Oxford’s one-year MBA programme places an emphasis on applied learning. As part of this, students have the opportunity to complete three substantial real-world projects:
These projects give you an opportunity to take the knowledge and skills you have gained and put them to the test.
The Strategic Consulting Project was without a doubt the highlight of my year. I joined three other MBA students in The Gambia to conduct a full strategic audit of a social enterprise called Gambia is Good (GiG). GiG purchases horticulture products from smallholder farmers and markets them to tourist hotels and restaurants. It was started in 2004 by a joint partnership between Concern Universal, an international NGO, and Haygrove, the UK's leading organic fruit producers. Since then, it has catalysed fruit and vegetable production from up to 1000 smallholder farmers (most of whom are women) but its goal of achieving self-sufficiency remains elusive. It was a tremendous learning experience, especially having the opportunity to work with such a talented team from different industry and geographical backgrounds.