What can you expect?
The one year MBA at Oxford is a generalist degree, expecting all students to be able to integrate a range of functional skills. The programme is designed to be both intellectually challenging and practically relevant, equipping students with essential skills and allowing them to specialise and then pursue these specialisms through a variety of electives and business projects. The objective is to prepare students for fast-track careers.
The MBA provides an analytical and integrated study of business and management, which results in an understanding of organisations, how they are managed and the external environment within which they operate. The study of organisations should result in an understanding of their purpose, structure, operations, management and governance. Students should be equipped with a thorough understanding of the processes, procedures and practices for effective management of organisations. They should understand the important theories, models, frameworks of analysis and roles of management. Students studying the MBA should also understand how organisations are influenced by the external environment, in particular the institutional framework within which they operate (including legal, political and ethical consideration), and the influence of economic, technological and environmental factors on the strategy, behaviour and management of organisations.
- The study of organisations, their management and the changing external environment in which they operate.
- Preparation for and development of a career in business and management.
- Enhancement of lifelong learning skills and personal development to contribute to society at large.
- Produce MBA graduates equipped to integrate a range of functional skills and specialisms.
- Continue to attract outstanding students of all races and backgrounds, gender or physical disability, worldwide.
- Develop new areas of teaching in response to the advancement of management research and the needs of the global business community.
Teaching and learning methods
Each course is taught intensively with 24 contact hours split between case studies and lectures. Highly interactive lectures require significant preparation before class. You are encouraged to undertake independent reading both to supplement and consolidate what is being taught and to broaden your individual knowledge and understanding of the subject. You will benefit from working in study groups, which facilitate collaborative learning. Many classes require presentations by students of their analysis of pre-designated work/case studies. Online individual access to essential readings and a range of material from academic and business sources is provided for each course. In addition, you are expected to make use of the wide range of business research tools made available through the School's online library resources, including company reports, financial market data, academic and practitioner articles. You will be regularly given problem sets, which allow you and the lecturers to assess learning. Extra classes are offered in quantitative subjects and one-on-one help is available through ‘office hours’.
- The assessment regime is a flexible combination of final examinations, group and individual assignments and practical work, subject to the constraint that at least 60% of marks should be allocated on an individual basis, and that not more than 20% is allocated to practical work. Teachers are encouraged to tailor assessment methods to most effectively achieve the desired learning outcomes. Assessment is performed at the end of each course. If you fail to achieve the required standard, you will have an opportunity to retake/resubmit the assessments the following term.
- Integration of knowledge across functional areas is encouraged through the integrative nature of the Entrepreneurship Project and the Strategic Consulting Project.
- You will be required to make regular presentations to teachers, examiners and business practitioners, and, in some courses, these would be a required part of the assessment.
Practical and transferable skills
The MBA makes no distinction between practical and transferable skills, given the nature of the programme. Skills acquired are:
- Business communication, presentation and report writing skills
- Group working/team building
- Negotiation skills
- Critical analysis
- A range of skills in research/IT
- Resource and time management skills
- Development of autonomous learning
- Academic report writing
The above skills are directly encouraged and developed during academic teaching. Interpersonal, team working and presentation skills are particularly tested through the Entrepreneurship Project and the Strategic Consulting Project, which both require group reports.
During the first term you will be split into study groups. When forming groups, students’ nationality, gender and employment background are taken into account. You will have an an Academic Supervisor, access to an Entrepreneurship Project Advisor and a Strategic Consulting Project or Thesis Advisor where appropriate. The Academic Supervisor completes a progress report at the end of each term via the online Graduate Supervision System (GSS) and on which the student is also able to comment and raise issues.
The final award on this programme is a Masters in Business Administration.
The Oxford MBA is accredited by AMBA.