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Business Administration MBA (Brunel Business School)

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Mode of study

1-year (intensive) full-time; 2-years part-time

PG Code


Start date

January, September

Business Administration MBA (Brunel Business School)


Please note the application deadline for this course is Friday 25th August 2017, any applications after this date will be considered on an individual basis, subject to course vacancies.

Start dates in September and January with scholarships available.

Download the MBA brochure.

Listen to an overview of the Brunel MBA, delivered by the MBA Director.

Postgraduate Loans: From 1 August 2016, students who live in England will be able to apply for a Postgraduate Loan in academic year 2016/17 of up to £10,000. Find out more

Business School of the Year 2013

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

About the course

The Brunel MBA is a 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 or 2 year part-time programme with three specialisation options:

A part-time MBA is now also available. The Brunel MBA part-time programme is designed to maximise your career impact in the global market over a 2 year study period, without having to take a break from work. Indicative study patterns for the part-time MBA are 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.

Practical Learning

Brunel MBA students benefit from rigorous corporate exposure designed to build global professional advantage throughtout the 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.


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.

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.


MBA Enquiries

Tel +44 (0)1895 267154

MBA Course Director
Dr Dimitrios Koufopoulos
Tel +44 (0)1895 265250

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

Course Content

The richness of the Brunel MBA curriculum is based on the key business concepts that can help managers and CEOs alike to develop the expertise required to lead and manage in the international business context.

The highly commended Leadership Master Class 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.

The MBA consists of both compulsory and optional modules, a typical selection can be found below. Modules can vary from year to year, but these offer a good idea of what we teach.


Compulsory MBA Modules

Operations Management

Corporate and Competitive Strategy

Business Economics

Leading People and Managing Organisations

Corporate and Business Finance

Strategic Marketing Management

International Business

Business Project and Professional Portfolio


Optional MBA Modules

Managing for the Future

Airline Management, Economics and Ethics

Healthcare Policy

Information Systems in Organisations

Managing Service Operations and Change in Healthcare

Airport Operations Management


Read more about the structure of postgraduate degrees at Brunel and what you will learn on the course.

Special Features

Business School of the Year 2013

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

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.

Two intakes per year

The intensive full time and part-time programme 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, 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.

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 Brunel MBA and 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.

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 Assessment


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.


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.


  • Modules are typically assessed by individual assessment, or an examination.

  • Coursework and examinations place considerable stress on the ability to 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.


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 Career Development 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

  • Career Plan and 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 and 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 Helen Slingsby, our MBA Career Coach.

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.

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Fees for 2016/17 entry

MBA tuition fee for 2016-17 is £21,000.

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

MBA Scholarships

For 2016/17 we are offering scholarships for full-time applicants and part-time applicants. Details and how to apply for these scholarships can be found below:

Part-time MBA Scholarship

Full-time MBA Scholarship


  • 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 London 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.

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).

Entry Criteria 2016/17

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 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 five 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


  • If more than ten 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


  • If 2:2 and less than five years of required managerial or professional level work experience in managing people, budget or other resources - LBIC 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.

Please visit the Brunel MBA webpage for full programme details.

Entry criteria are subject to review and change each academic year.

International and EU Entry Requirements

If your country or institution is not listed or if you are not sure whether your institution is eligible, please contact Admissions

This information is for guidance only by Brunel University London and by meeting the academic requirements does not guarantee entry for our courses as applications are assessed on case-by-case basis.

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 University London strongly recommends that if you will require a Tier 4 visa, you sit your IELTS test at a test centre that has been approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) as being a provider of a Secure English Language Test (SELT). Not all test centres have this status. The University can accept IELTS (with the required scores) taken at any official test centre or other English Language qualifications we accept as meeting our main award entry requirements.

However, if you wish to undertake a Pre-sessional English course to further improve your English prior to the start of your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider. This is because you will only be able to apply for a Tier 4 student visa to undertake a Pre-sessional English course if you hold a SELT from a UKVI approved test centre. Find out more information about it.

Brunel also offers our own BrunELT English Test and accepts a range of other language courses. We also have 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 number 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.