Oxford Brookes University Business Management

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Business and Management

BA (Hons) – single

Accredited by the European Foundation for Management Development Programme Accreditation System (EPAS).

On this course you will develop the skills and understanding you need to succeed in a wide range of business careers.

This is an interactive course involving seminars, workshops, business simulations, discussions and group work activities. You will explore business issues and problems in realistic contexts, allowing theory to be examined through interesting and challenging scenarios. A key theme of this course is for you to develop your own perspectives, critical awareness and sensitivity to diverse global perspectives and values.

In your first year you will study a range of modules and this will enable you to make informed module choices in your second year. After your first year you can switch to one of our other three other courses – Human Resource Management, International Business Management or Business, Enterprise and Entrepreneurship offering you maximum flexibility.

To switch to Business, Enterprise and Entrepreneurship at the end of your first year you need to have completed The Entrepreneur module as a first year elective.

Course details

A key theme of this course is for you to develop your own values, perspectives and critical awareness and sensitivity to diverse global perspectives and values.
In Year 1 you will learn about business and management, focusing on the international environment and the application of theory to practice. You will examine contemporary business issues and draw on the insights offered by economics and accounting disciplines. The development of your core management capabilities begins in the first year and includes problem solving, communication and IT skills.
In Year 2 the core compulsory modules build on the knowledge you gained in the first year and prepare you for honours level (final year). You will select optional modules in consultation with your adviser. In the final year you will be expected to integrate, extend and critique the knowledge you have gained, working independently and with peers to practically apply your learning.

Study modules

As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you choose from may differ from those listed here.

Work placements

You can spend your third year on a work placement, which is a great opportunity to enhance your CV, preparing you for future employment. You will gain commercial and practical experience, and many students are offered graduate positions by their placement employer.

Recently, students have enjoyed inspiring and intellectually challenging positions at IBM, Aldi, BMW, Dyson, Ernst & Young, GlaxoSmithKline, Nestlé and PayPal.

During your placement there is a fee which is paid to the university. It covers the cost of your placement tutor, and the support we provide whilst looking for a placement position and during your placement role.

Whilst on your placement you will still be classed as a student. You will be paid a financially sustainable salary which will vary depending on your role, company and location.

For more information about the fees please go to the Fees/Funding section.

Study abroad

Great opportunities to study or work abroad

You may be able to go on a European or international study exchange while you are at Brookes. Most exchanges take place in the second year.

Studying abroad provides an amazing opportunity to add value to your studies by:

  • improving your employment prospects within an international market
  • boosting your language skills
  • building your confidence in adapting to new situations
  • improving your knowledge of different cultures.

While on exchange you will gain credits which count towards your degree. We have more than 100 partner universities around the world. Funding is available through the Erasmus scheme, and also via some international programmes such as the Santander Student Awards.

There is also a European work placement programme which gives you the chance to work abroad as part of your studies.

Free language courses for students – the Open Module

Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:

  • studying at a Brookes partner college
  • studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.

Essential purchases

It’s your responsibility to purchase core texts and cover print/binding costs where coursework submission is required. Please note that a lot of the coursework is now submitted online.