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The international business environment is rapidly changing and a different market reality is emerging. As a student of today and manager of the future, you need to adapt and adopt flexible patterns of thinking and behaviour to succeed as global manager of tomorrow.

The International Masters in Business Administration (IMBA) has been designed with this in mind, as it explores in detail the nature and implications of the changes in the business environment and provides you with the skills and mindset that will allow you to operate effectively within such an unstable and unpredictable environment. You’ll also be taught to successfully lead the organisations of the future, regardless of sector or country.

What's covered in the course?

The programme is designed to meet the needs of contemporary international businesses and blends academic excellence and professional skills, equipping you with marketable skills to operate and excel at strategic level across different sectors and in different countries. The course has a strong emphasis on employability and enhancing employability skills, and will help you develop general communication and inter-personal skills.

You will emerge from our International MBA with well-developed powers of analysis, clear perspectives on strategy and strategic thinking, creative problem solving, an entrepreneurial mindset and highly effective communication and research skills - all of which are demanded by employers around the world.

Should you wish to start your own business, you will have the opportunity to explore and test your ideas in a supportive environment. The programme has been designed to provide graduates with expertise in strategy, marketing, leadership, finance, global human resource management, international business, entrepreneurship, operations and project management, and research skills.

You become part of the international community while on the programme, as you will study with students from different parts of the globe. Through our links with industry, the learning experience takes you from the classroom to the factory floor, through sponsored study/field trips to companies in the region, and with our organised internship programme, you have the opportunity to gain valuable work experience while you study.

Why Choose Us?

-You have the opportunity to gain invaluable practical work experience by completing an ‘In-company’ internship project, an 8-week project based in a UK company.
-You have opportunities to go on field trips to world renowned companies as part of your learning experience.
-You will learn from highly experienced lecturers who have industry experience and are specialists in their fields.
-We will help you with your future employability by offering essential training in key areas such as CV writing, presentation skills, interview technique and other essential skills demanded by employers.
-You will develop a global perspective of management as you study and share experiences with students from different parts of the world.

Course structure

Each module is delivered weekly over a period of 12 weeks. Each weekly session typically consists of a one-hour knowledge cast session led by the tutor, a one-hour seminar session, where the topic will be explored in-depth, and two hours of various other activities such as group activities and/or workshop sessions, directed self-study and presentations.

You will be assigned a personal tutor, who will be able to review and discuss your progress and offer advice throughout your studies.

We use audio visual materials in a range of ways to bring the curriculum to life. Learning and assessment reflect an action learning approach focused on team work, case studies, simulated real-business projects, all of which are underpinned by analysis, evaluation and synthesis. With our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), you are able to access lecture notes and other resources from anywhere and anytime via Moodle.

Each learning outcome is only assessed once and a variety of assessment methods are used throughout the MBA. These include coursework, portfolios, group work, presentations, projects and exams. In addition to summative assessments, we use a variety of ways throughout each semester to provide formative assessments, all meant to support your development and prepare you for formal assessment.


Unlike undergraduate degrees, which are designed to get students into industry, our International MBA is aimed at both existing industry professionals looking to climb further up the career ladder and aspiring managers with little or no experience.

Companies around the world are now looking for a different kind of manager. They need people with different skillsets that can look at situations and opportunities in unique ways. Our International MBA will give you the tools to stand out from the rest.

Upon completion, you will be able to effect positive change, both in your own professional practice, and within your organisation. On a personal level, you’ll be able to utilise new skills and methods to improve your efficiency, your critical engagement, and your ability to instigate change.

Successful improvements in your personal professional practice will then benefit your organisation. The MBA degree alone can open doors, but the possibilities opened to you by utilising your skills to improve your organisation are even more impressive.

Already a managing director, in charge of your own company? The MBA degree can still benefit you internally and externally. The knowledge and skills you will pick up over the course of your degree can allow you to become an industry leader, growing your company’s reputation through innovation. The accompanying benefits of this could help cement your company’s industry position for years to come.

Visit the International MBA page on the Birmingham City University website for more details!





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