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Master of Business Administration (MBA)

About the course

A one year top-ranked MBA course comprising an intensive series of stimulating lectures, energetic seminars and small group work, which can take students anywhere in the world.

Helping you tackle world-scale problems, Oxford's MBA is a one-year programme for a complex, fragile and increasingly connected world.

Our energy, food and water security, our aging populations, the explosion in stored data – these challenges all require managers and leaders of unusual ability, sophistication and integrity. An MBA has never been more necessary. At Oxford, the full-time MBA programme will equip you to think logically, laterally and independently in a single year of intensive, immersive, and challenging experiences. 

To succeed in business, you need more than just business skills. The Oxford MBA bursts the business school bubble by being fully embedded in a world-class University. Thanks to your affiliation to a college, you will come across a wide variety of individuals from non-business backgrounds and participate in a lively intellectual community.

Community

The Saïd Business School offers a challenging and thought-provoking degree through an engaged community of faculty. As part of this full-time programme you will complete the GOTO (Global Opportunities & Threats Oxford) course, a school-wide community of learning to which MBA students, Executive MBA participants, alumni and faculty are invited to participate in a process of critical engagement with a fundamental and emerging global theme.

Assessment

The assessment regime is a flexible combination of final examinations, group and individual assignments, and practical work, including classroom participation assessment. Teachers are encouraged to tailor assessment methods to most effectively achieve desired learning outcomes. Assessment may be performed during and at the end of each course. 

Integration of knowledge across functional areas is encouraged through three integrative modules: Entrepreneurship, Responsible Business and Global Rules of the Game, and by means of the Entrepreneurship and Strategic Consulting projects.

You will be required to make regular presentations to teachers, examiners, and business practitioners, and, in some courses, these will be a required part of the assessment.

Graduate destinations

Careers Development Centre

The Saïd Business School is dedicated to supporting you in defining, articulating and executing your career vision - equipping you with the knowledge, tools and skills to achieve success. It supports students in advancing their careers after the MBA, whether they plan to progress in their current industry or make a transformative career change.

Careers advisors specialise in all major sectors, including finance, consulting, social impact and diversified industries. It supports students seeking a traditional business career and those taking a non-traditional path in a variety of destinations around the world.

Ultimately, what you will gain from your MBA at Oxford depend on your goals, ambitions and previous experiences as well.The Career Development Centre team is there to help and offer guidance, support and inspiration every step of the way.

Saïd Business School Alumni Relations Office

The Oxford Business Alumni Network (OBA), the official alumni network of the University of Oxford Saïd Business School, was established in 1997 to provide a focus for Oxonians who have a special interest in the world of business. There are more than 16,000 OBA members living in over 140 countries. As part of this network there are 17 chapters and 65 regional ambassadors across six continents – all offering an exciting variety of events from social gatherings to business-focused networking sessions. The OBA Network is overseen by the Saïd Business School Alumni Relations Office.

Related courses

The Oxford 1+1 MBA is a unique, two-year graduate experience that combines the depth of a specialised, one-year master’s degree with the breadth of a top-ranking, one-year MBA.

Changes to the course

The University will seek to deliver this course in accordance with the description set out in this course page. However, there may be situations in which it is desirable or necessary for the University to make changes in course provision, either before or after registration. For further information, please see our page on changes to courses.

Entry requirements for entry in 2018-19

Information regarding the entry requirements for this course can be accessed at the following location:

SBS MBA entry requirements

Resources

The Saïd Business School is one of the most modern, state-of-the-art business schools in the world. Facilities include seven horseshoe-style lecture theatres where most classes take place and a 300-seat lecture theatre opened by Nelson Mandela in 2002 to cater for larger-scale lectures and events.

A key feature of the building is the provision of informal working areas. There are numerous open spaces throughout, including cloistered walkways and a large internal courtyard, all of which help to foster interaction between students, faculty and visitors.

The Sainsbury Library is Saϊd Business School’s own dedicated resource. This state-of-the-art facility is spacious and fully equipped with desk space, wireless and networked computers, printers and copiers. Experienced library staff are available for advice and can help you use advanced search tools to carry out research for course projects.

Specialist research centres at the Saïd Business School mirror the knowledge-intensive end of a creative economy. They are helping particular sectors to wrestle with the challenges they face and to discover new directions through research. These centres include the Oxford University Centre for Business Taxation and Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, amongst many others.

Funding

There are over 1,100 full graduate scholarships available across the University, and these cover your course and college fees and provide a grant for living costs. If you apply by the relevant January deadline and fulfil the eligibility criteria you will be automatically considered. Over two thirds of Oxford scholarships require nothing more than the standard course application. Use the Fees, funding and scholarship search to find out which scholarships you are eligible for and if they require an additional application, full details of which are provided.

A number of Research Council awards are available each year from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), and Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

Further information on scholarships and funding opportunities specific to this course is also provided on the Saïd Business School's MBA funding webpage.

Costs

Annual fees for entry in 2018-19

Fee status

Tuition fee

College fee

Total annual fees

Home/EU
(including Islands)
£51,850£3,150£55,000
Overseas£51,850£3,150£55,000

The fees shown above are the annual tuition and college fees for this course for entry in the stated academic year; for courses lasting longer than one year, please be aware that fees will usually increase annually. For details, please see our guidance on likely increases to fees and charges.

Tuition and college fees are payable each year for the duration of your fee liability (your fee liability is the length of time for which you are required to pay tuition and college fees).

Deposits

If your application is successful, you will be asked to pay a deposit against your course fees at the application stage as a condition of your offer. The deposit amount and date by which payment must be made are shown below.

Fee status

Amount of deposit

Date by which deposit must be paid

Home/EU
(including Islands)
£7,800Approximately 30 days after an offer is made (Stage 6 candidates have only 2 weeks after an offer is made)
Overseas£7,800

The department's website provides further information about deposits for this course.

For more information about tuition fees, college fees and fee liability, please see the Fees section of this website. EU applicants should refer to our dedicated webpage for details of the implications of the UK’s plans to leave the European Union.

Additional information

There are currently two elective overseas modules, for which students cover the cost of travel and accommodation. The school will bear the general cost for teaching provisions such as conference facilities hire and any networking events. In addition, students may undertake student-led 'treks' to overseas companies or similar, with a view to understanding what it is like to do business in different geographic locations. Students meet potential recruiters and alumni of the school in professional settings and for informal social events. The number of treks undertaken by students is at their discretion and they are entirely optional. Students usually cover their own costs, which can differ markedly based on the geography visited and the duration. Please note that this course requires that you are primarily taught in Oxford, and you will need to incur travel and accommodation costs to attend the course if you do not live in the Oxford area.

Living costs

In addition to your tuition and college fees, you will need to ensure that you have adequate funds to support your living costs for the duration of your course.

For the 2018-19 academic year, the range of likely living costs is between c. £1,015 and £1,555 for each month spent in Oxford. Full information, including a breakdown of likely living costs in Oxford for items such as food, accommodation and study costs, is available on our Living costs page.

How to apply

Admission to the MBA is administered directly by the Saïd Business School. To apply and for further details about the course, its requirements and deadlines, please see the Saïd Business School webpage on how to apply for the MBA.

Apply via the Saïd Business School

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