The Birmingham City Business School MBA. We focus on improving you as a manager, rather than simply teaching you about management.
Emphasising the development of practical management skills, the MBA offers you the opportunity to study alongside, and share cross-cultural insights with people from other countries.
This is supported by the Enhancing Business and Management Skills theme which runs throughout the first two stages of the programme, providing guidance related to academic, personal and managerial competency development, as well as research skills.
You have access to academic and administrative staff to assist your studies, careers advice; Business School resources and a range of supported IT equipment; as well as the services of the Faculty librarian.
Additionally, to help support your studies, the core text (where applicable) is provided free of charge for each module that is studied.
A range of educational methods are used on the course, such as lectures, group discussions, case study workshops, individual investigative projects and a variety of audio and visual methods.
The 12 month course is run over four terms, the first three consisting of 12 weeks each and the fourth lasting for eight weeks.
Please note, a January start is also offered on the MBA programme and the structure offers three exit points at Certificate, Diploma and Master’s level.
This course also benefits from the core text book for each module being provided as part of the course fee.
The Course: I am a mature student and applied to study full-time though clearing. Originally from India, I now live in Handsworth where I’ve enjoyed getting to know different people in a multi-cultured city.
The University: I choose to study at Birmingham City University because of its reputation and good quality education. When looking at this course, I feel that it has lived up to my expectations as it has offered good work experience, supportive staff and an experienced faculty.
I was given the chance to earn money while at the University working as a Student Ambassador, which gave me the chance to pass on my experiences of the city and the University to students looking to continue into further education.
The Individual: Having a bachelor’s degree has enabled me to become a Software Engineer and to pursue my MBA at the University. Looking forward I hope to be a successful manager in the Software industry.
The Course: I am currently completing an MBA at Birmingham City University, holding an extensive academic background in business and management. I am passionate about taking a new role in a growing organisation where I can utilise my skills and experience both as a team leader and independently. The course introduces topical areas of management, marketing, finance and critically considers the application of theory to practice.
I also hold a MSc in Economics and PGD (Postgraduate Diploma in Business). I have two years of work experience with the multinational company, Levis as a assistant marketing manager, further experience in sales consultancy and administrative roles. Confident, competitive, and passionate about achieving sales performance, target without compromising customer service.
The University: Applying for the course as a mature student though clearing, I choose to study at Birmingham City University because of its good reputation in the market.
The Individual: Working as a Student Ambassador, I enjoy the chance to work with other people while being paid. The work experience I have gained on the course has helped me to get where I am today and on completing my MBA I hope to become a Marketing Manager in a well-reputed company.
Even while she was studying a Diploma in Management Studies and an MBA at Birmingham City Business School, Tina Swani knew that she wanted to work in an environment where people matter and where she could apply the principles of business. She is now the CEO of Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice which, since its launch in 1979, has cared for tens of thousands of people with conditions such as cancer, motor neurone disease, heart disease and multiple sclerosis.
She says: “My diploma and MBA were instrumental in me getting to the position I’m in now. Many charity CEOs have an MBA or an MSc because the demands of the role require someone with clarity of strategic vision and an ability to work with people.”