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Online MBA

Course Description

Master the world of business

Build on your business knowledge to reach new levels of success in your professional life with an Online MBA from the University of Birmingham. Offered through Birmingham Business School, which holds triple-crown accreditation, this world-class degree reinvents the way online curriculum is delivered. In this course, you will gain a deeper understanding of global business and the skills you will need to realise immediate career benefits using a dynamic online learning platform.

Solutions for the modern business person

This Online MBA is designed for enterprising business professionals with at least three years of professional experience who are ready to enhance their practical knowledge for the next step in their careers. Coursework is taught by experts who represent diverse perspectives globally and provide comprehensive insights into today’s business challenges, helping postgraduates to:

- Overcome complex problems in global business
- Develop critical managerial skills
- Enhance leadership techniques
- Challenge critical thinking on global business issues
- Understand the practical application of business management theory
- Gain an international perspective

Innovation in the business learning experience

New ways of thinking inspire us in everything we do. This includes taking full advantage of digital media to provide a more dynamic learning experience that draws on interactivity, participation and connectivity. This online course provides flexibility beyond the traditional campus setting, enabling students to engage with curriculum directly using:

- Video lectures
- Real-life case studies
- Interactive assignments
- Social interaction
- Digital tools & resources

Be a part of academic excellence

Advance your career with an internationally recognised Online MBA from Birmingham Business School, an institution that puts business in context and puts people at the heart of business.
- Birmingham Business School holds triple-crown accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the Association of MBAs and the European Quality Improvement System.
- The Financial Times ranked our MBA the 13th best in the UK and 26th best in all of Europe in its 2014 Global MBA Rankings, and the programme is also ranked in the top 12 in The Economist in 2013, demonstrating our commitment to an informed, world-class offering for all students.

Your curriculum

Birmingham Business School’s Online MBA is a 30-month, 180-credit course (including a 60-credit dissertation).

Year one core modules - Credits
- Marketing - 10
- Operations Management - 10
- International Business - 10
- Accounting and Finance - 10
- Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management - 10
- Strategy - 10

Year two core modules - Credits
- Economics and Economic Policy for Business or Service Operations Management - 10*
- Critical Integration in Management or Marketing Strategy - 10*
- Economics and Economic Policy for Business or Management of Change - 10*
- Entrepreneurship and Innovation or Corporate Finance - 10*
- Critical Integration in Management or Advanced Strategy - 10*
- Entrepreneurship and Innovation or Business in Society - 10*
* These elective modules are repeated to allow more flexibility

Year three dissertation - Credits
- Dissertation - 60

Maximise your career opportunities

From the very start of your MBA course, you will have access to customised advice from our employment consultants. Through one-to-one coaching on Skype or other communication tools, they will work with you to clarify your aspirations and support you in your future career. Together, you can develop a winning employment strategy to take you to the next level and to open doors to a wide range of potential employers domestically and globally.

Go further in business

The University of Birmingham plays an active role in making the UK a capital of global education. We challenge our postgraduate students with the highest standard of curriculum while providing a unique international perspective and innovative ways to educate. Our membership in the Russell Group also places us in a league with the UK’s top public research universities. With teaching informed by this calibre of research and our flexible approach to online learning, this degree is designed to be an MBA for the 21st century.

Contact us
Tel: +44 (0)800 032 710
Visit birmingham.ac.uk/online to learn more and apply to study today
Students can start this course in February, June and October each year

Visit the Online MBA page on the University of Birmingham website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Andrew Lavin

5168.jpg Global Head of Asset and Fleet Management, Aggreko

I chose the University of Birmingham mainly because I had already experienced the world class teaching from my previous degree. I chose online mainly due to my travel commitments: I spend a large proportion of time on aeroplanes and in hotels for work, so it gives me adequate time to complete both reading and assignments. I chose to study online mainly due to my travel commitments: I spend a large proportion of time on aeroplanes and in hotels for work, so it gives me adequate time to complete both reading and assignments. I would recommend an Online MBA to anyone who does not have the time to commit to a residential type course as it gives you much better flexibility.

(Student Profile)

Ceridwen Scerri

5169.jpg Research Analyst, European Affairs at the Government of Malta

An Online MBA is a win-win scenario for busy professionals like myself. I can keep my job while studying in my own time and at my own pace. When choosing a University I had three criteria. The first was communication, met through weekly synchronous sessions. The second was the University’s ranking and recognition: Birmingham is a Russell Group University and ensures a high level of education and recognition. I was also interested in how easy it was for me to gain access to the University’s resources. [Studying online] provides you with the thrilling experience of connecting globally through your computer. During my first online session, I was amazed when the class went live with students from America, Australia, Africa and Asia.

(Student Profile)

Patrick Gettleman

5170.jpg Global Procurement Manager, Leading Technology Company

Getting an MBA has been on my mind for the past 10 years. I have always viewed the world as 'the more education you have then more opportunities that are available'. The advancement in online learning helped open up the door for me to accomplish my long held goal of getting an MBA. The online courses have advanced greatly in both their curriculum and acceptance in the marketplace. With my job and career path I travel for work almost on a weekly basis and could not be successful with a part time course in person. I would simply miss too many classes. Online was the only option that would work for me outside of quitting my job to become a full time student.

(Student Profile)

Dzmitry Artsiomenka

Managing Director, BPC

I hope that studying for an MBA will open up new horizons for my career. I chose to study online as I travel a lot for work. Therefore, distance learning became the only option for me. I speak from experience: I initially began my MBA on campus in Singapore, but had to tranfer to online due to my job commitments


Entry Requirements

At least an upper second-class degree or postgraduate diploma from a UK university or equivalent 3.0 GPA. Two references. A statement of purpose. A minimum of three years’ professional experience. For international students, with the exception of Graduate Diploma Students, applicants must have an IELTS score of 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in any band.

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