As an MBA student, you have the option to undertake a summer internship for credit towards your MBA. As an intern, you can develop knowledge and competencies related directly to your career goal and potentially secure a full-time job offer.
The Oxford MBA is an intense, one-year programme designed to empower you to make an impact in your career. Commencing in September, you will experience an exciting launch period helping you to get to know your fellow classmates, assimilate into life at Oxford Saïd and begin learning fundamental leadership skills.
Following the wider University of Oxford’s three-term structure, the year is divided into modules, allowing you to focus on your core courses and chosen electives. Our curriculum has been developed to incorporate and prepare you for the world-scale challenges shaping today’s business environment.
The core courses will allow you to examine the foundation of business. The first term will immerse you in modern enterprise – from the economic theory of the firm, to the valuation of businesses and the choice of strategy and management skills.
The goal of these core courses is to provide a breadth and depth of knowledge that will allow you to approach any business situation with confidence and understanding.
We offer you the opportunity to choose from a wide range of subjects that will enhance your CV for certain career avenues or may just interest you intellectually. Courses are often taught by academics and industry practitioners working in partnership to ensure that cutting edge research is combined with relevant real-life application.
Electives on offer are subject to change from year to year depending on demand.
Doing business in Africa
The objective of this course is to learn about what the growth prospects in Africa are and what business opportunities Africa presents. The course will also explore the long-term drivers of change in Africa, including the physical, human, global, technological, and institutional and private sector influences.
You will gain insights into which opportunities exist on the continent, what challenges may impact those opportunities and understand where future growth will come from.
Fintech: present and future
The objective of this course is to learn how Fintech is changing areas such as mobile payments, money transfers, loans, fundraising and even asset management. It looks into how the established financial firms are rethinking their strategies and how their structures fit within this new market environment.
This course is a four-day trip to London, taught by Nir Vulkan.
The Oxford MBA created a unique opportunity for me to become an intern (again) and test out something completely new. It’s been nice to get back into the workplace and to put my MBA into practice.
Strategic consulting project
Working in teams of two to four, you can choose to undertake a seven-week project for a corporate sponsor. Projects take place all over the world and for all kinds of companies. Teams have worked with a wide range of companies, charities, non-profits, and start-ups. You might find your team assessing the business case for a new product, creating fully implementable sustainable energy solutions, or sizing up potential strategic acquisitions for a corporate sponsor. You might be on a mission to develop social entrepreneurship in East Africa or formulate a strategy for penetrating the Chinese market.
We ask you to bring your own contacts and networking skills into play to develop exciting projects. If there is a company you have always wanted to work for, undertaking a project for them is sure to get you noticed. We also source projects and build relationships with corporate sponsors. We aim to provide students with the greatest possible choice when it comes to choosing where they will work and what they will do.
Ease yourself back into academic work and get up to speed with core quantitative, leadership and business concepts so you can hit the ground running on your arrival in Oxford. Also, start thinking about your post-MBA career path through engaging with the online Oxford Saïd Careers Academy.
This virtual programme is compulsory but self-paced, so you can move quickly through the areas where you are already skilled and take more time over the subjects where you might be weaker.
MBA Launch: September
This two-week residential programme is designed to introduce you to the world-class business school community at Saïd Business School and to college and University life at Oxford.
During MBA Launch, you will be introduced to talent development through soft skill training and coaching. You will start to build fundamental skills to support the core courses, particularly in Business Finance, Accounting and Analytics.
Michaelmas term: October to December
During this term you will start to build the foundations of business by completing core courses. You will also have access to support courses and will begin working on your talent development plan.
Trinity term: April to June
Throughout Trinity you will work on further elective courses and co-curriculars.
Summer term: July and August
During the summer there is a choice of options:
- a seven-week Strategic Consulting Project
- summer electives
- an Internship for credit of at least six weeks.
The talent development programme as well as co-curricular activities Finance Lab, Consulting development programme, and Impact lab will run alongside the main course schedule.
You will have the opportunity to participate in co-curricular activities alongside the core Oxford MBA programming.
This offers you the opportunity to understand key concepts, processes, instruments and models that are required to be successful in financial services. It connects theory with practice, preparing you for investment banking, private equity and asset management analyst and associate roles.
Consulting Development Programme
A focused training programme based around the hiring processes of global consulting recruiters, designed to provide students with skills and insights relevant to a career in the consulting industry.
Social Impact Lab
Impact Lab is a year-long, flexible co-curricular pathway for MBA students interested in becoming an impact leader, regardless whether you want to start something or work for an organisation, upon graduation.
Creative Destruction Lab (CDL)
- The first CDL site in Europe, CDL-Oxford offers MBA students the opportunity to join this year’s Artificial Intelligence and Health Streams and work with deep-science and technology based start-ups from across the UK, Europe, and beyond, while being mentored by experienced entrepreneurs, investors, industry leaders, and scientists.
Ready to apply?
Applications for the Oxford MBA class of 2024-25 are now open. Start your application today.