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Oxford Brookes and BMW Group offer unique degree opportunity

PUBLISHED: 16:47 19 January 2016 | UPDATED: 16:47 19 January 2016

Oxford Brookes and BMW Group offer unique degree opportunity

Oxford Brookes and BMW Group offer unique degree opportunity

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Oxford Brookes University in partnership with BMW Group has launched an innovative new automotive industry undergraduate course

The BSc (Hons) Business and Automotive Management is a specialist course within the Business School, specifically for those who wish to pursue a career in the automotive sector. Students will study internationally and gain valuable work experience with a globally established automobile manufacturer.

During this four-year programme students will spend their first year of the course studying at Oxford Brookes and the second year studying at OTH Regensburg, Technical University of Applied Sciences, Germany. The third year will be spent in work placement at BMW Group Plant Regensburg and MINI Plant Oxford for six months each. The fourth and final year of study will be at Oxford Brookes.

The course prepares students for a career in the automotive industry and is tailored specifically to meet the needs of BMW Group as a potential employer. BMW Group will support students’ learning and development throughout the course via a mentorship scheme involving BMW Group managers drawn from a variety of organisational functions at both BMW Plant Regensburg and MINI Plant Oxford.

Dr Tony Gibbs, Head of the Department of Business and Management at Oxford Brookes University, said: “Our Business School is known internationally for its learning and teaching and Oxford Brookes has an outstanding track record for producing employable graduates.

“I am delighted to be able to offer prospective students this unique and exciting opportunity to study with Brookes, BMW Group and OTH Regensburg which will, no doubt, lead to career opportunities.”

Commenting on the new undergraduate course, Bob Shankly, HR Director for BMW Group Manufacturing in the UK, said: “Employers today are working far more closely with universities and colleges to ensure courses better reflect the skills and knowledge actually required in the workplace. We’re delighted to have had the opportunity to develop this new degree in collaboration with Oxford Brookes and look forward to welcoming the first students on the course.”

With the introduction of this course, Oxford Brookes will be building upon a long-established relationship between BMW and its department of Mechanical Engineering and Mathematical Sciences (MEMS).

Oxford Brookes is proud of its partnerships with BMW Group which extends from apprentice training on foundation degrees, through to research and development activities such as the high profile MINI E trials. The two organisations have also shared significant achievements such as the notable 150thanniversary of Oxford Brookes where BMW Group features strongly in the celebration of engineering heritage.

Business and Automotive Management students will complete an engineering module within the MEMS department in order to understand the technical side of the business, which BMW Group requires of their graduate employees.

More information about the Business and Automotive Management course, entry requirements and how to apply can be found on the Oxford Brookes undergraduate course webpages.

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