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This programme provides a thorough grounding in functional issues in management and is a qualification in its own right. It also empowers those who seek to gain entry to our MSc and MBA programmes. The student group consists of those studying the GDBA as a standalone qualification, as well as those undertaking both the first year of the MBA 24/21 month programmes, and the first year of the MSc 24 month programmes.

Key features of the Graduate Diploma in Business Administration (GDBA) include: 

  • A flexible Diploma route to MBA and MSc programmes
  • An essential and recognised qualification in business
  • Students take 12 modules over one academic year
  • English language support is provided throughout the programme
  • Students experience a wide range of teaching and learning methods
  • The GDBA enhances employment opportunities for participants

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This programme provides a thorough grounding in functional issues in management and is a qualification in its own right. It also empowers those who seek to gain entry to our MSc and MBA programmes.

We aim to expose you to a wide range of management disciplines that develop your abilities to:

  • Synthesise diverse theoretical issues
  • Analyse complex business situations from theoretical and practical perspectives
  • Understand team dynamics
  • Build confidence in articulating and presenting solutions to a critical audience

Programme content

We employ many teaching and assessment methods on this programme that reflect the standards required by our MBA and MSc programmes. For international students, we offer continuing English language support to enhance your learning experience. 

The programme offers 12 taught modules including:

  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Operations
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Global Business and Business Policy

Students on this programme have gained employment in both private and public sector organisations, and it has launched many successful careers. It offers opportunities for higher study to those candidates whose experience, qualifications or language ability may be insufficient for direct entry to our Masters programmes. 

Learning and teaching

  • Core taught elements in functional business disciplines.
  • Classes and seminars supplement lectures, where fuller analysis and discussion takes place and important business skills, such as analysis, argument and synthesis, can be developed
  • Case studies are used as a means of relating theory to practical situations and students will often work in small groups with other students on assignments designed to develop problem solving and interpersonal skills

Employability

Birmingham Business School understands the importance of undertaking an MBA Business programme for your career development. Finding the right employment afterwards will clearly be an important objective and our primary aim is to help you do so.

The Careers in Business team and experienced consultants provide a specialist careers support service located in University House for the exclusive use of Business School postgraduates.

What our MBA graduates go on to do

For many who join us, the Birmingham MBA is a major step towards developing an international or strategic focus within their careers. Some accelerate successful careers with existing employers. Others create potential for change. Major directions include jobs in banking, business analysis and development, management and strategy consulting, corporate finance and investment, human resource management and marketing.

Careers in Business

Our in-house careers unit is for the exclusive use of postgraduate students in the Business School. Their role is to support your career development and this can be done in a variety of ways.

  • Advice and guidance, provided by professionally qualified Careers Advisors, who offer individual consultations,
  • Career Development lectures and workshops and a Career Management skills programme;
  • Employer liaison, bringing in a variety of organisations to give presentations
  • Offer vacancies for full-time work and dissertation projects and deliver skills sessions and mock interviews.

Personal skills are increasingly valued by employers and this is reflected in our Personal Development module and Skills Series that include sessions on a wide variety of topics such as Networking, Team Working, Time Management, Leadership, Consulting Skills, Personal Image and Presentation, Assertiveness, Influencing and Persuading Skills, Stress Management and Emotional Intelligence.

‘Incubator’ support

Many students will have their own business idea that they would like to develop and we can provide support for this. Our Entrepreneurship & Innovation Centre gives practical support for embryo businesses. The Centre provides professional office and meeting (incubator) space and one-to-one expert guidance and advice. Access to the Business School network (industrial links, partners, advisers/mentors, alumni and other students) is available, as are networking events, work space, skills programmes, funding, and, where possible, access to the media. The Centre also runs a Postgraduate Enterprise Summer School, which MBAs are encouraged to attend, designed to prepare you to:

  • Develop a business idea from the concept stage to a fully fledged business proposition
  • Know the steps required to set up their own business
  • Be aware of the requirements to commercialise research in an academic environment.
  • Be able to work effectively in a team environment
  • Identify which role they are best suited to in a business team

Visit the Business Administration Graduate Diploma - GDBA page on the University of Birmingham website for more details!

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