Accreditation

The Brunel MBA is one of a distinguished group of MBA programmes worldwide to have achieved accreditation by the Association of MBAs (AMBA), the leading MBA accreditation body.

Unique Specialisations Options

The Brunel MBA available in three specialisations option:

Two intakes per year

The intensive full time programme is starts annually in early January and late September.

Leadership Masterclasses

The Brunel MBA incorporates an innovative series of Leadership Masterclasses (LMS) which aim to help you perform better as a manager. Sessions in the series will help you improve the ways in which you present your ideas, teach you how to manage change and negotiate conflict as well as give you deeper insight into cross cultural issues and corporate responsibility. Masterclasses will help you to become a better negotiator, manage projects more efficiently, resolve conflict at work more effectively and present your ideas with greater credibility. Research indicates that these are employable skills that recruiting organisations look for in a senior manager.

Career Coaching

MBA Students have exclusive access to individual career managment sessions with Ms Pauline Irons who has an extensive coaching experience as the former Head of Global IT Recruitment at GlaxoSmithKline. 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 assess their experience to date and progress their careers into the future.

Company Links and Visits

MBA students undertake regular visits to companies in the UK and many companies visit the students on campus as part of the MBA Guest Speaker Series: “Let’s Talk Business”. The following companies have an on-going relationship with the Brunel MBA and students where our students have had the chance to network with representatives from:

  • Barclays
  • British Airways
  • Capital & Counties Properties PLC
  • Enterprise Rent-a-Car
  • Goldman Sachs
  • HSBC
  • IBM
  • Iraq Energy Institute
  • Jaguar
  • Johnson and Johnson
  • Lloyd Northover
  • Microsoft UK
  • Oxford Instruments
  • Radley Yeldar
  • Xerox

International Business Tour

MBA students have the opportunity to embark annually on a Business Tour to one of the main economic hubs in the world, where they learn about operations of multinational corporations. A recent visit included a weeklong trip to one of the leading BRIC economies: India. Students had a unique opportunity to meet with senior directors of companies such as Cadburys, McDonalds and Merrill Lynch – as well as a number of local social enterprises and SMEs.

Accreditation and Rankings

Brunel Business School is in the top seven best Business Schools in London:

  • The Complete University Guide ranked Brunel Business School 3rd in London for student satisfaction and 5th in London for business studies
  • Sunday Times University Guide 2013 ranked Brunel Business School 4th in London and 21st in UK for business and management studies. 
  • The Times Good University Guide 2013 ranked Brunel Business School 6th in London and 45th in UK for business and management studies.
  • Financial Times ranked Brunel Business School 6th in London, top 20 in UK and in the top 75 in Europe in 2011 
  • Guardian University Guide 2013 ranked Brunel Business School 7th in London and 45th in UK for business and management studies.

Please visit the Brunel MBA webpage for full programme details.

Graduate Entrepreneur programme

Brunel University is pleased to announce that we have once again been awarded ten places on this year's Graduate Entrepreneur programme, plus an additional ten places just for Brunel MBA Graduates.

Under the scheme selected graduates can stay on in the UK and work towards setting up their own business, under a special branch of the Tier 1 Route. Brunel provides Immigration sponsorship and mentoring for those graduates selected. Find out more about becoming a Graduate Entrepreneur.

Teaching and Learning

Staff expertise

You will be taught by a team of highly qualified, experienced, research active academic staff at the forefront of their field or professionals with a wealth of commercial experience. Many of our lecturers are:

  • Internationally or nationally recognised for their innovative work and research;
  • Work as consultants for major companies worldwide;
  • Have practical and personal experience in business/have run their own companies.

Lectures

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

Group work and presentations

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

Web-learning and Support

eLearning and knowledge management are now standard ways in which companies communicate with their employees. Students will be expected to engage with online material using the university’s web‑based learning facility, Blackboard Learn.

Assessment

  • Modules are typically assessed by individual assessment, or an examination.
  • Coursework and examinations place considerable stress on the ability think and reason critically, but constructively.
  • The dissertation (12,000 words) is the capstone demonstration of these skills, requiring students to conceive, justify, design and execute a major project.
 

Please visit the Brunel MBA webpage for full programme details.

Employability

Career Development at Brunel Business School

Career Development Programme (CPD) is an integral part of your professional development whilst you are completing your MBA. By integrating and reflecting on your employability skills, we want to give you the best opportunity to accelerate your career after completing your MBA with us. Landing a top job after completing your MBA is of course a key objective and the Careers Programme is designed to provide the tools that will help you achieve your ambitions. The programme will help you define your career goals and create a personalised career action plan. It also offers you the opportunity to acquire life-skills to attain the jobs that are relevant to your career plan both immediately after graduation and in the future.

Key ingredients of the Brunel MBA Career Development Programme

  • Assessment for your Professional & Career Development Portfolio
  • A clearer sense of what makes you stand out
  • Strong CV, LinkedIn profile and cover letter
  • One-to-one coaching
  • Identifying your Management Skills
  • Identifying knowledge of value to employers
  • Developing your career plan
  • Your step by step Career Planning
  • Guide to step by step approach to Career Planning
  • Career Plan & Next Job
  • Preparation for the job hunting process
  • Learn about the hidden jobs market
  • Writing an Executive CV
  • Writing job applications
  • Understanding and Interpreting job descriptions and job adverts
  • Interview techniques, preparation & expectations
  • Interview practice sessions

Career Coaching

As part of the MBA students receive advice on all aspects of career planning, including 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 and progress their careers into the future.

Find out more about career support in Brunel Business School.

At Brunel we provide many opportunities and experiences within your degree programme and beyond – work-based learning, professional support services, volunteering, mentoring, sports, arts, clubs, societies, and much, much more – and we encourage you to make the most of them, so that you can make the most of yourself.

» More about Employability

Fees for 2014/15 entry

MBA fee for January 2014 is £18,500 and for September 2014 is £19,500.

This sum is the same irrespective of whether you are assessed as a Home/EU or an International student for fee purposes.

Concessions:

  • Individual concession – a 2% reduction in the fee for fully self-funding individuals if full payment of the programme fee is made at or before registration
  • Alumni concession – a 15% reduction in the fee for fully self-funding Brunel University graduates if full payment of the programme fee is made at or before registration
  • Corporate concession – a 10% reduction for each additional enrolment within 12 months of the first one if full payment of the programme fee is made at or before registration

Please visit the Brunel MBA webpage for full programme details.

 

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

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.

Applicants should normally:

  • Have a 2.1 (or above) UK Honours degree or international equivalent
  • Have 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.

As an example, the list of acceptable job roles and sectors are considered (other managerial positions may be considered on an individual basis and may be subject to interview):

  • IT-based experience: software engineers, analyst/programmers, business analysts, developers
  • any type of programme / project management / advisory role or responsibility
  • any type of senior administrative or public sector role: this may include team leads, supervisors, directors and equivalent in a range of organisations (from councils, through to charities and NGOs, or even SMEs)
  • professionally qualified (senior) individuals: healthcare professionals (includes medics, clinicians, GPs, dentists, psychiatrists, nurses), aviation professionals (pilots, air crew, ground handling managers and supervisors, catering managers, suppliers, procurement professionals, cargo managers), engineers (civil engineers, mechanical engineers, electrical engineers, aeronautical engineers - all at either chartered or practicing status), local government or public body workers, candidates who hold other professional body qualifications (e.g. any of the chartered institutes or overseas equivalents), military personnel (at NCO or CO level)
  • significant (minimum 7 years & subject to an interview by the MBA Director) / focused sector experience: always look to see if there is a "trend" of working in a particular sector - has the individual moved within companies in the field, or has been working towards increasingly specialisation for example

If academic criteria have not been satisfactorily met we may consider (subject to an interview by the MBA Director):

  • If 2.2 and 5 or more years of required senior managerial or professional level work experience in managing people, budget or other resources - GMAT score of 550 or Brunel MBA Admissions Test essay followed by a telephonic interview

Or

  • If more than 10 years of required managerial or professional level work experience in managing people, budget or other resources - Brunel MBA Admissions Test essay followed by a telephonic interview

Or

  • If 2.2 and less than 5 years of required managerial or professional level work experience in managing people, budget or other resources - LIBT pre-masters qualification

We reserve the right to request a GMAT test from applicants who do not meet our academic entry criteria, in such cases we would ask for a GMAT score of at least 550. We also reserve the right to interview candidates either in person or other the phone. 

English Language Requirements:

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

Brunel also offers our own BrunELT English Test and accept a range of other language courses. We also have a range of Pre-sessional English language courses, for students who do not meet these requirements, or who wish to improve their English.

Please visit the Brunel MBA webpage for full programme details.

Entry criteria is subject to change.

English Language Requirements

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

Brunel also offers our own BrunELT English Test and accept a range of other language courses. We also have a range of Pre-sessional English language courses, for students who do not meet these requirements, or who wish to improve their English.

Our International Pathways and Language Centre offers a range of foundation and pre-masters courses to provide you with the academic skills required for your chosen course.

Pre-Masters Course

The Pre-Masters course has been designed to prepare international students who have not qualified for direct entry to Brunel University London’s Master’s degrees. Undertaking a Pre-Master’s course will give you time to adjust to the rigorous research and independent study requirements of a postgraduate degree. This will ensure you get the most out of your master’s studies at Brunel University London and go on to achieve graduation in your chosen field. See details.

Page last updated: Thursday 18 September 2014